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SeaTac wage law faces test as ex-worker sues parking firm

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:14
A former employee is suing Extra Car Airport Parking in what is believed to be the first legal test of the enforcement mechanism under SeaTac’s new pay ordinance.

U.S. Reports Modestly Better Economic Growth

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:05
The Commerce Department’s final revision for gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter of 2013 ticked up to 2.6 percent, slightly higher than previously estimated.

Synthetic DNA advance is hailed

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:00
Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark achievement for biological engineering.
Categories: BBC World News

Tweets About Music to Get a Billboard Chart

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:00
Twitter is joining with the music trade publication to introduce a real-time chart of the chatter about songs and musicians on the social media giant.

More abuse counts filed in child starvation case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:59
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — More charges have been filed against two California women accused of starving an 8-year-old girl and chaining her to the floor to prevent her from getting food.

Rare tornado damages homes in North California city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:57
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday. The twister descended late on Wednesday in a residential area of Roseville, about 18 miles north of the state capital, Sacramento, and ripped through a distance measuring some 100 yards, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman said. "It kind of touched down pretty quickly and went back up," said the spokesman, Rob Baquera. ...

'Right to life' on Pope-Obama agenda

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:51
Pope Francis meets US President Barack Obama in Rome for the first time, with the contentious issues of abortion and contraception discussed.
Categories: BBC World News

Seaweed - Zanzibar's 'gift from the ocean'

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:46
Zanzibar women who live on the "gift from the ocean"
Categories: BBC World News

Tornadoes touch down in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

Faulty state Obamacare exchanges weigh joining

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:44

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationA few U.S. states whose newly created Obamacare insurance exchanges were stalled by technology failures may join the federal government's marketplace for next year, while only two states that relied on the administration plan to go it alone. Exchange officials in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts are weighing whether to enlist new private technology contractors or to turn to the federal government after faulty exchanges slowed enrollment in their states to the lowest rates in the country. The reshuffle would mean the federal government would continue to remain responsible for enrolling millions of people in coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law in most of the country next year, a far cry from its goal of independent marketplaces in all 50 states. Republicans have sought to defund it, even shutting down the government last year in an attempt to do so.

$270M chocolate plant proof of US's sweet tooth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:43

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, Victoria Mars and Debra Sandler, right, push a button that starts production at the Mars Chocolate North America Topeka Plant near Topeka, Kan., Thursday, March 27, 2014. Victoria Mars is the Chairman of the Board, Mars Inc., and Sandler is president of Mars Chocolate North America. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day.

Houston worker thanks firemen who saved him from building inferno

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:42
A worker who escaped a blaze at a Houston construction site by climbing onto a fire truck's ladder seconds before part of the building collapsed thanked his rescuers on Thursday. As Tuesday's fire consumed the building in the luxury apartment complex, construction supervisor Curtis Reissig swung from the fifth floor to a fourth floor balcony to escape raging flames above and behind him.

Fugitive nabbed after dining in same restaurant as marshal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:41
By Kevin Murphy Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) - Former fugitive Virgil Tillman will have plenty of time to contemplate his unfortunate choice of restaurants as he sits in jail. Wanted on weapons and drugs charges by three counties in two states, Tillman was spotted at a pricey restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, by a fellow diner - an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal who had been pursuing him for two months, said acting chief deputy U.S. marshal for Kansas, Matt Cahill, on Thursday. The marshal, who just happened to pick the same place to have dinner on Sunday night, recognized Tillman from photos, Cahill said. He also recognized Tillman's dining companion, a woman he had interviewed about the fugitive who denied knowing his whereabouts, Cahill said.

Digital billboards aiding in search for 8-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:36

This undated handout image provided by the FBI shows the wanted poster for Kahlil Malik Tatum. Washington D.C. police are searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, below, who was reported missing last week, and Tatum, who is charged with killing his wife in Maryland. Law officers issued arrest warrants for Tatum after he was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. (AP Photo/FBI)WASHINGTON (AP) — Digital billboards along the East Coast from Georgia to Maryland are displaying photographs of a slaying suspect from the Washington, D.C., area and a missing girl authorities say could be with him.

Loggers Join in Search for Washington Landslide Victims

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:33
Amid a vast and unforgiving mud plain, loggers have become a crucial part of the rescue and recovery effort, their presence illustrating the mounting desperation with its pace.

Microsoft unveils Office for iPad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is unveiling Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple's hugely popular tablet computer.

VIDEO: Superspreaders: Tracking tuberculosis

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:30
A team at the University of Cape Town in South Africa is using new tools to investigate how the return of patients to their communities affects the spread of tuberculosis.
Categories: BBC World News

Giant rat becomes the talk of Sweden

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:28
The appearance of a massive rat in a Stockholm family's kitchen makes headlines in Sweden, where it is dubbed "Ratzilla".
Categories: BBC World News

Ga. soldier convicted in death of pregnant wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:27
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted Thursday by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn't agree on how the woman died.

Death toll rises in Washington state mudslide

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:27
Rescue teams on Thursday clawed through the moon-like surface left by a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 25 people, searching for those still missing, and the community prayed for "one little miracle."