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Police say officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shooting acted in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:04

Toni Martin, mother of Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot, attends a prayer vigil in Berkeley, MissouriBy Mark Guarino (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man fatally shot by police in Berkeley, Missouri, last week was pointing a gun at an officer, according to a police investigation of the incident. Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall told a news conference on Tuesday that Antonio Martin "was armed and pointing a weapon at the officer" before he was shot outside a gas station convenience store on Dec. 23. The killing sparked protests, with demonstrators saying the shooting was unjustified and that race was a factor. Martin was black and the officer is white. ...


United States Embassy in Gambia Confirms Coup Attempt

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:03
The Gambian government insisted that “peace and calm” prevailed after gunfire erupted overnight in the capital, Banjul.

Movie Review: ‘A Most Violent Year,’ With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:03
A family, its heating-oil business and New York are at the center of J. C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year.”

Vegas betting on snow for New Year’s Eve

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:01
More than 340,000 people who are expected for fesitivies on the Strip and in downtown’s Fremont area will have to dress warmly.

Judge accepts former South Carolina sheriff's guilty plea for bribery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:56
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A former South Carolina county sheriff pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants in a deal that federal prosecutors said could land him in prison after a judge rejected a similar deal that had called for only probation. James Metts, 68, was the state's longest-serving sheriff, having worked for Lexington County from 1972 until this year. He was suspended from office in June after being indicted on 10 criminal counts and resigned earlier this month. ...

Red-light cams fade as speed cams get green light

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:46

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, traffic passes a red light photo enforcement sign below a red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road, in Lawrence Township, N.J. New Jersey legislators recently discontinued the state’s red light camera pilot program after five years. The number of red-light cameras nationwide is falling because of opposition from lawmakers and average Joes _ but the use of cameras to catch speeders is slowly rising, potentially signaling a new battleground. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Motorists rejoicing over decisions to discontinue unpopular red-light camera programs don't have to drive too far for a buzzkill.


AP PHOTOS: A look at $1 million homes in the US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:41

This photo provided by Gladys Manion, Inc. via Realtor.com shows the exterior a five-bedroom, five bath limestone mansion at 36 Portland Place in St. Louis, previously listed at $1.385 million. (AP Photo/Gladys Manion, Inc via Realtor.com, Steven B. Smith Photography)Sales of $1 million homes are booming, even as overall sales have sputtered this year.


Public Editor's Journal: From a Writer and From Readers, Strong Opinions on Campus Rape Accusations

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:37
A passionate column that looked like news drew criticism.






Fear of Stowaways as Ferry Death Toll Rises to 13

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:31
The ship that caught fire off the Greek coast on Sunday was being towed to Italy, where authorities were trying to determine how many people had boarded and how many had been rescued.

Diocese: Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ native

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:24

 Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ nativeAn Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a South Jersey native was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession, documents show.


White Pass - 12/30/2014 9:02:06 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:21
White Pass US12
12/30/2014 9:02:06 AM

Temperature: 9 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

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

Weather:
Clear skies with gusty winds

Satus Pass - 12/30/2014 9:01:10 AM

Satus Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:21
Satus Pass US97
12/30/2014 9:01:10 AM

Temperature: 8 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Southbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Snow and ice in places on the roadway

Weather:
Clear skies

Stevens Pass - 12/30/2014 9:04:37 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:21
Stevens Pass US2
12/30/2014 9:04:37 AM

Temperature: 10 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

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

Weather:
Clear skies

Blewett Pass - 12/30/2014 9:14:51 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:21
Blewett Pass US97
12/30/2014 9:14:51 AM

Temperature: 10 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Southbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Compact snow and ice in places on the roadway

Weather:
Clear skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 12/30/2014 9:08:21 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:21
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
12/30/2014 9:08:21 AM

Temperature: 14 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is mostly bare and dry, ice in places

Weather:
Clear skies

Autopsy shows Los Angeles police shot man 3 times

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:19
An autopsy report released on a 25-year-old black man killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police appears to affirm initial statements by officers about the struggle that led to the close-range shooting, police said.

Temps plunge U.S. into deep freeze, with snow for Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:19
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - As colder-than-average temperatures locked large swaths of the United States into a deep freeze Tuesday, snow was likely in an unlikely place - Las Vegas. The National Weather Service (NWS) said cold air pressure from the northern High Plains would move south starting Tuesday, producing light snow and sleet over parts of western Texas that will expand into parts of the Southwest Tuesday night into Wednesday. Light rain is expected to develop over parts of Southern California and the desert Southwest on Wednesday. ...

Checking in with SoCal basketball tournaments

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:16
Let's take a look at what some of the local basketball teams are doing at tournaments in Southern California.

Seattle man dies in waters off Hawaii’s Big Island

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:16
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death of a 53-year-old Seattle man found unresponsive off Hawaii’s Big Island.

German opposition urges probe into NATO 'hit list'

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:16
German opposition lawmakers called Tuesday for an investigation into reports that the country's army and foreign intelligence agency contributed to a NATO list of Taliban targets in Afghanistan, some of whom were killed.