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Exclusive: Exxon eyes expanding Texas refinery into biggest in U.S. - sources

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 29 min ago

Exxon gas station is pictured in ArlingtonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to expand its Beaumont, Texas, refinery into the country's largest, the first major refining investment of the U.S. shale oil boom, people with knowledge of the deliberations said. The expansion of the 344,600 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont refinery, if carried out, would be completed by 2020 and potentially double its size with the addition of a third crude distillation unit (CDU), the sources said. If Exxon presses ahead, the investment would be a further indication that the American oil giant is breaking ranks with many of its big global rivals, who have been looking to sell off refining assets across the world. Just weeks ago Exxon unveiled a $1 billion investment in its Antwerp plant.


Marathon bomb suspect's lawyers seek leaks hearing

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media.

US rig count up 12 to 1,883

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883.

Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

New York Times Headlines - 3 hours 46 min ago
Ms. Kaufman’s first novel, “Up the Down Staircase,” portrayed the topsy-turvy world of a New York City public school and was based on her experience as a teacher.






Fired Ohio State band director vows to clear name

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band said through his attorney Friday that he has become a scapegoat for behavior occurring within the organization before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.


Frenchman gets two years in U.S. prison for role in Guinea mine scandal

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 47 min ago
A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.     Frederic Cilins, a French national, pleaded guilty in March to one count of obstruction and admitted attempting to bribe Mamadie Toure, a widow of former Guinea President Lansana Conte, so she would leave the United States to avoid questioning by federal authorities. BSGR has denied any wrongdoing. The investigation eventually prompted Guinean officials to strip the concessions from BSGR and its partner, Brazilian iron ore mining company Vale SA, after a government-appointed committee accused BSGR of obtaining them through corrupt means. Last month, Guinea's national assembly ratified an investment framework agreement with global miner Rio Tinto, its Chinese partner Chinalco and International Finance Corporation to raise nearly $20 billion to revive the project.

Washington state competed for Tesla factory

Washington State News Wire - 3 hours 48 min ago
State officials say Washington competed to win a massive battery factory for Tesla Motors electric cars, but didn't make the list of finalists.

Seahawks GM John Schneider on Marshawn Lynch: "He's made a decision not to be here''

Seattle Seahawks - 3 hours 49 min ago
Seahawks general manager John Schneider, in an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle radio this morning --- the team's flagship station --- said running back Marshawn Lynch has "made a decision not to be here'' as training camp starts today.
Categories: Sports Center

Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 51 min ago

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured.


Self-defense claimed in Bourbon Street shooting

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 52 min ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A defense lawyer told a judge Friday that there is evidence that the lone suspect in a shooting spree along New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street fired his gun in self-defense and didn't fire the shot that killed a 21-year-old bystander.

White Pass - 7/25/2014 11:46:35 AM

White Pass Report - 3 hours 54 min ago
White Pass US12
7/25/2014 11:46:35 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
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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Satus Pass - 7/25/2014 11:48:20 AM

Satus Pass Report - 3 hours 54 min ago
Satus Pass US97
7/25/2014 11:48:20 AM

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 - 7/25/2014 11:52:19 AM

Stevens Pass Report - 3 hours 54 min ago
Stevens Pass US2
7/25/2014 11:52:19 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
US2 is closed from Coles Corner at milepost 85 to Leavenworth at milepost 99, due to fire activity. SR 207 and the Chumstick hwy are open as a detour to Leavenworth. No vehicles over 26,000 lbs. allowed on the Chumstick highway. There is no estimated time of reopening.

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Blewett Pass - 7/25/2014 11:46:29 AM

Blewett Pass Report - 3 hours 54 min ago
Blewett Pass US97
7/25/2014 11:46:29 AM

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 - 7/25/2014 11:50:46 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - 3 hours 54 min ago
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/25/2014 11:50:46 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Rock blasting is completed for the week. Please check back during the weekend for next week’s blasting times. Drivers may experience delays due to lane closures and rolling slow downs. I-90 is closed to bicycles between Hyak (Exit 54) and Stampede Pass Interchange (exit 62).

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Insurer-Backed Health Care Ad Illustrates Opaque Finance System

New York Times Headlines - 4 hours 50 sec ago
An Arkansas business owner was the face of a television ad critical of the Obama administration’s health care plan, but insurance companies were backers.






US firm withdraws Mothercare offer

BBC World News - 4 hours 1 min ago
US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.
Categories: BBC World News

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Seattle Times Headlines - 4 hours 6 min ago
A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel -- dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military -- is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow catch figures

Seattle Times Headlines - 4 hours 9 min ago
Here is the weekly update on the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Their Own Words

New York Times Headlines - 4 hours 9 min ago
The Times solicited stories about volunteers’ service.