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Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing

The Seattle City Council could consider a tax on new commercial and residential projects to create more affordable housing.

‘No welfare for weed’ bill clears U.S. House

The measure, whose main sponsor is Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana.

1,100 cyclists a day using Second Avenue bikeway

The new, separate bikeway on Second Avenue attracted 1,100 cyclists per day in its opening week, triple the number who used the previous bike lane alongside moving traffic, the Seattle Department of Transportation says.

Feds sue Corinthian Colleges, alleging predatory lending

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Corinthian Colleges on Tuesday, alleging that the ailing California-based for-profit college operator deceived tens of thousands of students and operated an “illegal predatory lending scheme.”

In wildfire country, preparation provides edge for homeowners

A couple whose Entiat River Valley house survived the threat of a wildfire 20 years ago have increased fire protection for their property over the years, anticipating that another fire may come their way.

Metro finance picture improves, so bus cuts may not be as bad

Improving finances mean cuts in King County Metro Transit service may not be as severe as once forecast.

Oil-train-safety report: accident could be catastrophic for city

Emergency managers warn the Seattle City Council that an oil-train accident in the city’s century-old downtown rail tunnel “would be a catastrophe for our community in terms of risk to life, property and environment.”

Seattle Housing Authority plan for raising rents worries tenants

Seattle Housing Authority is considering a new way to calculate rents for its tenants. For many people, rents would rise over time.

Kiss raises $1 million for Oregon military museum

The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum.

Feds sue Corinthian Colleges, allege predatory lending

A for-profit education company that owns six Everest College campuses in Washington is under investigation for predatory lending practices.

Native mask that inspired Seahawks logo may visit Seattle

A $22,000 fundraising campaign has been started to bring to Seattle from Maine a piece of Northwest coast art that may have inspired the design of the Seahawks’ logo.

Questions raised about Bristol Bay mine initiative

Questions were raised Tuesday about when the Legislature would have to get involved in authorizing a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November

Lakeside School tops listof National Merit semifinalists

Lakeside School in Seattle topped the list with 32 semifinalists, followed by Interlake High School in Bellevue, with 29, and Garfield High School in Seattle, with 11.

UW rips WSU-commissioned study on new medical school

The University of Washington on Monday criticized as “seriously flawed” a feasibility study supporting for a second public medical school that would be established in Spokane by Washington State University.

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Mariners unleash fireworks in 13-2 victory

Seattle gets to Angels for 10 runs in fifth and sixth innings, moves one game behind Kansas City for second wild card.

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Inside Sports Business

NFL will have to work to salvage reputation after recent scandals

Public confidence in the NFL has taken some big hits in recent weeks, and commissioner Roger Goodell would be wise not to ignore the potential damage.

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Pass rush from defensive line is key for Seahawks

The Seahawks want to put pressure on the quarterback without blitzing. They weren’t able to get to San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers often on Sunday and now face another QB who gets rid of the ball quickly, Denver’s Peyton Manning on Sunday.

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Vikings tell Adrian Peterson to stay away

The Minnesota Vikings have placed standout running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child-abuse charges.

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Why the Huskies, and most of college football, buried the fullback

The Huskies have joined most of college football in phasing out one of football’s toughest positions as offenses push for more passing. But not everyone is happy about it.

6-11 center Robert Upshaw looks on track to play UW basketball this season

Transfer from Fresno State, whose status had appeared in doubt, is taking part in team activies with Huskies.

Bud Withers

Backup quarterbacks could play key roles in Pac-12

Star quarterbacks at UCLA and Arizona State have gone down with injuries, putting the pressure on backups. The Bruins and Sun Devils both say they have players capable of taking over.

Baltimore seals first division title since ’97

Orioles win for ninth time in 10 games to clinch AL East.

Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Monday, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.

A tale of two halves for Denver

The Broncos have scored 45 points in the first half, but penalties, mistakes have limited them to just 10 points in the second half.

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Atlanta mayor: Talked to 6 possible Hawks owners

Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday he has already talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks and expects a sale of the team to move quickly after racially charged comments by owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.

CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL.

Felix Hernandez nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

Ace selected as Seattle representative for award, which recognizes sportsmanship and community involvement.

