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Colorado theater shooting defense seeks another trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are again asking a judge to delay the trial, less than two weeks before jury selection is set to begin.

One dead following officer-involved shooting at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
(Reuters) - A man armed with a knife was shot and killed by Port Columbus International Airport police in Ohio's state capital on Wednesday, according to authorities. The shooting occurred in the outdoor departure area of the Columbus Regional Airport at around 1 p.m. when the unidentified man lunged at a police officer with a knife, according to a joint statement by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the Columbus Division of Police. ...

Violence Grows in Yemen as Al Qaeda Tries to Fight Its Way Back

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:56
Houthi fighters seized control of the Yemeni capital of Sana in September, promising radical political reforms, but the hope is crumbling.

Last two defendants plead guilty in string of Mississippi hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:54
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Two white Mississippi men pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to their roles in a string of racially motivated attacks on blacks in 2011 that included the killing of a man run over by a truck. The defendants were the last of 10 to be convicted in connection with the attacks, which included the killing of James Craig Anderson, 47, and sparked outrage in a state that has struggled to overcome a long history of racism. "The hate crimes to which these defendants have pleaded guilty were as shocking as they were reprehensible," U.S. ...

Seattle City Council will revisit city's police-intelligence ordinance

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:53
Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has asked the council’s legislative staff to revisit the city’s police-intelligence ordinance with the goal of strengthening it, he said Wednesday.

Aaron Rodgers Pulls a Packers Fan’s Beard and Transforms Him Into a Wisconsin Celebrity

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:52
Jeremy Wilcox cannot go anywhere in Wisconsin without being recognized as the guy with the nine-inch-long beard pulled by Aaron Rodgers during Green Bay’s regular-season finale.

Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Even if the Republican-led Congress approves the Keystone XL pipeline, not a drop of oil will flow through the system until Nebraska signs off on its route. The routing process is still before the state Supreme Court, and depending on how justices rule, it could be months or longer before any construction in Nebraska begins. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.


Federal judge makes foie gras sales legal in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49
By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Foie gras is back on the menu in California, after a federal judge on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial law banning the production and sale of the culinary delicacy that comes from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. While some California chefs planned to celebrate the return of fatty duck liver, animal rights activists said the state's hard-fought foie gras battle was far from over. California's bill outlawing foie gras passed in 2004 but the ban didn't go into effect until 2012. ...

Rural Justice Focus of Ex-Police Chief’s Murder Trial

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:47
The justice system was at issue in the proceedings against Richard J. Combs, who was indicted last month for the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey, an unarmed black man.






Judge rules against florist who didn't want to serve gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:28
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Judge keeps most of gag order in former W.Va. coal exec case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men.

Official says he was wrong to ask that his name not be used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:14

Frederick County Council member Kirby Delauter makes a point during a meeting of the recently formed 7-member council Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at Winchester Hall in Frederick, Md. The Republican councilman is threatening to sue his local newspaper if they dare put his name on their pages. Delauter, who made the threat in a Facebook post lat Saturday, didn't respond Tuesday to phone and email messages. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Bill Green)EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — An elected county official in Maryland who threatened to sue a newspaper for publishing his name dropped that threat Wednesday after his angry Facebook post generated an avalanche of mocking messages on social media.


Weather Makes Bad Situation Worse for Syrian Refugees

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:11
A fierce winter storm has compounded the misery of the millions of Syrians displaced by their country’s civil war and left the organizations that seek to help them scrambling to keep up.

White Pass - 1/7/2015 3:53:15 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:06
White Pass US12
1/7/2015 3:53:15 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Clear skies

Satus Pass - 1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:06
Satus Pass US97
1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Temperature: 40 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:06
Stevens Pass US2
1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Temperature: 37 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

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

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:06
Blewett Pass US97
1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Temperature: 40 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet, ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:06
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
1/7/2015 3:49:31 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and dry, wet in places

Weather:
Scattered clouds

Gov. Walker touts 'master's degree' in fighting special interests

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:02

Wisconsin governor says experience in elective politics matters more than a piece of paper.

       

'Baby, It's Cold Outside': large part of U.S. in deep freeze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:56

Icicles are seen near a beach on Lake Michigan in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Schools in large cities across the Midwest and into the Northeast announced they will close on Thursday to protect children from bitterly cold temperatures as wind chill warnings were issued for most of the eastern half of the United States. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of an Arctic air blast from Canada continuing to provide subzero temperatures for the U.S. Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. ...