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Crews battle California fire's explosive growth

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 40 min ago

In this Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 photo, vehicles and homes are destroyed in Weed, Calif. where a wind-driven wildfire raced through the hillside neighborhood and forced more than 1,000 people to flee the small town near the Oregon border. The fast-moving blaze, which began Monday, was among nearly a dozen wildfires burning in California that have been exacerbated by the state's third straight year of drought. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.


'Genius grant' winners announced

BBC World News - 2 hours 45 min ago
A physicist, a graphic memoirist and an organiser of home care workers are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" grants.
Categories: BBC World News

Two new Facebook scams could steal your personal information

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago

Two new Facebook scams could steal your personal informationTwo scams, one offering a free iPhone and one showing a disturbing video, both could steal your personal information and even install malware or a virus on your computer


Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 52 min ago

A major red tide bloom extends more than 100 miles along Florida's Gulf coastline, and reaches more than 30 miles off shore in this NASA true-colour imageCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.


List of 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 55 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) — The following 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:

Heavy rainfall, flash flooding threaten Arizona, New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 57 min ago
(Reuters) - Heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding to Arizona and New Mexico, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday, as severe weather associated with weakening Tropical Storm Odile sweeps across the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest. Weather forecasters warned that as much as 9 inches (23 cm) of rain could fall on some communities by Thursday night, with 3 to 6 inches (8-16 cm) expected across much of the desert region. "This could be one of the wetter tropical cyclones they have ever had in that area," said David Roth, a forecaster with the NWS Weather Prediction Center in ...

Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 3 min ago

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers a speech during an award ceremony in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.


City Room: New York Today: Fair and Fall-Like

New York Times Headlines - 3 hours 6 min ago
Wednesday: golden days, the mayor plays softball, and Occupy Wall Street turns 3.






U.S. states boost anti-trafficking laws but slow to help sex, labor slaves

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 11 min ago
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on Wednesday. Thirty-nine of the 50 U.S. states scored well in the 2014 ranking by the non-government organization Polaris Project that measures sex and labor trafficking measures across the United States. This was an increase of seven states from 2013. ...

White Pass - 9/17/2014 7:08:30 AM

White Pass Report - 3 hours 14 min ago
White Pass US12
9/17/2014 7:08:30 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. motorist can expect 30 minute delays near the summit for construction work.

Weather:


Satus Pass - 9/17/2014 7:16:27 AM

Satus Pass Report - 3 hours 14 min ago
Satus Pass US97
9/17/2014 7:16:27 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Pass is open. Should adverse weather or impacts to travel occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Stevens Pass - 9/17/2014 7:12:20 AM

Stevens Pass Report - 3 hours 14 min ago
Stevens Pass US2
9/17/2014 7:12:20 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Pass is open. Should adverse weather or impacts to travel occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Blewett Pass - 9/17/2014 7:02:42 AM

Blewett Pass Report - 3 hours 14 min ago
Blewett Pass US97
9/17/2014 7:02:42 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Pass is open. Should adverse weather or impacts to travel occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Snoqualmie Pass - 9/17/2014 7:11:34 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - 3 hours 14 min ago
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
9/17/2014 7:11:34 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
Refer to conditions and weather column for current restriction information

Restrictions Westbound:
Refer to conditions and weather column for current restriction information

Conditions:
Rock blasting scheduled Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. lasting for one hour or more. During blasts crews will close I-90 eastbound at Gold Creek milepost 56 and westbound at Price Creek milepost 61. There are no services past Exit 53 eastbound or past Exit 70 westbound during blast closures.

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Fatal crash hurts officer before Arizona commute

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 21 min ago
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway before the Wednesday morning commute.

Ukraine to vet one million officials

BBC World News - 3 hours 22 min ago
Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.
Categories: BBC World News

eBay attack puts its buyers at risk

BBC World News - 3 hours 23 min ago
A sophisticated attack on eBay compromises at least two listings so that users who click on them are redirected to a fake page that attempts to steal their credentials.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Fijians cast first votes since 2006

BBC World News - 3 hours 26 min ago
Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.
Categories: BBC World News

Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 28 min ago

Lethal Injection chamberHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago.


Building Blocks: A Promise to Restore a Watchtower in Harlem, but No Contract

New York Times Headlines - 3 hours 30 min ago
This fall, the parks department plans to take apart a 19th-century watchtower and, eventually, restore and return it to Marcus Garvey Park.