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Facebook pulls 'cat punching' page Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:27

A 'cat-punching' Facebook page depicting animal abuse is down.


Partial West Coast port shutdown looms; contract talks stall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:25

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2015 file photo shows the Yang Ming Masculinity, YMMS cargo ship anchored off the Long Beach Harbor waiting to be unloaded due to a labor dispute in Long Beach, Calif. Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 seaports which handle billions of dollars of goods will be mostly closed four of the next five days. Negotiations for a new dockworker contract were to resume Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, but were canceled. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse.

West Coast ports will be mostly shut as longshore dispute drags on

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:23
West Coast port operators the Pacific Maritime Association said they won’t hire crews to load or unload ships Thursday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday in continuing labor-contract struggles.

Mastermind in string of diamond heists across US gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:23
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mastermind of an interstate diamond-theft ring has been sentenced to 9½ years in federal prison.

Court rules against ex-teacher claiming phobia of younger kids

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:20
Maria Waltherr-Willard’s lawsuit said seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to soar and forcing her to retire.

Shippers plan four-day partial shutdown of West Coast ports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:16

Containers and ships sit idle at the Port of Long Beach in this file photoBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shipping lines will partially shut down 29 West Coast ports for four of the next five days, the companies said on Wednesday, as they postponed the latest round of protracted labor talks with the dockworkers union amid mounting cargo backups at the harbors. The loading and unloading of cargo freighters will be suspended, as operations were last weekend, on Thursday and again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the companies' bargaining agent, the Pacific Maritime Association, said in a statement. Citing chronic slowdowns in freight traffic they blamed the union for instigating, the companies said it made no sense to pay union workers higher holiday and weekend wages "for severely diminished productivity while the backlog of cargo at West Coast ports grows." Union shifts worked this Thursday and next Monday would command premium pay in observance of separate Presidents Day holidays that fall on Lincoln and Washington's birthdays.

In case featuring mobster and violin, a priest pleads guilty

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:16
A plot twist in a legal drama featuring a mobster and a violin played out Wednesday when a prison chaplain announced in court minutes before his trial was to start that he was guilty of trying to help an imprisoned mob hit man recover a hidden Stradivarius.

Baidu shares plunge after revenue miss

BBC World News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:15
Shares in China's biggest online search engine, Baidu, fall nearly 10% after disappointing results as users switch to mobiles.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Legal bid for death row Australians

BBC World News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:15
Lawyers for two Australians facing execution in Indonesia on drug smuggling charges have mounted a rare legal challenge in a final attempt to save their lives.
Categories: BBC World News

Court says Chuck Yeager can sue Utah gun safe company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:12
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court says record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager can sue a Utah gun safe company that named a line of safes after him.

U.S. gunman kills three young Muslims; motive disputed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:11

Namee Barakat and his wife Layla Barakat, parents of shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat, react as a video is played during a vigil in Chapel HillBy Colleen Jenkins CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Reuters) - A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on Facebook and quarreled with neighbors was charged with killing three young Muslims in what police said on Wednesday was a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, a full-time paralegal student from Chapel Hill, was charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday's shootings around 5 p.m. two miles (three km) from the University of North Carolina campus. The victims were newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Britain starts public trial of driverless cars

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:06
Driverless cars are hitting Britain's public roads for the first time, giving a glimpse of future travel that's billed as safer and more efficient.

Is the Iowa smoking age headed up in flames? Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:01

Some college students believe with or without a law, people will still smoke if they wish.


Victim fatally shot in New Castle apartment complex ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:59

Victim fatally shot in New Castle apartment complex ID'dAuthorities have identified the man who they was was fatally shot inside an apartment complex in New Castle, Delaware.

The plane-builder of South Sudan

BBC World News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:54
How one man made a plane out of scrap in his back yard
Categories: BBC World News

Petrobras rig blast kills three

BBC World News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:54
An explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform operated by Brazil's Petrobras kills at least three workers.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge rules federal interstate handgun transfer ban unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:53
(Reuters) - A U.S. ban on the interstate sales of handguns by federal firearms dealers to buyers from other states violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge in Texas ruled on Wednesday. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor stemmed from a challenge to the ban brought by a Texas firearms dealer and a couple from the District of Columbia in July 2014. The federal law prohibits a dealer from transferring a handgun, but not a rifle or shotgun, to an individual who does not live in the state in which the dealer's business is located. "While we expect the government to appeal, we are confident that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will agree with Judge O'Connor's sound ruling," attorney William Mateja, who represented the challengers, said in a statement.

4 dead in plane crash in rural part of southern Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:53
MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say a twin-engine propeller plane crashed in a rural part of Miami-Dade County shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing all four people aboard.

The untold story of the Maidan massacre

BBC World News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:51
The inside story of Kiev's Maidan massacre
Categories: BBC World News