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Pennsylvania man accused of hiding dead father in barrel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:21
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man is accused of using his dead father's bank card to purchase a barrel for hiding the corpse, authorities said on Wednesday. David J. Thomas, 31, allegedly wanted to collect his father's checks and withdraw cash for drugs, Westmoreland County Detective John Clark wrote in an affidavit. Officers discovered the body of David F. Thomas, 59, while performing a welfare check at his Pittsburgh-area home on Tuesday, it said. The son said his father was at a hospital but the officers, noticing a foul smell, questioned him about a barrel that then fell over, it said.

Teen tells police he idolized Columbine gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:17

FILE - in this May 2, 2014, file photo two women hug after leaving a community meeting on school safety at the Waseca Junior and Senior High School after a teenager accused of planning to massacre his family and high school classmates in Waseca, Minn. In two recordings from a police interrogation released Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the accused 17-year-old mocked the attacks on the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook Elementary School as “pretty lame” and “pathetic” and said he idolized one of the Columbine gunmen. (AP Photo/Mankato Free Press, Pat Christman, File)WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota teenager accused of planning to massacre his family and high school classmates mocked the attacks on the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook Elementary School as "pretty lame" and "pathetic" and said he idolized one of the Columbine gunmen, according to recordings of his police interrogation.


Lynch named a presenter for Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Sports Awards

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:16
Straight from the PR desk at Nickelodeon. ...
Categories: Sports Center

Acclaimed U.S. poet Wallace Stevens' Connecticut home up for sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:15
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The former Connecticut home of the late American poet Wallace Stevens is up for sale in Hartford's west end, and devotees of the Pulitzer Prize winner's works hope to buy it. Wallace, who famously walked from his Hartford home to his job at a local insurance company from the 1930s, often composed poems in his head along the way, said Jim Finnegan, president of The Hartford Friends of Wallace Stevens. Finnegan's group of poets and poetry lovers is trying to raise the nearly $500,000 it will take to buy the three-story, six-bedroom 1920s Colonial, being sold by Christ Church Cathedral, which has owned it since the poet's death in 1955.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:14

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 16, to Sunday, June 22:


Opponents of renewable energy law ask for U.S. Supreme Court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:13
Fuel producers are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to California's landmark low carbon fuel standard, the first of a series of cases seeking to roll back state renewable energy laws around the country. The court could decide in the next few days whether to take up a lawsuit brought by a coalition of ethanol and gasoline producers trying to overturn a 2009 California rule mandating cuts to carbon emissions. The measure, created by an executive order from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, calculates emissions throughout the lifecycle of a fuel by including pollution from production and transportation as well as ultimate use. Under the regulation, fuel blenders and distributors must reduce the "carbon intensity" of their products by up to 10 percent over the next decade or risk being shut out of California's lucrative vehicle market.

Feminist Kelly to appeal excommunication from Mormon church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:12
Kate Kelly was stripped of her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday after a three-man disciplinary council ruled she had violated the "laws and orders" of the faith and that her actions amounted to apostasy. "I don't think they made the right decision," Kelly told Reuters in Salt Lake City. The petition will be considered by some of the same regional church leaders in Virginia, where Kelly previously lived, who held the council that excommunicated her. Those councils are sometimes referred to as church courts.

Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:11
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.






AP sources: Christie faces another bridge probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:10
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An 82-year-old steel truss bridge featured in the opening credits of "The Sopranos" and in Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds" is now the second bridge for which Gov. Chris Christie's administration is facing an investigation.

New York's Metropolitan Opera vandalized with painted obscenities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:08
New York City's storied Metropolitan Opera House was struck by a vandal who spray painted obscenities on paintings, sculptures and administrative offices early on Wednesday, police said. In a brief statement acknowledging the vandalism, the Metropolitan Opera, one of the world's foremost opera centers, said there was "little or no permanent damage." The New York Times reported that investigators were examining whether the vandalism was linked to an ongoing labor dispute. The Metropolitan Opera, trying to cut labor costs, has been locked in difficult contract talks with union leaders.

Groups seek protection of yellow cedar trees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:06

FILE--A 2005 file photo provided by the US Forest Service is of yellow cedar trees in a wilderness area north of Sitka, Alaska. Four conservation groups petitioned Tuesday, June 24, 2014, to list the iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change. Yellow cedar is found from southeast Alaska to Northern California. (AP handout Photo/ Paul Hennon)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four conservation groups have petitioned the Interior Department to list an iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change.


Divergent views on exporting gas through bay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:04

This photo taken June 12, 2014 shows a half-a-mile long, the Dominion Energy's Cove Point LNG Terminal's offshore loading platform, a mile offshore seen from the facilities nature preserve which surround the plant in Lusby, Md. Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal on the bay, which the company used for years to import natural gas. Now, thanks to a boom in natural gas fueled by hydraulic fracturing, Dominion has contracts to export natural gas to Japan and India, where gas prices are higher than in the U.S. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)LUSBY, Md. (AP) — Dominion Resources' proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay.


Polish PM wins vote of confidence

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:03
Poland's coalition government wins a parliamentary vote of confidence sparked by a scandal over leaked tapes of senior officials.
Categories: BBC World News

New York airports play catch up on free Wi-Fi access

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:56

Travelers wait for their flight inside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airports in the New York City area will soon join others in major U.S. cities that offer free wireless Internet access, under a plan approved on Wednesday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners. Under the proposal, customers at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia international airports in New York as well as New Jersey's Newark Liberty International will be allowed 30 minutes of free Internet, said port authority head Patrick Foye. As part of the contract with Internet provider Boingo Wireless, free Internet access would begin as early as this fall.


White Pass - 6/25/2014 1:27:46 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:55
White Pass US12
6/25/2014 1:27:46 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

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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 - 6/25/2014 1:32:00 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:55
Satus Pass US97
6/25/2014 1:32:00 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
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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 - 6/25/2014 1:28:26 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:55
Stevens Pass US2
6/25/2014 1:28:26 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
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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 - 6/25/2014 1:27:41 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:55
Blewett Pass US97
6/25/2014 1:27:41 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

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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 - 6/25/2014 1:21:03 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:55
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
6/25/2014 1:21:03 PM

Temperature: Not Available

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Rock blasting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday starting at 8 p.m. and is expected to last one hour or more. During blasting I-90 is closed from milepost 56, near Gold Creek to milepost 61, near Price Creek. During blasting closures there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70. I-90 is closed to bicycles in both directions between Hyak, exit 54 and Stampede Pass Interchange, exit 62. Bicyclists use the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

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Detroit bankruptcy judge rejects big-ticket creditor claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:54

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitDetroit is off the hook for $150 million to buy garbage trucks that one resident claimed or to compensate a California man $1 trillion for the loss of nuclear research materials, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the city's historic bankruptcy case, agreed with the city's objections to claims filed by some individual would-be creditors. The city characterized the claim for $1 trillion by Albert O'Rourke of Oceanside, California, as frivolous. O'Rourke said the city had lost or destroyed "Manhattan Project" nuclear research materials housed in property he owns in Detroit.