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Housing vouchers to aid state’s homeless veterans

Washington state will gain 335 federal housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

Creepy guys inspire Seattle women to make a new dating app

Local women Susie Lee and Katrina Hess have designed Siren, a dating app aimed at making the online singles scene more inviting to women. lt faces fierce competition.

Danny Westneat

After predictions of Metro gloom, trust in officials erodes

Metro’s predicted financial “hurricane” apparently isn’t going to hit the bus system after all. But it may have done a whole lot of political damage.

Snohomish County PUD drops tidal-energy project

A tidal-energy project of unprecedented scale that would have been situated west of Whidbey Island will likely be scrapped due to unforeseen construction costs.

UW medical school to allow nonlegal residents

The University of Washington’s School of Medicine has joined at least 35 others that now admit students who were born outside the U.S. and brought into this country illegally.

Inslee: Carbon regulation could fund education, flood control

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday suggested paying for court-mandated education spending and other state needs by regulating carbon pollution.

Ebola: What you need to know

Questions and answers on the Ebola outbreak

Joint public meeting held by Seattle, Tacoma port officials

In a meeting in Tacoma, the commissions of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle began public discussion of some issues they’ve discussed in closed sessions since May.

Protesters fail to slow rezoning for county’s new juvenile hall

Protesters went to Seattle City Hall on Tuesday to rail against a new King County juvenile jail and courthouse.

Soldier won’t face murder charges in 2 Iraq slayings

The Army has dropped murder charges against Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who was accused of killing two Iraqi civilians.

State withholds chunk of money from Seattle special-ed program

The state is withholding $3 million in federal funds from Seattle Public Schools’ long troubled special-education department.

2 drivers who struck girl in Rainier Valley sought

Police are searching for two drivers who hit a young girl in Rainier Valley on Tuesday evening and then fled.

Senators ask for more oil train notifications

Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments.

Marijuana industry makes political donations

The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.

Luke Willson has waited for chance to start again at tight end

Luke Willson will start for Zach Miller, who had ankle surgery during the bye week. Willson started for Miller last year when Miller was out two games with a hamstring injury.

Washington football: A progress report after five games

Coach Chris Petersen’s Huskies have a lot of work to do on offense and the secondary might have trouble against the great passers in the Pac-12. But the Huskies are 4-1 in Petersen’s first five games.

Zach Scott’s ankle improving, and he might play Sunday for Sounders

Zach Scott’s early week scan showed nothing out of the ordinary, and the veteran center back has already progressed from crutches to walking boot to walking under his own power after injuring his ankle in the 3-1 loss in Dallas last week.

Chambers Bay prepares to host U.S. Open golf tournament

Chambers Bay has begun limiting play to make sure the course is in top shape in June when it hosts the U.S. Open. “I have absolutely zero concerns about the golf course,” said Danny Sink, the 2015 U.S. Open championship coordinator.

FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

Bud Withers

How can Pac-12 spell success: beating Notre Dame

Only about two-thirds of the regular season remains, and Notre Dame (4-0) still has three games against Pac-12 teams, giving the league a lot of room to compose a rèsumè for the selection committee.

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Kansas City Royals beat Oakland A’s in 12th inning of AL wild-card game

The host Kansas City Royals, playing their first postseason game in 29 years, rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings in an American League wild-card game. Salvador Perez’s two-out single drove in Christian Colon from second base for the winning run.

Michigan changes its protocol after quarterback’s injury

Michigan officials acknowledged Tuesday allowing quarterback Shane Morris to briefly return to the field after he suffered a “probable mild concussion” from a violent hit during a 30-14 home loss to Minnesota on Saturday was the result of a communication breakdown on the Wolverines&rsqu


NFL says penalty on Kansas City’s Husain Abdullah was a mistake

Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah, a former Washington State player, was mistakenly penalized by a game official when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown Monday night, the league announced.

Swimming icon Michael Phelps faces DUI charges

Swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of a record 18 Olympic gold medals, apologized for his latest brush with the law. Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in Baltimore.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

There’s even enough room for four horsemen

Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne’s old house in South Bend, Ind. — listed for sale with an asking price of $500,000 — is a two-story, 4,180-square-foot Tudor.

Washington State’s Sang Lee shares medalist title at home golf meet

Lee finished at 6-under 204 to help the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate. Washington was fifth.

UPDATE - 11:54 PM

Edinson Volquez revives his career with Pirates

Edinson Volquez is Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher for Wednesday’s NL wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, who will counter with ace Madison Bumgarner.

Football commands highest TV ad prices

Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television.

Bud Withers

Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference’s best class ever?

From Marcus Mariota to UCLA’s Brett Hundley and WSU’s Connor Halliday, Pac-12 includes QBs with Heisman potential, NFL possibilities and gaudy numbers.

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Monday’s prep water polo results

Water polo results for Monday, Sept. 29

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Tuesday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Tuesday, Sept. 30

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News Corp. to buy Move Inc. for about $950 million

News Corp. will pay about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion.

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Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers

Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.

Boeing exec has harsh words for SPEEA chief

At the Governor’s Aerospace summit in Everett, Boeing senior vice president Tim Keating declared the jetmaker is committed to Washington state but launched an attack on the company’s engineering union and its leader.

AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN

AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising.

Airbus to bring back lithium-ion batteries on A350

Airbus, which today won European certification for the A350, said it will bring back lithium-ion batteries to the plane in 2016. It removed the more advanced power sources from early production jets following defects on models used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

Global stocks mostly higher after US declines

Global stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street declined and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to political risk worries.

US consumer confidence slides in September

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months

U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster.

US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

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Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state.

