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Rain forecast for fire zones, so next threat is flash floods

The weather service warns of possible flash floods as 2,110 firefighters continue to battle the largest wildfire in Washington history, the Carlton complex fire in Okanogan County.

UPDATE - 11:06 PM

Pilot hurt in copter crash near Oso

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed as it was lifting cedar blocks during a logging operation north of Oso on Tuesday was “conscious and talking” after the accident, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

Danny Westneat

City takes a whack at volunteer in Magnuson Park tree cutting

An exuberant volunteer cut down some invasive trees in Magnuson Park. The city seems bent on turning him into a criminal.

Last mudslide victim’s remains found in deep pocket of debris

Diligence, drier weather and new clues led searchers to recover the remains of Kris Regelbrugge, the last missing victim of the March 22 Oso mudslide.

New Seattle FBI chief sees progress in Wales investigation

Frank Montoya Jr., who took over the Seattle FBI office in May, described what he called “momentum” in the case during a briefing Tuesday that also touched on the state’s legalization of pot, public corruption and the balance between national security and protecting civil liberties

Seattle port raises wages — short of $15

Hourly minimum wage for airfield support workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will raise to $11.22 in January 2015, and $13 in January 2017, after a final vote by the Port of Seattle Commission on Tuesday.

Ybarra chose SPU for shootings because he was unfamiliar with it, journal says

Accused SPU campus shooter Aaron Ybarra didn’t “want to attack my own city,” according to his recently released journal.

UPDATE - 11:28 PM

Mets hand Mariners 3-1 loss

Erasmo Ramirez allows two runs on five hits in seven innings, but Mariners squander a few chances in interleague loss.

Breaking down the Seahawks’ 2014 schedule, sixth-toughest in the NFL

By the most common objective measure used – the combined won-loss record of 2013 opponents – Seattle’s schedule ranks among the most difficult in the NFL.

Sounders’ 5 all-stars recognition of team’s 2014 success

Sounders all-star selections are most in MLS and a franchise record.

UPDATE - 11:29 PM

Mercury, not Storm, looks the part on trophy night

Mercury wins 13th in a row and extends Seattle’s losing streak to three.

Gary Baze is back at the track, this time as a steward

Legendary jockey trades silks for suit and tie for after retirement, At 58, he now makes sure everyone follows the rules at Emerald Downs.

CEO says coach Doc Rivers to quit if Donald Sterling owns Clippers

The interim chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Clippers testified coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.

Chase Headley drives in winning run in debut with Yankees

Acquired in a trade with San Diego before the game, Headley singles in winning run in bottom of 14th in 2-1 victory over Texas.

NW Briefs

Chum Salmon, Ricky Frazier, Ben Harris among Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees

Hall of Fame induction will be Aug. 16 at Emerald Downs.

Jayda Evans’ power rankings

Jayda Evans ranked the WNBA teams.

Michael Rogers finally wins a stage of Tour de France

Australian Michael Rogers, competing in the Tour de France for the 10th year, got his first stage victory. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy has the overall lead with five stages remaining.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

One question: Who would commit such a beastly act?

NFL

Tony Dungy tries to clarify remarks about Michael Sam

Former coach Tony Dungy, seeking to clarify his comments about the St. Louis rookie Michael Sam that resulted in criticism and controversy, released a statement.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

What’s the big deal? Just a Chip off the old block

Germany’s World Cup trophy somehow got a piece chipped off during the title celebration.

UPDATE - 11:59 PM

CEO: Sterling staying on a 'disaster' for Clippers

Coach Doc Rivers has said he'll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team's interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a "disaster" for the franchise.

Racehorse owned by Britain's queen fails dope test

A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned painkiller, morphine.

UPDATE - 11:24 PM

Paxton ‘felt good’ in Tuesday’s Rainiers rehab stint

Lefty gives up two homers but feels no pain in second rehab start in Tacoma.

Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.

Microsoft tops revenue forecast but profit falls short

New CEO Nadella talked about emphasizing productivity offerings and the cloud, but gave no new details on the company’s wide-ranging layoff plan.

Airbus A350-800 dealt another setback

The smallest version of the Airbus A350 suffered another blow Tuesday as Hawaiian Airlines dropped its order for six A350-800s and said it instead planned to buy six of the just-announced A330-800neo.

Jet insurers worry after Malaysia Airlines’ latest crash

For just one category of aviation insurance — war-risk insurance on the planes — claims for incidents in the past five months total an estimated $600 million for a sector that collects $65 million a year in premiums.

Mac, China sales power Apple profit ahead of larger iPhone

For Apple, slightly disappointing sales of iPhones and iPads were offset by an increase in Mac sales and a boost from recent sales in China. And the company may have a winner if it introduces a larger iPhone as anticipated.

Another author boosted by 'Colbert Bump'

The "Colbert Bump" is becoming contagious.

Jobless rates at county level down from June year ago

King County’s unemployment rate stayed the same in June at 4.7 percent, down from 5.5 percent in June 2013. In Snohomish County, joblessness stayed the same at 5.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent last year.

Solar power takes road trip

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built to generate power aren’t meant for rooftops. They’re for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets.

Malaysian jet disaster shakes business travel

Companies often send employees into — or flying over — areas of armed conflict. What are their legal and ethical responsibilities?

Toymaker to hitch My Little Pony to 3-D print technology

Hasbro’s collaboration with Shapeways may extend the reach of its trademarks while keeping control of what is associated with the brand.

