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Probe faults oversight of HealthCare.gov development

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:46

The GAO has spent months investigating the rollout of the program and its website.

       

Pete Carroll on injuries, punt returner, and more

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:46
Here's the official transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after practice today:

Seattle man charged in shooting of Bank of America guard

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:46
A 24-year-old Seattle man has been charged with first-degree assault with a firearm in connection with the shooting of a bank security guard last week.

Pete Carroll on injuries, punt returner, and more

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:46
Here's the official transcript of what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say after practice today:
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Memo From South Africa: Honoring a Filmmaker in the Shadow of Apartheid

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:43
Although he did not oppose apartheid, Tonie van der Merwe created movies exclusively for blacks, launching the careers of many actors and technicians in the ’70s and ’80s.

Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:38

George He, left, and Sean Kong, right, both friends of the father of slain Chinese student Xinran Ji, read a statement from the family on behalf of his parents, as they are still in China unable to get a U.S. travel visa, at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Four teens are charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of a University of Southern California graduate student who was beaten to death on his walk home say they are concerned about other students and hope the university increases security.


Chad Marshall mishap first of many in Sounders’ loss

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:35
The Sounders’ loss to the L.A. Galaxy began with a car accident and ended with a series of defensive woes and a 3-0 defeat at CenturyLink Field on Monday.

NYU Langone Medical Center to Get $1.13 Billion in Storm Aid

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:35
The award will be used to restore damaged buildings and to protect the medical center, which is by the East River, from future flooding.

Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

Water shoots in the air from a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset Boulevard, uphill from UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The resulting flood inundated several areas of UCLA, including Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, a parking structure and several other building. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.


Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

People smoke during a break outside an office building in midtown New YorkBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 2009 law that raised federal taxes to discourage smoking cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in lost revenue as manufacturers relabeled products and consumers shifted to cheaper pipe tobacco and large cigars, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Tuesday. The GAO estimated $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in lost revenue from April 2009 to February 2014 as manufacturers exploited loopholes in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which raised taxes for smoking-tobacco products. "Each of the three tobacco manufacturers that agreed to speak with us explained that their companies switched from selling higher-taxed roll-your-own tobacco to lower-taxed pipe tobacco to stay competitive," the congressional watchdog agency said in the report, which was the focus of a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Showing a third sample, he pointed out that a label saying "all-natural pipe tobacco" covered up a statement that the bag "makes approximately 500 cigarettes." "Everyone knows this is cigarette tobacco," Bernstein said.


The benefits of exercising 6 seconds at a time (Newser)

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:32

Can't find the time to jog or walk a few miles? Good news out of Abertay University in Scotland

       

Obama orders iced tea at coffee shop

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:31

President Obama meets and greets in a Kansas City suburb.

       

SPD searching for man who allegedly kidnapped month-old daughter

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:31
Seattle police located a man who allegedly kidnapped his one-month-old daughter and threatened to kill the child’s mother just after 5 p.m. at an apartment on Capitol Hill.

As Sanctions Pile Up, Russians’ Alarm Grows Over Putin’s Tactics

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:28
Fears are growing that the festering turmoil in Ukraine and the new round of sanctions announced Tuesday will damage the economy to the extent that ordinary Russians feel it.

Calif. to have openly gay governor for part of day

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:23

Toni Atkins, Calif.'s first openly lesbian speaker, will be state's acting governor.

       

Police Bullets Abruptly Ended an Invisible Life, Lived in the Open

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:22
To many in New York, the man who was killed Monday in a gun battle with law enforcement officers was known as John; thousands of miles away, the police were hunting for the same man.

Mariners move hot-hitting Dustin Ackley to leadoff spot

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:22
In 11 games since the All-Star break, Ackley is hitting .444 with seven doubles and a triple.

Amgen will shut Seattle, Bothell operations

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:18
The move takes out the largest biotech employer in the area, impacting 660 jobs in Seattle and 50 jobs at a manufacturing plant in Bothell. It highlights the region’s struggle to grow into a world-class biotech hub, an effort hobbled by outside takeovers and product failures.

Fitness test doesn't discriminate vs. women, Pa. state police say

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:16

The lawsuit says nearly all male recruits pass the initial physical fitness tests, while about 30% of women flunk it.

       

Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:10

In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, a smiling Kenneth Ireland leaves Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., after all charges were dropped against him in connection with the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. New DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crimes. Ireland filed a wrongful imprisonment claim against the state seeking up to $8 million, and a hearing begins Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to determine how much he should be compensated. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.