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Montana murder case suspect seeks to avoid trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:28

Defense attorney Al Avignone, left, questions psychologist Greg Olley during testimony, Monday, March 24, 2014 in Sidney, Mont. on whether a Colorado man should stand trial in the 2012 killing of a Montana teacher. Olley testified that 24-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell has an intelligence level comparable to an 11-year-old and is not fit for trial. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Defense experts testified Monday that a Colorado man is unfit for trial in the murder of a Montana teacher because he is prone to distort the past and displays the intelligence of an 11-year-old, leaving him unable to understand the case against him.


Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:27

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence embraces a preschool student at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. Pence's office says he signed a bill said Monday, March 24, 2014 pulling Indiana from reading and math standards that were adopted by most states around the country. (AP Photo/Tom LoBianco, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana on Monday became the first state to formally withdraw from the Common Core education standards in a move that did little to appease critics of the national program, who contend the state is simply stripping the "Common Core" label while largely keeping the benchmarks.


Cigarette may have caused fatal New Jersey motel fire -officials

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:26

A firefighter stands in front of the charred remains of the Mariner's Cove Inn in Point Pleasant BeachBy Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A cigarette left on an upholstered chair was the likely cause of a New Jersey shore motel fire that killed four people last week, according to a preliminary finding released on Monday. The fire started early on Friday in a designated smoking area on the top floor of the two-story Mariner's Cove Motel in Point Pleasant Beach, the statement said. "This is only the beginning of an intensive investigation aimed at answering the many questions surrounding all the circumstances that contributed to the tragic deaths, injuries and loss of property," said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato in a statement. James Gianuzzi, 52, who was treated for smoke inhalation, said he escaped after being awakened by someone knocking on his door.


Search for Washington mudslide survivors grows

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:24

Map locates mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.; 1c x 1 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 38 mm;OSO, Wash. (AP) — The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who are still unaccounted for, raising fears that the deep muck could have claimed many more lives than the eight bodies found so far.


Thirty-two hurt in train derailment at Chicago's O'Hare airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:22

A derailed commuter train rests on an escalator at O'Hare international airport in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The Chicago Transit Authority train, a mass transit train that ran on electricity, is expected to remain in place for at least a day while investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board try to determine how it jumped a bumper at the end of the line.


Ohio mumps outbreak at 63 cases, spreads beyond university

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:04
Some 63 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University in Columbus but has spread to people without ties to the school - a "disturbing development," say public health officials. Forty-five of those infected are Ohio State students, staff members or people with close campus ties, and 18 cases from the community have no university connection, said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Columbus health department. Rodriguez said the majority of those infected had received at least one round of the vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella and it will be difficult to pinpoint the origin of the outbreak. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, typically sees one reported mumps case per year, Rodriguez said.

Jurors to weigh U.S. charges against bin Laden relative

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:03

Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen speak to press outside Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before the smoke had cleared from the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden had asked a fiery Kuwaiti teacher and imam to recruit more fighters for al Qaeda, a U.S. prosecutor said in closing arguments of the man's trial on Monday. The preacher, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, then used his position as an al Qaeda spokesman to conspire to kill Americans, the U.S. government says. It says Abu Ghaith also provided and conspired to provide material support and resources to terrorists. "This man's purpose was to strengthen al Qaeda and solidify its future," the prosecutor, John Cronan, said in closing the government's case, repeatedly pointing at Abu Ghaith, who sat a few feet away.


Missing flight 'crashed into ocean'

BBC World News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:03
Malaysia's PM announces hope is over for missing flight MH370, after new satellite analysis shows it went down in the southern Indian Ocean.
Categories: BBC World News

Carroll on SiriusXM NFL Radio: "We're very restricted in what we can do''

Seattle Seahawks - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio today from the NFL Meetings in Orlando --- you can listen to some of it here.
Categories: Sports Center

Morning links: Three Pac-12 teams dancing to Sweet 16

WA Huskies - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
The Pac-12 is sending three teams to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, which ties the Big Ten and SEC for the largest contingent of teams advancing to the regional semifinals.
Categories: Sports Center

White Pass - 3/24/2014 3:46:35 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
White Pass US12
3/24/2014 3:46:35 PM

Temperature: 29 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 3/24/2014 3:48:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
Satus Pass US97
3/24/2014 3:48:20 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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No current information available

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Stevens Pass - 3/24/2014 3:52:19 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
Stevens Pass US2
3/24/2014 3:52:19 PM

Temperature: 44 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and dry, wet in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 3/24/2014 3:46:29 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
Blewett Pass US97
3/24/2014 3:46:29 PM

Temperature: 47 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and dry

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/24/2014 3:50:46 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:01
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/24/2014 3:50:46 PM

Temperature: 57 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and dry

Weather:
Scattered clouds

U.S. Army delays decision on General Dynamics vehicle protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:59
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Monday that it would delay until April 4 making a ruling on a protest filed by General Dynamics Corp about a new competition for armored vehicles. General Dynamics filed a protest with the Army on February 14, arguing that the Army's rules for a competition to replace nearly 2,900 Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers were skewed to favor BAE Systems Plc's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The company is also pressing U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the Army's Armed Multi-purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition and to mandate that a mixed fleet includes a version of both BAE's Bradleys and General Dynamics' wheeled Stryker vehicles. General Dynamics spokesman Pete Keating said the Army told his company it needed more time given "the complexity of the issues involved in the protest." Army spokeswoman Ashley Givens gave no details, but confirmed the ruling was now expected April 4.

Police: San Francisco shooting preceded by dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:50
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police canvassed an area near downtown San Francisco on Monday to see if any surveillance cameras captured a drive-by shooting that wounded seven people.

Bar Sajor chef up for Food & Wine honor

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:50
Edouardo Jordan of Bar Sajor is the only Washington-state chef in the running for Food & Wine magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" award. He was nominated in the Northwest & Pacific category along with six Portland chefs and three from Hawaii.

Up to 108 missing after US mudslide

BBC World News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:50
Authorities say they have 108 reports of people missing or unaccounted for after Saturday's huge landslide in the north-western US state of Washington.
Categories: BBC World News

World Vision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:47
The Federal Way-based Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.