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Is test-prep teaching? It takes up 18 percent of school time

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:28
As lawmakers in Olympia prepare to grapple with court-ordered increases in school funding, it might help to have a better idea of the various tasks a teacher is expected to complete in a day.

Maria Sharapova Ousted by Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:24
Having beaten Maria Sharapova just once in four tries going into the match, the German Angelique Kerber survived a grueling battle to upset the five-time Grand Slam champion and advance to Wimbledon’s women’s quarterfinals.

Charge dismissed in White House car incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a man who drove behind a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through the White House gates.

Aaron Hernandez featured in Gators 2014 calendar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:19

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 28, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killing of three men, is Mr. July in the Florida Gators’ 2014 sports calendar, with the school saying Tuesday, July 1, 2014, that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ex-Florida and NFL star Aaron Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killing of three men, is Mr. July in the Gators' 2014 sports calendar. The school said Tuesday that officials approved the publication months before he was charged with murder.


Aussie teenager Kyrgios stuns Nadal

BBC World News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:17
Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios beats world number one Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Categories: BBC World News

West Africa Ebola toll rises to 467

BBC World News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:11
The number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 467, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
Categories: BBC World News

Texas man who sought to blow up pipeline, wrote to Unabomber in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:09
By Jana J. Pruet DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man accused of trying to blow up a gas pipeline and seeking guidance from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski reached a plea deal with prosecutors under which he will go to prison for an undisclosed term, court documents filed on Tuesday said. Anson Chi, 35, was facing four counts of firearms and weapons violations that could have brought as many as 30 years in jail if convicted. Prosecutors said in their indictment that he tried to destroy a suburban Dallas section of a natural gas pipeline with a bomb in June 2012. "The government and Anson Chi, defendant, have entered into a written plea agreement in relation to the pending charges," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Stover said in a document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Monica Lewinsky revisits 'humiliation' of Clinton affair in interview

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:07

A man reads the latest edition of Vanity Fair with an article on Monica Lewinsky on a news stand in New YorkMonica Lewinsky, the one-time White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton in the 1990s nearly brought down his presidency, said she ended up feeling like "the most humiliated woman in the world." In her first television interview in a decade, Lewinsky, who became a constant punch line for late-night comedians, is part of a National Geographic documentary, "The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?" that airs on Sunday. In the National Geographic interview, she recalled the day in 1998 when special prosecutor Kenneth Starr issued a report on the scandal, including vivid details about her affair with Clinton, has one of the worst in her life. "I mean it was just violation after violation." Lewinsky largely dropped from sight after the scandal died out but her name resurfaced in U.S. political discourse in February, when former first lady and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was quoted as calling her "a narcissistic looney-tune" in an article based on the papers of a Clinton friend.


Idaho university allows armed patrols as law takes effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:05
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Public safety officers armed with semi-automatic pistols will patrol Idaho State University for the first time on Tuesday to safeguard students and staff, in response to a new state law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses. Another Idaho university was considering a similar move. We are increasing our officers' capabilities to respond," Idaho State public safety director Steve Chatterton said in a statement. The Idaho gun law, passed this year by the state's Republican-controlled legislature, allows retired law enforcement officers and those with so-called enhanced concealed-carry permits to possess guns on university grounds, including some child-care centers but not in dormitories or football stadiums.

DealBook: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:02
A bus bombing two decades ago — and a father’s quest for justice — set off a chain of events that led to a case against BNP Paribas for transferring money to blacklisted countries.






Washington legal pot effort has enough signatures for vote -chairman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:01

A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBackers of legal marijuana in Washington have enough signatures to put the issue to a referendum that faces potential hurdles in Congress, the initiative's head said on Tuesday. Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, said it had collected more than 55,000 signatures to put the measure on a Nov. 4 ballot in the U.S. capital, well above the 22,373 required by law. The referendum could face opposition from Congress, which under the U.S. Constitution has oversight power over the District of Columbia. The Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives last week moved to block a District law that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of pot.


Top five World Cup record breakers

BBC World News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 02:00
...and other top five World Cup record-breakers
Categories: BBC World News

State experiences largest population growth since 2008; Federal Way at 90,150

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:57
The Washington State Office of Financial Management released its annual estimates of the state's population increase recently, estimating that the state's overall population increased by 85,000 people between 2013 and 2104.

Isis leader issues call to Muslims

BBC World News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:51
The leader of the Isis jihadist group calls on Muslims to travel to Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state, in a new audio message.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 7/1/2014 10:16:49 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:46
White Pass US12
7/1/2014 10:16:49 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 7/1/2014 10:10:07 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:46
Satus Pass US97
7/1/2014 10:10:07 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 7/1/2014 10:07:04 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:46
Stevens Pass US2
7/1/2014 10:07:04 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 7/1/2014 10:05:17 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:46
Blewett Pass US97
7/1/2014 10:05:17 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/1/2014 10:15:43 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:46
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/1/2014 10:15:43 AM

Temperature: Not Available

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Rock blasting is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 8 pm, and is expected to last one hour or more. During blasting I-90 is closed from mp 56, near Gold Creek to mp 61, near Price Creek. During blasting closures there are no services eastbound past mp 53 and westbound mp 70. Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, construction related activities are not scheduled Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6. However due to holiday traffic, drivers may experience delays.

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GM returns stolen Corvette to owner after 33 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 01:45
DETROIT (AP) — The last time George Talley saw his beloved 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was when he parked it on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit in 1981.