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‘Lazer Team’: Grab a ray gun and zap this sci-fi comedy

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:00

Movie review of “Lazer Team”: Nothing new, or interesting, in this sci-fi comedy about four small-town Texas dolts called upon to save the Earth from alien invaders. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 4.

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’: a delightful kick with Po and friends

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:00

Movie review of “Kung Fu Panda 3”: One-liners fly as fast as kung-fu fisticuffs in this gloriously colorful, very funny and, better yet, substantive and genuinely moving latest entry in the animated saga of the tubby panda Po. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.

Two cineastes walk into a studio: the masterful conversation of ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:00

“Hitchcock/Truffaut”: a document of the weeklong conversation between filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut. 3.5 stars out of 4.

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake: agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:58
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fighter jet from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors. A spokeswoman for Naval Air Station Patuxent River said an F-35C was conducting routine flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday afternoon that may have created sonic booms. People from New Jersey to Connecticut posted on social media and called local police departments to report a series of tremors starting just before 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors earthquake activity, said no quake had struck.

What causes a sonic boom?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:55

What causes a sonic boom?The talk all around New Jersey is about the sonic boom that rocked the coastline Thursday afternoon.

'Affluenza' teen sent back to Texas, 'docile' in detention

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:48

Ethan Couch is seen getting into a vehicle to be driven to the airport in Mexico CityBy Marice Richter and Anahi Rama FORT WORTH, Texas/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The American teenager derided for claiming a defense of "affluenza" in the killing four people while driving drunk arrived back in Texas on Thursday after being deported from Mexico and was placed in juvenile detention. After his flight landed, Ethan Couch, 18, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sporting a beard, was seen with his hands behind his back being escorted by uniformed officers through the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. About an hour after touching down, he was placed in a Tarrant County juvenile detention center, where the local sheriff said he was calm and being fed.

Teachers' union sues Detroit schools, demands removal of emergency manager

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:48
Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is under state oversight and pressure from declining enrollment. Heavy pension and debt obligations have left the district in danger of running out of cash in April. The district's emergency manager, Darnell Earley, previously served as emergency manager in Flint, Michigan, where growing criticism of the state and federal handling of lead contamination in tap water has become a national scandal.

Sanders fans go on online attack

BBC World News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:47
US hopeful's supporters turn aggressive online
Categories: BBC World News

Germany moves to cut asylum claims

BBC World News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:45
Germany unveils plans to add Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to its list of safe countries, as it tightens rules on dealing with an influx of migrants.
Categories: BBC World News

Washington State Labor Council votes to oppose CarbonWA's Initiative 732 - Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate (blog)

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:42

Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate (blog)

Washington State Labor Council votes to oppose CarbonWA's Initiative 732
Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate (blog)
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a federation of more than six hundred unions representing nearly half a million workers in Washington State, announced today that it has taken a position formally opposing CarbonWA's I-732, which backers ...

Police cruiser slams into building in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:40

Police cruiser slams into building in CamdenA police officer was injured Thursday morning when his cruiser struck a building in Camden, New Jersey.

Woman sought after mother-in-law found murdered in East Windsor, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:36

Woman sought after mother-in-law found murdered in East Windsor, N.J.Police are searching for 45-year-old Tasneem Diwan in connection with the death of her mother-in-law, whose body was found Tuesday evening in the first floor office of a home on Mozart Court in East Windsor.

For the world's most scrutinized body, Barbie has a new look

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:31

 tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. The El Segundo, Calif., toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don't like her.

Senate Democrats Seeking Federal Aid for Flint Crisis

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:29
The lawmakers said they would request $600 million in federal aid to help Michigan address the contaminated water emergency in the city.

College application questions about police contact under scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:26
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said it began contacting 17 schools in the South on Thursday about their practice of asking prospective students to detail interactions with the criminal justice system even if they have not been convicted. "Inquiries regarding stops and detentions and arrests pose unnecessary barriers for vast numbers of African Americans, given the racial disparities that we see across our criminal justice system," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

A day using Chinese goods in the US

BBC World News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:25
From bacon to Grindr - taking over the US market
Categories: BBC World News

Q&A: What's going on with the Oregon armed standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:12

Oregon State Police man a roadblock at the intersection of highways 395 and 20 outside of Burns, Ore., Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2016. Authorities were restricting access on Wednesday to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group's leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBURNS, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of the armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to oppose federal land policy were arrested and will stay behind bars until at least Friday. Authorities and jailed group leader Ammon Bundy now are working to persuade the handful of holdouts at the remote preserve to stand down.

Pentagon chief announces measures to improve quality of life for military

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:07

Staff Sgt. Keith Fidler kisses his wife Cynthia during a homecoming ceremony in New YorkU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at improving the quality of life for those serving in the U.S. military, including a doubling of maternity leave for most personnel to 12 weeks. Women make up about 15 percent of the U.S. military, and thousands of women have served alongside men in Iraq and Afghanistan. "What we do to strengthen quality of life for military families today and what we do to demonstrate that we are a family-friendly force to those we want to recruit is absolutely essential to our future strength," Carter said.

Up to four million Zika cases predicted

BBC World News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:06
Three to four million people could be infected with Zika in the Americas this year, the World Health Organization says.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 1/28/2016 1:54:07 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 06:04
White Pass US12
1/28/2016 1:54:07 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

The roadway is bare and wet. A traffic light is directing traffic lane near the repaired areas both east and west of the pass. Drivers can expect delays. Starting Monday, Jan 25 culvert installation across US 12 at the MP 154, flaggers will direct traffic, may be times that the road will be closed for up to 30 minutes at a time. This work will 24 hours a day, seven days a week until completed.