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Is preschool effective? Some good signs for incoming class of 2028

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:01
For the 9,800 children in Washington who attended the state’s preschool program this past school year, the challenges went well beyond learning to count and identify letters.

Truckers strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:01
Drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike Monday.

Police: Officer who killed family had raped wife

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:01
A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her, new documents show.

Powerful typhoon pounds Japan's Okinawa islands

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:01
A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity.

After Deadline Blog: Words We Love Too Much

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:00
We used “magisterial” more than 70 times in the last year, and some version of “underscore” has appeared 127 times in just the last month. A reminder about words we love too much.

Nash sees young people as saviors of the future

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:58

FILE - In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Graham Nash speaks during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, in Austin, Texas. The 72-year-old member of Crosby, Stills and Nash spoke exclusively to The Associated Press on Monday, July 7, 2014, after the Paley Center for Media hosted a discussion with the trio regarding their newly released remastered box set commemorating their 1974 tour with Neil Young. (AP Photo/Statesman.com, Jay Janner, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Graham Nash feels optimistic that young people will once again change America for the better. So while he's frustrated by political ideals surrounding issues like global warming and marriage equality, he realizes "those powers against progress" will naturally run their course.


Watch: 2-year-old takes first steps with prosthetics, says 'I got it'

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:55

'I got it. I got it. I got it!'

       

US-China strategic talks get test this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:53

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, center, get certificates saying that they have climbed to the top of the Great Wall as well as photo books about the wall from Guo Jiaqiang, second right, deputy director of the Badaling Foreign Affairs Office, and with Chen Fei, right, deputy director of the Badaling Great Wall Special District, while touring the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Kerry and Lew are in Beijing to attend the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China will spend time over the next couple of days testing whether their annual "Strategic and Economic Dialogue" can produce tough compromises or just serve as a venue to talk about greater cooperation.


Cleveland to host 2016 GOP convention

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:52

Cleveland beats Dallas to host 2016 GOP convention.

       

Patent reform fight ends in retreat — for now

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:47

Bill targeted companies that threaten to sue businesses over patent infringement claims.

       

Rolls-Royce car sales up by a third

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:46
Engineering firm Rolls-Royce sees a record 33% rise in luxury car sales in the half year to June compared with last year.
Categories: BBC World News

NYPD: Mother of abandoned baby says she's homeless

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:43

She pushed the baby's stroller onto a subway platform on Monday and got back on a train.

       

Vet sues after burial with gay partner is denied

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:30

Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner, in Boise, Idaho on July 7, 2014. Taylor has filed a lawsuit seeking the right to have her deceased wife interred with her at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Idaho state law allows only married couples who are legally recognized by the state to be buried together at the cemetery; the state has refused to recognize Taylor’s legal marriage to Mixner in California as valid. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.


'Lax labour checks' risk to workers

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:28
Low-skilled workers from the UK and abroad are at risk of exploitation because labour regulations are being flouted or not properly enforced, a report warns.
Categories: BBC World News

Man charged with attacking W.Va. TV reporter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:27
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A central West Virginia man is accused of attacking a Charleston television reporter with a camera tripod.

Israel launches new strikes on Gaza

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:27
Israel carries out more air strikes on the Gaza Strip, following a volley of rockets fired on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
Categories: BBC World News

Cupcake shop Crumbs shuttering all its stores

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:26

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2007 file photo, Crumbs Bake Shop managing partner Harley Bauer carries of tray of cupcakes during the store's grand opening in Beverly Hills, Calif. Crumbs on Monday, July 7, 2014 said it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Crumbs says it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq.


VIDEO: Kim Jong-un filmed limping in public

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:25
Rare footage showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un limping as he attends commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of his grandfather's death have aired on state TV.
Categories: BBC World News

Typical writer 'earns £11,000 a year'

BBC World News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:24
A typical full-time writer earns £11,000 a year, according to research by an authors' society.
Categories: BBC World News

Washington State Issues Marijuana Shop Licences

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 19:23
Marijuana retail shop owners in Washington state have been given the green light to open their doors after a series of licences were granted via overnight emails. The move will officially make Washington the second state behind Colorado to allow marijuana sales for recreational use. "We're pretty stoked," said John Evich, an investor in a cannabis shop in Bellingham, north of Seattle. Washington ...