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Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know' of gifts to former Virginia governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:50

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements company. McDonnell, 60, and his wife Maureen have been charged with 14 counts of corruption and bribery for taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company, Star Scientific Inc, which has since changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. "I didn't want anyone to know," Williams said on the third day of the McDonnells' trial at U.S. District Court in Richmond. Williams, who is no longer employed by the company, said Maureen McDonnell opened up the governor’s mansion in August 2011 for a luncheon to mark the launch of a Star Scientific product.


Iliad of France makes surprise bid for T-Mobile US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:46
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc., the most eligible company in the U.S. wireless industry, has another suitor on its hands. Upstart French telecom company Iliad SA on Thursday said it has offered $15 billion for a majority stake.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:45

Rose Grindrod, center, gets married to Meghan Hamilton, as she hold their son Harry Hamilton, outside the City-County Building the day after the ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Dozens of gay couples married Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison, taking advantage of what most believed would be a small window in which to get hitched before a judge's decision overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. Wisconsin voters approved the gay marriage ban in a 2006 referendum. Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in June. Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-gay rights group, argued in a 2010 lawsuit that the registry violated the amendment because it resembles marriage under state law.


Archive Dive: The Richest Man, and His Mansion

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:44
An oil magnate’s fortune wouldn’t spark nearly as much excitement today as it did 50 years ago. His English estate, however, still fascinates.






Archive Dive: The Richest Man, and His Mansion

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:44
An oil magnate’s fortune wouldn’t spark nearly as much excitement today as it did 50 years ago. His English estate, however, still fascinates.






Extra jurors seated for long Ga. salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:40
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — After three days of jury selection, a panel with plenty of extra members was seated Thursday to hear the case of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Extra jurors seated for long Ga. salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:40
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — After three days of jury selection, a panel with plenty of extra members was seated Thursday to hear the case of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

'Concern' over one in five prisons

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:37
The performance of more than a fifth of prisons in England and Wales is "of concern", a government body says.
Categories: BBC World News

Inquiry Into Fatal Explosion Reveals Lapses in Con Ed Workers’ Qualifications

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:35
Scrutiny into the blast in East Harlem led the utility to say that most of the people it had trained to connect sections of plastic gas mains had failed to comply with safety regulations.






Inquiry Into Fatal Explosion Reveals Lapses in Con Ed Workers’ Qualifications

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:35
Scrutiny into the blast in East Harlem led the utility to say that most of the people it had trained to connect sections of plastic gas mains had failed to comply with safety regulations.






Poles eat apples to annoy Putin

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:29
Why Poles are eating apples to annoy Putin
Categories: BBC World News

London Warns Rowdy Drinkers: We're Watching You

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:27
People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crimes will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor their drinking, the mayor of London said.






London Warns Rowdy Drinkers: We're Watching You

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:27
People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crimes will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor their drinking, the mayor of London said.






White Pass - 7/31/2014 10:42:26 AM

White Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:24
White Pass US12
7/31/2014 10:42:26 AM

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 10:41:30 AM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:24
Satus Pass US97
7/31/2014 10:41:30 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 - 7/31/2014 10:44:57 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:24
Stevens Pass US2
7/31/2014 10:44:57 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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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 10:55:11 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:24
Blewett Pass US97
7/31/2014 10:55:11 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.

Weather:


Snoqualmie Pass - 7/31/2014 10:48:41 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:24
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/31/2014 10:48:41 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
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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Driver in Vegas eatery crash gets 6 to 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 02:18
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A driver who pleaded guilty to DUI charges after police say he plowed his car into a Las Vegas restaurant last spring has been sentenced to 6 to 20 years in prison.