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Kia doesn't lose Soul in improvements for 2014

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:06

This undated photo made available by Kia shows the 2014 Kia Soul. (AP Photo/Kia)The animated and dapper hamsters in Kia's television ads aren't the only ones who ride comfortably in Kia's newly revamped Soul five-door hatchback.


Fact sheet: 2014 Kia Soul

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:06
2014 Kia Soul Exclaim

Protesters block Canada rail line

BBC World News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:05
A rail line between Toronto and Ottawa is suspended after First Nations members protesting a lack of action on murders of women block the tracks.
Categories: BBC World News

French rogue trader to go to jail

BBC World News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:04
French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who caused huge losses at bank Societe Generale, loses his appeal against jail but his fine is to be reviewed.
Categories: BBC World News

Wednesday Memo: More mammoth news ... Kia confusion ... North Bend arrest

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:57
Another mammoth discovery ... OK, it's not a tusk, but what appears to be a Columbian mammoth bone was unearthed by a construction crew near Clarkston in far Eastern Washington last week. (Far east as in Asotin County on the border with Idaho, near Lewiston.) A mammoth tusk was found at a constructi

New 'Star Wars' set 30 years after 'Jedi'

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:57
The new "Star Wars" has an official timeline and one confirmed returning character: robot R2-D2.

What annexing Crimea will cost Russia's government

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:57
Despite the pebble beaches and cliff-hanging castles that made Crimea famous as a Soviet resort hub, the Black Sea peninsula has long been a corruption-riddled backwater in economic terms. The Kremlin, which decided to take the region from Ukraine after its residents voted in a referendum to join Russia, has begun calculating exactly what it will cost to support Crimea's shambolic economy -- which one Russian minister described as "no better than Palestine."

Warning Russia, Biden says US will defend allies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:56
Issuing an outright warning to Moscow, Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday the United States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, as Russia's neighbors looked warily to the escalating crisis in nearby Ukraine.

Jagger pays tribute to companion, Stones halt tour

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:55

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows fashion designer L'Wren Scott at the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection launch party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Calif. Scott, a fashion designer, was found dead, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Manhattan. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger paid poignant tribute to his late companion, designer L'Wren Scott, on Tuesday, calling her his "lover and best friend" and saying he was struggling to understand why she might have taken her own life.


Mammoth bone uncovered near Clarkston

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:50
A construction crew uncovered what appears to be the bone of a Columbian mammoth at a site near Clarkston.

Ex-al-Qaida spokesman testifies at New York trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:49
NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks has taken the witness stand on his own behalf at his New York trial on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida.

Families dragged from plane briefing

BBC World News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:45
There are chaotic scenes in Malaysia as Chinese relatives of missing flight MH370 passengers are forcibly prevented from speaking to journalists.
Categories: BBC World News

Goldman ‘Elevator’ Book Gets a Different Publisher

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:37
The author of the @GSElevator Twitter account lost a six-figure deal when his identity was unmasked, but on Wednesday Grove Atlantic said it had acquired the book.
    

Winning tickets in $400 million lottery jackpot sold in Florida and Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:34
(Reuters) - The holders of two winning tickets sold in Florida and Maryland will share about $400 million from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials said, marking the third-highest jackpot in the game's history. The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and 7, according to the Mega Millions website. One winning ticket was sold at Lady's Liquor in La Plata, Maryland, lottery officials said on Twitter on Wednesday. The other ticket was sold at a Sunoco gas station in Merritt Island, east of Orlando, Florida, drawing a crowd of news crews early on Wednesday, the store manager said.

Bin Laden son-in-law takes stand in New York court in own defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:33

Still image taken from an undated video of Suleiman Abu GhaithBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in New York federal court against charges that he conspired to kill Americans. Abu Ghaith, a former al Qaeda spokesman, is one of the highest profile people to face terrorism-related charges in a civilian court in the United States. The U.S. government contends that Abu Ghaith, 48, became a leader of al Qaeda militants after the September 11, 2001, attacks as a spokesman and recruiter of fighters, and that he knew of planned attacks against the United States. Abu Ghaith is also accused of providing material support and resources to terrorists and conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists.


Delay of ex-Penn State official's lawsuit affirmed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:31
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has reaffirmed his decision to let former Penn State president Graham Spanier put off his defamation lawsuit against former FBI director Louis Freeh and his law firm.

Report Faults South African Leader on State-Funded Home Improvements

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:27
The public prosecutor accused President Jacob G. Zuma of “unduly” benefiting from improvements to his private estate that were made in the name of security.
    

Report Faults South African Leader on State-Funded Home Improvements

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:27
The public prosecutor accused President Jacob G. Zuma of “unduly” benefiting from improvements to his private estate that were made in the name of security.
    

US announces $1.2B Toyota settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:21

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) — The U.S. government announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.


Sentencing for Army general could wrap Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:18

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, left, leaves the Fort Bragg courthouse, Monday, March 17, 2014 with his defense attorney Richard Scheff. Sinclair, who admitted to improper relationships with three subordinates appeared to choke up as he told a judge that he'd failed the female captain who had leveled the most serious accusations against him. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Johnny Horne)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The sentencing hearing for an Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates is expected to wrap up Wednesday after testimony by friends and colleagues who praised his leadership.