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After breakdown, 2 ferries for Bainbridge, just 1 for Kingston

Ferry managers will be shuffling their fleet Wednesday morning after a power outage caused the ferry Tacoma to stall off Bainbridge Island.

Changing sea chemistry will hit Alaska communities hard

Seattle scientists say rising carbon dioxide will alter ocean pH and reduce seafood, affecting areas where people rely on the sea for their food and livelihood.

Facing budget crunch, health chief quits to make way for new leadership

Dr. David Fleming, director of Public Health — Seattle & King County who pushed boundaries of traditional public-health work, is stepping down, citing the need for long-term leadership.

Parks Department takes heat over shutting beach showers

The shut-off came after Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) this month cited pollution discharges to Puget Sound from an outdoor shower at the Alki Beach Bathhouse as well as the divers shower and fish-cleaning table at Seacrest Park.

Stubborn concrete slows work on Bertha’s repair by a month

It’s taking longer than expected to dig a hole to fix Highway 99 tunnel-machine Bertha. But managers still expect Bertha to be repaired by March.

UPDATE - 12:06 AM

Truth Needle: Park-district opponents overstate tax claims

Opponents of a Metro Park Board for Seattle say the measure would increase property taxes 20 percent, but the math doesn’t add up.

NLRB ties McDonald’s to labor complaints against franchisees

The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel determined that McDonald’s has joint responsibility with restaurant owners over how employees are treated, a decision that shakes up the decades-old fast-food franchise system and hands a victory to union activists.

Wildfire burnout canceled because of high winds

A planned burnout operation in the Carlton complex fire had to be canceled Tuesday because of erratic winds. The fire was two-thirds contained Tuesday, officials said.

Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

An Oregon-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud after its leader was cleared last year in a terrorism case.

U.S. sues ex-Alaska man over liens against federal workers

After a former Alaska man filed $950 million in bogus liens against federal employees of the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office there has filed suit to stop him.

Jewish group calls for resignation of gun lobbyist

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning calling for the resignation of a gun lobbyist who reportedly made inflammatory remarks referencing the Holocaust.

A little offense at last and Mariners beat Cleveland, 5-2

Seattle scored four runs in the fourth inning — an overall total they reached just once in their previous six games.

Chad Marshall mishap first of many in Sounders’ loss

The Sounders’ loss to the L.A. Galaxy began with a car accident and ended with a series of defensive woes and a 3-0 defeat at CenturyLink Field on Monday.

Storm suffers sixth straight loss, falling 80-74 at Tulsa

Sue Bird leads Storm with 15 points, but Shock makes 23 free throws, including seven down the stretch, to pull away.

Michele Roberts is picked to head National Basketball Players Association

The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts — a Washington, D.C., trial lawyer — as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American union in a major sport.

NCAA reaches preliminary settlement in suit regarding head injuries

The NCAA has reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by former college athletes to institute wide-ranging reforms to its head-injury policies. It includes a $70 million medical-monitoring fund.

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.

Chip Hanauer will drive refurbished Atlas Van Lines boat / Seafair

Unlimited hydroplane star will drive boat that crashed, killing Bill Muncey in 1981, during exhibition.


ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for a week

ESPN suspended Stephen A. Smith for a week for comments suggesting women should avoid provoking men into assaulting them.Smith raised the subject of provocation Friday during a discussion on ESPN2’s “First Take” about the two-game suspension Baltimore running back Ray Rice got fro

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Here’s hoping the doctor was a Gold Glover

Andy Milovich, the general manager of the minor-league Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans, got a prostate exam in the pressbox.

Justin Smoak hitting .340 in past 13 games with Rainiers

Justin Smoak homered and drove in two runs in the Tacoma Rainiers’ 5-3 loss to the Salt Lake Bees in Pacific Coast League action Tuesday night.

Lakers finally confirm Byron Scott is new coach

The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night.

Mariners move hot-hitting Dustin Ackley to leadoff spot

In 11 games since the All-Star break, Ackley is hitting .444 with seven doubles and a triple.

People in Sports / Brandon Lloyd

After taking a year off from football, Lloyd said he came back to the 49ers, the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2003 because nobody else could offer what he wanted: a chance at redemption and a Super Bowl title.

Anthony McCoy leaves after injuring left Achilles tendon

Backup tight end could miss considerable time if injury is same as what he suffered last year to right Achilles tendon.

As Marshawn Lynch holdout continues, fines could also include his bonus

Besides the $30,000 for each day Marshawn Lynch misses, the Seahawks could begin to fine a percentage of his $1.5 million bonus over the next several days.

NW Briefs

Top seeds easily move on in Washington State Open tennis

Top-seeded men’s open singles player Marcelo Demoliner advanced in a round-of-64 match Tuesday at the 124th Washington State Open at Seattle Tennis Club.

Amgen’s exit a new blow for Seattle biotech industry

The move takes out the largest biotech employer in the area, eliminating 610 jobs in Seattle and 50 jobs at a manufacturing plant in Bothell. It highlights the region’s struggle to grow into a world-class biotech hub, an effort hobbled by outside takeovers and product failures.

Boeing forecasts huge need for pilots over next 2 decades

Boeing on Tuesday forecast worldwide demand over the next two decades for 533,000 new commercial pilots and 584,000 maintenance technicians. The projection fuels the debate on whether a pilot shortage is looming.

