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Storms knock down trees, cut power in Spokane

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:28
Severe thunderstorms and winds of 50 to 70 mph damaged power lines, caused fires and disrupted traffic.

As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:27
As if the Carlton Complex fire -- the biggest in Washington state history -- wasn’t bad enough already, meteorologists have heaped yet another plague on the suffering residents of north-central Washington: the possibility of flash flooding Wednesday.

Arizona governor orders full review of drawn-out execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:26
Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying that while justice had been done she was concerned by how long the lethal injection procedure took. "This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims, and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family." She said in a statement that Arizona's Department of Corrections had been directed to carry out the full review.

Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:25
From factory inspections to product recalls, laboratory testing to prosecutions, China’s emergent food-quality apparatus has turned into reform on the fly, with ever-changing threats and setbacks.

Man exonerated by DNA – and he didn't even request it

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:21

Phillips will be exonerated in Dallas County. He spoke exclusively to USA TODAY.

       

As Washington State prepares to rev up, Leach remains laid back

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:18
Mike Leach doesn’t look like a man whose team is on the verge of breaking out. His demeanor more closely matches that of a college professor.

New York City Asks Cultural Groups to Help Enhance Municipal IDs

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:16
Cultural institutions have been invited to offer benefits to New York municipal ID cardholders, part of an effort to expand use of the new cards beyond undocumented immigrants.

Colorado theater gunman's lawyers challenge firearms analysis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:08

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending accused theater gunman James Holmes challenged the reliability of firearms analysis on Wednesday, despite conceding that their client was solely responsible for the 2012 massacre that killed 12 moviegoers. In a hearing before Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, public defenders sought to have expert ballistics testimony precluded from the onetime neuroscience graduate student's murder trial. Dale Higashi, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said all the bullet fragments and shell casings that he analyzed from the crime scene could be traced to three of the weapons belonging to Holmes. Defense lawyers argued that firearms analysis is subjective, and not based on quantifiable scientific fact.


Study: Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:03

The decline of animals around the world could mean we're in a sixth "mass extinction."

       

Israel Says That Hamas Uses Civilian Shields, Reviving Debate

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00
Israel said it takes precautions to avoid killing civilians but because its adversaries embed forces throughout Gaza, it strikes at targets where large numbers of civilian casualties are likely.

Gaza: Hamas seeks to emerge stronger

BBC World News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:59
Why the Palestinian group won't back down yet
Categories: BBC World News

Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:56

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air.


Control of Senate May Hinge on Georgia Race

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:55
After David Perdue’s victory in the Republican primary, he will face off against the Democrat Michelle Nunn in what many in both parties see as a race crucial to gaining a majority in the Senate.