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Whistle-blowers often victimised - MPs

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:08
The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says.
Categories: BBC World News

Shell, Alaska Natives to share in offshore profits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:08
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary Thursday that aims to share the profits from offshore drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:07
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Medical examiner IDs man in Chicago work shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:06

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy speaks to the media outside a downtown high-rise office building following a shooting inside the building, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Chicago. Police said a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — The local medical examiner has identified the man accused of shooting and wounding his boss before fatally shooting himself inside a Chicago high-rise office building.


'Draconian' Russian net law enacted

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:05
A new law imposing restrictions on bloggers and social media users has come into effect in Russia.
Categories: BBC World News

Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:04

FILE - This May, 15, 2014 file photo shows the entrance of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. A leading Washington philanthropist is presenting an alternate plan to save one of the nation’s oldest museums in court hearings this week over whether to break up the trust from 1869 that established the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later its college. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve an independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions.


Game thread: Mariners at Indians -- July 31, 2014

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:01
Sorry for the late start. Trade deadline has been crazy.

Beyoncé and Jay Z near perfection at Safeco Wednesday night

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:01
The official theme for the joint Beyoncé and Jay Z concert Wednesday night at Safeco Field was “On the Run,” harkening back to the singer and rapper’s duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde” — a statement of solidarity when Jay Z was a bigger star than Beyoncé (i

Watershed weekend

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:01
Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum (pictured) and Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy Currington, pl

Federal Home Loan Bank here eyes merger with Midwest counterpart

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:01
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and its larger sister bank in Des Moines, Iowa, said Thursday they are exploring a merger that would create the national finance network’s largest cooperative by membership.

Top UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00

Rockets are fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from the war.


Now growing underground: Food swapping

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:57
For home preservers and urban gardeners who grow or process on a small scale, food swaps are a place to offload abundance, as well as try ideas.

U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms' chicken appears over

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:56
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, which public health investigators say began on March 1, 2013, and ended July 11 this year, made 634 people sick in 29 states and Puerto Rico, the agency said. Scientists identified seven strains of the bacteria in the outbreak, including some that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat humans for illnesses other than salmonella. "Epidemiologic, laboratory and trace-back investigations conducted by local, state and federal officials indicated that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken was the source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections," the CDC said in a statement.

No trades for Phillies, Amaro says some were close

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:51

No trades for Phillies, Amaro says some were closeThe Major League Baseball trade deadline has passed with no movement from the Philadelphia Phillies.


Argentina blames US for debt default

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:50
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
Categories: BBC World News

Crews tighten battle lines around Yosemite fire threatening Sequoias

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:47
Firefighters tightened their grip Thursday on a blaze roaring for a sixth day through drought-parched timber and brush on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as they took special measures to protect a famed grove of giant Sequoia trees. The El Portal fire has blackened more than 3,900 acres (1,580 hectares) since it erupted on Saturday, destroying a vacation home and duplex, prompting the evacuation of dozens of other dwellings and forcing the closure of three campgrounds, fire officials said. Wednesday night, park officials reopened a stretch of Highway 120, a key route across Yosemite, after halting the advance of flames encroaching on the road, said fire command spokesman Mark Savage.

Sudan woman arrives in US, faced death over faith

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:47

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican. Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday, July 31, 2014, for the United States, where she will make her new home. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter."


Seahawks Daily Top 10: Harvin, offensive line, Wright's future, and more

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:46
Lots to get to today in the Top 10 on a day when the Seahawks will again hold and open practice --- and just a week away from the team's first game of the preseason at Denver:
Categories: Sports Center

Final day of preps ahead of Musikfest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:45

Final day of preps ahead of MusikfestThursday was the final day of preparations ahead of Musikfest. The 10 day festival in Bethlehem is expected to draw nearly 1 million people for music, food and fun!