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Peeps in your Easter weekend beer? Sweet!

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:36

Kim Collins tossed 90 neon critters into a kettle of beer. A strong, bright brew came out.

       

Blackhawks beat Canucks, clinch playoff spot

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:36
Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger scored in the third period, and the host Chicago Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Annual race for H-1B worker visas begins

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:31
The U.S. allots 85,000 new H-1B visas per year, mostly to workers in technology, engineering, science and research. Demand typically far exceeds the cap.

Senate GOP changes voting rules on budget

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:31
Faced with the prospect of tough votes on climate change, minimum wage and women’s reproductive rights, the GOP-controlled state Senate has made it harder to approve amendments to its proposed budget.

‘Driverless’ car drives cross country in 9 days

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:31
The person sitting in the car’s driver seat intervened once when traffic was weaving around in a construction zone, and again when the car didn’t want to move into a busy left lane to avoid police stopped on the right shoulder.

In Kenyan town where students were massacred, 'it's not safe'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:30

The 15-hour siege left 148 people dead before the four gunmen were shot and killed.

       

Key provisions of parched California's new water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:27

In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, houseboats float in the drought-lowered waters of Oroville Lake near Oroville, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday April 1, 2015 ordered sweeping and unprecedented measures to save water in California. Surveyors on Wednesday found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping, marking a fourth consecutive year of vanishing snow that California depends on to melt into rivers and replenish reservoirs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought.


Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:25

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, a rice farmer walks across a dried-up irrigation ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.


China ex-security chief Zhou charged

BBC World News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:18
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang is charged with bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets, state media report.
Categories: BBC World News

Sunny outlook for Chambers Bay

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:18
The site of June’s U.S. Open is in prime shape thanks to a warm, dry winter, reduced play and covering the greens during bad days.

Workers in Vietnam don’t like pension changes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:16
The new pension rules will stop many workers from being eligible for lump-sum social insurance payments when they leave a company, delaying payouts until they retire.

Weekly news quiz: Test your headline knowledge

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:10

LeBron, Iran and Chris Rock all make the cut this week.

       

Yemen rebels storm Aden palace

BBC World News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:08
Houthi rebels in Yemen storm the presidential palace in Aden following heavy clashes, amid reports of troops landing from the sea.
Categories: BBC World News

US authorities committed to stopping 'homegrown extremists'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:07

In this courtroom sketch, defendants Noelle Velentzas, center left and Asia Siddiqui, center right, appear in federal court with their attorneys, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in New York. The two women were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Rosenberg)NEW YORK (AP) — The disturbing allegations were contained in court papers describing the latest homegrown terror plot thwarted by the FBI and the New York Police Department.


UK 'spied on Argentina' - Snowden

BBC World News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:06
Documents released by the American whistle-blower Edward Snowden claim that Britain spied for several years on the Argentine government.
Categories: BBC World News

The week in Reviewed: Coke cans get a new look

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:06

This week, we reviewed Lenovo's new ThinkPad laptop, and covered Coke's redesigned cans.

       

Thunderbirds lose, series tied 2-2

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:03
Despite the home crowd cheering the T-Birds on at the ShoWare Center in Kent, the Thunderbirds lost 7-4 to the Portland Winterhawks on Thursday, which evened the series at 2-2.

Washington hits four homers in 11-4 victory over Stanford

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:02
Kimberlee Souza hit a grand slam, drives in six runs for Huskies.

McEnroe: I thought I had to kill all 6 in Carnation family

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:01
Convicted killer Joseph McEnroe, testifying in the penalty phase of his trial, said he thought he had to kill the six victims.

Hot economy, gridlock a duo with lasting power

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:01
Building more freeways or widening existing ones only creates more traffic, the “congestion generator” effect. For the people who choose to live far from work, or don’t have a choice because of their income, long commutes await.