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Lawyer gets 15 years prison for record U.S. tax fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former partner at the defunct law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what prosecutors call the largest criminal tax fraud in U.S. history. Paul Daugerdas, who once ran the law firm's Chicago office, had been found guilty by a New York federal jury on charges including conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud. Prosecutors said Daugerdas reaped $95 million from the scheme, which involved fraudulent tax deductions or benefits exceeding $7 billion and $1.63 billion in lost U.S. tax revenue. U.S. District Judge William Pauley, who imposed the sentence, said Daugerdas had "tapped into the incredible greed of the wealthy," and corrupted numerous professionals to advance a scheme to promote fraudulent tax shelters.

Corvette museum likely to keep part of sinkhole

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:59

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 photo, cars lie in a sinkhole that opened up at the Skydome showroom in the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The sinkhole that swallowed eight cars at the has become such an attraction that officials want to preserve it. They may even put one or two of the cars back inside the hole. The board of the museum in Kentucky voted Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to preserve a large section of the sinkhole that opened beneath the museum in February. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight prized sports cars at the National Corvette Museum has become such a popular attraction that officials want to preserve it — and may even put one or two of the crumpled cars back inside the hole.


Judge sets 2018 deadline for effort to save lynx

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:58

FILE - in this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to force the government to move more quickly on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. But officials haven't come up with a mandated recovery plan. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday set a 2018 deadline for the government to complete a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states.


White Pass - 6/25/2014 3:37:58 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
White Pass US12
6/25/2014 3:37:58 PM

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Satus Pass - 6/25/2014 3:24:03 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
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6/25/2014 3:24:03 PM

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Stevens Pass - 6/25/2014 3:30:13 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
Stevens Pass US2
6/25/2014 3:30:13 PM

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Blewett Pass - 6/25/2014 3:25:01 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
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6/25/2014 3:25:01 PM

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Snoqualmie Pass - 6/25/2014 3:26:08 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
6/25/2014 3:26:08 PM

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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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Judge sets 2018 deadline for lynx-recovery plan

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

FILE - in this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to force the government to move more quickly on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. But officials haven't come up with a mandated recovery plan. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday set a 2018 deadline for the government to complete a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states.


New California law lets schools fire teachers for 'egregious misconduct'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:52
California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a law adding "egregious misconduct" to the list of fireable offenses for public school teachers, weeks after a judge said it was too hard to fire incompetent teachers in the most populous U.S. state. Both houses of the legislature unanimously passed the law just days after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge court ruled that laws granting tenure and other job protections to teachers were unconstitutional, leading to a denial of equal rights to children in poor neighborhoods as incompetent teachers were transferred to less desirable locations. Inspired by the case of a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher sent to prison after pleading no contest to charges including feeding students cookies laced with his own semen, the new law adds "egregious misconduct" to the state's list of fireable offenses, which already includes immoral or unprofessional behavior. On June 10, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that five California laws violated the U.S. Constitution.

Putin's complicated game in Ukraine

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:49
What may lie behind Putin's new Ukraine policy
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: US 'to rename' Chinese embassy street

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:49
The street holding the Chinese embassy in Washington DC could be renamed after a noted Chinese dissident.
Categories: BBC World News

For Espaillat, Strong Start Was Marred by Missteps

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:47
Bungled debates, alienated voters and attacks on State Senator Adriano D. Espaillat’s credibility hindered his challenge for Representative Charles B. Rangel’s seat, analysts say.






VIDEO: N Korea angered by Kim Jong-un film

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:42
North Korea promises "merciless" retaliation if a forthcoming Hollywood film about killing Kim Jong-un is released.
Categories: BBC World News

VIDEO: Do US-Iranians want closer ties?

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:36
As the conflict in Iraq prompts speculation of possible co-ordination between the US and Iran, Alistair Leithead assesses the mood towards closer ties in California's 'Tehrangeles'.
Categories: BBC World News

Messi 'from Jupiter' as Argentina scores 3rd win

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:34
About a dozen Argentine fans couldn't get enough of the smell of victory in the Beira-Rio Stadium, dancing and singing in their seats more than than an hour after their team beat Nigeria 3-2.

Oklahoma death row inmates seek to halt executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:34

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 15, 2008 file photo, Terry Crenshaw, warden's assistant at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, walks past a gurney in the execution chamber in McAlester, Okla. At right are rows of chairs for witnesses. A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 Oklahoma death row inmates on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, seeks to halt any attempt to execute them using the state's current lethal injection protocols, which it claims presents a risk of severe pain and suffering. (AP Photo)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — By tinkering with Oklahoma's lethal injection procedures, prison officials are experimenting on death row inmates and violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, attorneys for a group of condemned Oklahoma inmates argued Wednesday in a federal lawsuit.


Airline spelling mix-up sends couple to wrong country

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:32
Two passengers on British Airways end up in Grenada, in the Caribbean, instead of Granada, Spain.

Buy a vowel? Couple flown to Grenada, not Granada

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:31
A District of Columbia couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain.

Google executive halts his plan to raze historic Portland house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:26
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore.  (Reuters) - Google executive Kevin Rose has halted his plans to demolish a historic home in downtown Portland following pressure from his new neighbors who sought to save it. He now plans to sell to a long-time resident instead, both sides said.  Rose and his wife purchased the 1892 home in Portland's upscale Willamette Heights area in February for $1.3 million and planned to raze it and build a dream home in the neighborhood on the edge of a park with more than 80 miles (130 km) of trails.  Permits for demolishing the house, building a new home and taking the property off the city's landmark inventory list were approved by the city earlier this month as the building was nt on the National Historic Registry or the Portland Historic Registry.