Huskies will play first game against ex-coach Steve Sarkisian on Oct. 8, 2015

UW will play three weekday games next year, including the season opener at Boise State, as previously announced. The Apple Cup will once again be played the day after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 27, 2015.

Matt Pentz’s power rankings

Matt Pentz ranks the Major League Soccer teams.

Quarterbacks to be in spotlight when No. 5 Auburn visits No. 20 Kansas State

No. 20 Kansas State hosts fifth-ranked Auburn on Thursday night. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder aggressively recruited Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who played junior-college ball in Kansas.

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Real Madrid romps in its Champions League opener

Real Madrid of Spain started the defense of its UEFA Champions League title with an emphatic 5-1 victory over visiting FC Basel of Switzerland.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Russell Wilson would be a first-round pick in this league

Are you ready for some twisted fantasy football?“Take each team’s 53-man roster,” suggested Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, “and then subtract every player who is currently or formerly suspended, who has ever been arrested or indicted, or who has ever had to delete an embarras

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Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint-car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.

12th Fan of the Week: Staci Peterson

Seahawks 12th Fan of the Week is Staci Peterson, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from Anchorage, Alaska.

Mariners fall two behind Kansas City after 8-1 loss to Angels

In their last eight games, the Mariners have lost six of them in a variety of ways. They’ve played sloppy and lost. They’ve had their closer implode and lost. They’ve played well enough to win, but still lost.

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Tuesday’s prep cross country results

Cross country results for Tuesday, Sept. 16

Monday’s prep golf results

Golf results for Monday, Sept. 15

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Monday’s prep water polo results

Water polo results for Monday, Sept. 15

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Tuesday’s prep swimming results

Swimming results for Tuesday, Sept. 16

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Tuesday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Tuesday, Sept. 16

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Asian stocks higher on China stimulus reports

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by reports that China is providing liquidity to major banks and hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates.

Former dentist takes cue from lifelong passion for pool

A former dentist fulfills his dream of owning a high-end pool hall in Bellevue and expands the Parlor Billiards in Seattle.

2 to retire from Microsoft board; more layoff notices coming

Microsoft’s board is losing two members and gaining two in the latest round of changes for a board that has seen some major shifts this year. The company is also reportedly announcing its second round of job cuts Thursday.

Probe: website must boost security, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.

New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

Beset by crushing debt, fleeing customers and run-down facilities, Trump Plaza on Tuesday became the fourth casino in Atlantic City to shut down this year.

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

US producer prices unchanged in August

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.

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UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season -- an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

Boeing wins role in next U.S. space chapter

NASA will pay longtime space company Boeing $4.2 billion and upstart SpaceX $2.6 billion to certify, test and fly their crew capsules on as many as six missions.

Microsoft bets on gold mine from ‘Minecraft’ purchase

Looking at the wildly popular game as a platform, the software giant is hoping to benefit from Minecraft’s passionate, young community of players.

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US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.

GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.

World stocks sag ahead of Fed meeting

Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence on Thursday.

School bus driver killed during safety drill

An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

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Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.

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Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles.

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Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.

Man accused of trying to aid Islamic State group

An upstate New York man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others faces new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

3 survive capsizing, make night swim to safety

A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai.

U.S. leaders hoping Scotland won’t ‘divorce’ Britain

Thursday’s pro-independence referendum in Scotland worries U.S. policymakers that a divorce between old friends would pose new challenges.


What’s at stake in referendum on Scottish independence?

Here’s a look at the referendum on Scottish independence and related issues.

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace to society and can't live knowing that.

More than 30 cattle die after Idaho big rig crash

Authorities in southwest Idaho say 33 cattle worth about $30,000 died after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side.

Natural gas alone isn’t magic weapon against climate change

Natural gas is no long-term fix in the effort to shield the world from the most severe effects of climate change or meet the difficult goal set by world leaders to keep global temperatures from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River

Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 stories high from one high-rise building to another over the Chicago River.

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident.

US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco

Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

Stagnant floodwater raising health risk in Kashmir

Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, and were treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus while hoping the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks.

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

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Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

More children live to age 5, work still to be done

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.

U.N. panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed the bulk of atrocities in the civil war.

Police: Ohio homicide suspect set himself on fire

A man who stepped into traffic and then set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt has been connected to a woman found dead in a Cleveland home, authorities said.

