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Constitutional test for Minnesota sex offender program

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:01
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it's unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.

Huskies hoops links: Darin Johnson giving UW a spark off bench

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:46
These are desperate times for Washington, which started the season 11-0 but is now 11th in the Pac-12 standings.

Physician Ben Carson eyes May announcement of presidential bid

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:38

Ben Carson, a retired surgeon, speaks at a luncheon during the Republican National Committtee's "Building on Success" meeting in San DiegoRetired surgeon Ben Carson on Sunday said he could form a committee to explore a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination this month and make a formal announcement in May. "That's a reasonable time frame," Carson told "Fox News Sunday" when asked by host Chris Wallace about the timing of an exploratory committee and formal announcement. "We're putting all that together." Carson, a former Fox News contributor who is popular with Tea Party conservatives, ranked fourth among possible Republican candidates in a recent Fox News poll of potential voters in Iowa, coming in behind former Florida Governor Job Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

FACT CHECK: What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:35

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, a TSA agent checks a bag at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport in Chicago. Spending for the Homeland Security Department hangs in the balance as Congress fights over unrelated immigration provisions attached by Republicans to the agency’s annual spending bill. In the view of some House conservatives, though, shutting off the agency’s budget is “not the end of the world.“ What would happen if Congress fails to reach a deal to renew homeland security spending by Feb. 27? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency's annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department's budget will shut off.

An Old West tour of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:31
Pony up to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West; the Desert Botanical Garden; and Old Town Scottsdale.

In Botswana, a place of refuge for elephants

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:31
African nation is a rare haven for elephants and other wildlife, although pressures on habitat and conflict with humans are increasing.

Feb. 8 TV Picks: ‘Better Call Saul’ series premiere on AMC

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
TV picks for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, include “Better Cal Saul” on AMC, “Bob’s Burgers” on Fox and “Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester” on KCTS.

The Week Ahead: Meghan Trainor, Sheri Fink and flower and home shows

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
The week of Feb. 8 brings musicians, authors, theater to region.

‘Carousel’ brings childhood memories full circle

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson remembers one of the first musicals she ever saw: “Carousel,” an American classic soon to be restaged by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.

Sunday Best: Give this Schiaparelli dress a hand

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli had a sense of whimsy, and so does this slinky green dress that bears her name.

‘The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet’ sells well locally

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Wide World Books & Maps reports recent trends.

‘The Girl on the Train’ rushes to top book-sales spot

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
“Zero Belly Diet” leads weekly nonfiction book sales.

Stop rating-scale dating and seek true connection

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax: The best way to see what people have to offer is to rid yourself of preconceived notions of who you want them to be.

Think you don’t need a flu shot? Think again

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Gloria Arand, MD, writes that even if this year’s vaccine doesn’t exactly match all of the circulating viruses, the flu shot will still prevent some infections and may reduce the severity of the flu if you do get sick.

Frederica von Stade on Met Opera auditions: ‘I didn’t know to be terrified’

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
An interview with the great mezzo-soprano, who’s coming to Seattle to co-host the Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest Regional Auditions Weekend.

Certain foods help you sleep better, avoid weight gain

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, and certain foods can help you avoid both, writes nutritionist Carrie Dennett.

Masters of ‘around the world’ in Seattle for Yo-Yo Championship

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:16
The Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Seattle Center Armory, and admission is free.

VIDEO: Elephants and Black Stars gear up for final

BBC World News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:11
BBC Sport's Piers Edwards meets Ivory Coast and Ghana fans ahead of Sunday's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Categories: BBC World News

10. Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor

iTunes Top Ten - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:10
Title (Deluxe)
Meghan Trainor

Release Date: January 9, 2015
Total Songs: 15
Genre: Pop
Price: $12.99
Copyright ? 2014, 2015 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Categories: iTunes Top Ten

Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks 'staff primary'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:10

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club in DetroitPotential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. "There is a known universe of operatives with many of them headquartered in early primary states," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. Every ideological slice of the Republican spectrum is represented, from mainstream former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the small government Tea Party movement, to libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Fox News personality. Others exploring presidential runs include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.