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As heroin fatalities rise, some see hope in ‘bupe’

The crackdown on prescription pain medication has boosted use of heroin, which is cheaper and easier to get. But few doctors have signed up to provide what’s called an effective treatment alternative to methadone.

Thanksgiving travel? Plan ahead, pack your patience

Patience and planning could come in handy this Thanksgiving week if you’re among the estimated 900,000 state residents taking to the highways, or the 600,000 people expected to pass through Sea-Tac Airport.

Ferries operations director fired

The operations director for Washington State Ferries, on leave and under investigation since July, confirmed late Saturday that he has been fired.

Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless

The new One Home campaign promotes a longstanding project that offers extra incentives and financial security for King County landlords who agree to rent to the homeless or formerly homeless.

State fines Metro over restroom issues for bus drivers

King County Metro Transit must pay the state a $3,500 fine for failing to provide bus drivers enough places — or time — to use the restroom.

Bear cub burned in last summer’s Methow Valley wildfire is heading to Idaho

A black bear cub burned in a massive Washington state wildfire over the summer is moving to a rehabilitation facility in Idaho for the winter, then likely released into wild.

Town where logging once ruled looks for new growth

In Sweet Home, Ore., as in too many places around the country, the old jobs are long gone, the food bank has a more secure future than remaining industrial jobs, and the town is full of people looking for second or third acts without much of a script to guide them.

Wildfire’s aftermath: 177 tons of junk metal and counting

Members of the Salcido family, who lost their home in the Carlton complex fires in July, have worked for three months straight to salvage metal from their own and other people’s property.

Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter

School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday -- with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches.

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Huskies bounce back in rout of Beavers, get bowl-eligible

All four of UW’s touchdowns came on plays of 36 yards or more, with junior receiver Jaydon Mickens scoring two of those.

Bud Withers

Cougars find way to lose winnable game against ASU

The final was 52-31, or pretty much what it was a year ago on Halloween Night in Pullman against the Sun Devils, when it was 55-21.

Jerry Brewer

Montana’s new coach very much a product of Seattle basketball

Ask Travis DeCuire what Seattle means to him. He’ll reminisce for 10 minutes and take you on a trip throughout the entire metropolitan area.

Huskies take on Furman in NCAAs

The Huskies lost three of their last five matches and finished third in the Pac-12 (after winning it last year).

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Newport ousts Federal Way on road to ‘Dome’

Knights beat Eagles, 17-10, Saturday night in a Class 4A quarterfinal game. Newport will play Bothell next Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

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Silvertips rally, then beat Seattle in shootout

The win puts Everett at 15-4-2-1, but the Silvertips left wondering about the status of leading scorer Nikita Scherbak.

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13th-ranked Gonzaga men overwhelm St. Thomas Aquinas

Angel Nunez scored 24 points and Domantas Sabonis added 19 in 19 minutes to help No. 13 Gonzaga beat Division II St. Thomas Aquinas College 109-55.

About the Seahawks opponent: Arizona Cardinals

A closer look at the Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Wellington’s late TD caps 14-point comeback for Eastside Catholic

Crusaders beat Lincoln, 28-21, and will play in the Class 3A semifinals.

Browns activate Josh Gordon after he serves 10-game suspension

He’s powerful and physically imposing, but his movements are smooth and graceful. His speed and agility are glaring when he glides down the field and maneuvers in and out of breaks.He makes difficult plays seem routine.

Holiday gift guide for the outdoors enthusiast

From books to jackets to binoculars, here’s a list of 18 gifts for your favorite adventurer.

Houston Rockets end Dallas’ winning streak at 6

James Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Houston Rockets rally for a 95-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

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Julieta Granada leads event, but Stacy Lewis is in best spot for $1 million bonus

Julieta Granada kept in front of a pack of challengers with a 2-under-par 70 and a one-stroke lead in the CME Globe Tour Championship, one part of what was shaping up as a tense conclusion to the LPGA Tour season. The race for a $1 million bonus was tighter, with Stacy Lewis the projected leader.

Kelsey Turnbow’s four goals gives Central Valley back-to-back state titles in 4A

Central Valley beat Jackson, 5-2, in the finals Saturday. Megan Dimmler also scored for CV.

