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Washington state to pay family $10 million after highway tree crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:07
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state will pay $10 million to the children and son-in-law of a couple who were killed when a tree crashed onto their SUV along a U.S. Tim and Cheryl Owen, of Bothell, were killed instantly and their three adult children and son-in-law were left disabled in the December 2012 incident along Highway 2, which weaves through the Cascade Range toward Leavenworth, attorney Karen Koehler said. The area had severe weather before the accident and Chelan County had declared an emergency and asked residents to restrict driving, but the state's Department of Transportation (WSDOT) "did not echo any of these warnings", the statement said. After the incident, in which an ice-laden 125-foot-tall tree struck the vehicle and then additional trees fell, the WSDOT refused State Patrol requests to close the roadway, it said.

Washington state to pay family $10 million after highway tree crash

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:07
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state will pay $10 million to the children and son-in-law of a couple who were killed when a tree crashed onto their SUV along a U.S. Tim and Cheryl Owen, of Bothell, were killed instantly and their three adult children and son-in-law were left disabled in the December 2012 incident along Highway 2, which weaves through the Cascade Range toward ...

Death penalty sought for Colorado teen, boyfriend in elderly couple’s slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:06
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado prosecutor said on Friday she will seek the death penalty for a teenage woman and her boyfriend charged with killing the man's grandparents to inherit $20,000 and a house. Logan County District Attorney Brittny Lewton said in a statement that her office will pursue capital punishment for Cassandra Ann Rieb, 18, and Brendan Lee Johnson, 20. The pair was arrested in May and charged with first-degree murder for the slayings that month of Charles and Shirley Severance, who were both 70 and lived in Sterling, about 110 miles (177 km) northeast of Denver. Charles Severance was found dead in his home and Shirley Severance’s dismembered remains were later discovered in two locations, with some body parts near a reservoir in Colorado and others in a remote area across the state line in Nebraska, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

Obama pays visit to Stonehenge

BBC World News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:05
US President Barack Obama visits Stonehenge on his return home from the Nato summit in Newport.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Blue whale numbers bounce back

BBC World News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:04
Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels.
Categories: BBC World News

Quotes from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from Friday press conference

Seattle Seahawks - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:01
Here's all that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:
Categories: Sports Center

Candidate Not on Providence Primary Ballot Stirs Mayoral Field

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:58
With signature bombast and zeal, Vincent A. Cianci Jr. has exerted outsize influence as candidates scrambled to avoid indirectly helping him by splitting the vote.

Missed Signs in a Bloodied Girl’s Abuse Case

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:54
After Maya Ranot’s parents were charged with abusing her, the New York City Administration for Children Services claimed that it had helped rescue her. But it was far from an agency success.

El Salvador ex-head hands himself in

BBC World News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:52
El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores hands himself in to a judge after months on the run from allegations of corruption.
Categories: BBC World News

High court grants stay on psychiatric-boarding ban

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:50
The state Supreme Court granted the state’s request for a 120-day stay on a “psychiatric boarding” ban so it could secure more beds for mentally ill patients; the mandate is to go into effect on Dec. 26.

Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:48

Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000Police released surveillance photos of the men who they say scammed a 67-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man out of $14,000.


Weekend watch: Must-see matches from around the world

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:46
The international break has forced greater creativity – and increased focus on the Western Hemisphere – for this weekend watch.

Boy hit by car in Wallingford

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:46
 Update at 11:58 a.m.: The 12-year-old boy injured when he was hit by a car Friday morning is expected to be released from Harborview Medical Center soon, according to Seattle Public Schools.

Gun laws, plastic bags, bank fees and the times that try our souls

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:46
Columnist Ann McFeatters contemplates government reaction to decisions affecting people lives, whether rules about guns, plastic bags or bank fees.

Seahawks plan to keep playing a lot of nickel defense despite being thin in secondary

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:46
Seahawks defensive backs Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon are both hurting, but Marcus Burley did well in a replacement role in Seattle’s season-opening victory over Green Bay.

Aqsa's parents say 'come home'

BBC World News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:43
The parents of the 20-year-old woman from Glasgow who married an Islamic State (IS) fighter broadcast an appeal to her to come home.
Categories: BBC World News

Fraternity at Los Angeles university disbands after hazing-related death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:43
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fraternity at a Los Angeles university has agreed to disband due to the hazing-related death of a 19-year-old pledge who collapsed in the heat on a hike after his group ran out of water, the school's president said on Friday. The college, California State University, Northridge, was rocked by the July death of Armando Villa, who was "pledging" or joining a chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was made to hike in the Angeles National Forest. The case, which is under criminal investigation, follows a number of recent high-profile hazing deaths due to physical abuse and forced alcohol consumption that have placed fraternities under heightened scrutiny. Northridge's president Dianne Harrison, said in a statement that an investigative report ordered by the university into Villa's death made clear that members of Pi Kappa Phi engaged in hazing.

Realtors group backs state Sen. Andy Hill with $80,000 ad effort

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:33
The National Association of Realtors has joined the battle for control of the Washington State Senate with an $80,000 independent expenditure on behalf of state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond.

Boeing nemesis Leahy faces grounding as Airbus trial looms

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:33
French law normally requires defendants to attend all proceedings, and with the Paris hearing scheduled to run for three weeks, Airbus COO John Leahy faces an unprecedented break.

In a surprise move, Ron Washington steps down as manager of the Rangers

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:31
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon says he’s ‘shocked’ by sudden announcement