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Daily Rant & Rave: Much ado about fireworks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:50
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Grand Canyon plane crash site designated historic

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:49
The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

Books of The Times: William T. Vollmann’s ‘Last Stories and Other Stories’

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:48
William T. Vollmann’s “Last Stories and Other Stories” is his first volume of fiction since “Europe Central” (2005), which won a National Book Award.

Books of The Times: William T. Vollmann’s ‘Last Stories and Other Stories’

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:48
William T. Vollmann’s “Last Stories and Other Stories” is his first volume of fiction since “Europe Central” (2005), which won a National Book Award.

New Harry Potter attraction opens at Florida theme park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:47

Guests walk in and out of Hogsmeade Village during a media preview for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort in OrlandoBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando opened on Tuesday to crowds of fans eager to be among the first to experience the theme park's Diagon Alley expansion based on J.K. Rowling's books and the popular films about the boy wizard. Fans began lining up before dawn for the public opening of the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley" attraction, modeled after the London shopping district for wizards that is featured in Rowling's book series. The area quickly filled to capacity, leading to staggered admissions into the self-contained attraction. "If we could give it a standing ovation, we would," Nikida Vaughn of Florida told the Orlando Sentinel after experiencing the interactive roller coaster.


US companies post most jobs in 7 years in May

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:47
U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

Kimura U: Japan’s ambassador of cute

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:46
U is one of three ambassadors appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote their country’s culture abroad, specifically Harajuku fashion, a type based on trends in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, known for its youth culture and fashion.

Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:46
A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Latino activists aim to boost participation in U.S. midterm vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:36
By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of Latino groups is launching a new push to register voters and mobilize Hispanics ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in the hope of electing more lawmakers sympathetic to issues important to them, including immigration. At a news conference to open the annual convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), advocates announced the goal of registering 50,000 new Latino voters and mobilizing 100,000 voters to go to the polls in November. President Barack Obama's drive for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year collapsed when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, said the House would not hold a vote. "We are refueled by our recent memories of congressional inaction and disregard on certain key issues, like immigration reform," said Brent Wilkes, national head of LULAC, which calls itself the country's largest and oldest Hispanic organization.

VIDEO: 'Gay cake' row could end up in court

BBC World News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:28
A Christian-run bakery that refused a customer's request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.
Categories: BBC World News

Missouri lawyer pleads guilty to bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:27

This undated photo provided by the Warren County Sheriff's in Warrenton, Mo., shows Warren J. Gladders, 64, an attorney and businessman from Wentzville, Mo. At Warren County Circuit Court, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Gladders pleaded guilty to robbing a St. Louis area bank and shooting a state trooper, one day after offering a similar plea to federal charges involving three bank heists. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Warren County Sheriff's Department)WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) — A 64-year-old attorney and businessman who already had admitted to robbing three banks pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bank heist and to shooting a Missouri trooper.


Somali militants attack palace

BBC World News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:27
Islamist al-Shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and enter the heavily fortified compound.
Categories: BBC World News

Settlement reached in suit over Remington rifles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:26
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.

U.S. to put child migrants on fast track in deportation hearings: official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:25
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to give priority to child migrants over adults in deportation hearings as part of a broader initiative to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally, a Justice Department official told Reuters. The new policy, to be announced by the Justice Department on Wednesday, is one of several steps the administration is taking to accelerate the removal of tens of thousands of child migrants entering the United States, many from Central America. The official gave few details of how quickly the "removal" hearings would proceed, but the White House asked Congress on Tuesday for $45 million to hire 40 judges to address backlogs in courts that mean deportation hearings often take more than 18 months. Immigration courts typically prioritize immigrants held in detention for hearings, but under U.S. law, children are not detained.

'Forgotten' US smallpox found in box

BBC World News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:20
Long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box are discovered by a government scientist at a research centre near Washington, officials say.
Categories: BBC World News

Baby dies inside car parked in affluent Connecticut town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:16
A 15-month-old boy has died after being left inside a car parked in an affluent Connecticut community in sweltering summer weather, police said on Tuesday. The death, which occurred on Monday in the town of Ridgefield, comes weeks after a Georgia father was charged with murder for leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot car for seven hours in a case that has drawn national headlines. "It was reported to police that the infant was left unattended inside a parked vehicle for an extended period of time," the Ridgefield Police Department said in a statement. Temperatures in the area on Monday reached 87 degrees by 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

California tribe agrees to election to end dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:15
CORNING, Calif. (AP) — Rival factions within a Native American tribe fighting over a lucrative Northern California casino and other assets have agreed to a binding general election, officials said.

White Pass - 7/8/2014 11:28:32 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:12
White Pass US12
7/8/2014 11:28:32 AM

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Satus Pass - 7/8/2014 11:26:10 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 03:12
Satus Pass US97
7/8/2014 11:26:10 AM

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Restrictions Northbound:
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