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A family’s legacy rides with its GOHAWKS license plates

GOHAWKS is a vanity license plate that could fetch big bucks if resold. Not a chance, says the family that’s had it for 40 years: It’s their dad’s legacy.

Push in Olympia to broaden ban on using smartphones while driving

Legislation expected to be filed this week in Olympia would go beyond the current ban on texting-and-driving. Lawmakers will now consider barring drivers from emailing, Web browsing and the like.

Seahawks no longer blocking ‘Hunger Games’ trademark request

Lawyers for the Seahawks had filed to block a trademark request for “District 12,” a region in the “Hunger Games” books and movies. The team is now letting that trademark application proceed.

Bills to abolish death penalty introduced in Legislature

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced legislation that would halt the death penalty in Washington state.

State to get $48M from feds to help house homeless

Washington will receive $48.2 million in federal money for more than 200 projects that shelter homeless adults and children or prevent them from ending up sleeping in parks or cars in the first place.

Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler

Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it.

George Romansic, punk drummer, Rocket writer, dies at 58

George Romansic was so well-known on the music scene that rock star Patti Smith name-checked him at her recent Seattle concert.

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Huskies center Robert Upshaw dismissed from team

The sophomore center is dismissed by coach Lorenzo Romar for a violation of team rules.

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling.

Keegan Cook replaces Jim McLaughlin as UW women’s volleyball coach

Keegan Cook, a University of Washington assistant volleyball coach for the past two seasons, is the Huskies’ new head coach. He replaces Jim McLaughlin, who left two weeks ago to become head coach at Notre Dame.

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Rafael Nadal is eliminated in quarterfinals of Australian Open

Third-seeded Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) in the quarterfinals by seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Monday.

Accomplished racehorse owner Jerre Paxton dies at age 76

Wife says husband dies of an apparent heart attack

Kevin Williams happy he chose Seahawks over Patriots

Former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams narrowed his free-agent choices to the two teams meeting in Sunday’s Super Bowl. “Guess I couldn’t have gone wrong,” he said.

Mariners sign Franklin Gutierrez, Endy Chavez to minor-league contracts

Outfielders have work cut out for them in order to make major-league roster.

No. 1 South Carolina women beat No. 12 Texas A&M

Freshman A’ja Wilson scored 18 points, defending Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell added 16 and South Carolina remained unbeaten with a 79-61 victory over 12th-ranked Texas A&M. The Gamecocks are 19-0.


Oakland safety Charles Woodson signs to play an 18th pro season

The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. Woodson, 38, led the Raiders in tackles last season.

Will Pete Carroll talk to Marshawn Lynch about touchy subject?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll won’t say whether he’ll talk to Marshawn Lynch about reports the NFL will throw a penalty flag if he makes an obscene gesture.

Yankees reportedly mull not paying A-Rod for milestone homer

The New York Yankees reportedly are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

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Jerry Brewer

Pete Carroll is so much more than just a rah-rah coach

Pete Carroll showed this season that he’s actually more than just a rah-rah coach by saving what could have been a lost season.

Larry Stone

Scouting Russell Wilson on Super Bowl Media Day? We’re here to help

The Seahawks quarterback’s responses to reporters’ questions will be robotic, relentless and, yes, sincere.

Seahawks not surprised by Brandon Browner’s tough talk on targeting ex-teammates’ injuries

Brandon Browner’s comments that he encouraged his New England teammates to go after the injuries of Seahawks’ Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman didn’t surprise Seattle’s players. “We’re going after him, too,” said Bobby Wagner of Browner.

Seahawks rookie Garry Gilliam, mother took long route to Super Bowl

The offensive lineman is thankful that Thelma Shifflett chose to send him away to boarding school at age 7.

It’s the Patriots against the world

We have gone from the ridiculous to the more ridiculous. The anticipation is greater than ever. The lines are drawn. Sides have been chosen.

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Robert Kraft backs Patriots, challenges NFL

After New England arrives in Arizona for the Super Bowl, the owner says the team has “done nothing wrong” regarding the deflated-football controversy and adds that he wants an apology from the NFL if its investigation finds nothing.

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IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs

Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

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Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.

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Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm

Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? Expect to pay more than the usual fare.

Chinese door opens wide to U.S. apples

A deal was reached last week between officials for the United States and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties, instead of just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious.

Kent casino to close, lay off 93 employees

Great American Casino in Kent will cease operations March 14, though the company’s three other local casinos will remain open.

