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Lawmakers vow ban on police sex with prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:50

 Police wanted it to remain legal for undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers flabbergasted at the prospect of police being allowed to have sex with prostitutes promised Friday to make the practice illegal.


U.S. GAO report recommends assessment of F-35 software

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:39

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B fighter jet drops a laser-guided bomb at Edwards Air Force Base, CaliforniaBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional auditors have joined the Pentagon's chief arms tester in raising concerns about the pace of development of software on Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet and recommended the military's F-35 program office assess the plane's ability to integrate specific weapons by July. A report by the Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency, said delays in software testing could increase development costs and might mean that the Marine Corps and other military services might not have all the weapons capabilities on their F-35 planes when they want to start using them in combat, according to sources briefed on the report. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who runs the F-35 for the Pentagon, acknowledged that software remained the No. 1 technical risk on the $392 billion weapons program. Bogdan said the F-35 program agreed with the GAO's call for an assessment of the specific weapons capabilities that the F-35 would have when the Marine Corps and other military services want to start using it in combat, and already carefully monitored a series of software metrics.


White Pass - 3/21/2014 7:06:17 PM

White Pass Report - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:37
White Pass US12
3/21/2014 7:06:17 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 3/21/2014 7:15:26 PM

Satus Pass Report - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:37
Satus Pass US97
3/21/2014 7:15:26 PM

Temperature: 40 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 3/21/2014 7:09:59 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:37
Stevens Pass US2
3/21/2014 7:09:59 PM

Temperature: 35 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

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

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Blewett Pass - 3/21/2014 7:03:33 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:37
Blewett Pass US97
3/21/2014 7:03:33 PM

Temperature: 44 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/21/2014 7:17:14 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:37
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/21/2014 7:17:14 PM

Temperature: 45 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry, wet in places

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Doc Hastings' district got top money from stimulus he opposed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:30
UPDATED AT 1:12  P.M. WITH COMMENT FROM HASTINGS' SPOKESMAN:

Fred Phelps' hate advanced LBGT cause, say gay rights advocates

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:29
Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring -- often at military funerals -- that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

In Turkey, Twitter Roars After Effort to Block It

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:26
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ban drew international outrage and was defied by thousands of Turks, including President Abdullah Gul, who protested — using Twitter.
    





Modern home divides historic Southern neighborhood

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:23
To some neighbors, the cypress-sided house at 516 Euclid St. in Raleigh, N.C., is Frank Lloyd Wrong, and with the home roughly 85 percent finished, architect Louis Cherry and wife Marsha Gordon face the possibility that they might have to tear down their dream house.

'Extraordinary riddle' of lost jet now 2 weeks old

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:23

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's loadmaster Takayuki Ogawa, right, and trained spotter Hiroshi Nakahara scan the ocean aboard a C130 aircraft while it flies over the southern search area in the southeastern Indian Ocean, 200 to 300 kilometers (124 to 186 miles) south of Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, March 21, 2014. Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Three Australian planes took off at dawn Saturday for a third day of scouring the desolate southern Indian Ocean for possible parts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.


Signs mark proposed freeway linking Vegas, Phoenix

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:21
A proposed interstate linking Las Vegas and Phoenix is still years and billions of dollars from reality, but the governors of Nevada and Arizona already have unveiled signs to mark their dream.

3 children starving, 1 chained to floor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:20
Three starving children -- including one who was chained to the floor to prevent her from getting food -- were found last month in the squalid home of a Northern California couple, authorities said.

Thousands join rare Algeria rally

BBC World News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:20
Thousands of Algerian opposition supporters call for a boycott of next month's presidential election during an unprecedented mass rally.
Categories: BBC World News

‘The Suit’: A fitting personal and political allegory

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:20
A review of Peter Brook’s “The Suit,” now playing at Seattle Repertory Theatre through April 6, 2014.

NC pulls deal with Duke on coal ash pollution

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:19

This March 20, 2014 photo made available by the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, shows a crack in an earthen dike holding back millions of gallons of coal ash and contaminated water at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant in Moncure, N.C. On Friday, March 21, 2014, the state approved Duke’s emergency plan to repair the large crack. State environmental officials have issued a notice of violation against the company for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash dump into the Cape Fear River. The new concerns come after a massive Feb. 2, 2014, coal ash spill at another Duke plant in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge. (AP Photo/N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators said Friday that they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution.


CIA chief vows fast review of declassifying interrogation report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:18

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan arrives to deliver remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the CIA on Friday promised a quick review of whether a Senate report on the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation" methods on foreign terrorism suspects can be released on an unclassified basis, apparently moving to reduce tensions with the CIA's congressional overseers. CIA Director John Brennan's statement, contained in a message distributed to CIA employees, comes amid a fierce dispute over whether members of the spy agency secretly monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of the detention and interrogation policies used under former Republican President George W. Bush. In the message, Brennan praised committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, who on March 11 accused the CIA of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law. Feinstein, a Democrat, said the CIA had searched computers used by committee staffers examining CIA documents when researching the agency's counterterrorism operations and its use of interrogation methods such as simulated drowning, or "waterboarding." Brennan, in a message made available to Reuters by a U.S. official, said that Feinstein and the other leaders of the two congressional intelligence panels "carry out their oversight responsibilities with great dedication and patriotism." He added that "the CIA has benefited over the years from their leadership as well as their strong support for CIA programs and employees." "I expect the Committee will submit at least some portion of the report to the CIA for classification review, and, if that happens, CIA will carry out the review expeditiously.


With health law, workers ponder the 'I quit!' option

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 10:17
For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.