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Argentina blames US for debt default

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:50
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
Categories: BBC World News

Crews tighten battle lines around Yosemite fire threatening Sequoias

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:47
Firefighters tightened their grip Thursday on a blaze roaring for a sixth day through drought-parched timber and brush on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as they took special measures to protect a famed grove of giant Sequoia trees. The El Portal fire has blackened more than 3,900 acres (1,580 hectares) since it erupted on Saturday, destroying a vacation home and duplex, prompting the evacuation of dozens of other dwellings and forcing the closure of three campgrounds, fire officials said. Wednesday night, park officials reopened a stretch of Highway 120, a key route across Yosemite, after halting the advance of flames encroaching on the road, said fire command spokesman Mark Savage.

Sudan woman arrives in US, faced death over faith

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:47

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican. Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday, July 31, 2014, for the United States, where she will make her new home. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter."


Seahawks Daily Top 10: Harvin, offensive line, Wright's future, and more

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:46
Lots to get to today in the Top 10 on a day when the Seahawks will again hold and open practice --- and just a week away from the team's first game of the preseason at Denver:
Categories: Sports Center

Final day of preps ahead of Musikfest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:45

Final day of preps ahead of MusikfestThursday was the final day of preparations ahead of Musikfest. The 10 day festival in Bethlehem is expected to draw nearly 1 million people for music, food and fun!


California zoo animals feast on 13,000-pound fruit donation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:44
By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - Animals at a zoo in California's Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. "Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our animals are used to," said Nicky Mora, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

Prosecutors to appeal dismissal of Minnesota shooting plot charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:42
(Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and property damage charges against a Minnesota teenager who allegedly planned bombings and shootings at a high school, a court official said on Thursday. John David LaDue, 17, was charged in May with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal property damage and six counts of possessing explosives. Police said they believe LaDue had gathered gun powder, weapons, ammunition and other material in a storage unit in a plan to set off bombs and shoot students at a high school in Waseca, Minnesota.

American detained in North Korea feels 'abandoned'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:41
SEATTLE (AP) — The sister of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years renewed her urgent call for his release Thursday, saying reports that he feels "abandoned" are devastating.

Spanish-style bull run nixed in California, other events planned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:40
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Spanish-style bull run that would have seen participants in shorts and red scarves scampering alongside the horned animals has been canceled in Southern California due to a permit denial, an organizer said on Thursday. While People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the runs in California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department in a separate action denied The Great Bull Run a permit for tents and stages for a planned November event in Pomona. They have put on nine runs in different parts of the United States, including one this past Saturday in Northern California in which one participant was hospitalized after being trampled by a bull, said Rob Dickens, chief operating officer for the Great Bull Run. He hopes to bring the event back to Southern California, even as the company works to stage runnings of the bulls in other parts of the country.

Man pleads guilty in deaths of girls, fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:38

FILE - In this April 23, 2012, file photo, Kevin Sweat leaves court in Okemah, Okla. Sweat, accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008 but who was not arrested until after being questioned in his fiancee's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.


Second D.C.-area man stricken with flesh-eating bacteria: media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:29
(Reuters) - A flesh-eating bacterial disease has infected another Washington, D.C.-area man, local media reported on Thursday, just days after a man was released from a hospital following a near-deadly bout with the germ. Joe Wood of Stafford, Virginia, said he was swimming in the Potomac River near the town of Callao earlier this month when a scratch on his left leg became infected with vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that feeds on flesh, Washington D.C.'s WTOP radio reported. Wood was admitted to the Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg on July 5 where an infectious disease specialist performed skin graft surgery on Tuesday, the report said.

White Pass - 7/31/2014 3:17:14 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:26
White Pass US12
7/31/2014 3:17:14 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Monday through Friday during daylight hours maintenance work is in progress in several locations west of the summit. Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes.

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Satus Pass - 7/31/2014 3:15:26 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:26
Satus Pass US97
7/31/2014 3:15:26 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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Stevens Pass - 7/31/2014 3:09:59 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:26
Stevens Pass US2
7/31/2014 3:09:59 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 has reopened through Tumwater Canyon, just west of Leavenworth, from milepost 99 to milepost 85, following an earlier closure due to fire activity. There will be pilot car controlled traffic from the candy store at milepost 96, three miles west of Leavenworth, to milepost 86.2 near the junction of US 2 and SR 207 at Coles Corner.

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Blewett Pass - 7/31/2014 3:03:33 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:26
Blewett Pass US97
7/31/2014 3:03:33 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 - 7/31/2014 3:08:02 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:26
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/31/2014 3:08:02 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Motorists will experience back-up and delays eastbound due to an earlier collision that occurred near Easton. Snoqualmie Pass rock blasting is scheduled for Thursday starting at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to last one hour or more. During blasting I-90 will be closed from milepost 56 near Gold Creek to milepost 61 near Price Creek. During closures there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70.

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Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:24
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.

Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:24

FILE - In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer. St. Marianne Cope’s remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony. The remains will be kept in a cabinet in the cathedral. (AP Photo/Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File)HONOLULU (AP) — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.


Judge says unclear if NYC is fair when revoking taxi licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:22
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York said it is an open question whether the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission treats taxi drivers fairly in hearings over whether to revoke their licenses. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein made the assessment in a 50-page decision on Thursday, in which he reviewed challenges by drivers to revocations of licenses because of failed drug tests or some criminal convictions, including misdemeanors. "We are pleased that the court found that the city's overall procedures were fair," Jerald Horowitz, senior counsel to the New York City Law Department administrative law division, said in a statement. The 6-1/2-year-old lawsuit by seven former drivers, who seek class action status, claimed the TLC violated their due process rights by taking away their licenses or recommending revocation.

Work to Bolster Health Website Is Raising Cost, Officials Say

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:18
Obama administration officials said they were assigning new work to contractors in an effort to prevent a repetition of the problems that crippled HealthCare.gov last fall.