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Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

Supreme Court rules against retirees in health-benefits case

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a chemical company may be able to cut the health benefits of its retired workers, unanimously reversing an appeals-court ruling that said the benefits had vested for life.

Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years.

Riding high, biotech firms also brace for a crash

Some of the industry’s seemingly sudden successes stem from years of research behind the scenes.

Amazon Japan says it’s cooperating with police probe on child porn

Amazon’s Japan unit is “fully cooperating” with a police investigation into possible sales of child pornography, the company said.

Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.

Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike

The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

US stock exchanges expect business as usual amid storm

The major stock exchanges expect to remain open for trading Tuesday even as a blizzard barrels down on New York City.

AT&T buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings

AT&T is buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for about $1.88 billion, minus the company's debt.

Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1Q

Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows.

Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.

AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets

Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.

BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50

With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.

MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging behemoth

Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion global packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.

PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation

Thailand's beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday.

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation

Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday.

Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections

For a man long seen as the eurozone's worst nightmare, Alexis Tsipras has had a smooth first day as prime minister of Greece.

Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online

Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.

Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security

Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

Kim’s wife, sister wield influence over North Korean leader

While Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, and younger sister Kim Yo Jong are now allies in sustaining one of the world’s most reclusive leaders, their overlapping influence makes them potential rivals.


Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 campaign

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Ex-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial

A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a Taco Bell when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial.

Balloon crew hits halfway mark in bid to break records

Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers' death

While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa.

Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down."

2 small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii

Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute.

ISIS calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks

The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.

House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event

Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.

'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

10 worst Northeast snowstorms in last 60 years

The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S.

5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.

Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage -- a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.

At Koch summit, Rand Paul splits with Cruz, Rubio

Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon's budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come.

Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs

With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

New Jersey school evacuated after chemistry lab 'mishap'

Students have returned to class in a New Jersey high school that had been evacuated after what police called a chemistry lab "mishap" that sent a dozen students and five faculty members to a hospital.

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk.

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar -- the people they see on TV and in the movies.

Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.

Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials

Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.

Police ID 2 co-workers killed in NYC Home Depot shooting

New York City police have identified the two co-workers killed in a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan.

Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining hostage's release

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.

Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts.

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone.

New Jersey's Christie launches political action committee

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign.

Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison

The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.

Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras

Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More."

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43

At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.

Editorial: Turning Federal Reserve building into a school is fitting for Seattle’s urban core

Seattle schools and the city itself should work to add a vital neighborhood asset to the downtown core: kids.

Editorial: Voter initiatives need to include funding balance

Lawmakers should carefully weigh the bipartisan proposal to amend the state constitution to require initiatives, whether implementing new programs or cutting taxes, to comply with the state’s four-year balanced-budget projections.

Guest: Let voters decide whether to raise the state minimum wage

The Legislature should trust voters to make an informed decision on whether to increase our state’s minimum wage, writes guest columnist Howard Behar.

How globalization is supposed to work

You’d need a heart of stone not to be sympathetic to the concerns of the Democrats on so-called fast-track authority, writes syndicated columnist Joe Nocera.

Seattle artists picture Seahawk moments

Photographer Robin Layton and painter Ken Zeran have interpreted crucial moments in the Seahawks saga in artistic ways.

Classical review

At chamber-music fest, a vibrant, revelatory Vivaldi

SCMS musicians delighted during opening weekend of the 2015 Winter Festival, as they tackled four concertos from Vivaldi’s cycle “L’Estro Armonico,” Op. 3.

What about TV is now attracting top directors?

Woody Allen agreeing to do television is one of the most dramatic indications yet of the growing allure of TV to filmdom’s creative class, which once considered television a lower life-form.

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.

Sundance Watch: Fans angle for selfies, Reynolds talks poker

The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard:

Emma Watson to star in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Emma Watson will play Belle in Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."

Jan. 26 TV Picks: ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ on HGTV

TV picks for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, include “Ellen’s Design Challenge” on HGTV, “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC and “Jane the Virgin” on The CW.

Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace, Portman hits Dior

At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story.

Sriracha has moved into the American mainstream: What hot Asian ingredients are next?

Sriracha isn’t the only star in Asia’s smoldering culinary arsenal. There is also Gochujang and togarashi, a chili pepper-spice blend.

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Dear Carolyn

Parents choose other side in daughter’s divorce

A couple don’t believe their daughter’s claim that her husband has abused her, and now they wonder why she is being cold and uncommunicative.