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Sparling Engineering sold to Canadian firm

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:01
Seattle-based Sparling Engineering, a 130-person design firm with additional offices in Portland and San Diego, said it had agreed to be acquired by Stantec, a Canadian consulting firm based in Edmonton with more than 15,000 employees worldwide.

Facing the crocodile that 'ate my wife'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:00
Facing the massive crocodile that 'ate my wife'
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Revenge-porn website operator convicted in San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:59
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego man has been convicted of running a "revenge porn" website where people posted nude pictures of their ex-lovers, who then had to pay the man to take down the images.

Tsarnaev lawyers ask appeals court to order trial moved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:55

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court again on Tuesday to order the judge to move his trial outside of Massachusetts, arguing he cannot get a fair trial here.

Australia fences 'keep toads at bay'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:52
Special fences built around dams in arid parts of Australia could help eradicate poisonous cane toads, according to new research.
Categories: BBC World News

Surveillance video shows person of interest in Montgomery Co. courthouse bomb scare

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:50

Surveillance video shows person of interest in Montgomery Co. courthouse bomb scareMontgomery County authorities are asking for the public's help tracking down a person of interest in last week's courthouse bomb scare.

Who is Kid President?

BBC World News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:49
YouTube star wants 'awesome' world
Categories: BBC World News

After 4 years, library reopens at West Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:46

After 4 years, library reopens at West Philadelphia schoolA school in West Philadelphia is getting something back it hasn't had in four years.

Trial focuses on 1979 day when missing New York boy was last seen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:35
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the trial of a former deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a 6-year-old boy in New York City in 1979 laid out details in court on Tuesday of the last day the child was seen alive. Pedro Hernandez, 54, faces charges of kidnapping and murdering Etan Patz in a case that ignited a national movement to find missing children. Karen Jansons, the mother of two children who lived in the same neighborhood, testified that she helped look for Patz the day he failed to get on the school bus.

Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:35

A man leaves a GNC store, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in New York. Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday. GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. sold supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label, according to Schneiderman's office. “We stand by the quality, purity and potency of all ingredients listed on the labels of our private label products,” said GNC spokeswoman Laura Brophy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb.

Washington couple left toddlers in car to attend wine event: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:29
The parents of two toddlers have been charged for allegedly leaving their children in a car in freezing weather while they attended a wine tasting in Washington, police said. The parents, Christopher Lucas, 41, and Jennie Chang, 46, said they parked their car outside the U.S. capital's Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Saturday and left an open iPhone behind to monitor the children, according to a police report. The couple left the children, both less than 2 years old, in the car to attend a wine tasting at an upscale restaurant, the report said.

Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this Feb. 4 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. State officials reported Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, that residents in drought-stricken California met Gov. Jerry Brown's call to slash water use by 20 percent for the first time in December, when water use fell by 22 percent compared to the same month in 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.

Tough talk from Shell, union as refinery pay talks resume

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:25

Members of the United Steel Workers union picket the Tesoro refinery in Carson, CaliforniaBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Negotiations were getting underway late on Tuesday between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and union leaders over a new wage contract for U.S. refinery workers who have been on strike for three days, both sides said. The two camps have been at an impasse since the union called walkouts early on Sunday for the first time since 1980 at nine plants with about 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity, saying Shell left the negotiating table when talks broke down. Executives have made clear they will try to hold firm, saying they cannot afford to lift wages because crude prices have sunk 50 percent since June, eroding their profits. Meanwhile, the USW has said further walkouts may be ordered at some of the other 63 refineries and chemical plants it represents if progress is not made.

NYC police officer pleads not guilty to stomping on suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:25
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Police Department officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he stomped on the head of a suspect in a videotaped arrest that occurred last summer less than a week after the high-profile in-custody death of Eric Garner.

Christie declines to take questions on final day of UK trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:24

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat stand with director of Globe education Patrick Spottiswode, left, as they watch a rehearsal during their visit to the Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie canceled plans to talk with reporters in London on Tuesday after his comments on vaccinations sparked a political flap at home.

Coke bets on super milk; more protein, less sugar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:24

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Fairlife milk products appear on display in the dairy section of an Indianapolis grocery store. Fairlife, which is rolling out nationally in coming weeks, is the product of a joint venture between Select Milk Producers, a dairy cooperative, and Coca-Cola. The product is filtered to have more protein and less sugar than regular milk. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)NEW YORK (AP) — Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

FBI offers reward for Ohio man wanted for murders, robberies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:23
(Reuters) - The FBI on Tuesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of murdering an elderly Ohio couple and taking part in a string of armed robberies in three states. The FBI is working with law enforcement agencies across the country to find Robert Roy Clark, 29, formerly of Dennison and Canton, Ohio. He is wanted for the Jan. 21 abduction and murders of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79 of Strasburg, Ohio, according to the FBI and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office.

3 citations follow collapse that damaged Center City Lululemon store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:22

3 citations follow collapse that damaged Center City Lululemon storeThe City of Philadelphia has issued three citations in the wake of last week's accident at the Lululemon store in Center City.

Disney boosted by Frozen toy sales

BBC World News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:20
Walt Disney credits the success of toys based on its hit film Frozen and an increase in visitors to its theme parks for an "incredibly strong quarter".
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Alabama gay weddings could begin next week

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:19

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Cari Searcy, left, and her wife Kim McKeand, plaintiffs in the case that struck down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, hold a news conference with their lawyers in front of the Mobile County Marriage License Office at Probate Court in Mobile, Ala. While Alabama law requires probate courts to issue marriage licenses, judges and other court officials have the option of whether to perform wedding ceremonies. Many churches ban gay weddings, so same-sex courthouse ceremonies became a real possibility for the state’s 68 probate judges when a federal judge in Mobile ruled Jan. 23 that the state’s constitutional and statutory ban on gay marriages violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision is on hold for now and the delay could be extended by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as the state has requested(AP Photo/, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin Monday in Alabama, but the state's attorney general made a last-ditch attempt to keep the weddings on hold.