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Washington State sets up third poultry quarantine amid avian flu worries

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:52
The state of Washington said Tuesday it has established a third poultry quarantine zone after state officials discovered that a flock of about 100 birds in Okanogan County was infected with the avian influenza virus. The Washington State Department of Agriculture adopted an emergency rule on Sunday to establish the new quarantine area, which encompasses a six-mile area in Oroville, Wash., state ...

Lost slot machines, unshuffled cards draw fines for casinos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:49

This Aug. 31, 2012 photo shows the exterior of the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City N.J. In an action made public on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement fined the casino $4,000 for handing a gambler a stack of chips to reimburse his losses after the casino realized it had used unshuffled cards for four games. Chips cannot be removed from gambling tables except in return for cash, credit or in other narrowly defined circumstances. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two tasks should be among the most basic at any casino: Keep track of how many slot machines are in use, and shuffle the cards before using them.


SPD's Nick Metz confirmed as police chief in Colorado

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:46
Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz has been confirmed as the next chief of police in Aurora, Colo.

Suge Knight taken to hospital after court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:45

Marion "Suge" Knight, right, is joined by his attorney David Kenner, left, during his arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Compton, Calif. Knight, 49, pleaded not guilty on to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed after he struck two men with his truck last week. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Former rap music mogul Suge Knight pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and attempted murder charges before complaining of chest pain and being rushed to a hospital.


Mother knows best, even on Valentine's Day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:45

A cup proclaims the superpowers of mothers in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers _ to her mother. It may sound old-fashioned, but winning Mom’s OK is still a big deal in the fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating. A new poll finds that 6 in 10 young women say when they’re thinking of getting serious with someone, their mother’s approval is “extremely” or “very” important.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers — to her mother.


GOP lawmakers ready a plan to replace Obama health care law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican House committee chairman says he and two GOP senators are preparing to release a plan for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law.

Lens Blog: Fame & Fortune? How About a Free Portfolio Review

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:40
We’re not letting anything get in the way of your attending the Third Annual New York Portfolio Review. Time is running out to apply for this chance to meet curators, editors and gallerists. And did we say it’s free?






Rick Orlov, veteran LA City Hall reporter, dies at age 66

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rick Orlov, the veteran Los Angeles Daily News reporter who covered City Hall for nearly three decades, has died.

For striking U.S. refinery workers, Shell shows a new face

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:36
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - At tense meetings just days before the first major U.S. refinery strike in 35 years was called on Sunday, union leaders grew increasingly pessimistic about getting a new labor contract and a sizable wage increase. Officials from Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead negotiator for the oil companies, were repeatedly saying it would be too hard to meet the union's demands for a new three-year contract to lift pay and tighten safety practices, several union officials told Reuters. The USW had always viewed Shell as the most flexible of the big oil companies, much easier to negotiate with than Exxon Mobil Corp or Marathon Petroleum Corp. In fact, the union picks the company to head up negotiations and specifically chose Shell this year for its perceived flexibility. "We were very, very shocked," USW International President Leo Gerard said about Shell's decision to cut off talks on Sunday.

Virgin Galactic gets back on track toward space tourism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:35

This Dec. 9, 2014, image shows the taxiway leading to the hangar at Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. Spaceport officials are planning to open a visitors' gallery at the hangar in late February and are looking forward to SpaceX beginning test flights for its rocket program this spring. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that make up one of New Mexico's most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day to launch the world's first commercial space-line.


Judge ousts juror in ex-NFL star Hernandez's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:33

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez attends his murder trial in Falls RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge on Tuesday removed a juror in the high-profile murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, saying the juror misled the court about attendance at Patriots games and expressed an opinion on the case. The juror, who was not identified, was a member of the panel of five men and 13 women hearing testimony in Hernandez's trial on charges relating to the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who had been dating Hernandez's fiancée's sister. "There is credible evidence that the juror did talk about the case over the last few years, and that the juror expressed a specific opinion about the case," Associate Justice Susan Garsh said at Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River. Hernandez, 25, has been accused of fatally shooting Lloyd near his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, in June 2013.


Lehmann backs Clarke as captain

BBC World News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:32
Australia coach Darren Lehmann says he is "sick" of speculation about Michael Clarke and backs the batsman as captain.
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Crown Hill tavern, restaurant hit by gunfire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:31
Someone fired several gunshots into a Crown Hill tavern early Tuesday morning after apparently getting kicked out of the business, police said.

NTSB links selfies to deadly plane crash near Denver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:25

NTSB links selfies to deadly plane crash near DenverFederal investigators say selfies were a likely factor in a small plane crash near Denver last year that killed two.


Draft of Arrest Request for Argentine President Found at Dead Prosecutor’s Home

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:22
Alberto Nisman had a document for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in a 1994 bombing, an investigator said.






New Cold War: US, Russia fight over Europe's energy future

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:20

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, left, talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, before holding a joint news conference in Sofia, Bulgaria Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Kerry visited Bulgaria to push for a new gas spur and press an American company's bid to build a new nuclear plant there. Bulgaria relies on Russia for 85 percent of its gas and all of its nuclear power. Its prices, among NATO’s highest, are a concern within the alliance, which prides itself on winning the Cold War. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia are once more locked in what could be a generation-defining conflict, and Europe is yet again the core battleground. But this Cold War reprise isn't about military supremacy.


Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Cosme in the Flatiron District

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:16
The chef Enrique Olvera brings his approach to Mexican cuisine north of the border to New York.






White Pass - 2/3/2015 9:59:24 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:11
White Pass US12
2/3/2015 9:59:24 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies with occasional snow flurries

Satus Pass - 2/3/2015 9:58:53 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:11
Satus Pass US97
2/3/2015 9:58:53 AM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Stevens Pass - 2/3/2015 9:47:45 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:11
Stevens Pass US2
2/3/2015 9:47:45 AM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with slush and ice in places

Weather:
Overcast skies