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Vietnamese man extradited from UK to face US terror charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:20
NEW YORK (AP) — A Vietnamese man extradited from the United Kingdom will be arraigned Wednesday on charges he provided material support to al-Qaida in Yemen after telling his wife he was going to Ireland, authorities said.

Mentally ill British man near plea deal in U.S. terror case: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:14
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton is near a plea deal to resolve U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999, his lawyer said Tuesday. Haroon Aswat, who faces charges including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, has reached an "agreement in principle" to plead guilty, defense lawyer Peter Quijano said in Manhattan federal court. "We're very close." A deal could be reached within two weeks, Quijano told U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, resolving the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. A spokeswoman for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment.

Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal

BBC World News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:14
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an Iran nuclear deal could "pave Iran's path to the bomb", in a contentious speech to the US Congress.
Categories: BBC World News

Delhi police block gang rapist film

BBC World News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:14
Police in India secure a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row.
Categories: BBC World News

Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:11
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death.

Former Rhode Island speaker pleads guilty to corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:11
The former speaker of Rhode Island's statehouse pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges relating to alleged corruption, admitting he used campaign funds to buy baubles at Tiffany and accepted more than $50,000 in bribes, according to officials and court papers. Democrat Gordon Fox has accepted a plea deal under which he will serve three years in federal prison for bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return during his two decades in office, a tenure that ended abruptly in March 2012 when he resigned three days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and office. "His corrupt conduct has resulted from his removal from high office, and deservedly so," Peter Neronha, the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, told reporters on Tuesday. "When you violate the public trust, you shouldn't get a second chance." Fox used some $108,000 in donations to his campaign fund to make payments on his mortgage and car loan, as well as to shop at retailers including Tiffany & Co, Urban Outfitters and Wal-Mart, Neronha said.

Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:08
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack to its troubled news operation, which would be the first high-level shake-up following several rough months culminating in the six-month suspension of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams for misleading viewers about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

Ukraine raises interest rates to 30%

BBC World News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 03:08
Ukraine's central bank sharply raises interest rates from 19.5% to 30% in an effort to curb inflation and prop up its beleaguered currency.
Categories: BBC World News

Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Via Carota in the West Village

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:59
The chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, partners in business and domestic affairs, are the owners and chefs of Via Carota in Greenwich Village.

White Pass - 3/3/2015 9:36:50 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:58
White Pass US12
3/3/2015 9:36:50 AM

Temperature: 20 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry with ice in places.

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 3/3/2015 9:39:50 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:58
Satus Pass US97
3/3/2015 9:39:50 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The road is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 3/3/2015 9:40:03 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:58
Stevens Pass US2
3/3/2015 9:40:03 AM

Temperature: 24 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare with frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 3/3/2015 9:26:45 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:58
Blewett Pass US97
3/3/2015 9:26:45 AM

Temperature: 21 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry with frost and ice in places.

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/3/2015 9:35:34 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:58
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/3/2015 9:35:34 AM

Temperature: 28 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry.

Weather:
Clear skies with fog in places

‘Of a Feather’: Northwest artists’ visions take flight | Art review

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:56
The White River Valley Museum in Auburn is home to an outstanding show of sculptures, paintings, prints and jewelry that depict one of Northwesterners’ favorite subjects: birds.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:56
iBook charts for week ending March 2, 2015:

Disgraced Rolf Harris stripped of CBE

BBC World News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:55
Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his CBE, according to an official announcement in the London Gazette.
Categories: BBC World News

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:55

This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUTNEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.


Federal agents raid 20 suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:52
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes offering travel and lodging services to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, U.S. immigration officials said. Authorities say the so-called maternity hotels targeted in the sweep catered largely to women from China who paid $15,000 to $50,000, depending on services provided, in hopes of obtaining U.S. citizenship for their children. The locations searched included apartment complexes and other sites in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties that were suspected of housing foreign clients, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. No criminal arrests were anticipated from Tuesday's raids, which were carried out by federal agents and local law enforcement, the agency said.

Federal agents still likely looking at siblings in IS case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:50

FILE - This undated passport photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago shows Mohammed Hamzah Khan. A status hearing is scheduled Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Chicago for Khan, who is facing federal charges of trying to travel with his siblings to Syria to join the Islamic State group. FBI agents raided his family home in Bolingbrook, Ill., for a second time days before the scheduled hearing. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group says a recent FBI search of the suspect's family home appeared to focus on his younger siblings.