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Blewett Pass - 2/6/2015 12:34:35 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:44
Blewett Pass US97
2/6/2015 12:34:35 PM

Temperature: 42 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet

Weather:
Overcast

Snoqualmie Pass - 2/6/2015 12:27:45 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:44
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
2/6/2015 12:27:45 PM

Temperature: 40 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
The roadway is bare and wet, areas of standing water

Weather:
Raining hard at times

Obama: Scaling back college savings benefits wasn't worth it

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:44

President Barack Obama answers audience questions at Ivy Tech Community College, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. Obama is promoting his budget proposal to make two years of community college free. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that he dropped a widely criticized plan to scale back tax benefits for college savings accounts because the savings weren't worth it.


Farmers file more than 360 corn lawsuits against Syngenta

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:40
Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward.

Open Source: Netanyahu’s ‘Bibi-Sitter’ Ad Draws Praise From U.S. Conservatives

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:39
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stars in an online comedy sketch as the nation’s babysitter in chief.

A few Friday Mariners' notes and links -- Robinson Cano ranked as top second baseman in baseball by MLB Network

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:35
I'm working on a story for Sunday on the Mariners and then a blog previewing first base, but I wanted to get a Mariners' related few notes posted.

Arizona man suspected of threatening Maricopa County sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:35
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

West Coast port operators halt ship work over weekend

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:34
Vessel operations at all 29 ports along the West Coast will be suspended over the weekend, according to the Pacific Maritime Association.

25 RadioShack stores in Washington state may close

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:31
RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Debate over vaccine requirements forges strange alliance

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:28
The debate over whether parents should be required to get their children vaccinated against measles has created strange alliances, putting some liberal parents on the same side as Republican conservatives.

Church group members recall accused man confessed to 1979 New York murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:26

Hernandez, who is charged with the abduction and murder of Patz, sits while judge Wiley looks on, during opening statements at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a 6-year-old boy three decades ago tearfully described how he strangled the child and disposed of the body in a confession to a church group, witnesses testified on Friday. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged with kidnapping and murdering Etan Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 while walking to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. Testifying in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Paito Concepcion, 79, said Hernandez confessed in a prayer circle at the end of a day-long summer religious retreat in 1979.


January job gains show US recovery gaining greater strength

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:23

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, left, shakes hands with a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Miami. The institute is part of Miami Dade College which offers training and job placement assistance in the hospitality industry to inner city residents. The Labor Department releases employment data for January on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery — with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.


Measles cases turn attention to bounty of childhood vaccines

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:22

In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous than the diseases that vaccines prevent. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)CHICAGO (AP) — Measles is in the news, but it's just one of more than a dozen preventable — and sometimes forgotten — diseases targeted by vaccines for children.


Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:18

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country’s biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers. Data privacy experts have accused Verizon of violating consumers’ privacy by using “supercookies,” an identifying string of letters and numbers attached to each site visited on a person’s mobile device. “This whole supercookie business raises the specter of corporations being able to peek into the habits of Americans without their knowledge or consent,” said Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, in a statement. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.


Measles Outbreak: Frequently asked questions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:16

 Frequently asked questionsMeasles has become relatively rare in the United States, thanks to very effective vaccine. A recent outbreak tied to Disneyland has shown that even among some doctors, knowledge of the once-common illness is spotty.


Contractor tries again to get Abu Ghraib lawsuit tossed out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:12
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A defense contractor that supplied interrogators to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq argued Friday that it can't be sued for abuses that occurred there because its employees were working in tandem with military personnel whose judgment about conducting wartime operations shouldn't be questioned by a federal judge.

Sheriff: Subject of US manhunt admits killing elderly couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:01

This Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff shows Robert Roy Clark, 29, of Dennison, Ohio. Clark, wanted in the killings of an elderly Ohio couple and in armed robberies in three states, was arrested early Thursday in Arizona after a high-speed chase and nationwide manhunt. An FBI spokeswoman in Cleveland said Clark was arrested by the Mohave County sheriff's office in Kingman. One of his companions, Tabatha Marie Hazel, 26, of Canton, Ohio, a suspect in the armed robberies, was arrested with him. Jeffrey Caley Jr., one of his two companions sought in the robberies, remains at large. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff)CLEVELAND (AP) — The subject of a nationwide manhunt after two slayings and a string of armed robberies in three states has confessed to killing an elderly couple found inside their torched car, a sheriff said Friday.


A look at five incoming freshmen who contribute for the Huskies in 2015

WA Huskies - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:01
In 2014, eight true freshmen played for the Huskies. Here are five candidates from the 2015 recruiting class who could contribute this fall:
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How Williams’s Iraq Story Changed

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:00
A compilation of Brian Williams’s television appearances shows how his accounts of a 2003 episode on military helicopters in Iraq gradually became more perilous.






Exploding air bag lawsuits headed to federal court in Miami

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:59
MIAMI (AP) — Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge.