Slide update: The number of people missing is around 90, expect news shortly after a briefing at 9 am this morning.
Climate change consequences: A sobering NYT story about how countries such as Bangladesh, which contributed the least to the crisis, will suffer the most.
Oil spill in Lake Michigan: BP more than doubles its estimate of how much oil leaked from a refinery into the lake, which provides drinking water to 7 million people. The refinery is the seventh-largest in the nation and processes oil from Canadian tar sands.
Peanut butter graveyard in New Mexico: "Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are to be dumped at a New Mexico landfill to speed up the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a salmonella outbreak in 2012. The retailer Costco refused to take shipment of the peanut butter and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons."
Milk bath: "A Siberian dairy plant was temporarily closed Friday after its workers had been found bathing in milk, a Russian consumer oversight agency reported. Trade House Cheeses, a dairy producer in Omsk, about 1,600 miles east of Moscow, was closed for 90 days by regional authorities for an urgent inspection after complaints resulting from photographs and a video posted by one of its employees on a Russian social network."
Connecticut approves the highest minimum wage in the US: "The bill, which was approved by state legislators a day earlier, will raise the state's minimum hourly rate to $10.10, a figure that matches what U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to consider imposing nationally." Republicans grouse: "This is just politics in an election year and isn't going to lift anyone out of poverty."
The feds will recognize the Michigan marrieds: "Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday intervened in another state legal battle over gay marriage, announcing that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages that were recently held in Michigan. Three-hundred same-sex couples married in Michigan over the weekend before a federal appeals court granted a stay to stop the weddings from being performed."
The jet search is still swinging wildly around the sea: "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new 'credible lead' that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8."
Carnival of (alleged) cricket corruption: "Anyone familiar with the activism of India’s highest court will not be altogether amazed by this. Armed with extraordinary powers, its judges are accustomed to playing an exceedingly forward role in mitigating the rottenness and disfunctionality in Indian public life. In recent years they have, among diverse interventions, called on the government to review the official measure of poverty, barred politicians with criminal records from standing for office and ordered buses in Delhi to switch from diesel to compressed natural gas. Yet the BCCI is arguably the judges’ most formidable target yet."
So long, Jim: The former interim SPD chief and generally reform-minded cop (he was a champion for harm reduction) has retired—or has been pushed into retiring. Dom pointed out yesterday on Slog that since Murray took office, reformists in the department have been retiring or have been relocated to faraway offices where they can't do their jobs—or push for a more responsible department in small, daily ways—as effectively.
One of our area's professional forgers heads to prison: "On Jan. 3, 2013, Suryan was arrested at the Rodeway Inn in Shoreline with more than 50 driver’s licenses, counterfeiting equipment and hologram stock resembling those used on state licenses. Also recovered were handwritten lists of names, addresses and identifying information belonging to the victims, and more than $50,000 in checks. Writing the court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ehren Reynolds said Suryan was running a 'mobile identity theft workshop' out of his hotel room."
TOKYO—Prices in Japan rose moderately in February while the jobless rate continued its fall, offering good news on the government's drive to spur the economy and overcome deflation.
But separate data gave a mixed picture of consumer demand. While retail sales grew, spending by households took a surprise fall in the month, raising doubts over the strength of an expected consumer boom ahead of a sales tax increase in April.
The closely watched core consumer-price index rose 1.3% from a year earlier, gaining for a ninth straight month amid the Bank of Japan's aggressive easing program to overcome more than a decade of deflation.