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Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:40

Workers try to clear water from the floor of Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus from a broken thirty inch water mainBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under Sunset Boulevard, just north of the University of California at Los Angeles, ruptured under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, spouting a 40-foot geyser and sending some 20 million gallons of water across the north end of campus. The flood swamped campus athletic fields, underground parking garages and several buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the arena built in 1965 which has become famous as home to the university's basketball teams. Most of those facilities were back to normal, athletic director Dan Guerrero said in an Internet message to students on Friday, but Pauley Pavilion's entire wooden floor would be replaced with a new "state of the art" court.

MH17 crash team finds human remains

BBC World News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:38
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues.
Categories: BBC World News

1 dead after crash on Route 40 in Bear, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:37

1 dead after crash on Route 40 in Bear, Del.One person is dead after a crash on Route 40 in Bear, Delaware.

UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:34

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "Y" shaped juncture where a water rupture occurred, involving two main trunk lines is seen on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Thursday, July 31, 2014. Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe some 30 hours after it burst. Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of the pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. The break in the 93-year-old pipe left a swath of the UCLA campus including its basketball arena swamped with water. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main, the school announced Friday.

Google, Facebook pay for shuttles to use San Francisco bus stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:34

A San Francisco police officer stands in front of a Google commuter bus after clearing demonstrators blocking its path in the Mission District in San FranciscoBy Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech workers from San Francisco to their offices in Silicon Valley, have in recent months drawn criticism from groups who say that by catering to well-paid professionals, the buses lead to higher rents in diverse, low-income neighborhoods. ...

Gaza truce fails as Israeli 'seized'

BBC World News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:33
Israeli forces search for a soldier believed captured and 53 Gazans are killed in fighting that ended a short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza.
Categories: BBC World News

Obama Expresses Confidence in C.I.A. Director

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:31
Mr. Obama said his administration has tried to confront the many crises around the world, and should get more credit for the effort, even when positive outcomes are not immediately apparent.

Steps North Texas city has taken to save water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:31
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls in North Texas near the border with Oklahoma is dealing with a persistent drought that's in its fourth year. The main lake for residential water use was just 22 percent full Friday. The city's two reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Here is a look at the steps the city has taken to conserve its dwindling water supply while providing water to 150,000 people in the Wichita Falls area:

Tech firms hit by cyber extortion

BBC World News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:30
Tech firms hit by threats to take them offline
Categories: BBC World News

Judge urges Argentina default talks

BBC World News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:29
In the first hearing since Argentina defaulted on its debts, US judge Thomas Griesa calls for negotiations to be resumed urgently.
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Staten Island Man Died From Chokehold During Arrest, Autopsy Finds

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:27
The manner of death for Eric Garner, 43, who died last month during a confrontation with the police, was homicide, the New York City medical examiner said.

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:23
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency has upgraded Greece's government bond rating , predicting a gradual decline of the national debt.

Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:18

FILE - In this July 25, 2014 file photo, Bud Gossett looks for artifacts near a turn-of-the-century washing machine, foreground, one of several visible signs of the town of Hasell, Texas, submerged under Lake Arrowhead for nearly 60 years and now visible due to a persistent drought. The North Texas city, trying to deal with its dwindling water supply, hopes that adding a biodegradable palm oil-and-lime-based product to the surface of a lake will cut the evaporation rate of the 6,000 acres lake which is the town's primary water supply. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times-Record-News, Claire Kowalick, File)LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.

Obama defends under-fire CIA director

BBC World News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:17
President Barack Obama has defended CIA Director John Brennan and acknowledged the US tortured prisoners after 9/11.
Categories: BBC World News

Teen killed, man injured in crash in SE Montana

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:17
A 16-year-old South Dakota boy was killed and a Washington state man was injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 in southeastern Montana, near the town of Alzada.

Superintendent turnover: Board should better define the relationship

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:16
Hiring and keeping a good superintendent is the primary job of the school board ["Fix Seattle Schools’ superintendent turnover issues," Opinion, July 29]. That, and setting policy. That's it.

Google confirms it sold barge docked in Maine

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:16
Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold.

US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:16
U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:15

Jonnie Williams, right, former Star Scientific CEO, heads into the Federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with two of his lawyers, Toby Vick , center, and Reid H. Weingarten, right, for the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented Friday intended to contradict the businessman's claim their relationship was strictly business.

Americans with Ebola returning to US for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:11

In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)NEW YORK (AP) — Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta next week for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said Friday.