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Local News

UPDATE - 08:51 PM
West Seattle Masons hold onto their priceless old island in new Seattle
Over the years, members of West Seattle’s Masonic Temple could have sold their now-primo property to developers. They haven’t. Now they’ll share the block with a 389-unit complex. Sun, 1/25
NEW - 08:15 PM
Bill would strengthen law to avoid seclusion or restraint of special-ed students in schools
Rep. Gerry Pollet says a state law that prohibits special-ed students from being restrained or secluded unless others are in imminent physical danger needs to be strengthened. Parents who urged him to introduce a bill that will do just that will testify at a hearing Monday.  Sun, 1/25
Obama proposal to tax college accounts worries GET director
A proposal by the Obama administration to take away the tax-free status of college savings accounts could spell trouble for Washington state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition plan. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 08:40 PM
Jerry Large
UW teach-in echoes past truths about racial bias
UW professors turn their concern over Ferguson into a modern teach-in.  Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:27 PM
Hawks fans hope to turn Super Bowl into a virtual home game
Seahawks fans plan to turn Super Bowl XLIX, being played 1,400 miles away from CenturyLink Field, into a virtual home game for the Seattle Seahawks. They have a good start. Sun, 1/25
NEW - 09:21 PM
Bomb threats delay two flights at Sea-Tac
Passengers were delayed by bomb threats on two arriving flights, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday.  Sun, 1/25
Navy wants to deploy more sonar-emitting buoys
The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other sea creatures. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:39 PM
Temps hit record high; enjoy it while you can
Monday’s weather will approach 60 degrees in Seattle, following record-breaking January warmth on Sunday. Sun, 1/25
Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller
A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday. Sun, 1/25

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast
A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:11 PM
Airlines prepare to shut down in Northeast for snowstorm
Airlines are preparing to shut down operations along the East Coast as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region. Sun, 1/25
Asteroid 1,800 feet across to whip past Earth on Monday
An asteroid up to 1,800 feet across is headed Earth's way. But don't worry: It will miss us by 745,000 miles, about three times the distance between Earth and the moon. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:23 PM
Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil
A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:23 PM
Malaysia Air site hacked by group claiming support for IS
Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge
President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring
Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:47 PM
Aiding Rwanda tribunal helped shape nominee for attorney general
Serving as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda gave Loretta Lynch, who has been nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, a global perspective unlike others who have held the top U.S. law enforcement job. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:10 PM
Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras
Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More." Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:11 PM
US gas prices fell 13 cents per gallon, but expected to rise
The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise. Sun, 1/25
Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:23 PM
Senators: More special ops troops may be needed in Mideast
Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special ops forces to hotspots around the Middle East. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:23 PM
At Koch summit, Rand Paul splits with Cruz, Rubio
Rand Paul is showing how he might disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran and Cuba in one of the first face-to-face forums among would-be candidates. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:43 PM
Retrieval of more than 30 slain Filipinos commandos underway
Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:23 PM
Boehner's State of Union survival tip: Stare at Obama's head
How to behave when 30 million Americans give your political nemesis their undivided attention in a televised speech and your job is to sit quietly behind him? Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 08:17 PM
'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels. Sun, 1/25
Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police
Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and dozens injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, according to security officials. Sun, 1/25
French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?
When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Japan working to gain IS hostage's release, analyzing video
Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:19 PM
Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami. Sun, 1/25
Death-row inmates may not live to see justices review their cases
There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. It takes four votes to hear a case, but it takes five to stay an execution. That can leave a lethal gap. Sun, 1/25
Balloon crew launches in bid to break 2 major records
An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. Sun, 1/25
Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia
The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Sun, 1/25
Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia
President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday. Sun, 1/25
Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself
In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said. Sun, 1/25
Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party
Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police. Sun, 1/25
Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum
The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives. Sun, 1/25
Tens of thousands protest after president resigns in Yemen
Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched in protest on Saturday against Shiite rebels who hold the capital, amid a power vacuum in a country that is home to what Washington describes as al-Qaida's most dangerous offshoot. Sun, 1/25
Transgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond
Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please." Sun, 1/25

