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LeBron James informs Miami Heat he will become a free agent

NBA - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:06
Superstar LeBron James informed the Miami Heat he has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract, a move that means he becomes a free agent July 1.
Categories: Sports Center

Construction to restart at NYC's 3 World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:06
Construction on Lower Manhattan's flagship 3 World Trade Center building is set to restart after the developer was given the go-ahead on Wednesday to use $159 million in insurance money while he raises more than $1 billion private sector financing. Developer Larry Silverstein said the insurance money, related to the Sept. 11 attacks on the site, allows construction to continue after being stuck at eight floors. The insurance money had been in escrow. The deal with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was important because it removes some of the uncertainty for the anchor tenant, media and advertising company GroupM, which can by June 30 change its mind about moving into the building.

Mother blasts police for burned baby

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:04
Mother blasts police for baby burnt in botched drugs raid
Categories: BBC World News

Politicians, groups react to gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:03

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Herbert said he was disappointed with the panel's decision and believes states should determine their own laws regarding same-sex marriage. He hopes the high court will rule on the issue to provide clarity. "We can't get finality and final resolution unless the Supreme Court hears the case and makes a decision," Herbert said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying. Here are some quotes from and about that decision:


A teenager's path out of 'the dark'

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:02
New York teen writes of her escape from prostitution
Categories: BBC World News

Glitch generates wrong photos on Arizona driver's licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:01
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A new system implemented to better process Arizona driver's licenses has turned out to be less than picture-perfect in its first week of operation - generating a handful licenses with photographs of the wrong person. A technical error has caused at least eight residents to receive permanent licenses in the mail with all the correct information – but with another person's photograph and signature, a state official said on Wednesday     Stacey Stanton, Arizona motor vehicles department director, said the agency learned of the apparent snafu on Tuesday and believes the problem was limited to a "few, rare circumstances."     Arizona implemented the new system on June 16, complete with a redesigned driver's license, in an attempt to centralize processing and improve security.     Under the new system, applicants receive a paper permit good for 30 days at 56 locations statewide until a permanent license can be sent.     Stanton said a trouble-shooting team was making sure that there are no other such cases to be found in the roughly 45,000 requests for licenses, identification cards and permits processed since the system began.

VIDEO: 'Emergency Cinema' tells Syrian stories

BBC World News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:01
A group of filmmakers based in Damascus are gaining attention for their short videos about ordinary Syrians.
Categories: BBC World News

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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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 3:24:03 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
Satus Pass US97
6/25/2014 3:24:03 PM

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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 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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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 3:25:01 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:56
Blewett Pass US97
6/25/2014 3:25:01 PM

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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 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.