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Add color to the shade garden, explore farmers markets

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:58
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris on the new showy, shade-loving perennial Saxifrage fortunei ‘Pink Elf,’ and the joys of farmers markets.

North Carolina's outer banks to take full force of hurricane Arthur

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:57

Hurricane ArthurBy Chris Keane HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C, (Reuters) - The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength on Thursday as it spun toward the North Carolina coast on the verge of Category 2 status, forcing thousands of vacationers to scrap their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders. Hurricane Arthur was about 35 miles (55 km) south of Cape Fear, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour), U.S. forecasters said. The shift in the track would bring the strongest winds inland over eastern North Carolina, affecting coastal towns such as Morehead City, as well as the U.S. Marine corps base at Camp Lejeune. Arthur would be the first hurricane to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey in October 2012 and caused $70 billion estimated damage.


Dad Charged With Son's Hot Car Death Could Face Death Penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:57
The Georgia dad charged with killing his toddler son by leaving the boy in a hot car all day could face the death penalty, a judge said today at a court hearing.

Errors, staff absences behind $300 mln New York City gaff: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:56
Absent employees, flawed processes, and inadequate systems were among a catalog of problems uncovered at New York City agencies in a new report into why nearly $300 million of city money was erroneously paid out to pensioners earlier this year. The problem was due to a poorly executed and controlled test of a proposed system change to allow automatic child support deductions from pension payments, the report found. The test went wrong and issued a transfer order to JP Morgan Chase Bank.

Midwest prepares for flooding from rising rivers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:55

Construction worker Mark Snyder tightens the bolts on a 12-foot temporary flood wall that was erected on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Iowa City, Iowa. The wall is meant to protect a University of Iowa art building from potential flooding along the Iowa River, which is rising and could top its banks next week. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa and cities along the Iowa River installed flood barriers Thursday amid concern that a key reservoir could overflow and inundate the area next week.


Gazarek returns home to Seattle for full-length Jazz Alley stand

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:53
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOroqIDawZ4

SPD officer charged with molestation, suspended without pay

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:50
 Update 11:48 a.m.: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole released this statement about Officer Eric A. Smith, who was charged today with five criminal counts stemming from child abuse allegations.

Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:49
Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

War hero Zamperini lived 'unimaginable drama'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:47

Louis ZamperiniLOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World War II bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The military told his parents he was dead, and an annual collegiate track competition named one of its races in his memory.


Court won't free convicted priest to die at home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:42

FILE - In this Thursday, May 11, 2006 photo, in Toledo, Ohio, the Rev. Gerald Robinson, a Roman Catholic priest, listens as the verdict is read finding him guilty of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. A federal court has denied a request from Robinson, who is dying and had hoped to spend his final days in his Ohio hometown. (AP Photo/Andy Morrison, Pool, File)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal court has denied a request from a dying Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of killing a nun in 1980 and hoped to spend his final days in his Ohio hometown.


Brooklyn cabbie convicted of plotting Pakistan 'honor killings'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:41
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York cab driver was found guilty on Thursday of conspiring with relatives in Pakistan to commit "honor killings" of family members of a relative he believed helped his daughter escape back to the United States. Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, 61, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, transmitting of threats to injure, and visa fraud. Prosecutors said that for more than three years, Choudhry's daughter, Amina Ajmal, was held against her will by relatives in Pakistan at her father's direction, and forced into an arranged marriage to help a man get a U.S. visa. With the help of a cousin and the U.S. State Department, Ajmal eventually escaped and returned to the United States in January 2013, prosecutors said.

DealBook: Dow Closes Above 17,000 as Stock Rally Outpaces Economy

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:36
The current bull market has lasted nearly 64 months, making it the fourth-longest since the crash of 1929, and investors are showing few signs of slowing down, though not all are convinced the rally can continue.






5 things to know about Tennessee's electric chair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:35

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Under a new state law in effect since Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Tennessee is allowed to use the electric chair to execute death row prisoners if it can't obtain drugs needed for lethal injections. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A law took effect this week in Tennessee making it the first U.S. state to have the option of executing death row inmates with the electric chair if drugs for lethal injections are not available. Billy Ray Irick, who was convicted of murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting in 1985, is the next Tennessee death row inmate scheduled to be executed, on Oct. 7. Corrections officials have said they have no lethal injection drugs on hand but are confident they can obtain them when needed. Here are five things to know about the state's electric chair:


Arthur prompts Nantucket, Cape Cod storm warnings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:32
MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for Nantucket Island and parts of Cape Cod in Massachusetts as Hurricane Arthur approaches.

Wildfire near California's wine country grows overnight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:31
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire near Northern California's Napa Valley wine country grew overnight on Thursday, devouring 4,300 acres (1,740 hectares) and two houses, and prompting more evacuations, officials said. The fire, which started on Butts Canyon Road in Napa County on Tuesday, was 30 percent contained on Thursday morning after hot, dry weather caused it to spread by about 1,000 acres late on Wednesday and early on Thursday.

UK planned to train Syrian rebels

BBC World News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:30
The UK drew up plans to train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to defeat President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Newsnight has learned.
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Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:29

Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East CoastArthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on Independence Day.


Fire burns 2 homes in central San Diego County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:27
JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — A TV station says a San Diego County wildfire has burned two homes and hundreds are threatened.

Injured guard Tanisha Wright returns to Storm practice court

Seattle Storm - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:08
Veteran guard Tanisha Wright, who missed the past five games with a bruised knee, returned to practice Wednesday and hopes to play for the Storm on Thursday against the Los Angeles Sparks.
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