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Cuba stalemate makes identifying rafters difficult

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:06

 a group of nine Cuban migrants, including one pregnant woman, had left the island a week before. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — The bodies surfaced 20 miles out from a popular South Florida beach: Four men, still youthful. Their remains were badly deteriorated, bitten by sharks, their faces unrecognizable.

Russell Wilson is black enough, can overcome the criticism

Seattle Seahawks - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:01
As easy as it is to attack anonymous Seahawks for turning this into a racial identity thing, the issue of how a quarterback wins a locker room is a difficult and delicate conversation.
Categories: Sports Center

VIDEO: Bolivia TV chef: 'Shout about abuse'

BBC World News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:01
Justa Canaviri is Bolivia's top celebrity chef and one of the country's best-known traditionally dressed "cholitas". Born in La Paz in 1963, she speaks to the BBC for 100 Women.
Categories: BBC World News

A look at European banks that flunked test

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:59

A cleaning worker walks past the headquarters of National Bank of Greece, in Athens, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe's 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and must increase their capital buffers against losses by 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion). The ECB said 25 banks in all were found to need stronger buffers — but that 12 have already made up their shortfall. The remaining 13 now have two weeks to tell the ECB how they plan to increase their capital buffers. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A total of 13 European banks have been asked to strengthen their finances after a broad review of their books.

Elderly woman seriously hurt, mom and kids injured in crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:59

Elderly woman seriously hurt, mom and kids injured in crashDelaware State Police are investigating an accident in Talleyville that injured a mother, her two children, and another woman.

Castres 16-21 Leinster

BBC World News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:45
Leinster make it two wins out of two in the European Champions Cup by grinding out a five-point win over Castres.
Categories: BBC World News

Lebanon army steps up Tripoli battle

BBC World News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:41
The Lebanese army forces a retreat by Sunni militants linked to Islamic State and al-Qaeda, on a third day of fighting in the second city Tripoli.
Categories: BBC World News

Jeb Bush Will 'More Than Likely' Run in 2016, Says His Son

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:38
Will another member of the Bush family dynasty make a run for the White House?

Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:35

A New York City police officer and a member of New York's Office of Emergency Management walk to the building entrance of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his every movement since arriving in New York from Guinea via Europe on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.

North Dakota argues 'right-to-life' measure intent

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:32

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, an abortion protester stands outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo, N.D. North Dakota voters are being asked to vote on a so-called personhood amendment that would be the first in the nation to declare in a state constitution that life begins at conception. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Megan Madden has tried to educate herself about the eight measures facing North Dakota voters on Election Day. But only one — an amendment that would declare in the state constitution that life begins at conception — still has her confused.

Ferguson fallout reaches race for county executive

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:28

In a Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Democratic County Councilman Steve Stenger , left, and Republican state lawmaker Rick Stream debate issues at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The two winning primary candidates for St. Louis County executive anticipated a general election campaign heavy on the nuts and bolts of local government: taxes, roads, parks and schools.

Hazing trial starts for 4 FAMU band members

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:28

FILE- In this May 23, 2012 file photo, Pam Champion, right, and Robert Champion, Sr., left, hold a photo of their son, Robert, a Florida A&M University drum major who died in a hazing incident, as they are photographed in their attorney's office following a press conference in Atlanta. The trial for four band members charged in the hazing death of Champion begins Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Orlando, Fla.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida A & M University's Marching 100 had played at a Super Bowl and before U.S. presidents. But one of the nation's most-celebrated marching bands had a dark secret: members were occasionally beaten with mallets, fists and drumsticks in a hazing initiation known as "crossing" Bus C.

DealBook: 25 European Banks Fail Stress Test

New York Times Headlines - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:53
Lenders in Europe are 25 billion euros, or $31.7 billion, short of the money they would need to survive a financial or economic crisis, and nine Italian banks failed the review.

A Bear In The Backyard

E-Town - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:06

IMG_1935Man oh man, check out this photo from our backyard:

That’s from a bear who’s been frequenting our neighborhood of late (if the rather large, nightly deposits of bear scat in various spots around the ‘hood are any indication, he’s been a regular visitor). Through the opening he made in our fence, you can see a heavy hanging plum tree (in our neighbor’s yard), the fruit of which I suspect he’d been enjoying. We actually heard him wreaking havoc on the fence (it was about 11pm at night, right outside our bedroom window more or less). It sounded like a drunken linebacker who’d lost his way and found our fence to be an obstacle to be removed from his path. Wild.

Actually literally wild. Here in Boulder, and in countless other parts of the country, many of our neighborhoods butt up against open space (ours does for example) which results in inevitable contact and encounters between animals and people. We are lucky enough to live in a town where wildlife cohabitate with us. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, we humans are living in THEIR neighborhood. Lord knows we cause them innumerable challenges, as they travel through our landscaped yards using ancient routes to water; roam through our developments at night, as they have for centuries, making their rounds as they search for food, etc. mtlion_NPSI have heard numerous stories from folks about ‘close encounter’ wildlife sightings (I myself have seen a mountain lion in a tree right down the street from our house, in broad daylight in that case!). It’s awe inspiring to think of.

There’s a real debate in this country right now, between those who would like to pave and/or develop every available square inch of land no matter what that does to the wildlife population and those who (like me) think it vital to our collective souls to ensure that we will always have open space and places where wildlife can exist. I think that’s why this year’s midterm election is so important. Can you guess which political party cares about protecting the environment and which cares little or nothing about that? I’m sure you can. If not, you should do some research, decide what’s important to you, and then VOTE. Make your voice heard.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

By the way, don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcast/podcast in Zack’s previous blog entry.

Xo Helen




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