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Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:36

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES), in Las Vegas. Facebook said Tuesday, March 25, 2014, it has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.


On Visit to China, Michelle Obama Eases In Some Political Messages

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:32
What seemed to start as a spring break holiday for the first lady has turned out to be far more substantive than what the cheerful advocate of fitness and healthful eating often displays at home.
    





Man killed by New Jersey commuter train as he leaned over platform edge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:25

A New Jersey Transit train involved in an accident sits on the track in New Brunswick, New Jersey(Reuters) - A man was struck and killed on Tuesday by a New Jersey commuter train as he leaned over the edge of a station platform, a New Jersey Transit official said. According to eyewitnesses, the man was on the platform when he was struck and killed by an oncoming northbound train shortly before 5 p.m. local time, said spokesman William Smith.


16 years in prison for man in NYC terror bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:23

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2014 file photo, Jose Pimentel appears in a New York City courtroom. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Pimentel, who admitted trying to build pipe bombs to carry out a homegrown terror campaign, was sentenced to 16 years in prison. The sentencing capped a case authorities called an illustration of the threat of lone, local would-be terrorists but his lawyers portrayed as an example of police entrapment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An al-Qaida sympathizer who admitted trying to build pipe bombs to carry out a homegrown terror campaign was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison, capping a case authorities called an illustration of the threat of lone, local would-be terrorists but his lawyers portrayed as an example of police entrapment.


2 UN staffers kidnapped in Yemen; 1 later freed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:22
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two U.N. staff members were abducted Tuesday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, and one was later freed, officials said.

Stay on Michigan same-sex marriages extended for appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:22

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoA U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court stopped the judge's decision from taking effect. The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's granting of a stay after a federal judge last year overturned Utah's ban on gay weddings. Clerks immediately began issuing marriage licenses while Utah's attorney general appealed the ruling.


Phoenix judge spares life of dog that mauled child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:19

This March 11, 2014 photo shows Mickey, a pit bull, at West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Mickey attacked four-year-old Kevin Vicente on Feb. 20, 2014. Mickey is now the object of a Facebook page that has garnered more than 59,000 likes on Facebook. The case moves to a Phoenix courtroom Tuesday March 25, 2014, as a judge hears arguments on whether Mickey should live or die, a question that has riled up thousands of animal lovers on social media. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix judge on Tuesday spared the life of a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on mercy, blame and animal violence.


Five charged with kidnapping in Houston human smuggling ring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:17
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five men suspected of being part of a human smuggling ring that held more than 100 people captive in a derelict Houston area home were charged with hostage-taking and firearms crimes at a federal court on Tuesday. Jose Aviles-Villa, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, Antonio Barruquet-Hildiberta, Jose Cesmas-Borja, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja were arrested last week at what immigration officials said was a "stash house," where many of the 115 captives were stripped of their shoes and most of their clothing. Homeland Security Special Agent Andres Garcia, Jr. said the five suspects conspired to detain individuals in the United States illegally to compel a third party to pay money to win the release of certain captives. Authorities said they were alerted to the stash house when Houston police received a call from a woman claiming that her daughter and her two grandchildren were kidnapped.

Officials: More Washington mudslide victims found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:13
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.

Utah to welcome marijuana for limited medical use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:13

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Aileen Burger holds up a bottle of cannabis-infused oil used to treat her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who suffers from severe epilepsy, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain the extract, which comes from a strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, and is believed to help with seizures, but it's unclear how and when they'll procure it. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they say helps with seizures, but getting it involves navigating a thorny set of state and federal laws.


White Pass - 3/25/2014 4:51:52 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:11
White Pass US12
3/25/2014 4:51:52 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Occasional light rain

Satus Pass - 3/25/2014 4:59:23 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:11
Satus Pass US97
3/25/2014 4:59:23 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No current information available

Restrictions Southbound:
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Stevens Pass - 3/25/2014 4:49:52 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:11
Stevens Pass US2
3/25/2014 4:49:52 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and dry, wet in places

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 3/25/2014 4:56:03 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:11
Blewett Pass US97
3/25/2014 4:56:03 PM

Temperature: 40 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is wet in places

Weather:
Occasional rain

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/25/2014 4:43:24 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:11
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/25/2014 4:43:24 PM

Temperature: 41 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Rain showers

Officials: More Washington mudslide victims found

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:10
Washington state officials say searchers have found more bodies as hundreds of rescuers and volunteers scour the debris of a massive landslide.

Pollution Killed 7 Million People Worldwide in 2012, Report Finds

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:09
A World Health Organization report concluded that more than one-third of pollution deaths in 2012 occurred in fast-developing Asian nations.
    

VIDEO: Teen photographer's love for animals

BBC World News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:09
The teen who reminds us we're not the only species on Earth
Categories: BBC World News

Search for Missing Flight’s Wreckage Is Hampered by a Sea of Detritus

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:56
Marine debris experts said that objects spotted in the search area for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner could be just about anything, from mattresses to shipping containers.
    





WTC parachute jump condemned as 'selfish act'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:56

James Brady, left, and Andrew Rossig, right, two parachutists who jumped from One World Trader Center in September 2013, are accompanied by attorney Timothy Parlatore to surrender to police, in New York, Monday, March 24, 2014. Monday's arrests come eight days after a 16-year-old was arrested on charges of climbing up to the top of the nation's biggest skyscraper. Police had no immediate information on Monday's arrests. They had said they were looking for two parachutists seen floating near the building Sept. 30. The defense attorneys say three accused jumpers and an alleged accomplice on the ground are expecting to face felony burglary charges. The attorneys say the defendants are experienced BASE jumpers, the acronym stands for "building, span, antenna, earth." The lawyers say the men took care to keep from endangering anyone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York police commissioner denounced the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a lawless act that put others in danger.