Klahowya takes crown in 1A

Eagles beat King’s, 1-0, in 1A state finals on Saturday.

Luke Falk laments five-turnover performance in WSU’s loss to ASU

On a long walk from the playing field to the Washington State locker room at Arizona State, WSU quarterback Luke Falk gripped the front of his shoulder pads and seemed lost in thought as he strode alone. Some teammates offered encouragement as they walked by.

Meet a Seahawk: Travian Robertson

Defensive tackle Travian Robertson says he’s glad to get a chance with Seahawks after being cut by Falcons.

New faces could have big impact on West finals series

The West finals series will also be decided by stars either still on the rise or henceforth overshadowed.

Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine rushes for major-college record 427 yards

The Sooner freshman, who scored five touchdowns, establishes the mark one week after Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon rushed for 408 yards.

On familiar territory, Bothell beats Bellarmine Prep to advance to Class 4A semifinals

Cougars top Lions 37-14 at Mount Tahoma Stadium in quarterfinals. Will face the winner of Newport and Federal Way next Saturday.

Sounders vs. Galaxy: Inside the matchup

Seattle plays at L.A. at 2 p.m. Sunday. The match will be televised on ESPN.

Squalicum takes 2A title on Shorecrest’s turf

Storm comes from behind to beat Shorecrest, 2-1, Saturday.

Tiger Woods hires Chris Como as a swing consultant

Tiger Woods has hired a swing consultant as he prepares to return to competition. Woods announced on Twitter that Texas-based Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics of the golf swing, will be working with him. Woods, a winner of 14 major titles, did not identify Como as his swing coach.

Top-ranked Florida State squeaks past Boston College

Seminoles win 20-17 on field goal by Roberto Aguayo with three seconds remaining.

WSU falls apart in second half, loses to Arizona State, 52-31

A promising effort by Washington State collapsed in a hail of turnovers and defensive breakdowns, and the Cougars fell heavily to Arizona State, 52-31, in a Pac-12 football game.

Raiders dance too early, nearly step on their own toes

“You know how they say ‘act like you’ve been there before’?” Moore cracked to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I haven’t.”

Statewide prep football scores

Scores for the week of Nov. 17

Debt haunts young working couple after service in Marines

Now out of the Marines, James and Alexandra Magaña struggle with making ends meet for their family of four.

In gaming, he’s No. 1 with a bullet

Matt Haag, 22, is pulling in a six-figure salary as a professional gamer with his own YouTube channel and sponsorships.

Bidding in government auction of airwaves reaches $34 billion

Several factors appear to have contributed to the airwave auction’s success, as the pent-up demand from years without an auction coincided with the explosive popularity of smartphones and mobile broadband.

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Your Funds

Advice from indexing’s patron saint, Jack Bogle

At age 85, Jack Bogle’s not about to change his ways now, not because he’s past learning new tricks or adjusting his thinking, but because decades of being right have created an unshakable courage in his convictions. Here are some things that he has learned.


Weekly spotlight on mutual fund performance

Money & Markets weekly review

Weekly roundup of stock market data

Nation's Housing

Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

Applicants for reverse mortgages will undergo a “financial assessment” under new standards that will go into effect in March.

Ways to stay on sound financial footing

Excessive borrowing is like quicksand, and escaping debt can be difficult.

Claren Road hedge-fund firm hit hard on Fannie, Freddie news

The hedge-fund firm, which is majority owned by Carlyle Group, is facing $1.9 billion in redemptions for the end of the year, according to two sources.

CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430M: Equilar study

This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.

China, Europe chase growth amid global slowdown

China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory

The stock market closed out its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday.

Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups

Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."

TV-over-Internet service Aereo seeks Chapter 11

Aereo, an online startup that tried to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than five months after an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Report questions role of wealth in Lanza's care

A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

‘Assassin’s Creed’ meets the French Revolution and the left rebels again

The French are fulminating over the video game “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” not because of excessive violence, as Americans might, but over its historical inaccuracy and political slant.

