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Mayor to seek levy to pay for police and fire services

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says a public-safety levy could help pay for police officers, fire equipment and a new Police Department computer system.

Mental-health official resigns after scrutiny of patients’ release

King County involuntary-commitment coordinator JoEllen Watson resigned this month after scrutiny of the release of hundreds of dangerously mentally ill patients. Meanwhile, the county is scrambling to comply with a state Supreme Court order to not temporarily detain patients in emergency rooms.

Feds order reinstatement of Hanford whistle-blower

A contractor at Hanford nuclear reservation has been ordered to rehire a worker the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for expressing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety.

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Jerry Large

Ferguson reveals a growing gap in a black and white world

Beneath the shooting and protests in Ferguson, Mo., one can feel the heat of two races moving apart.

Seattle schools to review policies after alleged field-trip assault

Seattle Public Schools will review policies on sexual harassment and discrimination in response to concerns over how it handled an incident during a 2012 high-school overnight field trip.

State congressional delegation urges individual aid for wildfire victims

In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert urged the agency to review a decision that kept federal aid from individuals who lost homes to Washington wildfires.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.

WSU grizzly smarter than the average bear

A study at Washington State University is demonstrating that grizzly bears can learn to use primitive tools.

Clark County prosecutor dismisses charge in ‘Biden defense’ case

A man who planned to base his defense on a firearms charge on something Vice President Joe Biden said, now faces a different charge.

Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system

Mechanical problems, errors and personnel issues are prompting lawmakers and others to discuss how to fix the Washington State Ferries system.

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Kent State starting center dies at 21

Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.

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Sounders only manage a 1-1 tie with Earthquakes

The Sounders manage a 1-1 draw with the Earthquakes, as Chris Wondolowski cancelled out Chad Barrett’s second-half goal with one of his own in the 65th minute.

Cliff Avril could be set for a big payday

After battling injuries and learning new role in 2013, defensive end Cliff Avril could have an MVP-type season, according to linemate Michael Bennett.

Huskies hope to do a better job protecting quarterbacks

Washington’s experienced offensive line would like to improve on pass protection this season. Last year, the Huskies allowed 30 sacks.

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Mariners frustrated after dropping game, and series, to Phillies

A series of mistakes on Wednesday cost the Mariners in a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia. Seattle lost two of the three games in the series.

Storm will find out Thursday where it will pick in WNBA draft

The Storm was just 12-22 this season, finishing out of the playoffs. The good news is Seattle has a chance to win the No. 1 spot in the draft. The draft lottery will be held Thursday.

A primer for the new college football playoff

The college game has finally succumbed to the prolonged, anguished cries for a playoff, and it’s here, albeit in abbreviated four-team form. It won’t be like the full-blown chaos of basketball’s 68-team March Madness, but it’s a step toward rewarding competition.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards suffers serious injury to left knee

Richards suffers patellar injury to left knee when he catches cleat in dirt. He will be evaluated further on Thursday.

Browns name Brian Hoyer starter

Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job.

Larry Stone

Developing a quarterback is Job One for Chris Petersen, Huskies

Chris Petersen doesn’t have an established, experienced quarterback. In that, the Huskies are a distinct minority in a Pac-12 Conference loaded with elite signal-callers.

Looking at freshmen who could play for Washington State

A quick look at six candidates who could see time early for the Cougars.

Mariners’ Mike Zunino leads AL in getting hit by pitch

Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has been hit by pitches 14 times this season, the most in the American League and only five from tying the club season record.

Mo’ne Davis doesn’t have her best night

Mo’ne Davis didn’t have her best stuff when she and her Philadelphia teammates needed it most, and Las Vegas took advantage.

PAT experiment: 8 missed extra points

Reviews have been mixed around the league for the NFL's experiment with longer kicks on extra points.

Rick Fehr needs to win the Boeing Classic to stay exempt on Champions Tour

Seattle native Rick Fehr needs to win the Boeing Classic to preserve his status as an exempt player on the Champions Tour.

Salmon procession has turned it into a memorable fishing season

The salmon procession canvases the entire 157 mile coast in what has turned out to be one of the most memorable fishing seasons seen in a long time.

Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on using chewing tobacco for about 30 years.

Stryker Phd is 5-to-2 favorite in 79th running of Longacres Mile

Trainers Sharon and Larry Ross won the Longacres Mile 29 years ago with Chum Salmon. They have a chance to win the Mile for the first time since then with Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old gelding who is the morning-line favorite.

Utes hope return of QB Travis Wilson means a return to bowl game

Quarterback Travis Wilson was injured last year and it looked like his career might be over. But he’s back this season and Utah is hoping he can help turn around an offense that was one of the Pac-12’s worst last season.

UW men’s basketball announces nonconference schedule

Considering what’s ahead – the much-anticipated return of cross-state Gonzaga in 2016 or 2017 – you might understand why Washington men’s basketball fans aren’t overly excited about the 2014-15 nonconference schedule.

Amateur Carl Jonson wins Northwest Open

Jonson earns a one-stroke victory over Tim Feenstra.

Shaken Buckeyes: Time to move on

When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State’s practice Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t certain what had happened.

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BofA's $17B settlement not as large as it appears

Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion.

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Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

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China manufacturing drags on Asian stock markets

Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.

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Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

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Target cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers

Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.

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Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

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Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B

How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.