Ex-chief in Uzi death case in more legal trouble

A former Massachusetts police chief who was acquitted of charges connected to the death in 2008 of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show he sponsored is facing more legal trouble.

Al-Qaida’s heirs thrive in Mideast, Africa chaos

The number of extremist Sunni fighters more than doubled from 2010 to 2013 even though Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed.

Carbon-capture technology works, but cost is still prohibitive

Carbon-capture technology is seen as key to reducing emissions from natural gas-fired power plants. Yet carbon capture is expensive, and developers largely have rejected using it in new or retrofitted plants.

Teen critical from stun gun; FBI investigates case

Doctors were trying Tuesday to awaken a suburban Kansas City teenager who was put in a medically induced coma after a police officer critically injured him with a stun gun in an incident the FBI is investigating.

Woman who made kids drink bleach pleads insanity

A New Hampshire woman accused of trying to kill her children by forcing them to drink bleach has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks

This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe -- the same number as died during all of last year.

A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security -- the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War soldiers -- one still living, one killed in action -- received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

DOJ extremism fight could take cue from Minnesota

When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.

Egypt official says working to amend protest law

The spokesman of Egypt's transitional justice ministry says the body is drafting amendments to the country's disputed protest law, which bans demonstrations without a police permit.

First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled."

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

The Philippines' most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks -- so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.

Thai police hunt for killer of 2 British tourists

Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.

US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler arrive.

Editorial: The Times recommends David Frockt and Jessyn Farrell in 46th Legislative District

State Sen. David Frockt and state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, both Democrats, are strong candidates and deserving of re-election in the 46th Legislative District.

Guest: Why a WSU medical school would not address doctor shortage in rural areas

Building a new medical school in Spokane would not address the doctor shortage in rural areas of Washington, writes guest columnist Robert P. Gibb.

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist

How not to get your country back

The America of yore did not build its middle class by slashing taxes, shrinking government and keeping labor as cheap as possible, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

Devoted to Dvorák? The Seattle Symphony is, too, this month

The Seattle Symphony kicks off the annual Masterworks series by saluting composer Antonin Dvorák with three programs featuring young virtuosos in intriguing pairings with the Czech composer’s best-known works.

NW books

A girl and her dog, a new ‘Hellhole Inferno’ installment

New books by Seattle area authors include a World War II tale of separation by Kirby Larson; latest in Brian Herbert’s “Hellhole Inferno” series; the lasted in the “Amulet” series and a kids’ book about some very unusual Halloween costumes.

Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album.

Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tour

New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the "Peace Train" back on the road.

Q&A: Dan Stevens moves past ‘milquetoast’ Cousin Matthew

The “Downton Abbey” alum talks about breaking the hearts of fans of the hit PBS period drama; taking on unexpected roles in films, including “The Guest,” which opens Sept. 17; and his talents and interests beyond acting.

Q&A: Scott Bakula leaps into ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

The actor talks about joining big franchises, playing a character based on a real person and Louisiana summers. “NCIS: New Orleans” premieres Sept. 23 on CBS.

Movie review

This ‘Guest’ would be way out of place at Downton Abbey

A review of “The Guest,” starring Dan Stevens (of “Downton Abbey” fame). Three stars out of a possible four.

New DVDs

‘Evergreen: The Road to Legalization,’ ‘Godzilla,’ ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Sept. 16, include “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization,” a look at Washington state’s recent history leading up to pot’s legalization; “The Fault in Our Stars”; “Godzilla” and the sequel “Think Like a Man Too.”

Poetry longlist announced for National Book Awards

Two former U.S. poets laureate, Louise Glueck and Mark Strand, have made the longlist for the National Book Awards.

Sept. 16 TV Picks: Season premiere of ‘The Mindy Project’

TV picks for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, include “The Mindy Project” on Fox, “America’s Got Talent” on NBC and “Sons of Anarchy” on FX.

Until football season do us part: college fans, weddings conflict

Roll Tide, and a dilemma: Brides and grooms in states where college football reigns supreme have a tough choice to make: Get married on a Saturday, when guests might pick football over the ceremony, or watch the game? Or both?

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Dear Carolyn

Husband is not affectionate enough

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on being married to someone who fundamentally disappoints you.

Recipe: Grilled Steak and Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a good way to marinate a steak before cooking.