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Pot proponents look to California after victories

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:13

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, a sample of marijuana is shown inside the dispensary at Collective Awakenings on in Portland, Ore. Advocates for legalizing recreational pot have been aggressively trying to get out the youth vote over the past week in the bid to legalize marijuana use in Oregon. Polls show the vote could be close. AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it's a big one: California.

Texas city bans fracking in its birthplace, court battles loom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:11
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. The vote in the city of 123,000 was highly symbolic because hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is widely used in Texas, the top crude producer in the United States. Green groups said the result served as a wake-up call to the industry, but several similar measures failed in cities and counties in Ohio and California. ...

Boko Haram renames key Nigeria town

BBC World News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:08
Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram renames Mubi, a recently captured town, Madinatul Islam or City of Islam.
Categories: BBC World News

Ballot measures: Minimum wage, gun sales, GMOs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:03

Cheryl Stumbo, center, raises her arms as she finishes speaking at an election night party for Initiative 594, a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Seattle. Stumbo, the citizen sponsor of the initiative, is a survivor in the shooting at the Jewish Federation in Seattle in 2006. The initiative is one of two competing gun initiatives in Washington state. The other measure, Initiative 591, would prevent any such expansion of background checks. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on Tuesday:

Hanford Reach steelhead fishery picking up steam

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:01
Here is the latest news on the Columbia River's Hanford Reach steelhead fishery reported by Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco:

40 years in Tampa terror attack conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:57
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of trying to buy weapons in 2011 for a planned terror attack in Tampa has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

Trial opens for man accused in Pennsylvania woman's death, dismemberment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:54
By Joe McDonald STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former electrical contractor at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in eastern Pennsylvania went on trial Wednesday on charges he beat, strangled and dismembered a woman whose body parts were stuffed into garbage bags and strewn along two interstate highways. Jurors in the trial of Charles Ray Hicks, 40, were warned by the prosecution they would hear gruesome details and see graphic pictures during the trial in Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, which is expected to last about two weeks. ...

Texan gets maximum sentence in dog fighting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:52
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Texas man has received a maximum sentence of five years in prison after admitting he participated in high-stakes dog fights in Alabama and Mississippi.

Weird skull from Madagascar reveals ancient mammal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:48

This undated image provided by the journal Nature shows an artist's reconstruction of an ancient mammal Vintana sertichi. The skull of the previously unknown mammal was found in Madagascar. (AP Photo/Nature, Luci Betti-Nash)NEW YORK (AP) — During the dinosaur age most mammals were puny, generally weighing less than a pound. Now a bizarre fossil skull from Madagascar has revealed a comparative giant, one that clocked in at maybe 20 pounds.

Amazon tries out taxi deliveries in California cities, WSJ reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:47

Worker prepares an item for delivery at Amazon's distribution center in PhoenixSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is testing deliveries via taxis in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to the Wall Street Journal, as the Internet retailer explores alternative modes of delivery to speed up shipments while restraining cost. Amazon is using the taxi-hailing mobile app, Flywheel, to ship parcels via licensed cabs, studying the feasibility of using taxi fleets more broadly as a delivery avenue, the Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying. ...

Platini backs 2022 winter World Cup

BBC World News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:44
Uefa president Michel Platini tells BBC Sport that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be played in winter.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. justices leaning toward letting fisherman off the hook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:44
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed a desire on Wednesday to reel in the federal government for prosecuting a Florida fisherman under a white-collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation. During a one-hour oral argument in the case, a majority of the court seemed inclined to rule in favor of fisherman John Yates. But it remained unclear how the justices would write such a ruling, with some not appearing to buy his arguments hook, line and sinker. ...

China factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:42
Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away in West Africa.

Jordan Recalls Ambassador to Israel as Tensions Rise in Jerusalem

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:38
Amid a dispute over a holy site in Jerusalem, Jordan recalled its envoy, while a Palestinian man drove into pedestrians, killing one, in the second such attack in recent weeks.

Villa and Tottenham face FA charge

BBC World News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:36
Aston Villa and Tottenham are charged by the FA for failing to control their players in Sunday's Premier League match.
Categories: BBC World News

Children dead in new Ukraine violence

BBC World News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:24
Two teenagers were killed and four hurt while playing football at a school in eastern Ukraine, amid fears that a fragile ceasefire is falling apart.
Categories: BBC World News

Defense for U.S. warship bombing suspect focuses on Obama torture statement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:24

A gaping hole estimated at 40 feet wide and 40 feet high is visible in the left side of the hull of ..By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgment that the CIA tortured suspects after the 9/11 attacks arose in a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday of the prime suspect in the 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. Attorneys for the Saudi suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, argued at the hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he should not face the death penalty unless he had access to all the evidence against him, even the part that remains classified, given the president's recent statement. ...

White Pass - 11/5/2014 9:03:13 AM

White Pass Report - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 02:18
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