State’s women-owned firms missing out on SBA loans, federal contracts

Washington women own almost 29 percent of all small businesses in the state, but they face a larger gender gap than women nationwide in access to business loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.

German govt backs authors in spat with Amazon

Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher.

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.

B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet

Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets.

Cruise lines race to base newer ships in China

Royal Caribbean will base new $935 million Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai; Carnival will have four ships in Shanghai.

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire.

Warren Buffett's firm to pay $896,000 penalty

Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. beforehand.

Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.

24-inch tablet aims to build family togetherness

The idea is to prop up Fuhu’s 20-inch or 24-inch tablet on the floor or lay it flat on a table or a bed. From there, a mix of children and adults can read interactive books or play board games.

BofA reaches $17B settlement with U.S., report says

The bank will pay $10 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion. The deal is the largest settlement arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure.

Going to Kansas City, to live, work and play

Twenty years ago Kansas City suffered from a yearslong exodus of residents, workers and shoppers to the suburbs. But over the past decade, Kansas City’s urban core has become known as a cool place to live instead of a dreary place to drive away from after eight hours at the office.

Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

This year’s topic at the economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is on labor markets so Fed Chair Janet Yellen is sure to spell out her latest assessment on the U.S. job market.

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

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AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.

50,000 quarantined in Liberia slum to contain spread of Ebola

Over the weekend, residents angry about the placement of an Ebola center in Monrovia’s West Point slum attacked the facility, chasing away sick patients and carrying off bloody sheets and other, possibly contaminated items.

Indian guru B.K.S. Iyengar helped bring yoga to the West

A meeting in 1952 with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, an early yoga devotee, proved to be a turning point, and B.K.S. Iyengar began traveling with Menuhin, eventually opening institutes on six continents.

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Slain journalist was drawn to conflict zones

James Foley, who was known as Jim, was the oldest of five siblings in a Roman Catholic family. He graduated from Marquette University and went on to work as an educator through Teach for America, He went back to school to get a graduate degree in journalism at Northwestern University.

Have a big wedding, live happily ever after?

Researchers Galena Rhoades and Scott Stanley emphasized that the choices men and women make long before they say “I do” seem to have a strong influence on their marriages years later.

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.

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Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.

An 86-year-old Utah woman writes romance novel

An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife.

Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work.

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.

Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.

$21,000 falls off money truck after casino pickup

Nearly $21,000 is missing after the cash fell from the roof of an armored truck that had picked it up from a soon-to-be-closed Atlantic City casino.

California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

No-fly list rules get changes

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday.

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing

Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.

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Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.

Fighting outside key Ukrainian city kills 9 troops

Nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of a town neighboring the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday, as the government battled to gain control of a major railroad and highway linking the area to Russia.

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.

His 101st birthday present? Another day at work

Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Pakistan lawmakers meet amid mass protests

Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.

Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love.

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

Editorial: Racial disparities are behind Ferguson, Mo., unrest

With just one black city council member and three black police officers, it’s no wonder the black majority in Ferguson Mo., has rioted since a white officer killed an unarmed black teen Aug. 9.

Guest: Bishop Blanchet expulsion of students for marijuana needs rethinking

With the new marijuana law recently taking effect in Washington, school administrators will have to navigate the uncharted waters of more easily available marijuana, writes guest columnist Nicholas O’Connell.

Thomas Friedman / Syndicated columnist

Collapse of the Middle East’s center

The notion that the only reason that the Islamist militias emerged in Syria is because we created a vacuum by not adequately arming the secular rebels is laughable nonsense, writes syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

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Movie review

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ lacks sharp edge of the original

A movie review of “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”: This noir thriller feels a little flabby and self-satisfied when compared with the rough and angry 2005 original. It received two stars out of four.

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Movie review

‘If I Stay’: Near-death tale lacks life

A movie review of “If I Stay,” a sappy retelling of Gayle Forman’s young-adult novel about a teen cellist (Chloë Grace Moretz) who experiences a terrible car accident with her family and wonders whether to live or die.

Theater review

First Seattle Beckett Festival off to promising start

A review of the works kicking off the Seattle Beckett Festival, being held at West of Lenin and other venues.

Weekend Highlight

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Aug. 22-28, 2014.

Weekend Highlight

Evergreen State Fair returns to Monroe

Annual fair promises everything from thrilling rides to baby livestock to funny Bill Cosby.

Washington hop-grower Haas also brews beer

Yakima’s Haas Innovation Center includes the John I. Haas brewery, a laboratory and meeting space, plus a private taproom and beer garden.

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Dear Carolyn

Commit before making stepfamily plans

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on slowing down and keeping a child’s best interests in mind.

Corn-dog days of summer: Make your own

If you’re craving the distinctly American staple, you don’t have to trek to the nearest fairgrounds. You can make the carnival classic at home, impaling a hot dog on a chopstick, dipping it in cornmeal batter, then deep-frying it until the coated hot dog loosely resembles an ear of corn.

Recipe: Griddle Cakes with Spicy Salsa

These babies are so tasty, you could eat them plain.

Recipe: Sweet Corn and Squash Fritters with Avocado Crema

The corn makes everything bright with those little bursts of sweetness in every bite. And the crema feels rich and decadent but is nothing more than an avocado blended until creamy with yogurt and a squeeze of lime and salt. Perfect summer eating.