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VIDEO: Shia militia: 'We are thirsty to fight'

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:58
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has offered an amnesty to militants willing to "return to their senses" and abandon the Isis-led insurgency.
Categories: BBC World News

Thousands attend Utah counterculture fest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:57
UINTA NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (AP) — A graying man clad in a towering rainbow top hat and neon sunglasses raised a sunflower high above his head in a circle of three dozen listeners.

Migrant flight lands in California without protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:57
EL CENTRO, California (AP) — A flight shuttling Central American immigrant children and families from the Texas border arrived Wednesday in Southern California without trouble, a day after flag-waving protesters blocked another group in buses from entering a suburban border patrol facility.

Gunman kills Inkster toddler, hurts 2 more people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:47

Michigan State Police stand near the site of the previous day's fatal shooting in Inkster, Mich. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Police have arrested a suspect believed to have fatally shot a 2-year-old girl in front of her father on Tuesday before turning the gun on the man and a 12-year-old girl, according to Michigan State Police. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody on Wednesday after police and a witness said he casually walked up to a suburban Detroit home, fatally shot a 2-year-old girl at close range and injured two more people including a 12-year-old girl.

Evacuation ordered for island on NC's Outer Banks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:44

Latest on Tropical Storm Arthur, strengthening expectedEmergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.

Artist Emin's messy bed sells for $4.4 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:41
Artist Tracey Emin has sold her bed -- and the disheveled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms were part of the lucrative deal.

U.S. increases security at overseas airports amid bomb concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:40

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson speaks to the media at the Nogales Border Patrol Station in Nogales, ArizonaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it would increase security at overseas airports with nonstop flights to the country and U.S. officials cited concerns al Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes. The new security measures would be required at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have direct flights, the U.S. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The Department of Homeland Security said "enhanced security measures" would be implemented in the next few days at "certain overseas airports with direct flights into the United States." It did not specify which airports or what countries would be affected, nor did it say what triggered the extra precautions.

Colorado woman accused of supporting Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:40
Federal authorities in Denver have arrested a woman accused of providing material support to Islamist insurgents fighting the governments of Syria and Iraq, and of conspiring to commit an offense against the United States, officials said on Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint filed with U.S. District Court in Colorado, Shannon Maureen Conley knew the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL or ISIS, was designated as a foreign terrorist organization. It said Conley planned to travel to Syria via Turkey to meet Y.M., and first attended military tactics and firearms training with the U.S. Army Explorers in Texas in February of this year.

New York reaches deal with city's biggest public sector union

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:38

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presents the 2015 city budget at City Hall in New YorkNew York City has signed a tentative contract with the city largest public sector labor group, District Council 37, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. DC37 represents more than 120,000 city employees in jobs such as hospital workers, schools aides, construction workers and administrators. City officials said the agreement, which runs through 2018, would cost the city a gross $1.75 billion and $995 million when healthcare cost savings are taken into account. The agreement conforms to the broad pattern laid out in a deal with city teachers that before healthcare savings is expected to cost the city nearly $20 billion through 2021 when applied to all 300,000 city workers, according to an estimate by the city Comptroller's office.

Beloved Great-Uncles of British Humor Reunite for ‘Monty Python Live (mostly)'

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:37
The beloved great-uncles of British humor perform for loyal and new fans in their new production, “Monty Python Live (mostly),” at the O2 arena in London.

Grand jury takes case of pastor accused of murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:36

Robert Cox speaks with the media after a court appearance Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Las Vegas. A grand jury is reviewing the case of Robert Cox to decide whether to indict him in the death of Link Ellingson, who died of hemorrhaging about six months after a June 13, 2013 confrontation outside of the Four Kegs pub in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — All they wanted was Stromboli.

Libya retakes seized oil terminals

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:35
Libya's government says it has resumed control of two eastern oil terminals, Ras Lanuf and Sidra, that were seized by rebels last year.
Categories: BBC World News

Lack of funding forces closure of Prince Music Theater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:33

Lack of funding forces closure of Prince Music TheaterDue to a lack of funds, the Prince Music Theater in Center City is forced to close its doors, despite a successful 2013 season.

Deputy who shot armed man at Sodo Station identified

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:32
Update at 3:30 p.m.: The man who was shot by King County sheriff's Deputy Malcolm Elliott at the Sodo Station on Monday was identified today as Oscar Perez-Giron, 23. The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Perez-Giron died from multiple gunshot wounds.

New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:32
A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.

Proponents of class-size initiative turn in signatures

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:31
Sponsors of an initiative to decrease Washington public school class sizes have turned in more than 325,000 signatures to the Washington secretary of state’s office.

‘Deliver Us From Evil’ will leave you snickering, not scared

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:31
A review of the horror film “Deliver Us From Evil,” which is more silly than scary. It got 1.5 stars out of 4.

Drug convictions overturned thanks to Death Saint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:30

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, statues of La Santa Muerte, an underworld saint most recently associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, are shown at the Masks y Mas art store in Albuquerque, N.M. Two Oklahoma residents have had their federal firearms and drug-trafficking convictions in New Mexico overturned thanks to the skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte, which translates to "Saint Death" in English. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, July 2, 2014, a Santa Muerte expert tainted the convictions of 53-year-old Rafael Goxcon-Chagal and 38-year-old Maria Vianey Medina-Copete. Both were convicted in August 2012 for trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities say a Santa Muerte prayer card was found with the couple during a traffic stop that led to their 2011 arrests. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firearms and drug-trafficking convictions for two Oklahoma residents were overturned Wednesday thanks to a skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte.

For Sale: Washington State's First Legal Pot Business

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:29
The first licensed legal marijuana business in Washington state is for sale to the highest bidder—and the bidding has begun.