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Utah lawmaker wants sex traffickers eligible for execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:59

Republican Rep. Paul Ray is shown on the house floor Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Ray says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children. The hardline plan from Ray faces several legislative hurdles before it could become law, and it would test the boundaries of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the death penalty. But the Clearfield Republican said he welcomes the challenge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children.


Twitter earnings beat expectations

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:56
Twitter reports a net loss of $125m (£82m) in the fourth-quarter, beating investor expectations, but says it added just four million users during the past three months.
Categories: BBC World News

2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:56

2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in TrentonTwo girls slipped on ice and fell at least six feet through an uncovered basement door of a vacant building as they walked to school in Trenton.


Arkansas' 1st-in-the nation Medicaid expansion survives

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:54

Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, argues for reauthorizing a program using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The Arkansas House voted 82-16 to reauthorize funding through June 2016 for the "private option," which was crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' first-in-the-nation program using federal funds to buy private health insurance for the poor will survive another year after the Legislature reauthorized the program Thursday, despite an influx of new Republican lawmakers elected on a vow to kill the hybrid Medicaid expansion.


River the dog rescued from brutal cold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:53

River the dog rescued from brutal coldRiver, a 6-year-old German shepherd rescue, is recovering from a near-death experience.


Force India block Marussia comeback

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:50
Marussia's request to use last year's car in 2015 is rejected after Force India vote against them.
Categories: BBC World News

Nigeria to press ahead with election

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:48
Nigeria's influential council of state decides to press ahead with presidential elections on 14 February, rejecting calls for a postponement.
Categories: BBC World News

Kentucky sued over lost tax incentive for Noah's Ark park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:45
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Christian ministry building a Noah's Ark theme park sued Kentucky tourism officials Thursday, saying they violated the group's free speech rights by denying them an $18 million tax incentive.

Noah's Ark theme park developers sue Kentucky over lost tax rebates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:44
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Kentucky officials committed religious discrimination when they pulled tax rebates from a planned Noah's Ark-based theme park attraction, the project's developers charged on Thursday in a federal lawsuit. State tourism officials in December told the Ark Encounter developers they were pulling the tax incentives from the theme park proposal because the plans had evolved from a tourist attraction into a ministry seeking to advance religion.

Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend lied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:42

Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend liedAttorneys for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch are accusing his ex-girlfriend of lying repeatedly on the witness stand during a court hearing in Delaware regarding her request for a no-contact order.


RadioShack files for bankruptcy

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:40
US electronics retailer RadioShack files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after losing 90% of its market value as customers turn to online shopping.
Categories: BBC World News

Driver panic, confusion common in path of oncoming train

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:38

A National Transportation Safety Board employee examines the intersection where an SUV was struck by a Metro-North Railroad train in Valhalla, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. An investigation into what caused a fiery crash that killed a motorist and several rail riders is focusing on how a mother of three described by friends as safety conscious ended up between two crossing gates in her SUV as a commuter train barreled toward her. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Your car is trapped between the crossing gates, and a train is speeding down the tracks, its horn blaring, its lights blazing in your direction.


Lawyers urge judge to lift grand jury secrecy in New York chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:37

Demonstrators stand outside the State Supreme Court before the hearing for Eric Garner in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate urged a judge on Thursday to release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. The lawyers told state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett that making the transcripts public would shed light on why the grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner.


Man with bodies in yard discussed slayings with family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:36
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — In a jailhouse conversation with his father and brother, Hugo Selenski seemed nonchalant about the slayings of a Pennsylvania pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend, whose bodies had been found buried behind his house along with three other sets of human remains.

Daughter of Whitney Houston still on life support: family source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35

 On Our Own" in New YorkThe only child of the late singer Whitney Houston has not been taken off life support or declared brain dead, a family source said on Thursday, five days after Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down in a bathtub at her Georgia home. The source, who asked not to be identified, said media reports that Brown, Houston's daughter with singer Bobby Brown, had no brain activity were incorrect. Bobbi Kristina's cousin Jerod Brown said on social media that doctors were not optimistic about the 21-year-old aspiring singer's chances. "Though it seems the odds are against her, though doctors don't see any hope for change ... though it looks impossible for her to stand again STILL PRAY FOR BK," Jerod Brown said on Instagram, where he posts as yfkennedy.


White Pass - 2/5/2015 1:17:56 PM

White Pass Report - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35
White Pass US12
2/5/2015 1:17:56 PM

Temperature: 41 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining

Satus Pass - 2/5/2015 1:14:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35
Satus Pass US97
2/5/2015 1:14:20 PM

Temperature: 39 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Raining, heavy at times with areas of fog

Stevens Pass - 2/5/2015 1:17:14 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35
Stevens Pass US2
2/5/2015 1:17:14 PM

Temperature: 32 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with slush in places.

Weather:
Raining

Blewett Pass - 2/5/2015 1:03:33 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35
Blewett Pass US97
2/5/2015 1:03:33 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with slush and ice in places

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 2/5/2015 1:06:17 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:35
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
2/5/2015 1:06:17 PM

Temperature: 35 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet with areas of standing water.

Weather:
Raining, heavy at time with strong gusty winds west of the summit.