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Mexican restaurants in U.S. squeezed by surging lime prices

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:51
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Mexican restaurants in the United States are being squeezed by a sudden jump in the price of limes, an essential ingredient, which has led managers in places like San Antonio that are a hotbed for the cuisine to alter recipes. "Mexico received some heavy rains that destroyed a large amount of the lime crop, so with limited supplies we are seeing lime prices skyrocket," Bryan Black, director of communications for the Texas Department of Agriculture, said on Thursday. John Berry, who runs La Fonda, a prominent Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, said on Thursday the price he pays for a case of limes has jumped to nearly $100 from $14 last year. Serving a margarita without a lime garnish is burning at the heart of Louis Barrios, who runs the family-owned Mexican restaurant chain "Los Barrios." But he's doing without.

Christie's lawyer: Governor not involved in plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:48

FILE - In a March 25, 2014 , file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting in Belmar, N.J. Christie says undergoing gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)NEW YORK (AP) — A law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme.


Tug boat mistaken for plane crash

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:47
A tug boat ferrying a large object at sea sparks an alert off Gran Canaria after being mistaken for a crashed plane.
Categories: BBC World News

Most Chinese Cities Fail Minimum Air Quality Standards, Study Says

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:47
Only three of 74 cities monitored managed to meet standards set by the government, with most of the polluted cities in northern China.
    

5 Things to Know about new candy plant in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:46
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mars Inc. is confident in Americans' sweet tooth. The candy giant has built a $270 million plant — its first in North America in 35 years — in Kansas that will churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets each day.

Major G.O.P. Donor Tests His Influence in Push to Ban Online Gambling

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:43
The casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s drive to outlaw online gambling has divided the gambling industry and has become a test of his clout in Washington.
    





Bride faces prison for pushing husband off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:43

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge denied a woman's attempt to withdraw her guilty plea Thursday as she faces sentencing on a murder charge for pushing her husband to his death in Glacier National Park.


Police 'fail domestic abuse victims'

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:40
Thousands of people are at risk of serious harm or even murder because of widespread failure by police in England and Wales to deal with domestic abuse, a report says.
Categories: BBC World News

6 arrests in bag theft case at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say six people were arrested after officers served more than two dozen search warrants after a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport.

Uganda capsize 'killed 251 refugees'

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:35
More than 250 people died in last Saturday's boat capsize on a lake between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, the Congolese government says.
Categories: BBC World News

Wash. official: Fatalities to go up substantially

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:34
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state authorities say the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially within the next two days.

Twitter partners with Billboard as part of new music strategy

Yahoo! Music News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:32

Twitter is partnering with Billboard to create a real-time music chart.Collaboration will see the creation of a real-time music chart that tracks music-based conversations and buzz.


Categories: Yahoo! Music News

Tate to return 'looted' Constable

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:28
London's Tate gallery agrees to return an oil painting by John Constable after evidence revealed it was stolen by the Nazis.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 3/27/2014 9:17:10 AM

White Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
White Pass US12
3/27/2014 9:17:10 AM

Temperature: 33 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 3/27/2014 9:20:10 AM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
Satus Pass US97
3/27/2014 9:20:10 AM

Temperature: 35 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining

Stevens Pass - 3/27/2014 9:20:23 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
Stevens Pass US2
3/27/2014 9:20:23 AM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with snow and ice in places

Weather:
Snowing lightly

Blewett Pass - 3/27/2014 9:07:05 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
Blewett Pass US97
3/27/2014 9:07:05 AM

Temperature: 28 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with frost and ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/27/2014 9:15:54 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/27/2014 9:15:54 AM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Rain showers

Some of the proposals for tackling student debt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:22
President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress are debating how to address the issue of rising student loan debt, something experts say is contributing to the widening between the rich and everyone else. Some of the proposals:

Military: Autopsies complete in Navy base shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:20
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Autopsies have been performed on a sailor and a civilian who died in a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at a Virginia Navy base, an official said Thursday.