Jailed cop killer is picked as graduation speaker

A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.

Police: Juvenile arrested in shooting of student

A juvenile was arrested Tuesday in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation, police in Louisville, Kentucky, said.

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Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

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California gun restraining order may deter suicide

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him.

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Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.

Kissinger drew up plans to attack Cuba, records show

Kissinger was so irked by Cuba’s military incursion into Angola that in 1976 he convened a top-secret group of senior officials to work out possible retaliatory measures in case Cuba deployed forces to other African nations.

Roller-coaster finances behind unrest in Hong Kong

The real debate is about economics as well as elections — and a profound shift that has transformed the nature of the relationship between Beijing and the former British colony.

UPDATE - 11:35 PM

Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released

The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said.

Afghanistan signs security deal to keep 10,000 U.S. troops

Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency.

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Nigeria’s quick response tames Ebola’s spread in key nation

Although officials are pleased that success was achieved in a country of 177 million that is a major transport and business hub — and whose largest city, Lagos, has 21 million people — the lessons here are not easily applicable to the countries at the epicenter: Guinea, Liberia and Sierr

UPDATE - 11:12 PM

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

Tracy Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him

Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.

Forensic link at center of missing student case

Virginia police aren't saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working systematically to link his DNA to an expanding circle of attacks on women, a criminal defense expert suggested Tuesday.

Officer kills man through car door in his driveway

Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over -- an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed.

US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

UPDATE - 11:27 PM

After bombs found, police say Frein making errors

The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a massive manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.

Cancer doctor given 10 years for poisoning lover

A jury on Monday sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.

Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.

Government funds lawyers for immigrant children

The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

Big smile in Denver bank robbery suspect mug shot

The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin.

Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold

A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting.

Dead cruise passenger ID'd as South Carolina man

Police say a passenger who died in a fall aboard a cruise ship at a Miami dock was a South Carolina man.

Falcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses

A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses.

Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files

Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Florida loud music killing trial coming to close

Michael Dunn was shooting to kill, not defending himself, when he fired at 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the two had an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store, prosecutors said during closing arguments on Tuesday in the second trial in the case.

Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday.

Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

Wife of Islamic State hostage asks for his release

The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group made a televised plea Tuesday asking her husband's captors to free him.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.

Afghan president sworn in, paving way for US pact

Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence.

Cancer doctor given 10 years for poisoning lover

A jury on Monday sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.

Caught in the act? Videos of police can mislead

A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object -- a gun? -- as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn.

China faces tricky balance in Hong Kong's protests

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed China's Communist leadership a thorny political dilemma.

Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files

Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

Obama, Modi to put upbeat face on US-India ties

President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi are trying to put an optimistic face on the future of relations between India and the United States, amid lingering concerns that the close ties the two democracies once enjoyed have lost their luster.

Records, photos of famed US WWII bombers go online

Thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean, the bullets were coming fast and the flak was flying. Japanese fighter planes whizzed around like bees as the American forces in their lumbering B-24 bombers tried everything to reach their targets, save fuel and stay airborne for the long trip home.

Secret Service head faces questions on WH breach

Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology.

Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.

US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia

U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease.

Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

Editorial: The Times recommends Ross Hunter, Joan McBride and Cyrus Habib in the 48th District

Ross Hunter and Joan McBride are the best choices for the 48th Legislative District state House positions. Cyrus Habib is the best choice for the state Senate.

Editorial: Public officials give up some privacy on personal cellphones

An official cannot choose to use a cellphone or home computer to conduct public business and then deny access on grounds of personal privacy, according to guest columnists Brian Sonntag and Rob McKenna.

Guest: Seattle Housing Authority rent proposal would hurt working poor

The Seattle Housing Authority’s rent proposal would hurt the working poor, according to guest columnists Ubax Gardheere and Jonathan Grant.

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist

Democrats should be nicer to the South

If the Democratic Party wants to establish a healthy dialogue in the Southern states, H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers told me, it has to first say, “We like you,” writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

Famed violinist plays DC train station again — this time, he gets noticed

Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell brought Bach to a train station Tuesday, as he did in 2007, but this time Washington noticed. Hundreds of music fans packed Union Station to hear the 46-year-old Bell perform.

NW books

A guide to Pacific Northwest fishing vessels; an ill-fated Arctic trip

New books by Seattle-area authors include a guide to fishing vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska; the story of an ill-fated Arctic expedition; Nancy Horan’s “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” in paperback and a picture book about a monster with behavioral issues.

New DVDs

‘Lucky Them,’ ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ ‘Chef’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Sept. 30, include “Lucky Them,” Megan Griffiths’ made-in-Seattle story of love and friendship; “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” starring Mark Wahlberg; and Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”

AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven'

Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park.

Box office top 20: 'Equalizer' debuts with $34.1M

Denzel Washington scored his third-best opening weekend and potentially spawned his first franchise with a $34.1 million debut for "The Equalizer."

Sept. 30 TV Picks: Series premiere of ‘Selfie’ on ABC

TV picks for Monday, Sept. 30, 2014, include the new “Selife” on ABC, “NCIS” on CBS and “New Girl” on Fox.

They did. They do. Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No. 2

The romantic canaled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi.

Viagra ads target women for 1st time

The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

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Dear Carolyn

Husband wants wife to be a working parent too

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on parents backing each other on their choices and keeping an open mind to any changing needs, since families are dynamic, not fixed.

Stay cool when the fat hits the fire

Recipe for seared scallops with hot sauce beurre blanc.

When cooking, invest time or work — but not both

Recipes for spaghetti and drop meatballs with tomato sauce and shortcut choucroute.