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In Reversal, Boston 2024 Wants a Vote on the Olympics

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:20
The group trying to bring the Games to Boston said on Tuesday that it now supported a statewide referendum on the proposal and that it would drop the bid if the measure failed.

Airfares stay high, thanks to mergers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:16
Oil prices have dropped more than 50 percent in the last year, but that hasn’t translated into lower fares. Lack of competition, thanks to mergers, is to blame, says columnist.

Connecticut home of Sandy Hook school shooter is demolished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:09

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn., the Colonial-style house where she had lived with her son Adam Lanza. Newtown Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that the building was torn down on Monday. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school has been demolished, Newtown officials said Tuesday.


Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03

Freelance journalist Mary Moore poses for a portrait before entering Ferguson Municipal Court Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Moore was charged with municipal violations after an arrest on Oct. 3., while covering a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters. The St. Louis-based videographer said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.


U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Gilmore said the office of Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has made "a lot of progress" on developing a "sensible and measurable" joint military requirement for cybersecurity.

Former Alamo managers sue Texas in battle over archives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:01
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The private heritage group that managed the Alamo, the site of the famed 1836 battle for Texas independence, has sued the state over what it says is an illegal attempt to take over some 38,000 rare books, letters, and artifacts it owns. The lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), which had run the San Antonio site for more than century before being dismissed by the Texas Land Office earlier this month, claims the office "unilaterally declared" the state is the rightful owner of the valuable collection. "The DRT, indeed all Texans, deserve better treatment," the group said in its lawsuit filed on Monday in a Bexar County court. Land Office spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the office "does not comment on pending litigation." The suit comes as state and city officials look to revamp the downtown plaza where the structure's famed facade has become one of the most recognizable and most visited items in the state.

VIDEO: Obama smells smoke at Science Fair

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:59
The smell of something burning at the White House Science Fair gave President Barack Obama the chance to joke with students about the War of 1812.
Categories: BBC World News

Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:54

In an undated photo provided by the New Castle County (Del.) Police Department, authorities remove a monitor lizard from an apartment in Wilmington, Del. Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants, turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles. Authorities say they arrested three people, 25-five-year-old Jennifer Chadwick, 32-year-old Antonio Graves and 28-year-old Jerimiah Feaster, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday, March 20, 2015. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment. Authorities removed 16 monitor lizards and a boa constrictor from the apartment. The lizards, which are not legal to own, were described by local zoo officials as extremely dangerous, especially around children. The apartment was condemned and deemed unfit for habitation. (AP Photo/New Castle County (Del.) Police Department)NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.


Appeals court hears arguments over license for orca 'Lolita'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:43
MIAMI (AP) — Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium asked federal appeals judges Tuesday to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district court.

Rock School star Lil' Chris dies

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
Lil' Chris, who launched a singing career after he found fame on Channel 4 reality show Rock School, has died.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 3/24/2015 9:52:59 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
White Pass US12
3/24/2015 9:52:59 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, snow and slush in places

Weather:
Snow showers

Satus Pass - 3/24/2015 9:43:37 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
Satus Pass US97
3/24/2015 9:43:37 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Cloudy skies

Stevens Pass - 3/24/2015 10:00:02 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
Stevens Pass US2
3/24/2015 10:00:02 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Compact snow and ice on the roadway

Weather:
Snowing

Blewett Pass - 3/24/2015 9:54:19 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:41
Blewett Pass US97
3/24/2015 9:54:19 AM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet, slush in places

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/24/2015 9:53:58 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:41
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/24/2015 9:53:58 AM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, slush in places

Weather:
Snow showers

Utah to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:38

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad "a little bit gruesome," but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions if lethal injection drugs are unavailable when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."


Hernandez cousin made to testify says she can't recall facts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:36

Witness Jennifer Mercado, a cousin of defendant Aaron Hernandez, smiles while testifying about their relationship during the murder trial of the former New England Patriots NFL football player at Bristol County Superior Court, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday after being ordered to testify, giving him a big smile and telling the prosecutor she couldn't remember details of what happened in the days surrounding the killing.


VIDEO: Boat capsizes in Volvo Ocean Race

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:26
Watch one of the boats in the Volvo Ocean Race capsize, with water flooding the deck during the event in the Southern Ocean.
Categories: BBC World News

Aging Ex-Mafia Boss Fails in Bid for Leniency on Jail Time

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:24
Thomas DiFiore, 71, a former Bonanno family street boss who has been in jail for 14 months on a debt collection charge, highlighted his faltering health while seeking a shorter sentence.






Park service wants dogs to chase geese off National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service wants to begin using border collies to chase away Canada geese that frequent the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool and other spots on the National Mall.