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‘The Congress’: gripping live action, unfocused animation

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:16
A movie review of “The Congress”: After a stunning first half, this expensive-looking puzzle movie loses focus. Robin Wright delivers a brave, eloquent performance as a washed-up Hollywood actress. It received 2.5 stars out of 4.

Movie bargains / outdoor screenings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:16
Places to see discounted movies and outdoor screenings during the week of Aug. 29.

Visiting a Kurdish capital in the US

BBC World News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:13
Middle Eastern haven in the American south
Categories: BBC World News

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

On the Runway Blog: Obama Wore a Tan Suit (and Spoke About World Crises)

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:12
The tan suit that President Obama wore to a news conference drew plenty of attention, the way a female politician’s wardrobe often does.

With Gaza War, Movement to Boycott Israel Gains Momentum in Europe

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:10
The war in Gaza and its aftermath have inflamed opinion in Europe, analysts say, and are likely to increase support for campaigns to divest from and penalize Israel.

Injected Drugs Said to Kill Man in Flawed Execution

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:09
The report, prepared by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, did not explore what caused Clayton D. Lockett’s execution to go awry in Oklahoma.

How Ivory Coast is trying to halt Ebola

BBC World News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:09
The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take
Categories: BBC World News

Teen shot, wounded in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:07

Teen shot, wounded in WilmingtonAuthorities are investigating a shooting in Wilmington that wounded a teenage boy.

Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:06
BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

VIDEO: California's new gold rush

BBC World News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:02
In The New Forty-Niners, photographer Sarina Finkelstein documents a new wave of gold seekers in California, more than 160 years after the Gold Rush.
Categories: BBC World News

How can nasturtiums be even better? As vines

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:01
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris introduces us to the nasturtium vine and warns about the weed called purslane, which is happy growing just about everywhere and loves to foil your efforts to kill it.

Here's how to get your refund if you bought a misleading Windows Store app

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:01
Microsoft this week outlined the steps it's taking to combat the problem of apps in its Windows Store that have misleading names or descriptions.

Wyoming woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:01
A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus carrying passengers around the playa in the Black Rock Desert.

Florida appeals court says state can rule on gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:59
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - An appeals court in Florida on Thursday rejected a motion by its attorney general that urged the state's top court to delay a ruling on its same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court eventually decides on the issue. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that the debate about gay nuptials involves issues central to the U.S. In a brief ruling, a judge in Florida's Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal rejected Bondi's motion.

No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:58

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsBy Alexia Shurmur WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident." But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas. The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.

Lawyer Seeks to Reinstate Suit Over Alleged Abuse Cover-Up at Yeshiva High

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:56
The case hinges, in part, on when it was the obligation of the abuse victims to pursue hints of a cover-up at Yeshiva University High School for Boys.

Critics Question High Ratings on New York State Teacher Evaluations Amid Poor Test Scores

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:54
For the first time, parents and administrators can assess the effectiveness of teachers at the county, district and, in some cases, the school level.

Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:54

FILE- In this file photo taken Tuesday, April 28, 2009, Eliza Anti, 31, and Michael Parker, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., near the end of their days-long hiking and camping trip at the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is imposing new restrictions on hikers who are turning up in larger numbers to complete grueling "rim to rim" excursions from one end of the canyon to the other. The popularity of the hikes have created problems with litter and safety as people need to be rescued. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit — a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.