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Monsanto donates $4M to effort to save monarch butterflies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:13

In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, a Monarch butterfly takes flight from a plant leaf in the Piedra Herrada sanctuary, near Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The population of the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population along its migration route from Mexico because of habitat destruction due in part to weed killers and herbicide-resistant plants like those Monsanto and other agribusinesses offer. Agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. said Tuesday, March 31, 2015 that it will commit $4 million to help stem the decline of monarch butterflies. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.


Lufthansa knew of co-pilot depression

BBC World News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:10
The Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed Lufthansa's flight school in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode", the airline says.
Categories: BBC World News

Court upholds judge's role in investigation of Pa. AG Kane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:04

Pa. Supreme Court rules against AG Kathleen KanePennsylvania's highest court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had challenged the appointment after a grand jury recommended she be charged criminally for leaks of secret material. The court's main opinion says a suburban Philadelphia judge "acted within his authority and sound prerogative" in appointing lawyer Thomas Carluccio to investigate the leaks. Carluccio led a grand jury looking into a complaint that material from a 2009 investigation was reported last year in the Philadelphia Daily News.


State Department: Clinton sent only 4 emails about drones

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.

School bus, ambulance collide in Indiana; 15 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:00
WHEELER, Ind. (AP) — Police say 12 students were among 15 people hurt when a school bus and ambulance collided in northwestern Indiana.

Prosecutors: Police witnesses uncooperative in Ohio shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:59

Suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, left, sits with attorney Tom Shaughnessy during an administrative hearing in Cleveland Friday, March 13, 2015. Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two suspects following a high-speed chase in November 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, according to court documents.


Co-defendant pleads not guilty in Vegas mom slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:57

Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., right, and Derrick Andrews appear in court Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Las Vegas. The two have been charged with the Feb. 12, 2014, fatal shooting of Tammy Meyers, 44, in a Las Vegas neighborhood cul-de-sac. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A co-defendant got a lawyer and pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, attempted murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a Las Vegas neighborhood.


Report of armed intruder in New Jersey school a hoax: investigators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:49
A report of an armed intruder that forced the evacuation of a New Jersey elementary school on Tuesday is being treated as a hoax, law enforcement officials said. A call came in to Village Elementary School in Holmdel Township, about 40 miles south of New York City, at about 11 a.m. reporting that a gunman had entered the grounds. Police and SWAT teams rushed to the school and searched for a gunman but did not find one, said Charles Webster, a spokesman with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

USDA: Record soybean acres expected, corn acres to drop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:48

A farmer tills a field near Mead, Neb., Monday, March 30, 2015. The USDA releases its annual prospective planting report on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, which outlines farmer decisions about how much land to dedicate to corn, soybeans and other major crops including wheat and cotton. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first report of the new crop season.


Campaign Finance Complaints Filed Against 4 Presidential Hopefuls

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:27
Two groups said Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum and Martin O’Malley violated rules for undeclared candidates.

Morgan Stanley cuts estimate of US online bet market in half

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:27

This Nov. 26, 2013 file photo shows Jon Hernandez of Roselle Park N.J. playing a game of Internet poker from his home on the first full day Internet gambling was legal in New Jersey. On Tuesday March 31, 2015, Morgan Stanley cut its estimate of the U.S. Internet gambling market nearly in half, predicting $2.7 billion in revenue by 2020, down from a $5 billion initial estimate. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, FILE)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Morgan Stanley has cut its estimate of the potential U.S. Internet gambling market by nearly half.


Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:27

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence steps off the podium after a news conference discussing the state's new religious-freedom law, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.


White Pass - 3/31/2015 10:28:32 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:15
White Pass US12
3/31/2015 10:28:32 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Rain and snow mixed in the summit area

Satus Pass - 3/31/2015 10:26:10 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:15
Satus Pass US97
3/31/2015 10:26:10 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
No current information available

Weather:


Stevens Pass - 3/31/2015 10:25:18 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:15
Stevens Pass US2
3/31/2015 10:25:18 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snowing

Blewett Pass - 3/31/2015 10:24:09 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:15
Blewett Pass US97
3/31/2015 10:24:09 AM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/31/2015 10:31:25 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:15
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/31/2015 10:31:25 AM

Temperature: 41 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Refer to conditions and weather column for current restriction information

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Advance Notice: Eastbound closure near summit planned for 11 a.m. today for approximately 90 minutes. The roadway is bare and wet. I-90 eb reduced to one lane near mp 62. Crews are working to remove a damaged semi trailer and debris from an earlier collision.

Weather:
Raining

Pennsylvania college expels 3 for racist radio broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:14
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A private Pennsylvania college expelled three students over a campus radio broadcast in which they made racist comments and used a slur.

Lufthansa Says Germanwings Pilot Reported Deep Depression

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:12
The company said Andreas Lubitz, thought to have intentionally crashed a Germanwings flight, had informed it of his depressive episodes in 2009 after a break in training.






Iraqi Prime Minister Claims Major Advance in Tikrit

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:11
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said government forces had reached the center of Tikrit, which some took to mean a declaration of victory. But Islamic State forces still hold parts of the city.