Cultural shift showing with new surge of Cosby allegations

A key element in the cultural shift, some advocates say, has been a series of high-profile cases such as the Penn State molestation scandal, stories of abuse in the military or the Roman Catholic Church, and cases of date rape on university campuses.

Judge says crowing Oregon rooster must go

It was just the first of Mr. Rooster's problems that he was first believed to be a Ms.

Leniency leaks into regulation of N. Dakota oil extractors

North Dakota, a small state that believes in small government, took on the oversight of the multibillion-dollar fracking industry with a slender regulatory system built on neighborly trust, warnings and second chances.

Odor-eating toilet seat offers breath of fresh air

The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that toilet makers have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant.

U.S. orchestras play with fewer pieces, in tune with austerity

As some U.S. orchestras struggle in the post-downturn economy, they are taking a page from the corporate world and downsizing, shedding some full-time positions while making up the difference with less costly part-time musicians.

Ferguson grand-jury process is unusual in many ways

The grand jury hearing evidence on whether to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown is unusual in a variety of ways.

Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays

Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.

Tapeworm in brain caused man’s four-year headache

Besides having a stunning number of vowels, Spirometra erinaceieuropaei needs no fewer than three hosts to mature to its adult stage.

University of Virginia suspends fraternities amid sex-assault probe

The University of Virginia president’s decision was in response to a Rolling Stone article in which a student described being sexually assaulted by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house in 2012.

Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900

A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.

Climbers’ risky moves push sponsor away

Clif Bar, a maker of nutrition bars with long ties to the climbing community, has withdrawn its sponsorship of five top professional climbers, citing the risks the climbers take. The action has stirred debate and some rare introspection among climbers about how much risk should be rewarded.

Fear starts to crack distrust in Guinea’s Ebola-ravaged villages

The remote, mountainous part of Guinea where the world’s worst Ebola outbreak began nearly a year ago is finally opening up. Villagers who had cut themselves off from the outside world and even killed officials offering Ebola care are just now starting to surrender their sick for treatment.

Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood."

Russian farmers hope to benefit from food-import ban

President Vladimir Putin’s ban on food imports from the West is seen as a vital opportunity by Russia’s own farmers. However, the Russian government may or may not actually help its farmers grow.

US releases Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo Bay

A Saudi citizen who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay has been released, the Pentagon said Saturday, amid a push to whittle down the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city

One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city.

Worker charged in glass-in-Big Mac case wins $437K

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

Egypt to host major economic conference in March

Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.

Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion

A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.

Source: NKorean escapes kidnap attempt in Paris

A North Korean student with family ties to the regime in his country escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Calm urged as Ferguson grand jury nears decision

Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo

After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees.

House GOP sues Obama administration on health law

House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal.

Kenya police: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 in bus

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

A man who shot three people at a Florida State University library complained to police and property managers in New Mexico that cameras were watching him in his apartment and that he heard voices talking about and laughing at him, according to police reports released Friday.

Worker charged in glass-in-Big Mac case wins $437K

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Nov. 22.

Editorial: President Obama did what Congress would not and acted on immigration

America has waited long enough. President Obama must push forward to reform the nation’s immigration system after Congress has failed to take action.

Nicholas D. Kristof

If politicians love kids, they would invest in early education

So if politicians are genuinely looking for a bipartisan issue to break through the Washington gridlock, here’s a suggestion: invest in early education, writes syndicated columnist Nicholas Kristof.

David Brooks / Syndicated columnist

Love and the power of gravity

I suspect “Interstellar” will leave many people with a radical openness to strange truth just below and above the realm of the everyday, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks.

Trudy Rubin / Syndicated columnist

Ukraine: The invasion that dare not say its name

It’s time to stop enabling Vladimir Putin by refusing to call his invasion by its rightful name, writes syndicated columnist Trudy Rubin.

Book review

Frankel’s ‘War Dogs’: the heroism of canines in wartime

Rebecca Frankel’s new book “War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love” looks at the history and heroism of dogs recruited to help humans fight their wars.

History and the holidays | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of Nov. 22-23, 2014, include “Living History: Thomas Jefferson,” Native Art Mart and an Arboretum walk.