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Oklahoma prisons boss 'confident' ahead of next executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:15

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton answers questions from reporters in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Patton said he’s confident in the ability of his staff to carry out the first lethal injection in Oklahoma since one went awry in April. Charles Warner is scheduled to be executed Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One week before a man's scheduled execution for killing a baby, the head of Oklahoma's prison system said he's confident in his staff's ability to carry out the first lethal injection in the state since one went awry in April.

CES: New TVs galore

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:11
LAS VEGAS -- Despite all the new gadgets that show up at CES, the show is still anchored by a parade of new TVs.

Boston to bid for 2024 Olympics

BBC World News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:11
Boston is put forward by the United States Olympic Committee as a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Categories: BBC World News

Editorial: The Times recommends to approve school levy and bond measures in Highline School District

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:10
Highline School District voters should approve both the bond and levy measures on the Feb. 10 ballot.

Cruise ship worker sentenced in Florida for rape, attempted murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:06
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - A former Holland America cruise ship attendant was sentenced to 30 years and five months in prison for the 2014 Valentine’s Day rape and attempted murder of a female passenger he tried to toss overboard, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. Ketut Pujayasa, 29, an Indonesian national who confessed in September, told the FBI he let himself into the then-31-year-old victim’s room with a master key and sexually assaulted her as punishment for what he took as an insult by her, according to court documents and the arrest affidavit. ...

UW's Cristian Roldan among five players who have signed Generation adidas contracts with MLS

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:06
University of Washington midfielder Cristian Roldan is among five young players who have signed with MLS on Generation adidas contracts, the league announced Thursday, and will be leaving UW after two seasons with the Huskies.

'The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,' the movie version

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:05
Bainbridge Island writer Jonathan Evison's bittersweet 2012 novel "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" is about to get a much wider audience - it's being made into a movie starring Paul Rudd, an actor best known for his roles in comedies such as "Knocked Up" and "Clueless."

UN urges Congo's leader to authorize action against rebels

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Congo's president on Thursday to quickly sign a document authorizing a joint U.N.-Congolese military operation against a rebel group that failed to surrender by a Jan. 2 deadline.

Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:04

A man walks past the ice-covered Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, in frigid temperatures in Bryant Park in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - Record-breaking cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside. Snow expected to accumulate to 3 feet (1 meter) deep was falling in upstate New York near Watertown, and snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a "ground blizzard" that made driving treacherous, said meteorologist Dan Petersen of the National Weather Service. ...

Children's mental health service cut

BBC World News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:04
NHS spending on children's mental health services in England has fallen by more than 6% in real terms since 2010, according to official figures.
Categories: BBC World News

CES: Ford's wild Mustang racing game

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:03
LAS VEGAS - If Ford's not too busy trying to reinvent transportation systems, the company should consider making video game hardware.

2 Washington kids suffered limb weakness from virus outbreak

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:03
Two Washington state children were among dozens nationwide who developed weak or paralyzed limbs amid an outbreak of a rare respiratory virus, EV-68, last year.

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Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:02

911 call: Family in minivan stuck under semi, towed 16 miles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:02
GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) — A couple called 911 during a storm and described how they were trapped in their minivan as it was dragged 16 miles along Interstate 75 in northern Michigan after it became lodged beneath the rear of a tractor-trailer.

CES: Look out Google, here comes Cool Glass One

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:01
LAS VEGAS -- My award for the most shameless copying at CES this year goes to the Cool Glass One, a faux Google Glass being made by the Beijing Palo Alto Tech Co. Ltd.

Seismic series prompts Dallas suburb to examine emergency plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:01
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Seismologists installed more earthquake-monitoring devices in the Dallas suburb of Irving on Thursday as officials examined contingency plans after a series of temblors raised concerns for the area near the former Dallas Cowboys football stadium. The quakes this week did not cause any major damage or injuries, but were unusual in the area that is relatively free from significant seismic events. ...

Port dispute forces Weyerhaeuser to cut Longview mill jobs

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:01
Weyerhaeuser says it will cut production and jobs at its Longview pulp and paper mill because of the West Coast labor dispute that is making it difficult to ship products to customers overseas.

Army post reviews security after veterans' clinic shootings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:01
Four months after security was revamped at Fort Bliss, the sprawling West Texas Army post is ramping up protection anew following a shooting at a veterans' clinic in which a former worker killed a psychologist then committed suicide.

US to hold migration talks in Cuba

BBC World News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:57
US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson announces she will lead a high level delegation travelling to Havana later this month.
Categories: BBC World News

Bondholder sues bankrupt San Bernardino for favoring Calpers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:55
By Tim Reid (Reuters) - A corporation that holds $50 million of San Bernardino's pension bonds sued the city on Wednesday for giving preferential treatment to California's public pension system as San Bernardino navigates a third year in bankruptcy. Luxembourg-based Erste Europäische Pfandbrief-und Kommunalkreditbank AG (EEPK), which filed the lawsuit in federal bankruptcy court in Riverside, California, is suing San Bernardino for agreeing to pay in full its debt to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), while not yet treating the bondholder equally. ...