Growth slows for local home prices

The average price of existing single-family homes sold in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties was up 1.4 percent from April, a month in which the average price gained 2.3 percent over March.

Keurig, Global Baristas end Tully’s coffee-shop dispute

Global Baristas, the company that bought Tully’s coffee shops out of bankruptcy last year, said it has settled a lawsuit brought by Keurig Green Mountain.

UPDATE - 11:14 PM

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

Australian airline passengers told to flush drugs

An Australian airline apologized on Wednesday for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport.

JPMorgan paying $650K to settle CFTC charges

JPMorgan Chase will pay $650,000 to settle charges by federal regulators that it filed inaccurate reports on the trading positions of some of its large customers.

Hackathon sets tone for Nadella’s new Microsoft

On Microsoft’s Redmond campus Tuesday, a number of huge white tents lined the soccer field. Inside them, groups of employees, clustered at tables, sat working on their laptops and exchanging ideas.

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments.

As Fed meets, key issues likely to stay unanswered

The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered:

US consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July

U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years.

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Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

UPDATE - 12:13 AM

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

UPDATE - 12:36 AM

Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before Congress goes on summer break.

Liberians in US worry about Ebola outbreak

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is causing some to cancel travel plans and stirring fear in Minnesota, which has the largest Liberian immigrant population in the United States.

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

Airline suspends flights after passenger dies of Ebola

Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.

Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

UPDATE - 11:19 PM

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company.

Motion filed to dismiss penis amputation suit

An attorney for two Alabama doctors accused in a lawsuit of amputating a man's penis in what was supposed to have been a routine circumcision filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss the claims.

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

Alabama man pleads not guilty in kitten killings

An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.

New Hampshire man held on $1M in teen's kidnapping

A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom.

Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.

Dad accidentally delivers baby into toilet

A Connecticut baby has arrived with a splash, right into a toilet bowl.

Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Despite good news, Social Security, Medicare face problems

Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency.

Officials: Indiana sheriff gave prostitute uniform

A southern Indiana sheriff accused of patronizing a prostitute gave the woman a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then later encouraged her to get rid of the evidence, authorities said Tuesday.

UPDATE - 11:11 PM

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their extremist vision

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.

Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Passengers stuck in Hawaii for 3 nights get cash

A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night Monday after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems.

Ronstadt gets answer to 'When Will I Be Loved?'

Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?"

Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested

A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.

Operator: Stranded boat was in restricted area

A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday.

Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

Authorities say a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey.

Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said.

Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all

An appeals courts' decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.

Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance

A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

Police charge 2 men in fatal Philly carjacking

Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said.

Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close.

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

Editorial: Fix Seattle Schools’ superintendent turnover issues

Turnover in the superintendent’s office of Seattle Public Schools wastes time, money and talent. Is the school board part of the problem?

Even in the best-case scenario, students are being shortchanged by rookie teachers who are learning on the job, writes columnist Joe Nocera.

‘The Guardians’ explodes into big summertime fun

With a talking raccoon as one of its main characters (as well as a talking tree, a green assassin and their leader, played by Chris Pratt), “Guardians of the Galaxy” is sure is a whole lot of fun: 3.5 stars out of 4.

In enthralling ‘Great Society,’ LBJ’s victory lap is cut short

A review of Tony-winning Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society,” the second half of his two-play cycle about President Lyndon Johnson’s time in the White House, now being staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Story of Seattle man who fought internment comes home to ACT

ACT Theatre presents a one-man, multicharacter play about Seattle native Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the U.S. internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director on his quirky vision

Director James Gunn talks about helming the latest film from the Marvel universe, opening Friday, Aug. 1, and starring Chris Pratt. It’s an updated riff on “Star Wars” with a decidedly bratty sense of humor and a sweetly retro spirit.

NW books

‘Sweet Thunder’ in paperback; a handbook for entrepreneurs

New in Northwest books: Ivan Doig’s “Sweet Thunder” in paperback, a handbook for responsible entrepreneurs, a starting-over love story and a look at rhetorical traditions of the Plateau Indians

July 29 TV Picks: ‘Matador’ on El Rey

TV picks for Tuesday, July 29, 2014, include “Matador” on El Rey, “Tyrant” on FX and “Finding Carter” on MTV.

Magic summer: ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us,’ ‘Masters of Illusion’

Premiering this week on The CW: “Fool Us,” in which the duo promise a spot on their Las Vegas show to anyone who can fool them with an illusion, and “Masters,” featuring magic from top illusionists and escape artists.

‘Noah,’ ‘Cuban Fury,’ ‘The Other Woman,’ ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, July 29, include Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier,” Nick Frost in “Cuban Fury” and the comedy “The Other Woman.”

Coconut water: What’s in it?

The typical coconut water has 30 to 70 milligrams of sodium and 9 to 12 grams of sugar per 11.2-ounce container — saltier but much less sweet than most fruit juices.

3 light and healthy melon recipes

Here are three refreshing melon recipes to keep you cool this summer.

Recipe: Sofrito Shrimp over Cornmeal

Here’s recipe for Cuban shrimp and “grits,” a comfort dish that’s a cinch to make with fine cornmeal.

Recipe: Whole Wheat Focaccia with Tomatoes and Fontina

The tomatoes sweeten even more during their short time in the oven; they stay intact, but a bit of juice bleeds out, which makes the bread all the more luxurious.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

With kids, is entertaining guests ever stress-free?

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on hosting guests and being a guest when kids are involved.