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Marathon bombing suspect seeks records on brother

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:23

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and is held in a federal prison on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI has denied a claim made by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that his brother and fellow suspect was asked by the FBI to be an informant. The Boston FBI office declined to comment on claims made in a court filing Friday, March 28, 2014. But the agency cited a statement it released in October in which it said the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI, "nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources." (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Defense lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are looking for ways to show his deceased older brother was mostly responsible for the tragedy — a move that, if successful, could save their client's life.


Mercury is slowly shrinking, scientists say

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Though it’s already the tiniest planet in the solar system, scientists say Mercury is still shrinking — and signs of that contraction can be clearly seen in distortions of the planet’s searing surface.

Saudi activist trudges lonely path for Sunni-Shiite equality

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
In a Middle East torn by deepening sectarian hatred, Mikhlif al-Shammari, of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim majority, supports equality between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It’s an unusual conviction that has carried an enormous personal cost.

The untold story of female mariachis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Female mariachis, long overlooked by scholars and the public, are getting some respect in an exhibit this month that covers more than a century of history surrounding women in this male-dominated musical genre.

Smoking stays stubbornly high for U.S. working class, poor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
As evidence of smoking’s deadly consequences has accumulated, the broad patterns of use by class have shifted from the well-to-do: Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the country, is now increasingly a habit of the poor and the working class.

Marijuana pill may help MS patients, doctors report

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
There is strong evidence that medical marijuana pills may reduce symptoms of spasticity and pain reported by multiple sclerosis patients, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology.

Mammoth tusk, shopping and jazz | Community Corner

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Community events for the weekend of March 29-30, 2014, include the recently unearthed fossil of a mammoth tusk in South Lake Union at the Burke Museum, the Lakeside School Rummage Sale and a musical benefit for historic Washington Hall.

Hoarder to return art that Nazis looted to owners, heirs

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Cornelius Gurlitt, the octogenarian hoarder of art plundered by the Nazis, will return paintings in the trove his family kept secret for decades to their original Jewish owners or those owners’ descendants, starting with a well-known Matisse.

‘D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944’: a riveting, inventive retelling

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
The use of up-to-the-minute techniques to retell the often-told story of one of the most decisive battles of World War II makes “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” opening Saturday, March 29, at IMAX: Pacific Science Center, a riveting and informative film experience.

The week’s passages

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 29.

NASA research could lead to predicting sinkholes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:16
Two NASA researchers examined radar images and discovered that the ground near a huge sinkhole had begun shifting at least a month earlier. The findings raise the possibility that engineers eventually could develop a way to predict the location of sinkholes.

Girl talks to pope on immigration, then dad freed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:13

In this March 26, 2014, photo provided by Catholic Coalition of Immigrant Rights, Pope Francis touches 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, who traveled to the Vatican from Los Angeles to plead with him to help spare her father from deportation, during a public audience at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Her father, Mario Vargas, in the United States illegally, had been in federal custody and faced possible deportation. After speaking with Francis, Mario Vargas was released on bond from immigration detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday, March 28, 2014. Jersey Vargas was part of a California delegation that sought to encourage the Vatican to prod President Obama on immigration reform. (AP Photo/Catholic Coalition of Immigrant Rights)LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.


Trip at an end, Obama has issues waiting at home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 23:11
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia's intentions in Eastern Europe.

Brown: Child marriage 'unacceptable'

BBC World News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:50
Former prime minister Gordon Brown tells the BBC "child marriage-free zones" are to be set up in Pakistan as part of efforts to get more children into school.
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White Pass - 3/29/2014 7:32:41 AM

White Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
White Pass US12
3/29/2014 7:32:41 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, slush in places

Weather:
Light rain and snow mix

Satus Pass - 3/29/2014 7:33:00 AM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
Satus Pass US97
3/29/2014 7:33:00 AM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Stevens Pass - 3/29/2014 7:32:40 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
Stevens Pass US2
3/29/2014 7:32:40 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet, snow and slush in places

Weather:
Light snow and rain mix

Stevens Pass - 3/29/2014 7:32:40 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
Stevens Pass US2
3/29/2014 7:32:40 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet, snow and slush in places

Weather:
Light snow and rain mix

Blewett Pass - 3/29/2014 7:35:27 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
Blewett Pass US97
3/29/2014 7:35:27 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/29/2014 7:33:30 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 22:42
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/29/2014 7:33:30 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Scattered clouds, areas of fog