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Police: Mortar round caused deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Emergency workers head in to Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Ill., Monday morning, Aug. 25, 2014, following an explosion at the recycling plant. Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion. Officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.


California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Frames lay in a pile at a framing business damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Christina Farr and Robin Respaut NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - The strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's historic Napa Valley wine country out of their beds in the wee hours on Sunday caused insured property losses likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's economic losses will be several times that amount, experts said on Monday. The magnitude 6.0 quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on Sunday near Napa, injuring more than 200 people and damaging dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco. At least 49 buildings in Napa, a town of 77,000 residents, were "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter, including the Napa Senior Center and the local courthouse, and that figure was expected to rise as additional structures were inspected, officials said. The quake struck just as the grape-harvesting season is getting under way in Napa County, a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in the region.


As Peace Talks Approach, Rebels Humiliate Prisoners in Ukraine

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:20
Ahead of peace talks on Tuesday between presidents of Russia and Ukraine, a woman accused of spying was abused in dramatic fashion along a busy street in Donetsk.






VIDEO: Michael Brown funeral held

BBC World News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:16
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral for the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge orders FBI to investigate witness tampering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:15

Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue looks down before speaking with the media outside of federal court Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations one of its agents pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue claims the FBI urged a former government operative not to testify, which the agency calls baseless. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations that the agency pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing.


Kindergartner missing for hours before family told

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:13

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters, charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A kindergartner abducted from her school was missing for six hours before her family learned she was gone, witnesses testified Monday as a young woman's kidnapping and sexual assault trial opened.


Amazon to buy video game streaming platform Twitch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:03
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Businesses in California's wine capital on Monday mopped up thousands of dollars in high-end vintages, swept glass from ghostly downtown streets ordinarily bustling with tourists and rushed to reopen in advance of the summer's last holiday weekend, following a severe earthquake that damaged wineries, historic buildings and hotels.

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

Quake in California's wine country injures dozensA powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region.


Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

FILE - In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban. (AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately.


White Pass - 8/25/2014 2:07:23 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
White Pass US12
8/25/2014 2:07:23 PM

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.

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Satus Pass - 8/25/2014 2:12:13 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
Satus Pass US97
8/25/2014 2:12:13 PM

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.

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Stevens Pass - 8/25/2014 2:02:09 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
Stevens Pass US2
8/25/2014 2:02:09 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 is open to travel however there is construction occurring at multiple locations on the pass and delays are possible during working hours.

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Blewett Pass - 8/25/2014 2:04:25 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
Blewett Pass US97
8/25/2014 2:04:25 PM

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.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 8/25/2014 2:01:00 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
8/25/2014 2:01:00 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Rock Blasting scheduled Monday through Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting one hour or more. During blasting I-90 will be closed at 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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Colorado theater attack lawyers argue fingerprints

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Crime analysts testified Monday about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.

VIDEO: Kurds make gains against Islamic State

BBC World News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:45
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq say they are regaining ground against the forces of Islamic State in the area.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:44
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. District Court in Hawaii ruled that the law passed in November by local leaders on the island was invalid because it was pre-empted by Hawaii state law. The Kauai law required large agricultural companies to disclose pesticide use and genetically modified (GMO) crop plantings while establishing buffer zones around schools, homes and hospitals to protect people from exposure to pesticides used on the crops.

N.J. teacher, 98, in court to fight 1950 conviction in spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:42
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than six decades ago, Miriam Moskowitz stood in New York federal court and was convicted of lying to a grand jury investigating a Cold War atomic espionage case. On Monday, the 98-year-old Moskowitz returned to court for the first time since then, this time to ask a federal judge to erase her conviction and remedy what she says was a McCarthy-era injustice. "It would be a historical acknowledgement that the period itself was so bad for the country," she said following the brief appearance in New York before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who set a November hearing date to consider the request.