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Year in pictures: China 2014

BBC World News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:12
Images of events from China that made headlines in 2014
Categories: BBC World News

Notre Dame, Georgia win bowl games

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:09
Kyle Brindza made a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and Notre Dame beat No. 22 LSU 31-28 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Meanwhile, 13th-ranked Georgia overpowered No. 20 Louisville 37-14 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

Isiah Umipig leads Seattle U past UC Davis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:07
Umipig scores season-high 33 points, making seven three-pointers as Redhawks get above .500 with 76-67 victory.

Watch the epic finale of Dubai's New Year's firework display

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:05

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai was center stage for a New Year's fireworks display.

       

New J-pod orca calf spotted in Salish Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:01
A brand-new orca calf has been seen in the Salish Sea, the Center for Whale Research reported Tuesday evening.

California snow survey shows higher snowpack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:00

Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, left, pulls the snow depth survey pole from the snow pack as he conducts the first snow survey of the season at Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The survey showed the snow pack to to be 21.3 inches deep with a water content of 4.8 inches, which is 33 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. At right is Dave Schmalenberger, of the Eat Bay Municipal Utility District, who accompanied Gehrke on the survey. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (AP) — The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.


Putin critic among 'hundred held'

BBC World News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:59
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is among 100 people detained at a Moscow rally, hours after being sentenced to house arrest for fraud.
Categories: BBC World News

Penny for her thoughts: Puppy heads home after 2,400-mile U.S. road trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:58
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A puppy called Penny could be reunited with her worry-stricken U.S. owners by week's end after she went on a nearly 2,400-mile road trip that took her to an Iowa truck stop and a Pennsylvania pet hospital, her family said on Tuesday. The floppy-eared Vizsla has one more stop before returning home to Washington state. She has to travel from Pennsylvania, where she has been in foster care, to the District of Columbia for a free ride home from U.S. carrier Alaska Airlines, her owners said in a message on Saturday on a Facebook page devoted to finding her. ...

Colorado AG: Home hash oil production is illegal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:58
DENVER (AP) — Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but extracting the drug's high-potency oil at home is not, the state's attorney general said Tuesday, fueling a debate about how to punish hash-oil producers who have caused a rise in fiery explosions this year.

China's factory activity shrinks

BBC World News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:48
China's manufacturing activity shrank for the first time in seven months in December, a private survey showed on Wednesday.
Categories: BBC World News

Searchers Pull AirAsia Plane Debris and Bodies From Java Sea

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:47
Rescue teams off the coast of Borneo found bodies and debris from the AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday, but it remained unknown why the plane went down.






Frat suspended, student expelled at Quinnipiac

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:47
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — An investigation into hazing allegations at Quinnipiac University prompted it to temporarily shut down a fraternity, expel a student and suspend two other frat members, university officials said Tuesday.

Police Unions’ Leaders Air Grievances in 2-Hour Meeting With de Blasio

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:44
The private meeting was an attempt to defuse tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the leaders of police unions, who have snubbed and denounced him since two officers were fatally shot.






Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is suspended for playoff game

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:40
Ndamukong Suh is in trouble with the league again. The Detroit defensive tackle was suspended for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the regular-season finale.
Categories: Sports Center

Nippy New Year's: Snow, cold chills California

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:38

Near-record cold will ring in the New Year, marking the chilliest Rose Parade in more than 60 years.

       

Jets fire coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:37
Woody Johnson was tired of all the losing, the four straight seasons without going to the playoffs.
Categories: Sports Center

Falcons fire Mike Smith after 2nd straight losing season

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:36
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job.
Categories: Sports Center

White Pass - 12/30/2014 6:03:13 PM

White Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:26
White Pass US12
12/30/2014 6:03:13 PM

Temperature: 14 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 12/30/2014 6:05:23 PM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:26
Satus Pass US97
12/30/2014 6:05:23 PM

Temperature: 15 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Southbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
The roadway is bare with ice in places.

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 12/30/2014 6:14:47 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 11:26
Stevens Pass US2
12/30/2014 6:14:47 PM

Temperature: 10 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Compact snow and ice in places on the roadway

Weather:
Clear skies