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Trial starts for Texas woman accused of 'black widow' murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:25
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a Texas court a woman shot her husband dead for insurance money and then launched a plot to frame someone else for the crime, as testimony started on Tuesday in a cased dubbed the "black widow" murder. Lawyers for the defendant, Michele Williams, said in opening statements that her husband, Greg Williams, committed suicide. Michele Williams, 45 and a mother of four, is on trial for murder and tampering with evidence. ...

Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough

BBC World News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:25
Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 in an extraordinary penalty shootout to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Categories: BBC World News

Washington city council passes concealed-carry gun law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:23

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in RomulusBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington city council passed emergency gun legislation on Tuesday requiring residents and visitors to adhere to strict guidelines to carry a concealed weapon in the U.S. capital. The move came after a federal judge in July overturned the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The judge's order was under a temporary stay, giving the city time to fashion a new law. "It's a situation where we don't really want to do this, but we have to," Councilman Marion Barry said before the vote. ...


Nine Cubans arrive on south Florida beach after 10 days in boat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:22
By David Adams KEY BISCAYNE Fla. (Reuters) - Nine Cubans came ashore in a homemade boat on a south Florida beach on Tuesday afternoon saying they had been at sea for 10 days, according to eyewitnesses. "They were very excited when they got onto the beach," said Cristina Plihal, who watched from her beachfront condo in Key Biscayne, a wealthy island village near downtown Miami. "When they jumped onto the sand they started screaming 'Cuba, Cuba,'" she added, before police arrived and they were escorted away. The nine Cubans, all men, told onlookers their journey had taken 10 days. ...

New York politicians criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:21
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City politicians and religious leaders on Tuesday criticized a series of anti-Islam advertisements due to appear on 100 city buses, with many critics calling for the campaign to be blocked. Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the City Council, and Comptroller Scott Stringer joined a rally outside City Hall organized by the Arab American Association of New York and other groups to criticize the display ads sponsored by a group run by Pamela Geller, who writes a blog criticizing Islam. ...

Drop in income tax collections depressed state revenue: Census

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:20
DETROIT (Reuters) - A surprisingly large decline in U.S. states' income tax collections helped depress state revenue for the entire second quarter, U.S. Census data released on Tuesday showed. Many states had prepared for a revenue drop but were surprised by its magnitude, according to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, a public policy research group that closely tracks state revenue. State revenue rose sharply in 2013 after taxpayers sold off investments, paid bonuses and made other financial moves in the final hours of 2012 as the so-called Bush tax cuts expired. ...

Woman breaks window, rescues baby in San Antonio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:18
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A woman who noticed a baby in a hot car in a parking lot in San Antonio used a tire iron to smash the windshield and rescue the child.

County unemployment rates edged up in August

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:16
Joblessness in August was slightly higher than the previous month in 36 of Washington state’s 39 counties, but all counties saw drops from a year ago, data released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department show.

Chinese tourists, besotted with image of Paris, find harsher reality

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:16
Some Chinese are targeted and attacked by thieves. Others encounter indifference or rudeness, and some vow not to return.

Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:16
More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join.

Pennsylvania to award one contract to rebuild hundreds of bridges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:08
By Elizabeth Daley (Reuters) - It will be winner takes all under an initiative in Pennsylvania to rebuild more than 500 aging bridges via the award of a single contract, part of a national blitz to replace crumbling infrastructure. Pennsylvania, which is home to more unsound bridges than any other U.S. state, is soliciting bids this month to replace 558 aging bridges, through a public-private partnership called Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. There is no ceiling set on the size of the contract, the state's Department of Transportation said on Tuesday. ...

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Temeka Johnson adapted to play as a backup

Seattle Storm - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 02:16
Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the newspaper.
Categories: Sports Center

WSU’s next opponent: at Utah

WA Cougars - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:46
A quick look at Saturday’s game at Utah (3-0).
Categories: Sports Center