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Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:01
New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators -- Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

Prop. 1: Support parks to promote healthy lifestyles

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:58
Seattle voters will have a great opportunity to provide continued support to our parks ["Proposition 1 enrages, divides Seattle parks supporters," Opinion Northwest, July 24]. Proposition 1 will create a Park District for our city, which is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our

Revised data: US grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:52
Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.

Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:52
A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month.

Action News Investigation: Major delays in Philadelphia's federal court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:48

 Major delays in Philadelphia's federal courtImagine waiting five years, eight years, or even longer to get justice.


10 guilty in India school fire that killed 94 kids

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:46
An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter

BBC World News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:42
UN officials accuse Israel of launching a deadly attack on a UN-run school housing thousands of refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings.
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Tight security after Xinjiang unrest

BBC World News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:42
Chinese authorities step up security in parts of Xinjiang after dozens were killed or injured in the region's worst violence for months.
Categories: BBC World News

City Room: New York Today: Fish and Knish

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:38
What you need to know for Wednesday: A review of the Russ & Daughters cafe, clouds arrive, and Honey Day at the High Line.






Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:35
Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban

BBC World News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:30
A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.
Categories: BBC World News

Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:28

FILE - This Aug. 4, 2013 file photo shows a Lollapalooza balloon at the Lollapalooza Festival in Grant Park in Chicago. Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. Lollapalooza became the basis for the modern festival culture and circuit that has evolved since, including events like Bonnaroo, Coachella and a legion of smaller multi-day parties. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.


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Disarray at UN chokes peace efforts

BBC World News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:23
Why the UN can't guarantee world peace
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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:22

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The meeting focused on measures to encourage Russian companies to pull their assets back from offshores. The United States and the European Union on Tuesday announced a raft of new sanctions against Russian companies and banks over Moscow’s support for separatists in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.