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Sally Clark says her actions appropriate after hitting cyclist

The claim, brought by a former Lakewood man who now lives in Oregon, represents the first step in a potential lawsuit if the matter is not settled.

Start early or late to reach holiday destination

Travelers over the holiday weekend should avoid midday driving to speed up their trips, especially over mountain passes.

Cinder, bear burned in wildfires, in Idaho to hibernate

Now a strapping 97 pounds and walking comfortably on all fours, Cinder made a 450-mile trip north on Sunday, and is one step closer to heading home to the Methow.

Flooding closes Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier park

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park have temporarily closed park access at the Nisqually entrance because of flooding.

Lawsuit challenges approval of Snake River dredging

Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe filed suit in Seattle to challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a $6.7 million dredging project scheduled to begin next month.

Metro putting bus-ticket vending machine on Third Avenue

King County Metro Transit managers hope people will buy the tickets instead of pushing money into a farebox.

No bull: Trio of moose visit Pasco tree nursery

Garden Gate Nursery north of Pasco isn’t open to customers this time of year, but that didn’t stop one visitor from making herself at home among the trees Monday. Three moose — believed to be a bull and two cows — were spotted around the nursery about 7 a.m.

Port of Seattle OKs budget

The port commissioners approved a 2015 budget that reduces the tax rate but keeps stable the total amount raised from King County property owners.

Bremerton shipyard to hire 850

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard plans to hire 850 helpers -- an entry-level position that allows workers to advance in production trades.

Parents of Lake Stevens boy shot in mouth had argued about guns in home

A 3-year-old Lake Stevens boy was in serious condition Monday at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after he was shot in the mouth by a 4-year-old neighbor Friday. His parents had argued previously about the safety of guns in the home, court records show.

Prosser schools nix marijuana farmer’s $14,000 donation

Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent, refused to accept the gift, while the owner of Fireweed Farms expressed surprise and said he’d try donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation at JBLM

The group that was set to return Tuesday evening includes 15 service members and one Defense Department civilian who built facilities in Liberia to fight the fatal disease, the Army said. They were not exposed to Ebola-infected patients.

In Seattle, a march, ‘die-ins’ and police pelted with rocks

Joining demonstrators across the country, Seattle marchers carried signs staged “die-ins” and blocked Interstate 5 while protesting the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer.

Trilogy builder offers cash, repairs, but some residents to sue for double

A class-action lawsuit against Shea Homes is moving forward even as the homebuilder offers individual cash settlements and home repairs to more than 900 Trilogy community homes at Redmond Ridge.

Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

Richard Sherman and cutout Doug Baldwin criticize NFL policies

Seahawks Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin, with Baldwin speaking from behind a lifesize cardboard cutout of himself, were critical of NFL policies on Tuesday, particularly the league’s $100,000 fine of teammate Marshawn Lynch.

Larry Stone

Theater of the absurd: Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin stand up for Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin held a mock news conference Tuesday to rage against the machine — in particular, the NFL and the $100,000 fine of teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media.

Two UW assistants were once on WSU sideline in Apple Cup

Bob Gregory played for Cougars in mid-1980s; Jeff Choate was on Mike Leach’s first WSU staff.

Cougars’ Toni Pole hopes he gets one more chance in Apple Cup

Washington State senior defensive lineman Toni Pole missed last week’s game because of a foot injury but hopes to play against the Huskies in the Apple Cup on Saturday.

Bud Withers

Good times: It’s a shame Pac-12 football season is ending so soon

The Pac-12 football season was a tough one to predict, on and off the field.

Sounders’ Chad Marshall earns defender of year award

Sounders’ Chad Marshall was easy winner in the players’ voting, helping him capture the MLS defender of the year award for the third time.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Always wiser to keep your emotions in check, mate

When taking your game of computer chess goes a little too far.


Justin Forsett finds his niche with Baltimore Ravens

Justin Forsett, a former Seahawk who is playing for Baltimore, is third in the NFL in rushing and leads all running backs in yards per carry.

UW volleyball preview

A closer look at the Stanford-Washington match

Western Washington men smash Multnomah

Jaamon Echols scores 20 points and Jeffrey Parker has 19 and a career-best 15 rebounds in the Vikings’ 108-75 rout.

How Kam Chancellor fired up the Seahawks with his pregame speech, physical game

Finally healthy, Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor fired up his team with an emotional pregame speech, then lit up the Cardinals with his physical play.

Local malls dangle new gifts to challenge online shopping

From skating rinks to same-day delivery, local malls are trying to figure out how to stay ahead of online commerce in what many experts predict will be a bustling holiday retail season.

Value Village owner criticizes Minnesota AG report

The parent company of Value Village thrift stores said Tuesday that the Minnesota attorney general’s critical report of its business practices was based on “incorrect assumptions and a misunderstanding of our working relationships with our nonprofit partners.”

Monthly jobless rate rises in most Washington counties

Joblessness in October was slightly higher than the previous month in 36 of Washington state’s 39 counties, but King county’s jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been since April.

UPDATE - 11:02 PM

Space station’s 3-D printer makes own replacement part

NASA hopes to one day use 3-D printing to make parts for broken equipment in space — “an on-demand machine shop,” according to its project manager.

U.S. economy strengthens going into holiday season

This 3.9 percent growth rate comes on the heels of a 4.6 percent jump in GDP during the second quarter, after a bitterly cold winter that helped cause the nation’s output to drop 2.1 percent in the first three months of the year.

UPS holiday recruits learn perils of package delivery

United Parcel Service is on a hiring binge, determined to perform better than last year, when harsh weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping orders caused more than a few packages to be delivered after Christmas.

Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits

Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls.

