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Texas executes inmate convicted of killing a police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:41
A man who was in a group of seven inmates behind one of the biggest prison escapes in Texas history was executed on Wednesday for taking part in the murder of a suburban Dallas police officer on Christmas Eve 2000, a prisons official said. Donald Newbury, 52, was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6:25 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal injection. He was the 521st person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

Robin Williams' wife, children fight over his estate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:40

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011 file photo, Susan Schneider, from left, Robin Williams, and Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of "Happy Feet Two" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Los Angeles. Williams' children and wife are fighting over the late comedian's estate in a California court. In papers filed in December 2014 in San Francisco Superior Court, Williams' wife, Susan, accuses the comedian's children from two previous marriages of taking items without her permission. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about late actor Robin Williams' estate, The Associated Press misidentified Allan Mayer. Mayer is a spokesman for the children, not a lawyer.


Orca 'Lolita' at Miami facility to get endangered protection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:40

FILE - In this March 9, 1995 file photo, trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The federal government has decided that the whale deserves the same protection as a small population of endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters. But the National Marine Fisheries Service also said Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, that the whale’s inclusion in the endangered listing does not impact the animal’s stay at the Florida facility where she has been since 1970. (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Nuri Vallbona, File) MAGS OUTSEATTLE (AP) — A captive killer whale that has been performing for decades at the Miami Seaquarium deserves the same protection as a small population of endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters, the federal government announced Wednesday.


The world's most-trafficked mammal - and the scaliest

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:35
The most trafficked mammal in the world - and the scaliest
Categories: BBC World News

Tentative deal seen for disabled vet beaten by Denver police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:31
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The city of Denver has agreed to pay a disabled veteran who sued police after he was beaten unconscious by an officer who has been accused repeatedly of using excessive force, the victim's lawyer said on Wednesday. The terms of the proposed settlement between the city and James Moore have not been made public because the agreement has yet to be approved by Denver City Council, said Moore's lawyer, David Lane. A spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Hancock said the city cannot comment on the case because the deal is not finalized. Moore says in a federal lawsuit that he was "hog tied," beaten and clubbed by officers Shawn Miller and James Robledo in 2008 after they responded to a noise complaint at his Denver apartment.

Lawyers: Evidence shows Saudi Arabia aided 9/11 hijackers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:26

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff Office, Zacarias Moussaoui is shown. Lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say in a lawsuit that they have amassed new evidence that agents of Saudi Arabia "knowingly and directly" helped the hijackers. They say they have obtained sworn testimony from Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker to support their claims. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, that Moussaoui's claims come from a "deranged criminal" and there is no evidence to support them.(AP Photo/Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they have new evidence that agents of Saudi Arabia "directly and knowingly" helped the hijackers, including sworn testimony from the so-called 20th hijacker and from three principals of the U.S. government's two primary probes of the attacks.


Man convicted of operating underground website Silk Road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:25
NEW YORK (AP) — A San Francisco man was swiftly convicted Wednesday on charges he created a multimillion-dollar marketplace for illegal drugs and other contraband on the Internet by adopting the alias Dread Pirate Roberts and promising buyers and sellers anonymity through use of encryption and bitcoins.

White Pass - 2/4/2015 3:14:56 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:24
White Pass US12
2/4/2015 3:14:56 PM

Temperature: 35 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:24
Satus Pass US97
2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare, wet in places.

Weather:
Areas of dense fog

Stevens Pass - 2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:24
Stevens Pass US2
2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Blewett Pass - 2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:24
Blewett Pass US97
2/4/2015 3:22:39 PM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with slush in places.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 2/4/2015 3:14:47 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:24
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
2/4/2015 3:14:47 PM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with slush in places.

Weather:
Mixed rain and snow

Florida advances bear hunting after spate of suburban attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:22
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida wildlife authorities took a step on Wednesday toward ending the state's 20-year bear-hunting ban, advancing a proposal for a one-week season this autumn amid concerns that bears are becoming a threat in suburban neighborhoods. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not take a formal vote, but agreed to begin preparing bear-hunting rules. Four people have been injured in bear attacks in Florida since 2012, mostly in the central part of the state built on former bear habitat near the Ocala National Forest. Of the 41 states where black bears are found, 32 allow them to be hunted, according to an agency report.

Silk Road site's creator found guilty

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:22
The man accused of operating Silk Road, a deep web marketplace where illegal drugs were sold, has been found guilty by a jury in New York.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Metal band's mercy plea for UK woman

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:19
The lead singer of heavy metal band Napalm Death, Mark "Barney" Greenway, explains why he wrote an open letter to the president of Indonesia appealing for mercy for British woman Lindsay Sandiford.
Categories: BBC World News

Save loads by renting your car away from the airport

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:16
I was just reminded, through experience, of this great trick for thrifty travelers.

Delightful Turkish in Wallingford

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:16
Bodrum Bistro brings the flavors of Turkey to a charming storefront in Wallingford.

Recruiting Notes: Myles Gaskin

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:16
We're checking in with Rivals.com/Yahoo Sports analysts on national siging day. Here's what Adam Gorney, a West Coast Analyst, had to say about O'Dea's Myles Gaskin (UW).

French prisons fertile ground for Islamists

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:14
French prisons are fertile ground for extremists
Categories: BBC World News

Federal officials to conduct safety inspection of DC subway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they will conduct a safety inspection of Washington's subway system following a fatal accident last month.