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Indiana House passes controversial 'religious freedom' bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:21
(Reuters) - A controversial Indiana bill that could protect business owners who don't want to provide services for same-sex couples moved closer to law on Monday, after passage by the state's House. Senate Bill 101, known as the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," was approved by the Republican-controlled House by 63-31. A version was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, and Republican Governor Mike Pence said he will sign it. "The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact," Pence said in a statement.

New images released of 2 teens charged in murder of Overbrook dog walker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:07

New images released of 2 teens charged in murder of Overbrook dog walkerPolice have released new photos of the two 15-year-old charged with the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section.


Zimmerman: A person in his circumstances can't feel guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 05:07
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman says in a newly released video that a person in his circumstances can't feel guilty over surviving a confrontation like the one he had with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he shot and killed three years ago in Florida. He also criticizes President Barack Obama's reaction to the case.

Officials: Warning posted in area of deadly bluff collapse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:42

This photo provided by Point Reyes National Seashore shows a rockslide at Arch Rock within Point Reyes National Seashore on the Northern California coast north of San Francisco Sunday, March 22, 2015. One person is dead and another being treated for life-threatening injuries after the bluff at the end of the popular hiking trail collapsed Saturday, March 21, 2015. Two visitors were standing on the Arch Rock lookout point just before 6 p.m. when the bluff gave way. The pair fell about 70 feet and were covered with rocks and debris. One of the hikers was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was airlifted to a hospital. (AP Photo/Point Reyes National Seashore)PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — A warning sign clearly marked the area of a popular Northern California hiking trail where a bluff collapsed over the weekend, killing a woman and injuring her hiking partner, authorities said Monday.


More evaluation needed for man in Boston bridge beacon theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:38
BOSTON (AP) — A homeless man charged with stealing an aircraft warning beacon from atop Boston's distinctive Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge has been ordered to undergo further mental health evaluation.

As oil trains roll across America, volunteer firefighters face big risk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:36

Firefighters' jackets and helmets are hung on a wall in the main fire hall, with a slot missing after two volunteer firefighters were shot on Christmas Eve, in West Webster, New YorkBy Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess County, a rural area near the Iowa border which includes Galena. Nearly two years after a crude oil train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in 2013, there are no uniform U.S. standards for oil train safety procedures, and training varies widely across the country, according to interviews with firefighters and experts in oil train derailments and training.


Virginia police say no evidence for Rolling Stone's college rape story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:34
A police investigation has found no evidence to back up a discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, officials said on Monday. Rolling Stone reported in November about an alleged Sept. 28, 2012, attack on a woman at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house pledge party and the university's failure to respond to it. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said an investigation had been unable to corroborate the magazine's story of the assault on Jackie, the student identified in the article by her real first name.

After 22 years on death row, woman sees murder case tossed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:33

After 22 years on death row, woman sees murder case tossedAn Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row in her 4-year-old son's killing saw her murder charge dismissed Monday, bringing an end to a controversial case that relied almost entirely on the work of a detective with a long history of misconduct.


Justices Look for Reasoning Behind Texas Ban on Confederate License Plate

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:31
The question for the Supreme Court on Monday was whether the ban on a plate displaying the Confederate battle flag violated the First Amendment. Many of the justices were not happy with either possible answer.

3rd boy, 15, charged in killing of Philadelphia dog walker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A third boy has now been charged in the slaying of a Philadelphia man who was out walking his dog.

SeaWorld has new ad campaign after disparaging documentary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:28
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.

Boston bomb suspect influenced by Al Qaeda: expert witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:28

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was heavily influenced by al Qaeda literature and lectures, some of which was found on his laptop, a counterterrorism expert testified at his trial on Monday. Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, said some of Tsarnaev’s Twitter posts and parts of a note he scrawled inside a drydocked boat where he was captured several days after the deadly marathon attack resembled Islamist publications. "We see in them (concepts from) al-Awlaki’s statements and other writings from the radicalizers," Levitt said, referring to Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Al Qaeda figure who published lectures and a glossy English-language magazine about violent jihad found on Tsarnaev’s computer. Tsarnaev is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, tried to flee the city.


White Pass - 3/23/2015 11:51:52 AM

White Pass Report - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
White Pass US12
3/23/2015 11:51:52 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snow furriers with areas of fog

Satus Pass - 3/23/2015 11:59:23 AM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
Satus Pass US97
3/23/2015 11:59:23 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
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Stevens Pass - 3/23/2015 11:49:52 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
Stevens Pass US2
3/23/2015 11:49:52 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 3/23/2015 11:56:03 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
Blewett Pass US97
3/23/2015 11:56:03 AM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/23/2015 11:43:24 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/23/2015 11:43:24 AM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

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No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry. wet in places

Weather:
Overcast skies

Lawyer: Husband beaten after rabbi's congregations got $60k

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:25
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The congregations of a rabbi who allegedly used brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives received $60,000 before one man was attacked, a lawyer testified Monday.

Arizona girl, 16, arrested for smuggling 185 lbs of marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:23
(Reuters) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have arrested a 16-year-old Arizona girl and two women in their 20s who were with her when she allegedly tried to smuggle 185 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico, authorities said on Monday. The three were stopped on Sunday as the teenager from Glendale drove a Volkswagen sedan through a checkpoint at the Port of Lukeville, about 100 miles west of Tucson, the Customs and Border Protection agency said in a statement. After she and her passengers were referred for a secondary inspection, a narcotics detection dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs, and 12 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $92,550 were found, the agency said.

UVa president: College supported student before rape article

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:22
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says the police investigation of an alleged gang rape shows the school helped the student long before a Rolling Stone article was published.