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Daily Rant&Rave: Thanksgiving: Macklemore is cool, taxi uncool

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:01
RAVE To Macklemore for graciously posing for pictures with several teenage fans, including my granddaughter, on the ferry to Whidbey Island on Thanksgiving day. He gave them a memory for a lifetime.

Land Mine Casualties Hit a Low and Production Seems to Halt, Group Says

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:00
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines attributed the drop to increased compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty, which was first signed 17 years ago.

Obama unveils plan to help young American Indians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:54

In this June 13, 2014 file photo President Barack Obama and Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe David Archambault II, left, watch dancers during a visit to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D. Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 announced an initiative to improve conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than one-third of whom live in poverty. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty.


Israeli Lawmakers Move to Dissolve Parliament

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:50
The motions came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his finance minister and his justice minister, and called for early elections.






Ed Sheeran tops Spotify 2014 list

BBC World News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:50
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year's most-streamed artist on Spotify, with his songs played more than 860 million times.
Categories: BBC World News

Umpire Dale Scott reveals he is gay

Seattle Mariners - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:42
Big-league umpire Dale Scott, 55, revealed he is gay. “My fellow umpires have known for a long time,” Scott said. “When I was home or out socially, I was gay. In my professional life, I wasn’t. At least, not officially.”
Categories: Sports Center

'Resilient cities' in $100M worldwide initiative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:24
The cities newly announced as selections for the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative; others were chosen last year and will be in future.

35 'resilient cities' named in foundation contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-five cities from Accra, Ghana, to Wellington, New Zealand, are being recognized by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation for their ideas on physical, social and economic resilience.

White Pass - 12/3/2014 5:01:00 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
White Pass US12
12/3/2014 5:01:00 AM

Temperature: 20 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway mostly bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 12/3/2014 5:10:21 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
Satus Pass US97
12/3/2014 5:10:21 AM

Temperature: 23 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is mostly bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Stevens Pass - 12/3/2014 5:10:01 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
Stevens Pass US2
12/3/2014 5:10:01 AM

Temperature: 16 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Compact snow, frost, and ice on the roadway

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 12/3/2014 5:04:25 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
Blewett Pass US97
12/3/2014 5:04:25 AM

Temperature: 15 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Frost and ice on the roadway

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 12/3/2014 5:02:09 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:23
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
12/3/2014 5:02:09 AM

Temperature: 17 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and dry, ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies, gusting winds

US productivity grew at 2.3 percent rate in 3Q

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:19
U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter.

Slobbery sidekicks: Dogs ride in bikers' sidecars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:19

 The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs," by filmmakers Eric, 38, and Geneva, 29, Ristau of Missoula, Montana. Much of the money was raised in an online Kickstarter campaign. (AP Photo/Geneva Ristau)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some silken-haired beauties are eager sidekicks to motorcycle riders, wind whipping their thick locks as passers-by watch the wild ride with envy. That is until the slobber starts.


30 years later, disaster haunts 500,000 Bhopal survivors

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:19
Hundreds of survivors of the Bhopal gas leak took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster, with protests demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims of the tragedy.

Report: How fast teacher pay rises is as important as top salary

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:16
When and how teachers receive raises can be just as important as how much they are paid at the start and end of their careers, according to a new report on teacher pay from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Doctor: Polish boy found in freezing cold improves

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:15
A doctor says that a 2-year-old boy found unconscious in sub-freezing temperatures in southern Poland has been brought out of an induced coma and is improving.

Arguments to begin in appeal in 1957 slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:09
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Oral arguments are set to get underway in the case of a man who's appealing his conviction in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old girl from northern Illinois.

Seahawks Richard Sherman named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:00
Seattle's Richard Sherman has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two passes in the Seahawks' 19-3 win at San Francisco