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Suicide nets approved for San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:32

Cars cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San FranciscoBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It could soon be a lot harder for people bent on suicide to leap from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, as California state officials approved a funding plan on Friday to install mesh barriers beneath the historic span to catch jumpers before they hit the water. "It's a very emotional day, but it's very historic," said David Campos, a San Francisco city supervisor and a board member of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. “It’s a unanimous vote for life today at the board.”  On Friday, the board of directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District voted unanimously to accept state funding for the plan negotiated by state senate leader Darrell Steinberg and San Francisco lawmakers.  “It has been an uphill fight," said state assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who has fought for over a decade to secure funding for the barrier. “But here we are, almost shovel ready.”  Last year, 48 people jumped to their deaths from the span, which hovers high above San Francisco Bay and connects the city of San Francisco with suburban Marin County.

UNESCO: Mali restoration project short $8 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:32

FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2014, file photo, head mason Alassane Ramiya inspects the remains of tombs at a mausoleum after it was damaged in Timbuktu, Mali. UNESCO is more than two-thirds short of the $11 million needed to fulfill its promise to help restore Timbuktu's storied mausoleums and other Malian cultural treasures destroyed by Islamic radicals two years ago, the U.N. cultural agency said Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UNESCO is more than two-thirds short of the $11 million needed to fulfill its promise to help restore Timbuktu's storied mausoleums and other Malian cultural treasures destroyed by Islamic radicals two years ago, the U.N. cultural agency said Friday.

Washington DC tour guides win court ruling on free speech grounds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:31
A federal appeals court ruled on Friday in favor of Washington tour guides who challenged licensing rules that require guides to pay the city a license fee and pass an exam. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the $200 District of Columbia licensing rules for tour operators restricted their constitutional right to free speech. The city had claimed that the licensing requirement, including the multiple-choice exam, ensured prospective guides' identities and that they knew something about Washington's history and geography. Lawyers for the two tour guides who filed suit had argued that the licensing requirement restricted their First Amendment rights to free speech.

World Cup thoughts from Alan Hinton

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:31
Local legend Alan Hinton, who coached the old NASL Sounders and did broadcast work for many season for the MLS team, has been providing his thoughts on the MLS season throughout the year. There hasn't been much league action to comment on, but he did offer some thoughts on the World Cup during his E

Father says learned son had slain six in California via the Internet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:30
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The father of a 22-year-old man who killed six college students in a stabbing and shooting rampage near Santa Barbara, California, said in an interview that he initially thought his son was one of the victims and learned the grim truth only on the Internet. Peter Rodger, an assistant director on the film "Hunger Games," told ABC's Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on the network's "20/20" program that he felt anger toward his dead son, Elliot, and was trying to find love and forgiveness for him.

Logan Morrison finds his swing by keeping things simple

Seattle Mariners - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:30
The Mariners’ Logan Morrison has 11 hits in his past 34 at-bats, including a two-home run game earlier this week. Morrison missed a long stretch early in his first season with the Mariners because of a hamstring injury.
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Glastonbury power back after lightning

BBC World News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:28
Power is restored to the stages at Glastonbury after an electrical storm caused the festival to be shut down temporarily on safety grounds.
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2nd officer charged in cutting of dog's throat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:26
BALTIMORE (AP) — Court records show that a second Baltimore police officer has been charged in the cutting of a pet dog's throat.

NY judge: Argentina can avoid default with talks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:20

Mediator Daniel Pollack, center, leaves federal court after a hearing regarding Argentina's request to extend deadlines to repay a $1.65 billion debt to U.S. hedge funds, Friday, June 27, 2014, in New York. Judge Thomas P. Griesa has ordered a U.S. bank to return a $539 million payment from Argentina, saying it was illegal to make. The order by the judge came Friday, three days before Argentina faces default if it fails to pay $832 million to the majority of its debt holders. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina can avoid defaulting on debt payments due Monday by negotiating with U.S. hedge funds that are owed $1.65 billion, a federal judge said Friday as he all but pleaded for the South American nation to engage in talks.

Driver slams into 4 cars in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:13

Driver slams into 4 cars in Northern LibertiesPolice say one person was injured after a driver slammed into four cars in the Philadelphia's Northern Liberties section Friday morning.

Superb Murray races into round four

BBC World News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:13
Andy Murray beats Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon
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NH man convicted in murder, rape of university student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 03:12
A New Hampshire jury on Friday found Seth Mazzaglia guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation and rape of college student Elizabeth Marriott in 2012, a court official said. Mazzaglia, 31, used a rope to strangle 19-year-old Marriott, a student at the University of New Hampshire, after she rejected his sexual advances, and then raped her lifeless body. Mazzaglia's ex-girlfriend testified she had brought Marriott - whom she met at a department store - home to him as a sex offering to appease him after she'd been away for two weeks. Marriott's body was never found.

Rewind: Live chat with Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson

NBA - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 02:02
Denver Nuggets guard and former Husky Nate Robinson talked about his past playing days in Seattle, his new book and much more in a live chat on Thursday.
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How Robinson Cano changed the course of Mariners' season

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 22:16
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Wiggins is No. 1, Napier to Miami in NBA draft

NBA - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 20:31
The celebrations stretched from north of the border to South Florida.
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