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 09:37 PM
AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets
Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia is scrapping fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices. Sun, 1/25
Carol K. Nelson named Seattle market president at KeyBank
Notable hires and promotions Sun, 1/25
Co-working spaces provide offices in exotic locales
If you can work from anywhere, why not at a co-working space in an exotic location?  Sun, 1/25
Monday Memo
A look at business events during the week Sun, 1/25
Zillow execs follow housing data to surprising conclusions
In a forthcoming book, “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate,” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and chief economist Stan Humphries offer some surprising answers for homeowners, aspiring buyers and policymakers. Sun, 1/25

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UPDATE - 10:24 PM
Seahawks amazed by Super Bowl send-off
The reception the players received on their way to Sea-Tac airport was overwhelming, but the media obligations in Phoenix were kept largely in stride, with the Seahawks understanding what to expect at the most-hyped sporting event in the country. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:27 PM
Ailing shoulder may force Earl Thomas to rely on teammates more
The Seahawks’ All-Pro safety still plans to play “fearless” against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:28 PM
Other coaches buy into Pete Carroll’s vision
The Seahawks coach’s success the past five years has led leaders from all sports to peek inside his lab.  Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:22 PM
Pete Carroll to speak with Marshawn Lynch about NFL crackdown on gesture
The Seahawks reportedly would be at risk of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in the Super Bowl if the running back grabs his crotch again after scoring a touchdown. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:25 PM
Jerry Brewer
Seahawks arrive for Super Bowl in unfamiliar role
Thanks to the Patriots’ deflated-football controversy, the in-your-face defending champions are the more lovable team in Phoenix. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:25 PM
Hot-hitting Utah shreds Washington’s zone defense
The 21-point drubbing easily surpassed the Huskies’ most lopsided loss this season — an eight-point overtime defeat at Stanford on Jan. 4. Sun, 1/25
Fill-in Chantel Osahor gives Huskies a boost in 63-51 win over Utah
Osahor, in just her third start of the season, had eight points, including two three-pointers, in the first four minutes to help the Huskies jump out to a 19-4 lead. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds on 4 of 7 shooting while playing a career-high 32 minutes.  Sun, 1/25
Inside Sports Business
Battle is on for legal slice of sports-gaming industry
With the Internet offering new betting avenues, governments have de-criminalizing gambling and even the NBA is openly supporting regulated sports betting. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:27 PM
Husky football snags another in-state recruit
Bryce Sterk, a defensive end from Lynden High School, made a verbal commitment to the Huskies on Sunday. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 08:46 PM
Bill Haas wins PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge
Bill Haas parred the last 2 holes for a one-stroke victory over five other players at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. The 32-year-old has won six PGA Tour events. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:01 PM
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski wins his 1,000th game as a college coach
Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career victory, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John’s in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden in New York. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:02 PM
In friendly Pro Bowl, Team Irvin takes 32-28 victory over Team Carter
Houston’s J.J. Watt intercepts pass, recovers fumble and leads dances. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:27 PM
Jason Brown wins U.S. figure-skating title
Jason Brown won his first national title, holding off Adam Rippon on Sunday thanks to a big lead after the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:31 PM
LeBron James leads Cleveland past Oklahoma City
LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 for their sixth straight victory. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:03 PM
NHL All-Star Game features a record 29 goals
John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game. Sun, 1/25
On the field with Earl Thomas for the Pro Bowl
Thomas was quite busy on Instagram during his attendance at this year's Pro Bowl.  Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 08:26 PM
WSU women rally to beat Colorado
Lia Galdeira scored 27 points to help host Washington State beat Colorado 73-68. The Cougars won despite shooting 25.7 percent from the field. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 10:11 PM
Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 09:56 PM
Serena Williams digs deep to advance to Australian Open quarterfinals
Williams, who appeared to be laboring at times and had a serious cough, pushed through for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday. Sun, 1/25
UPDATE - 08:26 PM
Jerry Brewer
Seahawks arrive quietly, but ready to make noise
Most of the talk will focus on New England and Deflate-gate, but Super Bowl’s real story could be passing of torch from Patriots to Seahawks.  Sun, 1/25
Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. Sun, 1/25
On the Air
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Hot-shooting Oregon men cruise to victory over UCLA
Joseph Young led five scorers in double figures with 16 points as Oregon rode 75 percent shooting from the field in the first half and cruised to an 82-64 victory over visiting UCLA. Sat, 1/24
Texas Tech men knock off No. 9 Iowa State
Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17, leading Texas Tech over No. 9 Iowa State 78-73 for its first Big 12 victory. Sat, 1/24
Portland scores in OT to defeat Thunderbirds
Miles Koules scored in overtime as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 Saturday night in a Western Hockey League game at ShoWare Center in Kent. Sat, 1/24
Friday’s prep gymnastics results
Results for Friday, Jan. 23 Sat, 1/24
Friday’s prep wrestling results
Results for Friday, Jan. 23 Sat, 1/24
Saturday’s prep wrestling results
Results for Saturday, Jan. 24 Sat, 1/24
Statewide prep basketball scores
Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 19 Sat, 1/24

