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Millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on western U.S. beaches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:44
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the U.S. West Coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and, at times, an unpleasant odor, ocean experts said on Thursday. Though not poisonous to most people, beachgoers should avoid the animals because their venom can cause stinging in the eyes and mouth, said Steve Rumrill, an expert at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition to the millions that have been spotted on beaches from Southern California to Washington, millions more are floating near the ocean surface offshore, Rumrill added. Though most people think the animals are jellyfish, they are in fact colonies of much smaller creatures known as hydrozoans, Rumrill said.

Home owned by Trump holdout sells at auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:43

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino towers over Vera Coking's three story rooming house Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The decrepit boarding home owned by the Atlantic City woman who has been turning down multi-million dollar offers for the building in the shadow of Trump Plaza since the 80’s is now up for auction. With a reserve price of only $199,000, the fate of the house has gone down along with the city’s casino industry. On July 31, the property, at 127 South Columbia Place, will go up for auction. As recently as eight years ago, Donald Trump was willing to pay at least 10 times that amount so he could expand Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)An Atlantic City-area real estate figure has bought at auction a property that earned its owner near-folk hero status for resisting decades of overtures from developers including Donald Trump.


Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:41
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five people sued the federal government Thursday alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their citizenship and green card applications.

Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:40
TOKYO (AP) — American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

Wall Street Drops, S&P on Track for Worst Day Since April

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:33
U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst daily decline since April and first monthly drop since January, as concerns mounted over the strength of overseas economies and ongoing tensions with Russia.

Hat-trick of golds for England gymnasts

BBC World News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:33
England gymnasts Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane both win their third Commonwealth Games gold medals in Glasgow.
Categories: BBC World News

Driver in Vegas eatery crash gets 6 to 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:31

Gage James Lindsey, 20, cries during sentencing in district court Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Las Vegas. Lindsey was sentenced to 6 to 20 years for for crashing his vehicle into a Las Vegas restaurant in 2013 and injuring 10 people. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A driver who pleaded guilty to DUI charges after police say he plowed his car onto the patio of a Las Vegas restaurant during lunchtime last spring was ordered to 6 to 20 years in prison on Thursday.


Oklahoma lawmakers in showdown with college leaders over guns on campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:28
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this week they want to end a current ban on licensed firearms carriers from bringing guns to campuses. He would go to a place where they are vulnerable, where they are unarmed ... and that is a college campus,” said Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, who is leading the push with Republican Representative John Enns. If gun legislation passes in Oklahoma, the state would join Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin in allowing some sort of concealed weapons on campuses.

Police: Child accidentally shoots, kills playmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:28
CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.

House leaders abandon border bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they called an urgent meeting to plot their next moves.

White Pass - 7/31/2014 11:56:01 AM

White Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
White Pass US12
7/31/2014 11:56:01 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Monday through Friday during daylight hours maintenance work is in progress in several locations west of the summit. Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes.

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White Pass - 7/31/2014 11:56:01 AM

White Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
White Pass US12
7/31/2014 11:56:01 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Monday through Friday during daylight hours maintenance work is in progress in several locations west of the summit. Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes.

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Satus Pass - 7/31/2014 11:46:13 AM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Satus Pass US97
7/31/2014 11:46:13 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Satus Pass - 7/31/2014 11:46:13 AM

Satus Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Satus Pass US97
7/31/2014 11:46:13 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Stevens Pass - 7/31/2014 11:57:14 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Stevens Pass US2
7/31/2014 11:57:14 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 has reopened through Tumwater Canyon, just west of Leavenworth, from milepost 99 to milepost 85, following an earlier closure due to fire activity. There will be pilot car controlled traffic from the candy store at milepost 96, three miles west of Leavenworth, to milepost 86.2 near the junction of US 2 and SR 207 at Coles Corner.

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Stevens Pass - 7/31/2014 11:57:14 AM

Stevens Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Stevens Pass US2
7/31/2014 11:57:14 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
Refer to conditions and weather column for current restriction information

Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
US 2 has reopened through Tumwater Canyon, just west of Leavenworth, from milepost 99 to milepost 85, following an earlier closure due to fire activity. There will be pilot car controlled traffic from the candy store at milepost 96, three miles west of Leavenworth, to milepost 86.2 near the junction of US 2 and SR 207 at Coles Corner.

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Blewett Pass - 7/31/2014 11:47:21 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Blewett Pass US97
7/31/2014 11:47:21 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Blewett Pass - 7/31/2014 11:47:21 AM

Blewett Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Blewett Pass US97
7/31/2014 11:47:21 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

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Snoqualmie Pass - 7/31/2014 11:45:29 AM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:24
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/31/2014 11:45:29 AM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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Restrictions Westbound:
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Conditions:
Snoqualmie Pass rock blasting is scheduled for Thursday starting at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to last one hour or more. During blasting I-90 will be closed from milepost 56 near Gold Creek to milepost 61 near Price Creek. During closures there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70.

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