Posted by: Chuck | May 25, 2013


Map showing the Skagit River drainage basin.

Map showing the Skagit River drainage basin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cars, people in the Skagit River after I-5 Bridge collapse

23 May 2013, the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed Thursday evening, injuring an unknown number of people. Both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridge dropped into the river sometime before 7 p.m., according to Washington State Patrol trooper Mark Francis. Francis said several cars were on the bridge when it collapsed, and many are now in the water.

I-5 bridge collapses in NW Wash.; people in water

23 May 2013, the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water, the Washington State Patrol said. The four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. Francis said he had no immediate estimate of how many people were in the water or whether there were any injuries or deaths. He did not know what caused the collapse.

Holder OK’d search warrant for Fox News reporter’s private emails, official says

23 May 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday. Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

US Says 4 Americans Killed by Drones in Counter-terror Strikes

22 May 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder has disclosed in a letter to Congress that four Americans were killed by U.S. drones in the course of the government’s attacks on terrorists. “Since 2009, the United States, in the conduct of U.S. terrorism operations against al-Qaida and its associated forces outside of areas of active hostilities, has specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi,” Holder wrote. “The United States is further aware of three other U.S. citizens who have been killed in such U.S. counter-terrorism operations over that same time period: Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaki and Jude Mohammed. These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States,” Holder wrote.

Police ponder conspiracy after soldier murder

24 May 2013, Police investigating the murder of a soldier hacked to death on a busy London street were looking on Friday into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy. The two suspects, aged 22 and 28, are under guard in hospitals after being shot and arrested by police following the murder of 25-year-old Afghan war veteran Lee Rigby on Wednesday in broad daylight. They have not yet been charged. Detectives were also questioning another man and a woman, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, as they tried to determine whether those responsible had links to militants in Britain or overseas.

U.K. Officials Add Homegrown Radicalism to Attack Mysteries

23 May 2013, the young man dripping with blood after the murder of a U.K. soldier declared in a south London accent that he was acting in defense of “our lands.” He didn’t mean Britain. The intent of the words and deeds are among the puzzles law enforcement has set to solving. As investigators piece together the attackers’ path to a vicious daylight assault outside a military barracks in London, security experts are again confronting the issue of home-grown terror.

Bill Drafted in Secret Would Block Release of Some Newtown Massacre RecordsOptions considered: Blocking release of 911 calls, photos, statements made by a minor.

21 May 2013, the staffs of the state’s top prosecutor and the governor’s office have been working in secret with General Assembly leaders on legislation to withhold records related to the police investigation into the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre — including victims’ photos, tapes of 911 calls, and possibly more. The behind-the-scenes legislative effort came to light Tuesday when The Courant obtained a copy of an email by a top assistant to Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane, Timothy J. Sugrue. Sugrue, an assistant state’s attorney, discussed options considered so far, including blocking release of statements “made by a minor.” The bill that’s being crafted has not been handled under routine legislative procedures.

Alabama mystery illness determined to be flu, cold or pneumonia

23 May 2013, Seven Alabama residents sickened by a mysterious illness this month that resulted in two deaths actually had cases of the flu, a cold virus or pneumonia, state health officials announced Thursday. State and local authorities had been conducting laboratory tests from samples taken from the seven patients in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The lab samples revealed a combination of influenza A, rhinovirus (the virus associated with the common cold), and bacterial pneumonia.

Boy Scouts vote to lift ban on gay youth

23 May 2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to end its controversial policy banning gay kids and teens from joining one of the nation’s most popular youth organizations, ditching membership guidelines that had roiled the group in recent years. Over 61 percent of Scouting’s National Council of 1,400 delegates from across the country voted to lift the ban, BSA officials said. The final tally was 757 yes votes, to 475 no. The ban on gay leaders was not voted on and will remain in place.

CT House Approves Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented ImmigrantsAs Many As 54,000 Could Qualify Under Legislation.

23 May 2013, following a debate that stretched on for more than seven and a half hours, the state House of Representatives approved a bill just after dawn on Thursday that offers undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain a Connecticut driver’s license. The 74 to 55 vote broke along party lines, with all the Republican members of the House voting no and all but nine Democrats voting yes. Twenty one members did not vote. 



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