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National Signing Day: Live updates on the Huskies' 2015 recruiting class

WA Huskies - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:01
10:50 a.m. — Cool video on the class released by UW:
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UN Security Council condemns killing of Spanish peacekeeper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned "in the strongest terms" last week's killing of a Spanish peacekeeper in southern Lebanon.

'I did kill those cops,' suspect says of California slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:00

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes. Bracamontes is accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies in Northern California dead and a motorist seriously wounded. Bracamontes said that "I did kill those cops" and asked to be executed "whenever you're ready," during an appearance in a Sacramento Superior Court, Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.

Priest's son charged in death of parents, 5-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:00

Pastor, Wife, Their Son Found Dead Inside West Houston ApartmentHOUSTON (AP) — The son of an Episcopal priest has been charged in the brutal killings of his parents and his 5-year-old brother at their Houston apartment, police said Wednesday.

Cameras appear in court for first time in Cook County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:58

Sandra Wortham, the sister of slain Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV, cries as she gives a statement during the sentencing hearing for Toyious Taylor and Paris McGee at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Chicago. Taylor and McGee were sentenced to life in prison for their role in the killing of her brother in 2010. The hearing Wednesday was the first time that news cameras were allowed inside a Cook County criminal courtroom. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, John Kim, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who acted as lookouts during the killing of an off-duty Chicago police officer were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the first Cook County criminal court hearing to be recorded by news cameras.

California says will appeal ruling making foie gras legal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:58

Foie gras is being prepared by Hot's Kitchen Sous Chef Aaron DuBois before a foie gras victory party at Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach, CaliforniaBy Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general on Wednesday filed notice that her office will appeal a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's two-year ban on sales of foie gras, a delicacy made from fatty duck and geese liver. California outlawed foie gras sales and production in 2004, but the ban did not take effect until 2012. Animal rights activists, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States cheered Attorney General Kamala Harris' move. "Kamala Harris is right to appeal this questionable ruling.

Two states looking at Tesoro's and Marathon's strike plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:55
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tesoro Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp's contingency plans to employ replacement workers at two of their refineries after union employees hit the picket lines are under scrutiny by inspectors in both Kentucky and California, officials of the two states said Wednesday. Kentucky's Labor Department opened an investigation into Marathon’s Catlettsburg refinery after it received a compliance complaint on Monday, a day after union workers walked out, agency spokesman Daniel Lowry said. In California the state's Department of Industrial Relations had planned inspections at Tesoro's Carson refinery before the strike, once it was clear that the company and the local chapter of the United Steelworkers were not going to agree on a new contract, agency spokeswoman Julia Bernstein said Wednesday.

Powerball jackpot climbs to $317 million after lull

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:54

A store clerk hands a customer his Powerball ticket at a local grocery store in Hialeah, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The Powerball jackpot is expected to have a prize of $317 million by Wednesday night's drawing. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's been a while, but there's a giant Powerball jackpot that's expected to have a prize of $317 million by Wednesday night's drawing.

Ebola virus sent out of high-security lab was likely dead: CDC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:53

A transmission electron micrograph shows Ebola virus particles in this undated handout image released by the USAMRIID in Fredrick, MarylandBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - An internal investigation of an Ebola incident at a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory in December found that samples sent to a lower-security lab were "unlikely" to have contained live virus and posed no threat to staff, the CDC said on Wednesday. The close call followed mishaps involving anthrax and a deadly strain of bird flu, raising questions about how the agency handles the world's deadliest pathogens. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency had made "real progress" to improve safety, "but we have more to do." The report found that on Dec. 22, a scientist working with Ebola, which in 2014 caused the worst recorded outbreak in West Africa, inadvertently transferred a small amount of virus from a high-biosecurity lab to a lower-biosecurity one not authorized to handle live Ebola. "That concerned me," said Scott Becker of the? Association of Public Health Laboratories.

I-76 WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck carrying Girl Scout Cookies crashes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:51

I-76 WB in Upper Merion shut down after truck carrying Girl Scout Cookies crashesThe westbound lanes of I-76 have been shut down following a crash involving a tractor trailer that was carrying Girl Scout Cookies.

VIDEO: Silk Road creator Ulbricht convicted

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:50
The man accused of operating Silk Road, a deep web market that facilitated drug sales, has been found guilty.
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'Texas Seven' prison escapee to be executed for policeman's murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:49

Death row inmate Donald Newbury is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man who was in a group of seven inmates behind one of the biggest prison escapes in Texas history is set to be executed on Wednesday for taking part in the murder of a suburban Dallas police officer on Christmas Eve 2000. Donald Newbury, 52, is set to be executed by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CST. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 521st in Texas, the most of any state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Newbury was part of what was known as the "Texas Seven," a group that overpowered 14 prison employees, tied them up and then broke out of the Connally Unit, about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Police officer acquitted in 95-year-old's beanbag gun death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:48

Park Forest Police Officer Craig Taylor, right, leaves the Markham, Ill., courthouse with his wife, Freddie, after being found not guilty in the 2013 beanbag shooting death of 95-year old World War II veteran, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. In a courtroom packed with officers supporting Taylor, Cook County Judge Luciano Panici said there was nothing criminal about Taylor's actions and that the officer did "what he was trained to do."(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

Ferguson testing device aimed at reducing fatal encounters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:45
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson seek alternatives to the sort of lethal force that led to Michael Brown's death, they're testing a new device that attaches to a handgun barrel and is designed to turn a bullet into a projectile intended to stun but not kill.

Potential juror says she was shot, mom murdered in 2009

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:43
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A prospective juror was released Wednesday from the Colorado theater shooting case after she tearfully told a judge her mother had been murdered and she was wounded five years ago in an unrelated attack.

11 cars of train derail in eastern Iowa; 3 cars catch fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:42

Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff are on the scene of a train derailment in which three railcars caught fire and another three plunged into the Mississippi River. In all, 11 cars derailed, and 10 of them were carrying ethanol, north of Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Eleven cars of a freight train derailed Wednesday in a rural area in eastern Iowa where local authorities said three cars caught fire and three more plunged into the Mississippi River.

Family of slain California bank heist hostage blames police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:42
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.

Napoli 1-0 Inter Milan

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:42
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini brands his players "chickens" after defeat by Napoli in the Coppa Italia last eight.
Categories: BBC World News

Pirates raid Greek ship in Nigeria

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:41
Gunmen board a Greek-owned tanker at a Nigerian port, killing one crew member and taking three others hostage, officials say.
Categories: BBC World News

Possible deal in Portland, Pabst brouhaha over iconic sign

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:31

This Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 photo shows the "Portland, Oregon" sign in downtown Portland, Ore. The city and Pabst in a dispute over the brewer's use of the iconic sign to promote a music festival. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland has reached a possible settlement in its trademark dispute with the maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the beer rejuvenated by the city's turn-of-the-century hipsters.