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Editorial: State’s wildfires a reminder of nature’s force

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:33
What lessons can we learn from the largest wildfire in state history?

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:32

This combination made with Nov. 21, 2013 Massachusetts Bay Transit Police booking photos released Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by the Dorchester District Court in Boston shows Stephen Sergio Silva, after he was arrested and charged with selling marijuana at a Boston train station. Silva was arrested Monday, July 21, 2014 on federal charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. The same gun was used to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier during a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to two people with knowledge of the case who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transit Police)BOSTON (AP) — Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother.


Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:32

U.S. Air Force personell arrange traffic cones near the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base was locked down since late Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Military officials locked down an Arkansas air force base for several hours Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was "no longer credible."


Round-up: Sharp jump in teen use of growth hormone, UW and WWU named great places to work

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:31
Survey finds sharp jump in teen use of growth hormone (AP): The percentage of U.S. high school students who report using synthetic HGH at least once has more than doubled to 11 percent in the latest survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The substance is commonly sough

The keyboard and the app are mightier than the pen

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:31
With the rise of touchscreens, how much longer will we need to rummage around for pens in our purses and backpacks?

Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:30

In this July 20, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an electronic screen shows the safety record at Husi Food Co. in Shanghai, China, a meat supplier for McDonald's and KFC owned by OSI Group, a privately-held company that’s based in Aurora, Ill. OSI was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported the Husi plant repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Pei Xin) NO SALESNEW YORK (AP) — It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations.


Navajo Nation head to meet with mayor on violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:30
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Richard Berry will meet with top Navajo officials on Thursday about the killing of two homeless Native Americans who were found beaten beyond recognition in a vacant lot, his office said.

U.S. judge knocks down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:30

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverA federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but temporarily stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of a lawsuit challenging the state's 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Moore's ruling is the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have knocked down state bans on gay marriage, but then put their rulings on hold pending appeal.


Massachusetts bill limiting protests at abortion clinics goes to governor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:23
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A bill to limit demonstrations around Massachusetts abortion clinics passed the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday and headed to Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick, a Democrat, called for new measures after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that a 2007 state law barring protesters from coming within 35 feet (11 meters) of reproductive health facilities violated abortion opponents’ right to free speech. "We are confident that this new set of tools to help us protect women does not infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights," said Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general and a Democratic candidate for governor, in a recent interview. "We are only responding to behavior that crosses a line." The measure, which passed the House 116-35, would empower police to issue a dispersal order against anyone found to be blocking access to abortion clinics.

Helicopter crashes near Wenatchee

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:19
The Associated Press

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:19

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoPHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona death row inmate took almost two hours to die after his execution by lethal injection began on Wednesday, the state's attorney general said. The execution of convicted double-murderer Joseph Wood began at 1:52 p.m. local time at the state prison in Florence, and the 55-year-old was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said in a statement. Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with federal court during the procedure, describing their client as "gasping and snorting for more than an hour. ...


Army defends job cut notices to U.S. captains in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:18
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Wednesday defended its decision to notify 87 captains deployed overseas, including 48 in Afghanistan, that they were losing their jobs, would be transferred home and had nine months to organize their departure from the service. Senior Army officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the officers were among a group of 1,188 captains notified last months that they were being separated from the service as it draws down from the current 513,800 soldiers to 510,000 by the end of the year due to budget cuts. With the Pentagon under orders to reduce projected spending by nearly $1 trillion over a decade, the cuts to the Army will not stop there. "We won't be able to achieve those numbers through natural attrition alone," one of the Army officials said, making it necessary to use other means to reduce the number of personnel.

AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:18
Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.
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Mets hand Mariners 3-1 loss

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:16
Erasmo Ramirez allows two runs on five hits in seven innings, but Mariners squander a few chances in interleague loss.
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Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 U.S. national forests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:15
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety. The prohibition in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and western Wyoming lasts a year and comes as U.S. land managers report a rise in the number of blazes ignited by the targets, which emit a bang and a cloud of smoke when struck by a bullet. The devices are blamed for nine wildfires on federal rangelands in Idaho in 2012, and five in 2013, said Josh Renz, a range technician with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Boise who specializes in wildfires. In May the devices were banned from millions of acres of public lands in Montana, northern Idaho, North Dakota, and the northwestern corner of South Dakota that comprise the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region.

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:14

In this July 22, 2014 photo, a wildfire burns in Morgan County, Utah. Fire investigators believe lightning ignited the Tunnel Hollow Fire. Slightly cooler weather on Tuesday helped crews gain ground on the fire five miles east of the town of Morgan, Utah. (AP Photo/Standard-Examiner, Benjamin Zack) TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITGRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.


Inspired by ‘Sleep No More,’ More New York Bars Offer Interactive Theater Experiences

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:13
Bars and nightclubs have started hosting theatrical shows as a way of drumming up foot traffic during off-hours.

Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:05
By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school closings and conversions to charter schools under the "One Newark" plan disproportionately affect black students. "We can confirm that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the 'One Newark' plan at the end of the 2013-2014 school year discriminates against black students on the basis of race," an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.

Federal judge rules Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but orders temporary stay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:04
DENVER (AP) — Federal judge rules Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but orders temporary stay.

Warning over NHS trust finances

BBC World News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:04
Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.
Categories: BBC World News