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Nonemployed: A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:51
Sweden, Denmark and Norway may have a lesson for the United States. Their welfare benefits make it easier for people to work.






'Ringing' rock arches recorded

BBC World News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:51
America's huge humming arches
Categories: BBC World News

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:50

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, New England Compounding Center President, co-owner, and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden takes the fifth amendment option and declines to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing about the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Cadden was among 14 people from the Framingham, Mass., pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.


NY unlikely to face lawsuits over fracking ban, experts say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:49
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. But that is unlikely as the end of a drilling boom has left the industry in no mood for a fight, industry experts and lawyers said. "I think most of the companies in the industry are disinterested in fighting," said Brad Gill, the executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, a trade group. ...

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:48

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in WashingtonBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...


Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:48
Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.






Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson changes agents

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:46
Interesting stuff from ESPN's Adam Scheffer on news that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is changing agents.
Categories: Sports Center

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:41
Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.

Horror Paralyzes Pakistan After a Methodical Slaughter

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:40
With flags at half-staff and businesses shuttered, Pakistanis seemed to be trapped between grief, anger and frustration, for once overcoming their divisions to unite in pain.

Robber targets Northeast Philadelphia cell phone store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:40

Robber targets Northeast Philadelphia cell phone storePolice are investigating a cell phone store robbery in Northeast Philadelphia.


Promising stroke treatment pulls blood clots directly from brain

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:40
One reason the treatment worked, researchers suspect, is that doctors used a new type of snare to grab blood clots.

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:39
As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins.

South Carolina Judge Vacates Conviction of George Stinney in 1944 Execution

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:37
A judge ruled that the murder conviction of George J. Stinney Jr., who was 14, was a “great and fundamental injustice.”

Tech investors plowing money into future farms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
Silicon Valley is pushing its way into every stage of the food-growing process, from tech tycoons buying up farmland to startups selling robots that work the fields to hackathons dedicated to building the next farming app.

White Pass - 12/17/2014 4:32:57 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
White Pass US12
12/17/2014 4:32:57 PM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 12/17/2014 4:30:32 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
Satus Pass US97
12/17/2014 4:30:32 PM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast skies with areas of fog

Stevens Pass - 12/17/2014 4:35:07 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
Stevens Pass US2
12/17/2014 4:35:07 PM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

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

Weather:
Light snow

Blewett Pass - 12/17/2014 4:34:35 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
Blewett Pass US97
12/17/2014 4:34:35 PM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

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

Weather:
Overcast skies

Snoqualmie Pass - 12/17/2014 4:29:18 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:36
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
12/17/2014 4:29:18 PM

Temperature: 34 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet. Weather permitting, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. crews will temporarily close I-90, westbound only, while crews fall hazard trees. The closures are scheduled to last one hour or more each day. Westbound travelers will be able to access summit area services from exit 54.

Weather:
Overcast skies

Many Americans open to better ties with Cuba: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:35
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Though lawmakers from both political parties lambasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for shifting U.S. policy on Cuba, Americans by and large are open to stronger ties with the communist-governed island, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Fewer than 20 percent of Americans oppose establishing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, the poll of 31,000 adults showed. More than 40 percent of the respondents were in favor of rapprochement. Some 39 percent said they were not sure. ...