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California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:01
By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure. "Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes," said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill. The measure would ban grocery stores from handing out single-use grocery bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy.

Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:57

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.


White Pass - 8/30/2014 12:37:58 AM

White Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:53
White Pass US12
8/30/2014 12:37:58 AM

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Pass is open. Should adverse weather or impacts to travel occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 8/30/2014 12:24:03 AM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:53
Satus Pass US97
8/30/2014 12:24:03 AM

Temperature: Not Available

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Stevens Pass - 8/30/2014 12:30:13 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:53
Stevens Pass US2
8/30/2014 12:30:13 AM

Temperature: Not Available

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Construction is occurring at multiple locations on the pass and delays are possible during working hours.

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Blewett Pass - 8/30/2014 12:25:01 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:53
Blewett Pass US97
8/30/2014 12:25:01 AM

Temperature: Not Available

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Snoqualmie Pass - 8/30/2014 12:26:08 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:53
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
8/30/2014 12:26:08 AM

Temperature: Not Available

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Rock blasting closures scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. lasting for one hour or more. During blasts crews will close I-90 eastbound at Gold Creek milepost 56 and westbound at Price Creek milepost 61. There are no services past Exit 53 eastbound or past Exit 70 westbound during blast closures.

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Falling tiles kill shopper at home improvement store

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:42

The pallet of ceramic tiles fell about 15 feet and hit the shopper in the head.

       

California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:32

State Senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla's bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. By a 22-15 vote, the Senate approved SB270 that makes California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill now goes to Gov Jerry Brown. De Leon had previously opposed the bill, but gave his support after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.


Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:27

This photo taken Aug. 21, 2014 shows health care tax form 1095-A in Washington. The federal agency that brought you the glitchy HealthCare.gov website has a massive new project. Technical difficulties on this one could delay tax refunds for millions of Americans. That agency is the Health and Human Services department. To facilitate complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, HHS will have to send some 5 million households new tax forms that are like W-2s for health care. Those forms are called 1095-As, and they’re being introduced next year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.


Obamas attend wedding of White House chef

USAToday.com Top Stories - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:22

The First Family flies to New York to attend wedding of Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner

       

Photo gallery: Huskies visit Pearl Harbor

WA Huskies - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:01
Seattle Times photographer Dean Rutz joined the Husky football team on a tour of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial on Friday afternoon.
Categories: Sports Center

White Pass - 8/29/2014 11:23:15 PM

White Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:52
White Pass US12
8/29/2014 11:23:15 PM

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Satus Pass - 8/29/2014 11:35:07 PM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:52
Satus Pass US97
8/29/2014 11:35:07 PM

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Stevens Pass - 8/29/2014 11:27:45 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:52
Stevens Pass US2
8/29/2014 11:27:45 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Construction is occurring at multiple locations on the pass and delays are possible during working hours.

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Blewett Pass - 8/29/2014 11:34:35 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:52
Blewett Pass US97
8/29/2014 11:34:35 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Snoqualmie Pass - 8/29/2014 11:38:47 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:52
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
8/29/2014 11:38:47 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Rock blasting closures scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. lasting for one hour or more. During blasts crews will close I-90 eastbound at Gold Creek milepost 56 and westbound at Price Creek milepost 61. There are no services past Exit 53 eastbound or past Exit 70 westbound during blast closures.

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At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:47
The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

Colorado State beats Colorado

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:37
Dee Hart, a transfer from Alabama, rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in his Colorado State debut to help the Rams rally for a 31-17 victory over Colorado in Denver.