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Man charged with 2nd degree murder in cold case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:01
A state prison inmate serving time for burglary and robbery was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man in New Holly more than a decade ago.

‘Get on Up’ lets the joy of James Brown’s music shine

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:01
“Get on Up” is a free-form biopic about the high-haired Godfather of Soul, James Brown, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman (“42”). 3.5 stars out of 4.

WTC steel company CEO arrested on fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:00
NEW YORK (AP) — The Canadian owner of a company that won nearly $1 billion in contracts to provide steel for the construction of the World Trade Center's tallest building and a transit center was arrested Thursday on charges he defrauded a program meant to benefit minority- and women-owned businesses.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:56
Which Star Wars character was banned from a passport?
Categories: BBC World News

French Families Challenge Doctors on Wrenching End-of-Life Decisions

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:54
Doctors in France are being challenged on their right to make end-of-life decisions for patients who cannot communicate, though some doctors insist that making such calls is better for the family.

Sudanese woman who had faced execution for conversion arrives in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:52

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan holds one of children next to Lapo Pistelli, Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, as they land at Ciampino airport in RomeA Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, was due to return to the United States on Thursday, according to a family member. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening, her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani said in a phone interview. Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered international outrage, Ibrahim has been in Rome, where she met with Pope Francis along with her husband and two children.

America's 'botched' executions

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:52
America's long history of executions that go wrong
Categories: BBC World News

Fla. man guilty of throwing baby from car window

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:51
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was convicted of murder Thursday for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window along an interstate, killing the infant instantly.

Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:49

FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, migrants walk along the rail tracks after getting off a train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. Many of the immigrants recently flooding the nation’s southern border say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. These gangs were a byproduct of U.S. immigration and Cold War policies, specifically growing from the increase in deportations in the 1990s. With weak dysfunctional governments at home, U.S. street gang culture easily took hold and flourished in these countries. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote. The 50-44 vote Thursday night fell short of the 60 votes needed ...

Activists say transgender woman raped at Arizona immigrant center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:48
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Rights activists called on Thursday for the immediate release of a transgender women allegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrant detention center, accusing authorities of refusing to provide for her safety. The activists say immigration and detention center officials have shown they are incapable of protecting the 23-year-old woman following the alleged July 20 sexual assault at the Eloy Detention Center, southeast of Phoenix. The woman, Marichuy, whose legal name is Jesus Leal Gamino, has been detained for more than a year at the 1,437-detainee center, which is operated by Corrections Corporation of America under a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "We see no other solution than for ICE to immediately release her, where her community can take measures to ... help her heal," said Francisco Luna, a spokesman for Arcoiris Liberation Team, one of the groups calling for the woman's release.

Wisconsin Justices Uphold Union Limits, a Victory for the Governor

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:42
The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, in a victory for Gov. Scott Walker. The voting law that it upheld is blocked in federal court.

NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:40
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled Thursday in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad.

APNewsBreak: Colorado tightening edible pot rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Alarmed by booming sales of highly potent edible marijuana products, Colorado regulators have drafted an emergency rule making it easier for new users to tell how much pot they're eating.

Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:38

People hoping to reach the U.S. ride atop the wagon of a freight train, known as La Bestia (The Beast) in IxtepecBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A carefully crafted, $659 million bill to pay for more border security and help feed and house tens of thousands of Central American children arriving illegally in the United States unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Tea Party-backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had his fingerprints all over Thursday's debacle for Boehner. The measure, complained Cruz, would not reverse President Barack Obama's 2012 policy of suspending deportations of undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children by their parents.

World Trade Center contractor charged in multimillion-dollar fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:36
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The owner of a company that has done nearly $1 billion in construction work at the World Trade Center was charged on Thursday with defrauding a government program intended to promote minority- and women-owned businesses. U.S. prosecutors charged Larry Davis, the chief executive of DCM Erectors Inc, with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection to work the company performed for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is heading up the redevelopment of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the site’s twin towers. “He is looking forward to his day in court,” Sam Talkin, a lawyer for Davis, said during a hearing in New York before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman. “He wants to fight these charges.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen said in court that prosecutors plan to add charges related to other DCM construction projects.

World War One battlefields 100 years on

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:33
World War One battlefields, 100 years on
Categories: BBC World News

Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:31
Thousands of performers from across the world are in Edinburgh for the start of the world's biggest arts festival.
Categories: BBC World News

Washington attorney general to fight legal grounds for city pot bans - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 PST

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:31
OLYMPIA – The state wants to join a couple of legal battles between some potential pot businesses and cities that won’t let them open inside their boundaries.

Arrested Spider-Man: Characters make Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square says its superhero and comic characters are key ingredients of the flavor of the Crossroads of the World.