OPEC unlikely to stem decline in oil prices

OPEC is at a crossroads. The group, which produces 30 million barrels of oil per day, one-third of global liquid fuel demand, is facing the most pronounced decline in oil prices since the financial crisis hit in 2008. And the world now is drastically different.

Unidentified country likely behind spying software

Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other organizations around the world.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO

Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him.

VW policy for Tenn. plant sets off labor scramble

In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays

A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.

YouTube hits on out-of-the-box video trend: the big reveal

With the mega-gift holidays nearly upon us and the start of the crazed shopping season, unboxing videos are more popular than ever. So says YouTube, which estimated 57 percent more views this year over last.

More-confident US households step up borrowing

Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy.

US bank earnings up 7.3 percent in 3Q

U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue.

US consumer confidence falls in November

U.S. consumer confidence fell in November following a big gain the previous month, as Americans became less bullish about the economy and jobs.

Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens -- and their top-end price tags -- and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault.

Ferguson probes continue at the federal level

One still-open investigation could yet lead to federal charges against Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson, while a federal team probes whether there has been a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior by the Ferguson Police Department.

For Ferguson grand jury, a mass of evidence, much of it conflicting

The grand jury in the Darren Wilson case met for an extraordinarily long session, hearing what the prosecutor said was “absolutely everything” that could be considered testimony or evidence in the case.

UPDATE - 11:07 PM

World watches Ferguson unrest with a critical eye

Western foreign media mostly focused on the facts — arrests, incidents of torching and looting and limited physical injury — without suggesting the night of fury was emblematic of U.S. culture. There were exceptions, however.

Man arrested; deputies say he aimed banana at them

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

France puts warship delivery to Russia on hold

France agreed in 2011 to build and sell two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to Russia, but the deal caused concern this year after Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Surging black-pepper market lets Vietnam farmers prosper

While pepper is a traditional crop in Vietnam, it only emerged as a major producer recently, and rising pepper prices have helped farmers enjoy a higher standard of living.

Transcript: Men debated killing final victim

Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare the life of the pretty, young woman they had picked up just hours before.

'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M

The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" and the piano from the movie "Casablanca" each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction.

Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico is still recovering after an 11-hour surgery.

Buffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt

A wild nine-day stretch of weather that saw epic snow followed by springlike temperatures, high winds and flood fears came to a close Tuesday, and forecasters said the Buffalo area was in for an uneventful Thanksgiving.

Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country.

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead.

Been hitting the sauce? Then take a Sriracha tour

Seeing the source of the beloved, spicy condiment at the Sriracha factory tour in Southern California.

Afghan capital hit by 2 blasts, army casualties

Afghan officials say the capital Kabul has been hit by two explosions, one of which wounded six Afghan army soldiers.

Erdogan: women are not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.

Flight restrictions lifted in St. Louis area

Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions in the St. Louis area have been lifted.

Highlights of testimony in Michael Brown shooting

A St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses -- many of whom gave conflicting statements -- before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do -- limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.

Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'

A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday.

Editorial: What Ferguson could learn from Seattle, but progress remains

Seattle should take comfort knowing it is a few reassuring steps ahead of where the traumatized people of Ferguson find themselves today.

Guest: After Ferguson, crawl out of safe comfort zones

Now is not the time to retreat from a constructive discussion about race, racism and the issues that have poisoned Ferguson and communities around the country, writes guest columnist Bryan Adamson.

NRG’s business ideas on carbon reduction

Syndicated columnist Joe Nocera writes about David Crane, chief executive of NRG Energy, who has ambitious goals to reducing his company’s carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

Movie review

‘Penguins of Madagascar’: funny foursome to the rescue

A movie review of “Penguins of Madagascar”: Smart-mouth flightless waterfowl bring the funny in this animated spy adventure. Rating: three stars out of four.

NW books

Frank Lloyd Wright goes west; Chinese art at SAM

New books by Seattle-area authors or on local topics: Frank Lloyd Wright’s western work; the story of the Chinese art collection at the Seattle Art Museum; a new romance by Elizabeth Boyle and the story of an early bird and a worm, by a Bremerton author.

Holiday Parade, Snowflake Lane: Celebrations kick off in Seattle and Bellevue

Holiday events galore: The Holiday Parade and Macy’s Star Lighting is Nov. 28, Seattle; and Snowflake Lane, Nov. 28-Dec. 24 in Bellevue.

New Kurt Cobain documentary in the works from HBO

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” has the support of some members of Cobain’s family, according to HBO.

New DVDs

‘The Giver,’ ‘The Expendables 3,’ ‘November Man,’ ‘What If’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Nov. 25, include the action films “The Expendables 3” and “The November Man,” the romance “What If” and the teen dystopian flick “The Giver.”

'Mockingjay' dominates box office with $121.9M

Katniss Everdeen took down Optimus Prime at the box office.

Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her.

Benedict Cumberbatch makes brainiacs look sexy

An interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, who is in theaters this fall and winter with “Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Imitation Game.”

How ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ waddled its way to big screen

As “Penguins of Madagascar” directors Eric Darnell and Simon Smith explain, the path to success in animation is long.

Nov. 25 TV Picks: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season finale

TV picks for Tuesday, Nov. 25, include “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” on KCTS and “New Girl” on Fox.

The Grapevine

6 sparkling wines to try this season

A Seattle Times reader panel tasted six sparkling wines. Three are from Washington, one is from Oregon, one is from Champagne, and one is a rare Champagne-style bubbly from Italy.

EVO brand dry cat and ferret food recalled

Natura Pet Products has recalled five dry cat and dry ferret EVO food lots produced in its Fremont, Neb., facility because they lack sufficient levels of vitamins and contain excess minerals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.