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O’Toole taps civilian to fill top SPD post

In her first major appointment since being sworn in June 23, O’Toole chose Mike Wagers, who has most recently worked for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, to serve as her chief operating officer.

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.

Seattle Times announces more local news partners

In an effort to provide readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date news from throughout the region, The Seattle Times has forged partnerships with a number of local news Web sites.

Firefighters face hot week, but wind not a risk

Rising temperatures in Central and Eastern Washington this week will make battling wildfires more difficult, but the wind isn’t expected to be a major factor.

Is friction driving out Seattle school superintendents?

The early departure of another Seattle school superintendent has reignited debates about whether a fractious School Board is at least partially to blame for the turnover.

UPDATE - 11:03 PM

Longtime morning DJ Bob Rivers to retire

After more than 33 years on morning drive-time radio, KJR-FM’s Bob Rivers is stepping away from the mike.

Nicole Brodeur's Names in Bold

Rain helps grow big cash crop at Feast on the Farm

Stewardship Partners’ Feast on the Farm gets rained on, but raises $75,000 for aquatic habitats; and punker-turned-music business guru Martin Atkins stops by the Tractor Tavern for a lecture.

State might not need a WSU medical school, some experts say

As Washington State University works to build state support for a new WSU-run medical school, some say the country already has enough of them.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy -- and pollution.

UPDATE - 11:05 PM

Galaxy scores early and often to topple Sounders FC 3-0 in Seattle

Sounders see their six-match home winning streak come to an end

DeShawn Shead learning all about being versatile in the Seahawks defensive backfield

DeShawn Shead, in his third year out of Portland State, is learning the free safety role with Seattle right now

UPDATE - 11:36 PM

Judge clears way for Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, to buy Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge gave Shelly Sterling a sweeping victory and cleared the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s record $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers to proceed.

Mariners continue to frustrate with lack of run production

With just a few days left until the trade deadline, the Mariners desperately need more bats if they are to realistically stay in the playoff hunt.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald says union push unified Northwestern team

No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits a push for players to unionize.

Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls has solid practice with national team

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was excited about how he felt physically after the U.S. team practiced in Las Vegas. Rose is coming back from two serious knee injuries.

NW Briefs

Kenmore Air will be new presenting sponsor for Snoqualmie Showdown

Limited tickets remain for Monday’s charity event that features Fred Couples and Steve Ballmer against Rick Neuheisel and Mitch Levy at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

People in sports / Heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings

Next year, just six years after long-time Philadelphia trainer Fred Jenkins cajoled him off the basketball court and into the boxing gym, Jennings will fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer stands by criticism of David Ortiz

Rays pitcher, talking about Ortiz’s home-run trot, says “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat.”

Jayda Evans’ power rankings

Jayda Evans ranks the WNBA teams

Reddit wants to grow up but not let down loyal audience

The company’s challenge is to figure out how to jump-start advertising without changing the nature of the service and alienating its constituency of 114 million monthly users.

Government officials visit Microsoft offices in China

The visits, from a government agency that enforces business regulations, suggested that Microsoft might be the latest multinational company to find itself in the cross hairs of Chinese authorities.

Zillow buying rival Trulia in $3.5B stock deal

After a speedy six-week courtship, the two companies — who have competed in the online real-estate listings market they helped create — are set to combine forces.

FAA moves to fine Southwest Air $12M

The issues, some involving replacement of fuselage skins by an Everett contractor, were resolved years ago and don’t affect its current planes, the airline responded.

Contractor admits to role in bribery scheme

The owner of a Washington state manufacturing company has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, the fourth person to admit to a role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to The Boeing Company.

Amazon offers 3-D printed products

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines on the online retailer's website.

eBay to offer auto mechanics’ services

eBay is seeking to capitalize on the boom in online services and sharing applications, after Uber and Airbnb offering of car rides and room rentals has shown that Web companies can sell services as well as hard goods.

House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.

TSA offering $15,000 for best screening-line ideas

Federal agency wants new ways to screen passengers at airport security checkpoints and to reduce the long lines, and is offering cash prizes for best ideas.

Virgin America files plans for IPO

Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street.

Lloyds bank settles with US, UK over market fixing

Lloyds Banking Group is paying $369 million to U.S. and British authorities to settle allegations it manipulated a key global interest rate.

Britain reopens way for fracking

Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

Smith & Wesson paying $2M to settle SEC charges

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

Boeing 737 fuselages scrapped by Montana recycling firm

Damaged in a Montana train derailment earlier this month, fuselages for six 737s were crushed and baled this week, and their remains were expected to be removed by Saturday.

    Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

    Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

    Obama gets emotional over Malia going to college

    President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.

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    White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    UPDATE - 12:22 AM

    Strip club endorses Democratic pastor for Congress

    An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix.

    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

    Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.

    Furor engulfs Chicago's red-light camera system

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.

    Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction

    A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million.

    Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

    Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue -- allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival.

    Driver seriously injures woman during Zombie Walk

    A driver struck and seriously injured a woman while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

    FBI: Man sent hundreds of hoax letters with powder

    A North Texas man accused of sending more than 500 hoax letters that contained a white powder to schools, government offices, day care centers and other locations in the U.S. and around the world was arrested Monday, federal authorities announced.

    UPDATE - 11:25 PM

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.

    N.Y. pressed to ban poisons that kill wildlife, pets

    The groups say that too many other animals — birds and foxes, as well as dogs and cats — have died after eating rats that had eaten poisons.

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

    UPDATE - 11:51 PM

    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.

    UPDATE - 11:51 PM

    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.

    Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

    A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday.

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    More than 2,000 Syrians -- almost half of them pro-government forces -- have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday.

    California to have 4 governors in 4 days next week

    How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four.

    Jury chosen in former Va. gov's corruption trial

    A jury of eight men and four women was selected Monday in the trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife, who are charged with trading the influence of his office in exchange for thousands of dollars in gifts and loans from a businessman.

    Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

    Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman -- who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor -- was allowed a peaceful, painless death.

    UPDATE - 11:51 PM

    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.

    Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

    Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.

    Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

    Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.

    Nation’s busiest bus terminal is jammed mess

    The Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York is called unacceptable by new boss.

    Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa -- the largest ever recorded.

    Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

    Flames from California wildfire claim 13 homes

    Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them.

    Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

    Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

    Man dies after lightning hits California beach

    A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

    Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.

    Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

    An international police team has failed to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area.

    UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.

    Editorial: Get Northwest grain shipments going again

    Gov. Jay Inslee jeopardizes the smooth flow of wheat exports from Washington ports with a decision that essentially shuts down one of the state’s most important grain terminals.

    Guest: The havoc of competing for jail contracts

    Local governments are all aggressively competing with each other for jail contracts, writes guest columnist Randy Weaver.

    Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist

    Corporate artful tax dodgers

    There is one big difference between corporate persons and the likes of you and me: On current trends, we’re heading toward a world in which only the human people pay taxes, writes syndicated columnist Paul Krugman.

    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.

    Woo hoo! Get set for ‘Simpsons’ blitz on TV, digitally

    FXX’s marathon showing of all “Simpsons” episodes and “The Simpsons Movie,” in chronological order, will begin Aug. 21 and air 24 hours a day through Sept. 1. and content available through FXNOW apps fare set to debut in October.

    'Lucy' smacks down 'Hercules' in box office bout

    The Scarlett Johansson-led action flick "Lucy" took it to stalwart action star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend for the No. 1 spot at the box office.

    'Sharknado' sequel has bite and lots of laughs

    Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready.

    July 28 TV Picks: Celebrity ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

    TV picks for Monday, July 28, 2014, include “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” on NBC, “The Bachelorette” on ABC and “Under the Dome” on CBS.

    Theater review

    Sprightly spoof recycles ’50s sci-fi schlock

    As the inaugural production in its new space, Theater Schmeater devises a lively lampooning of B movies.

    Take off your clothes to make it in TV

    A contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind and didn't need to use his imagination.

    Willem Dafoe: ‘A Most Wanted’ utility player

    The versatile actor talks about his latest role, as a German banker, in the spy film “A Most Wanted Man” — Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film.

    Kevin Bacon brings his 'Six Degrees' to Comic-Con

    Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con.

    Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90

    Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90.

    The knockdown, drag-out battle over coconut water

    The stuff is everywhere, and the battle for the market, worth $400 million a year and growing, now involves big players like Pepsi and Coke. But in the beginning, it looked more like a street fight between two guys.

    Corner the market on summer squash

    Give your zucchini a touch of elegance and make these savory individual soufflés for a great first course. The soft flavors of cheese, egg, squash blossom and summer squash mingle beautifully.

    Recipe: The Ultimate Veggie Burger

    This recipe has a long list of ingredients and several steps to complete. But the ingredients are easy to find and the steps are simple. And you can make a double batch and freeze the extra mix. The next time the veggie- burger craving hits, you’ll be ready.

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    Dear Carolyn

    Searching for meaning in a midlife crisis

    Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on growing older and growing out of relationships.