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Obama calls Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:59

President Obama praises the United States soccer team.

       

Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:57

In this photo taken on May 23, 2014, retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer, center, gets laser treatment from Navy Cmdr. Peter Shumaker, right, at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Meyer lost his right leg above the knee, his right hand above the wrist, and three fingers on his left hand while disarming a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011. The Naval Health Research Center is launching a major, six-year study on wounded warriors to track their quality of life and better understand the road to recovery. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer's leg and hand.


Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:50
A ruling expected Thursday from the Illinois Supreme Court involving a change to public worker benefits could provide insight on how justices may eventually rule on the constitutionality of a landmark state pension reform law. The case before the state's highest court involves a 2012 Illinois law that allowed the state to impose healthcare insurance premiums on its retired workers. Retirees and others appealed a March 2013 ruling by Sangamon County Circuit Court Associate Judge Steven Nardulli, who found that state-sponsored health insurance is not a guaranteed pension benefit protected by the Illinois Constitution. The constitutional provision in question states that membership in any public sector pension or retirement system "shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired." The same provision in the Illinois Constitution is also the center of attention in lawsuits pending in Sangamon County Circuit Court against the pension reform law the Illinois legislature passed in December.

Mayor pulls plug on big raise for City Light CEO

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:46
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray nixed a huge pay raise for City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco on Wednesday, citing “judgment” concerns over recent decisions by the utility chief.

More fans watched U.S. soccer game on TV than the World Series

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:46
An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States soccer team in the World Cup on U.S. television — an impressive total for a weekday afternoon.

Murray names new city transportation chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:46
A former big-city transportation deputy with experience in developing transit, street cars, bike lanes and pedestrian routes is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's choice to lead the city transportation department.

Mariners complete sweep at Houston with 5-2 win

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:46
The Mariners have won 10 of their past 12 games to improve to 47-38. It’s the first time the Mariners have been nine games over .500 since the end of the 2007 season.

India women 'misusing' dowry law

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:45
India's Supreme Court says that women are increasingly misusing the tough anti-dowry law to harass their husbands and in-laws.
Categories: BBC World News

NHS plan 'a recipe for disaster'

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:42
Cutting back on hospital services in England before community services are geared up to provide care is a "recipe for disaster", MPs say.
Categories: BBC World News

Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:36

This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the center of Tropical Storm Arthur off the east coast of Florida. With the July Fourth weekend on the horizon, the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm plodded off Florida's coast early Wednesday, though Tropical Storm Arthur wasn't yet spooking too many in the storm's potential path. (AP Photo/NOAA)RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — As one of the year's busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina's Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.


Man shot dead and two others injured

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:36
A man is shot and killed and two others are injured during disorder in Birmingham.
Categories: BBC World News

Obama's day: Lunch with the veep

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:35

President Obama has no public appearances scheduled for Thursday.

       

Obama's day: Lunch with the veep

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:35

President Obama has no public appearances scheduled for Thursday.

       

Single women emerging as political powerhouse

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:32
Democrats and allied groups are making an aggressive push to woo single women — young and old, highly educated and working class, never married and divorced or widowed.

'I need to improve my game and work hard'

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:31
Andy Murray reflects on the defeat by Grigor Dimitrov that ended his bid to successfully defend his Wimbledon title.
Categories: BBC World News

Brazil braces for Colombia

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:31
Brazil and Colombia enter the World Cup quarterfinals with totally different mind-sets.

Health-care law still facing another birth-control challenge

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:30
While employers are not yet required to provide insurance under the health-care law, many closely held companies do, and under the health-care law, insurance is required to include contraceptive benefits.

VA bonuses went to officials at delay-prone hospitals

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:27

More than $380,000 in bonuses went to top officials at 38 VA hospitals now under investigation

       

British Library to show Declaration

BBC World News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:17
Historic US documents the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence will go on display in the UK for the first time next year.
Categories: BBC World News

Report: Alex Rodriguez used testosterone with consent from MLB

Seattle Mariners - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:16
An excerpt from a new book describes A-Rod’s use of banned performance-enhancer under a therapeutic use exemption, or TUE, during his 2007 MVP season.
Categories: Sports Center