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NY coke plant fined $12.5 million for polluting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:52
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An industrial plant that knowingly released hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air over a five-year span and improperly handled hazardous sludge on the ground was fined $12.5 million on Wednesday, and a manager was sentenced to a year in jail.

From fiscals to footlights for former Apple exec

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:49
After years as an executive at Apple, Debi Coleman is indulging her artistic love: theater. She is coproducing the musical “A Room with a View” at the 5th Avenue Theatre next month, and Nicole Brodeur chats with her.

Walker takes another step toward return

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:46
Another bullpen session, another step forward for Mariners rookie pitcher Taijuan Walker on his road to returning to the mound.
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APNewsBreak: NYC inmate 'baked to death' in cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:46

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell in a mental observation unit in the early hours of Feb. 15, after excessive heat, believed to be caused by an equipment malfunction, redirected it’s flow to his upper-level cell, the officials said. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing.


Organizer apologizes for Nazi items at party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:40
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The organizer of a World War II party that included Nazi flags and men in SS uniforms apologized Wednesday after a photo of the event in Minneapolis provoked outrage on the Internet.

Judge orders parties to settle Vegas puppy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:35
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge blocked a planned puppy raffle for at least 45 days, imposed a gag order, and told lawyers Wednesday to settle their ownership tug-of-war over 27 dogs rescued from a Las Vegas pet shop fire more than seven weeks ago.

U.S. Army seeks to dismiss general who admitted affair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:32

U.S. Army Brigadier General Sinclair arrives at the courthouse in Fayetteville, North CarolinaBy Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several inappropriate relationships should be dismissed from the service for the harm caused by his criminal acts, military lawyers argued on Wednesday. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair used the power of his rank to exploit women for personal gratification, breaking the trust given to him as a top officer, said Major Rebecca DiMuro, a special victims prosecutor. "This is not honorable service," DiMuro said during the government's closing argument at Sinclair's court-martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. "When given the ultimate trust, he abused it." Sinclair's defense lawyers argued the 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours should be allowed to retire at a reduced rank rather than lose out on his military pension and benefits if dismissed.


Italy's Berlusconi cedes knighthood

BBC World News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:31
Convicted Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi cedes his famous knight title, a day after an appeals court upheld his-two year ban from public office.
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Morning links: UW must replace C.J. Wilcox

WA Huskies - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:31
Priority No. 1 for Washington this offseason is finding someone to replace C.J. Wilcox, their leading scorer the past two seasons who ranks second on the school's all-time scoring list.
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Sights and sounds: Taijuan Walker throwing another bullpen

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:31
Taijuan Walker crossed another landmark on the road back to contending for the starting rotation. On Wednesday, he threw a 40-pitch bullpen that included breaking pitches. The young right-hander was popping the glove with his fastball. Obviously, the command of the curveball wasn't pinpoint because
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Minnesota court reverses ex-nurse's convictions for suicide advice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:30

William Melchert-Dinkel walks to the Rice County Courthouse to enter a not guilty plea in internet suicides case in MinnesotaThe Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a former nurse's convictions for coaxing two depressed people to kill themselves, ruling that parts of a state law making it a crime to encourage or advise a suicide are unconstitutional. William Melchert-Dinkel, 51, was convicted in 2011 of encouraging and advising a British man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves within days of chatting online or exchanging emails with him. The state Supreme Court upheld a part of the state law that makes it a crime to assist a suicide, finding that it was drawn narrowly enough to focus on an individual, and returned the case to the trial judge for further proceedings. Melchert-Dinkel's attorney, Terry Watkins, said Wednesday there was encouragement and advising, but no evidence in the case that his client had assisted the suicides.


Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:25

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announces a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.


Illinois voters say 'no' to candidates who were convicted, indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:22
Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday. "It appears there is a firm red line in Illinois politics and that is convicted felons don't get elected to higher office." The candidates who lost their races included Isaac "Ike" Carothers, a former Chicago alderman who was sentenced to 28 months for bribery and tax fraud. Carothers lost his bid for Cook County commissioner to attorney Richard Boykin.

Prosecutors recommend life sentence for bride

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:19
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a life sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her new husband off a Glacier National Park cliff last year.

White Pass - 3/19/2014 1:51:52 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:17
White Pass US12
3/19/2014 1:51:52 PM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Light snow

Satus Pass - 3/19/2014 1:59:23 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:17
Satus Pass US97
3/19/2014 1:59:23 PM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Partly cloudy skies

Stevens Pass - 3/19/2014 1:49:52 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:17
Stevens Pass US2
3/19/2014 1:49:52 PM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
The roadway is mostly bare and wet with snow and slush in places.

Weather:
Snow showers

Blewett Pass - 3/19/2014 1:56:03 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:17
Blewett Pass US97
3/19/2014 1:56:03 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Snowing

Snoqualmie Pass - 3/19/2014 1:43:24 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:17
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/19/2014 1:43:24 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and wet with areas of standing water.

Weather:
Raining