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New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:47
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders.

A year after 19 firefighters died, city remembers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:44

In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014 photo, in her first visit to the firehouse in Prescott, Ariz., since her son's death, Colleen Turbyfill, right, Travis Turbyfill's mother, gets a hug from Katie Cornelius, Prescott Fire Department volunteer exhibit curator for the Tribute Fence Preservation Project, after Turbyfill visited the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew vehicle buggy where her son Travis sat before he was killed along with 18 other hotshots in a wildfire almost a year ago. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — This Arizona city is marking the first anniversary of the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters with a series of tributes and remembrances that will include a ceremony featuring a bell-ringing and reading of the names of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.


U.S. unveils more export control changes, for military electronics

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:40
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday published another big batch of changes to export control laws affecting military electronics, and said it was on track to finish reviewing remaining categories for possible streamlining by the end of the year. Ken Handelman, deputy assistant secretary of state for defense controls, said the latest changes would shift some less sensitive military electronics and components from the State Department's U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Department's list of commercial items, easing exports of those items while maintaining strict controls on more sensitive technologies. The changes are part of a major drive to reform U.S. export control laws that was launched by President Barack Obama in August 2009. Military electronics are the second largest category released so far, measured by number of applications handled by the State Department, Handelman said.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen swimmer in Ocean City, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:40

Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen swimmer in Ocean City, NJThe U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 14-year-old swimmer who went missing in the water near Ocean City, N.J.


Transgender officer fired in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:39

San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr waves while marching with a number of his officers in the 44th annual Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment and culminated with her firing last week.


Search suspended for missing teen swimmer in Ocean City, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:36

Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen swimmer in Ocean City, NJThe U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 14-year-old swimmer who went missing in the water near Ocean City, N.J.


Supreme Court: Can't make employers cover contraception

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:35

 Can't make employers cover contraceptionA sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.


White Pass - 6/30/2014 1:17:56 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:34
White Pass US12
6/30/2014 1:17:56 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 6/30/2014 1:14:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:34
Satus Pass US97
6/30/2014 1:14:20 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 6/30/2014 1:17:14 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:34
Stevens Pass US2
6/30/2014 1:17:14 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 6/30/2014 1:03:33 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:34
Blewett Pass US97
6/30/2014 1:03:33 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 6/30/2014 1:06:17 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:34
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
6/30/2014 1:06:17 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Rock blasting is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday starting at 8 pm, and is expected to last one hour or more. During blasting I-90 is closed from mp 56, near Gold Creek to mp 61, near Price Creek. At that time there are no services eastbound past mp 53 and westbound past mp 70. Due to the Fourth of July Holiday, construction related activities will not impact traffic Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6. However, due to holiday traffic, drivers may experience delays.

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No selfies of porch shooting victim at trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:31

Defendant Theodore Wafer listens during the motion hearing in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit Friday June 27, 2014. The Dearborn Heights homeowner is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his front porch last November. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb, Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — Jurors in the upcoming trial of a Detroit-area man who shot a young, drunken woman on his porch won't see selfies of the victim with a gun, marijuana and cash, a judge said Monday in another defeat for the defense.


Study: Plastic debris widespread on ocean surface

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:29

This undated photo provide by NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program shows small plastic debris that are visible from the surface of the water. A study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, June 30, 2014, estimated the total amount of floating plastic debris in open ocean at 7,000 to 35,000 tons. The results of the study showed fewer very small pieces than expected. (AP Photo/NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)NEW YORK (AP) — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says.


Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:29
The emerald ash borer is devastating trees from Minnesota to New York, and there is little scientists can do but study what effect the trees’ extinction will have on the ecosystem.

Unabomber asked man awaiting trial to stop writing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:26
PLANO, Texas (AP) — A man charged with trying to blow up a North Texas natural gas pipeline corresponded with imprisoned Unabomber Ted Kaczynski until Kaczynski told him to stop writing.

Confused by Hotwire’s app, hotel rating

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:23
Elsa Chung’s Hotwire booking goes “awry” after her promo code doesn’t work and the hotel isn’t what she expected. What should she do?

Contracts to buy US homes up sharply in May

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:18
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes shot up in May. But the pace of buying this year remains slower than in 2013, in part because of sluggish sales during winter.

Ruling Against Union Fees Contains Damage to Labor

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:17
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said there was a type of government worker — a partial public employee — who could choose not to pay union fees.






WSP seeks info on Edmonds woman killed in Cowlitz County crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:16
The Washington State Patrol is trying to learn more about an Edmonds woman who was killed when her car collided with a semi-truck June 22 in Cowlitz County.