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Northwest consumers spend more freely than those in most other regions

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:38
Washingtonians spent more overall than many of their counterparts in the nation in 2012, the latest year for which figures are available. The Evergreen State ranked among the top 10 states for total personal expenditures.

Wind, rain, massive surf for Big Island as hurricane nears

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:37
Here's what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Iselle makes landfall, with sustained winds of about 75 mp expected along with torrential rain and high surf/storm surge. This advisory below is from the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Montana ex-governor says he won't run for Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:37

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines arrives for a meeting in Helena Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 after learning Sen. John Walsh, his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, was dropping his campaign for office. Daines said he respected Walsh’s decision before heading into a discussion on the agriculture industry with farmers and ranchers at the Montana Stock Growers Association. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday.


AP PHOTOS: Play eases trauma for Gaza children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:33

Volunteer Nisreen Shawa, 25, centre, leads a play session with displaced Palestinian children at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Taking advantage of the continuing ceasefire, volunteers from the local non-profit NGO 'Tomooh' (Ambition), arranged a special play session for children to try and lessen the stress they've been enduring after the weeks of conflict. In the playground the children got a chance to sing and play group games under the caring eye of volunteers. They hope that their efforts will lessen the damage of the traumatic recent weeks events, or at least help them forget for a short while. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's fragile ceasefire is allowing children to play, and overcome some of the trauma of four weeks of war.


Pregame notes and lineups: White Sox at Mariners

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:33
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Torture: Don't criticize unless you've served on the front lines

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:33
Leonard Pitts Jr. seems a bit sanctimonious himself, in taking Presidents Bush and Obama, not to mention the CIA, to task over the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" ["Obama’s breezy words for post-9/11 torture," Opinion, Aug. 6].

Westwood and McIlroy in US PGA hunt

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:31
Lee Westwood is joint leader of the US PGA after an opening 65, one clear of Rory McIlroy as Tiger Woods struggles.
Categories: BBC World News

Afternoon links: NCAA gives more power to major conferences

WA Huskies - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:31
The NCAA board of directors voted 16-2 Thursday to approve more power for the “Power 5? conferences — the Pac-12, Big 10, Big 12, SEC and ACC — which allows them to write many of their own rules.
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Embattled NCAA lets richest colleges play their own game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:30

NCAA President Emmert speaks during news conference at NCAA headquarters in IndianapolisU.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.


FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.

Colombia's President Santos sworn in

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:25
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warns peace talks could falter if left-wing rebels do not halt attacks, as he starts a second term.
Categories: BBC World News

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAX

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:25

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAXA Northern California woman who repeatedly tries to board flights without a boarding pass has been arrested again at LAX.


Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:23
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found on Thursday near a Washington state mobile home park appears to be that of a 6-year-old girl last seen Saturday evening and reported missing when she failed to turn up for dinner the following night, authorities said. Jenise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula across the ...

Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:23
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found on Thursday near a Washington state mobile home park appears to be that of a 6-year-old girl last seen Saturday evening and reported missing when she failed to turn up for dinner the following night, authorities said. Jenise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle, and was not seen by family members the next day, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. After four days of searching led by local law enforcement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said a child's body had been found in the woods near the Wrights' home on Thursday afternoon and "appears to be that of Jenise." The medical examiner will identify the body, said Kitsap County public communications manager Doug Bear. No arrests have been made and authorities were planning a news conference later on Thursday, Bear said.

Miles away and years on, Cambodians relish verdict

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:19

Cambodian former Khmer Rouge survivors, Soum Rithy, left, and Chum Mey, right, embrace each other after the verdicts were announced, at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, the tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sophany Bay saw her two young daughters and son die at the hands of the infamous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the family was forced from their home and she was sent to toil in the fields under the movement's reign of terror.


Israeli lives lived along the Gaza Border

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:13
Lyse Doucet on Israelis living close to the border with Gaza
Categories: BBC World News

Florida woman charged in NJ in son's 1990s slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:13

This Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 photo released by the Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Lodzinski. Lodzinski was arrested Wednesday in the death of her 5-year-old son, who was reported missing from a carnival in New Jersey in 1991, but authorities are not saying what led them to file charges. (AP Photo/Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office)STUART, Fla. (AP) — More than two decades after she reported her 5-year-old son missing from a carnival in New Jersey, a woman investigators say they long considered a suspect was arrested on the day that Timothy Wiltsey would have turned 29.


De Blasio Children Working at City Hall as Unpaid Interns

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:10
Chiara de Blasio is in the Office to Combat Domestic Violence this summer, and her brother, Dante, is working in the first deputy mayor’s office, their mother, Chirlane McCray, announced.






No trouble between Virginia ex-governor, wife says corruption trial witness

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

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple's federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor's mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells' marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell's daughters, described the couple's relationship as "loving" and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.


VIDEO: When Americans trusted their government

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:07
Americans trust government less now than at Watergate
Categories: BBC World News