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Book review
‘West of Sunset’: re-imagining F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years
Stewart O’Nan’s new novel “West of Sunset” is based on the last years of the life of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, years of struggle amid the glitz of the Hollywood studio system. O’Nan appears in Seattle Jan. 30 at Ravenna Third Place Books and the Elliott Bay Book Co. Sun, 1/25
Lit Life
Book-awards season: Winners for your shelves
In literary news: Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards are announced, as are winners of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.  Sun, 1/25
Book review
Harrison’s ‘The Big Seven’: persistently deadly sins
In “The Big Seven,” novelist Jim Harrison revisits his character Simon Sunderson, a police detective whose retirement on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is interrupted by murders among a nearby crime family. Sun, 1/25
Grand style in Wes Anderson’s ‘Budapest Hotel’ | Sunday Best
Nearly 40 years after her first Oscar win, costume designer Milena Canonero is nominated again this year. Sun, 1/25
Jan. 25 TV Picks: ‘Sons of Liberty’ on History
TV picks for Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, include “Sons of Liberty” on History, The Simpsons” on Fox and “Looking” on HBO. Sun, 1/25
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ shines atop book sales list
“The 20/20 Diet” jumps into top nonfiction sales slot. Sun, 1/25
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ tops NW book sales list
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” a hot nonfiction seller. Sun, 1/25
The Week Ahead: Bill Frisell, Ross Coen and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’
The week of Jan. 25 brings Raffi, GroundFrog Day and Seattle Chamber Music Society. Sun, 1/25

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8 ways to cut your cancer risk
Cancer can be seen as striking haphazardly, but research over the past 40 years shows that lifestyle factors play a huge role in who is diagnosed with the disease. Sun, 1/25
NEW - 06:15 AM
The People's Pharmacy
Sore arm persists weeks after flu shot
People’s Pharmacy on SIRVA (Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration), dizziness as a side effect of blood pressure medicine and grapefruit interactions. Sun, 1/25
Fit & Fun
An introduction to kettlebells
A free “Kettlebell Kickstarter” class is held on the last Saturday of each month at Ridge Fitness in Seattle. Sun, 1/25
Dear Carolyn
Smartphone gazer neglecting family life?
It’s perfectly possible to find a healthy balance between human interaction and the life of the mind, writes Carolyn Hax, but here a phone-obsessed parent is showing contempt for her spouse’s feelings, a sign something more serious is wrong. Sun, 1/25

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Travel & Outdoors

Take a Hawaiian-style art walk on Kauai
Every Friday night’s a festival in Hanapepe, a quirky little town with an Old West look Sun, 1/25
Magical realism comes to life on Colombia visit
South American country is a generation beyond its drug-fueled reign of violence, and tourism is growing.  Sun, 1/25
GeoQuiz: What countries border Colombia?
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FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat
Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. Sun, 1/25

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Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Google Glass joins the failure hall of fame
Because Google Glass performs functions that are more easily done with existing gadgets in a less obnoxious way, it fails as tech, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. Sun, 1/25
Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist
Why serious people discount Fox News
In America, it has come to seem normal that a major news organization functions as the propaganda arm of an extremist political ideology, writes syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Sun, 1/25