Sharks bring crowds — not panic — to Cape Cod

Growing numbers of shark sightings off Massachusetts’ Cape Cod are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise.

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.

US stocks climb as earnings reports roll in

Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday.

US consumer prices up 0.3 percent in June

U.S. consumer prices rose in June at a slightly slower pace than in May with two-thirds of the June advance driven by the largest jump in gasoline prices in a year.

US home sales increase 2.6 percent in June

Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

UPDATE - 12:07 AM

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

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Hamas shows it’s a force to be reckoned with

On Tuesday, Hamas’ rockets struck a blow to Israel by forcing a halt in international flights. Hamas once again looks strong in the eyes of its supporters and has shown an increasingly hostile region that it remains a force to be reckoned with.

Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens.

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Board puts soda tax before San Francisco voters

San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people crossing the border illegally.

Losing a parent in childhood may increase early death risk

A study that tracked more than 7 million people for up to 42 years found that people who lost a parent before they turned 18 were 50 percent more likely to die during the course of the study than people who made it to adulthood with both parents still alive.

Man dies in California after beach hole collapses

A young man died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes, authorities said Tuesday.

170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money.

Montana judge censured over rape comments

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea -- fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records.

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed -- by beetles.

Big milestone for Britain's little prince

The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.

Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street

The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes.

NEW - 11:02 PM

More bad news in fight against persistent HIV reservoirs

A study found that two HIV patients who were given “new” immune systems in the form of bone marrow transplants suffered renewed HIV infection after initially testing negative for the disease.

Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museum

The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

1 in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire

The Big Apple ranks fourth in a listing of the top 20 global cities based on the portion of their populations whose net worth, excluding primary residence, tops $1 million.

Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low

Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.

Driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs vowed Tuesday to crack down on whistleblower retaliation after a private government watchdog released a critical report on the agency's treatment of employees who brought internal problems to light.

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.

Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.

Friend is first convicted in Boston Marathon probe

The conviction of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for impeding the investigation into the bombings has his lawyers wondering if anyone else who faces charges connected to the 2013 attack stands a chance of acquittal.

Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.

Man convicted of enslaving woman gets 30 years

An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

Trains collide in South Korea; 1 dead, dozens hurt

Two passenger trains collided head-on in eastern South Korea on Tuesday, killing one passenger and injuring dozens, officials said.

Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 585 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

Train goes to Kharkiv with crash victims remains

A train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Wednesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims.

Editorial: Seattle’s Proposition 1 is not the last resort for parks

Seattle residents should vote against the formation of a Seattle Park District. Prop 1 proponents are misleading voters when they say there is no other funding available for parks.

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Guest: ‘The Mikado’ is worth performing

“The Mikado” is worth performing and preserving, and can be a catalyst to better understanding, according to guest columnists Mike Storie and Gene Ma.

Trudy Rubin / Syndicated columnist

Europe must stand up to Putin

Doing justice to the memories of 200 innocent European men, women and children requires European leaders to stand up to Putin, now, writes syndicated columnist Trudy Rubin.

UPDATE - 11:01 PM

'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5

"Downton Abbey" will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, "Sherlock," is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.

Classical review

Cellist and pianist save the day at Monday’s chamber concert

A review of the Monday, July 21, 2014, concert in the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival. When director/violinist James Ehnes had to leave suddenly, cellist Edward Arron and pianist Inon Barnatan put together a quick solution.

Israel violence moves production of FX's 'Tyrant'

Production of FX's series "Tyrant" recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, showrunner Howard Gordon told a TV Critics' panel Monday.

Love and Manson guest on 'Sons of Anarchy'

Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson have roles on the upcoming final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Q&A: Weird Al on his weirdly successful week — and final album

Weird Al Yankovic talks about the runaway success of his latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” and the accompanying videos, which parody hits by Lorde, Robin Thicke and more. But is this his last record?

New DVDs

‘Transcendence,’ ‘Dom Hemingway,’ ‘Sabotage’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, July 15, include Johnny Depp in “Transcendence,” Jude Law in “Dom Hemingway,” Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Sabotage,” Tyler Perry in “The Single Moms Club,” Greg Kinnear in “Heaven is for Real” and Michael Pe&ntil

'Fargo' gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime

FX is taking another trip to "Fargo," where the cast is changing but some of the characters are not.

Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

July 22 TV Picks: ‘Face Off’ on Syfy

TV picks for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, include “Face Off” on Syfy, “Chasing Life” on ABC Family and “Tyrant” on FX.

N.C. toddler fights salmonella after pets ate tainted dog food

Amy Hall turned 2 last month, battling a debilitating form of salmonella that, according to her parents, surfaces every two to three weeks and is expected to plague her for years to come. She got it from her family’s dogs.

NEW - 12:00 AM

Recipe: Ice Cream Base

As long as you start with a good ice-cream base and add excellent ingredients, you can make any flavor in the universe: almond, basil, lime. It’s also going to taste a whole lot better than any you can buy.

Famous cosmetic brand’s new face: Marge Simpson

MAC is rolling out Marge-inspired nail stickers, eye shadows, powder blushes, lip glosses and lashes, expected in stores on Sept. 4.

Recipe: Asian meatballs

These meatballs are a tasty way to incorporate protein into any meal or snack.

Recipe: Pasta-Stuffed Peppers

Capers, olives and anchovies are the Three Musketeers of Southern Italian cooking.

 

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