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Maine companies sued over treatment of migrant blueberry pickers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:35

Maine low-bush blueberries are shown in a field in DebloisBy Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - Two Maine companies and a labor recruiter are being sued for allegedly mistreating Haitian migrant workers during the state's wild blueberry harvest in 2008. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor last week, alleges that a contractor for Coastal Blueberry Service and Hancock Foods lured 18 workers from New Jersey's blueberry fields and elsewhere without contracts. Many workers made the trip crammed three to a seat and in the aisle of an old bus, often without luggage, according to the suit filed by the non-profit Pine Tree Legal Assistance. One man slept in an abandoned vehicle while working in Maine, a woman opted to sleep in a car rather than share a bedroom with several men and others stayed in pest-infested bunkhouses, the lawsuit said.


5 things to know about California lifeguards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:33

In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, beachgoers watch as Newport Beach Lifeguard boats, and lifeguards search for a missing lifeguard in the late afternoon on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Ben Carlson, 32, a Newport Beach lifeguard who drowned while trying to rescue a swimmer, was finally pulled from the water by fellow lifeguards following a frantic, three-hour search. (AP Photo/Richard Koehler)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Southern California lifeguard died over the holiday weekend after jumping from a rescue boat to save a distressed swimmer. Pop culture often depicts the lifeguard as a kid with a tan lounging in a tall chair, but the job can be dangerous and, in some places, a lifelong profession.


Massachusetts judge OKs moving ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:31

A court officer removes handcuffs from former New England Patriots football player Aaron?Hernandez during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston.


Quake slams Mexico, Guatemala; at least 3 dead

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:30
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.

West Virginia company fined $11K in chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.

Dad shocked huge waves killed lifeguard son

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:27
Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.

Police identify woman killed by stray bullet in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:26

Police identify woman killed by stray bullet in WilmingtonPolice have identified the woman who was found shot in the chest on the street in Wilmington, Delaware Sunday night.


Deputy who killed unarmed teen won't face charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:16
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an unarmed 13-year-old boy, whose death last year sparked protests and criticism that the officer acted too quickly.

Dozens injured, several dead in bloody holiday weekend in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:10

In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 photo, a Chicago police officer checks on evidence at the scene where a man was shot in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago, where at least nine people were shot to death and at least 60 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESThe July Fourth holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, where at least 60 people were shot and roughly a dozen killed, authorities said on Monday. The violence was so widespread during the three-day weekend that police were still tallying the dead and wounded, Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said. In a news conference Monday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the violence "unacceptable," and he blamed it in part on a "proliferation of firearms." The Chicago Tribune reported 82 people were shot and 14 killed. To try to quell the violence, SWAT teams patrolled the streets along with police officers and law enforcement brought in SUVs packed with rifles, the paper said.


Is racism getting worse in Australia?

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:08
Is racism getting better or worse in Australia?
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 7/7/2014 1:28:32 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:01
White Pass US12
7/7/2014 1:28:32 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 7/7/2014 1:26:10 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:01
Satus Pass US97
7/7/2014 1:26:10 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 7/7/2014 1:25:18 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:01
Stevens Pass US2
7/7/2014 1:25:18 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

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No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 7/7/2014 1:24:09 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:01
Blewett Pass US97
7/7/2014 1:24:09 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/7/2014 1:31:25 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:01
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/7/2014 1:31:25 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Rock blasting scheduled Tuesday, July 8 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Extended closures scheduled Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. lasting two or more hours. During rock blasting closures, crews will close I-90 in both directions from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). During blast closures there are no services eastbound past mp 53 at the summit or westbound past mp 70 near Easton. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak (Exit 54) and Stampede Pass interchange (exit 62)

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Prosecutor: Tsarnaev said martyrs go to heaven

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:55
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev texted a friend 90 minutes after the deadly explosions and said, "Don't go thinking it's me," a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements at the friend's obstruction trial.

Honduras suspends search for miners

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:52
Rescuers in Honduras suspend a search for eight men trapped in an informal gold mine in the south of the country following a landslide last week.
Categories: BBC World News

Boeing says no shipment delays from Spirit Aerosystems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:50

Three Boeing 737 fuselages lie on an embankment on the Clark Fork River after a BNSF Railway Co train derailed near Rivulet(Reuters) - Boeing Co said there would be no delay in shipments from supplier Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc, following the derailment of a train last week en route to the planemaker's factories in Washington state. Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit Aerosystems builds all of Boeing's 737 fuselages. The six fuselages involved in Thursday's derailment represent 14 percent of Boeing's current monthly production. Nineteen cars in a 90-car BNSF Railway Co [BNISF.UL] train loaded with six 737 narrow-body fuselages and assemblies for Boeing's 777 and 747 wide-body jets derailed near Rivulet, Montana on Thursday.


Cavendish angry over crash claim

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:49
Britain's Mark Cavendish considers legal action after Tour de France rider Alexander Kristoff claims he "crashed on purpose".
Categories: BBC World News

'Largest flying bird' identified

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 04:49
The fossilised remains of the largest flying bird ever found are identified by scientists.
Categories: BBC World News