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California eyes $500 billion in water spending

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:38
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said.

Slow-motion disaster: Key facts about Hawaii lava

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:36

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown.


Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:34

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan address the media after they signed an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.


Starbucks sales disappoint investors

BBC World News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:33
Starbucks' shares fall as investors express disappointment at the company's latest quarterly sales figures.
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U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:31

A Doctors Without Borders health worker takes off his protective gear under the surveillance of a colleague at a treatment facility for Ebola victims in MonroviaBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group said on Thursday. In response to questions from Reuters, the group said it is discussing whether to shorten some assignments as a result of restrictions imposed by some states since one of its American doctors, Craig Spencer, was hospitalized in New York City last week with the virus. ...


Teammates confident in Coyle

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:31
Bruce Irvin and Brock Coyle walked into the VMAC together at 6 a.m. Thursday
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Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:27

Smoke billows from a building at at Mid-Continent Airport shortly after a twin-turbo airplane crashed into a building killing several people including the pilot in Wichita KansasBy Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge ball of fire, officials said. Authorities said they had accounted for four people who had been listed as missing after the airplane, which officials said carried only the pilot, struck a building where pilots train on the airport grounds. "I heard a big loud noise, but it was muffled. I saw smoke and flames. ...


Pennsylvania manhunt ends with capture of police ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:26

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald TANNERSVILLE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers who had been searching for him since the Sept. 12 ambush of the troopers outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The sniper attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...


Coming Out in Businessweek, Tim Cook Chooses to Play It Low-Key

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:22
Under a headline that did not directly address the issue, Mr. Cook chose to write a sober, conscientious essay for Bloomberg Businessweek that repeatedly used the word “privacy.”

Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:22

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown talk during a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. New Hampshire’s Senate race, which includes media markets in Maine and Massachusetts _ is seeing, on average, a three-fold increase in spending on political advertising, but prime ad time is far more saturated. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Geoff Forester, Pool)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station - and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.


A few afternoon Mariners' related notes - spring training start dates

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:01
Hisashi Iwakuma will be back for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced that his $7 million option for 2015 had been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 - 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts - and last season to have the option vest
Categories: Sports Center

UConn unanimous No. 1, Oregon State ranked in AP preseason Top 25 poll

Seattle Storm - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:01
The preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Thursday. NCAA defending champion UConn was the unanimous No. 1 overall selection. It's the 10th time that UConn has been the top team in the preseason. Six of those years they went on to win the title, including last season.
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As Smoak era ends with Mariners, reflecting on what never was

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:21
To be a Mariners’ fan is to live in mortal fear of every discarded prospect blossoming into stardom in another uniform. It doesn’t happen quite as often as you think, but it sure seems that way because of a few spectacular examples. Justin Smoak could be another one.
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Hot Stove: Early list of 2015 free agents

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:46
Here's a list from the MLB player's association of player's who will become a free agent on 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. There are more than 30 players who may become free agents if the options on their respective contracts are not picked up -- Billy Butler ($12.5 milllion club option, Adam LaRoche ($15
Categories: Sports Center

Giants, Madison Bumgarner beat Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 of the World Series

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:08
The Giants claim their third title in five seasons behind Madison Bumgarner’s five innings of near-perfect relief in a 3-2 win in Game 7 of the World Series.
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