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King County sheriff’s deputy under investigation in prostitution probe

Sheriff’s investigators are looking into an allegation that a 49-year-old deputy, while under financial strain, aided his wife in working as a prostitute, including using the county’s computer system to check the backgrounds of her clients, according to sources.

Kreidler: ‘robust discussion’ with Obama on health coverage

Rates for next year’s health-insurance plans and the upcoming enrollment period were among the topics discussed Thursday by President Obama and a roomful of state insurance commissioners, including Washington state’s Mike Kreidler.

Next stop: The vote on the tax for Metro Transit, Proposition 1

The campaigns for and against King County Proposition 1 are making their final pushes on the bus-and-roads proposal, even though more than half of the people expected to vote have already sent their ballots in.

Mariachi: Lessons in music — and life | Sarah Stuteville

A high-school program called Mariachi Huenachi in Wenatchee is not only producing fine music, it’s helping students do better in school.

Referendum petitions stall Seattle’s new ride-service rules

Supporters of Seattle ride-service companies Lyft, Sidecar and Uber on Thursday submitted signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot to block new regulations that would have limited the number of cars they operate in the city.

Viewers sad to hear of TV anchor Dan Lewis’ retirement

After 27 years as KOMO’s primary anchor, Dan Lewis heads off to golf, not minding he could show tears when it mattered.

Water from Oregon reservoir tests clean after teen urinates

There's nothing wrong with the 38 million gallons of water being flushed away from a reservoir in an Oregon city.

Fishing, boating bans lifted on Lake Quinault

Quinault Indian Nation officials reopen recreation on the popular Olympic Peninsula Lake.

Detaining of immigrant violates Constitution, Oregon judge says

Local law-enforcement officials are not obligated to honor requests from immigration authorities to keep a person in custody after they are eligible for release on the local charges, a federal court has ruled.

Charges added against Seattle lawyer accused of rapes

King County prosecutors have filed two additional charges of attempted second-degree rape against Danford Grant, a Seattle attorney who now faces a total of nine felony counts in connection with alleged attacks on Asian massage therapists.

Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in state

One of the most successful initiatives in the Affordable Care Act has been the effort to sign up patients to be covered by Medicaid under an expanded program. Now comes the hard part: facing up to challenges brought on by having so many more people in the program.

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Huskies coach Chris Petersen now faced with a telling early decision

Whatever decision Chris Petersen makes regarding Damore’ea Stringfellow could signal a lot about the future of the UW football program

Sidney Rice set to re-sign with Seahawks

Sidney Rice, Seattle’s tallest experienced receiver, mending from knee injury, is back with team but at a lower salary.

Dom Cooks, inspirational Decatur student-athlete, dies at 18

Dom Cooks, the former football and basketball standout who scored a ceremonial touchdown last fall, dies of a brain tumor.

Mariners notebook: Corey Hart survives in his return to playing in the outfield

Corey Hart holds his own despite knee surgeries and elbow problems

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig getting death threat from smugglers

The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

Trail Blazers surging into playoffs

The Blazers have won nine of their final 10 games and wrapped up the regular season with a five-game winning streak.

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.

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Thursday’s prep track and field results

Track and field results for Thursday, April 17

Steinway opens store in Bellevue

Steinway has been working to open a new location since Sherman Clay closed its Seattle store last fall.

Boeing to close its last machine shop doing military work here

Boeing Defense and Space will send the small unit’s work out to Huntington Beach, Calif.

State’s startups pull in big piles of venture capital

Venture investments in Washington and in the nation grew at a fast clip in the first quarter, with much of the activity involving early-stage companies and startups that develop software.

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

Download Cheerios coupon, give up right to sue General Mills?

General Mills has become one of the first, if not the first, major food companies to seek to impose what legal experts call “forced arbitration” on consumers if a customer downloads a coupon or joins the company’s website.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in Florida

Floridians who rely on Internet giant will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected -- a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.

Target expands subscription service tenfold

Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival,

Tough-charging Ryanair tries to be nicer

CEO Michael O’Leary, who once threatened to install pay toilets on planes, leads the warm and fuzzy charge in order to boost bookings on Europe’s biggest budget airline.

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs.

US stocks close higher for third day in a row

Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data.

Applications for US jobless aid edge up to 304,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

FDA ‘discourages’ a type of uterine-fibroid surgery

Doctors should stop using a procedure performed on tens of thousands of American women a year in the course of uterine surgery, because it poses a risk of spreading cancerous tissue, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Putin admits Crimea troops were his, calls east Ukraine 'new Russia'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died Thursday at his home in Mexico City.

Ukraine deal reached to calm tension, but skeptics abound

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement here Thursday that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis.

Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home -- prison.

Chelsea Clinton expects baby this fall

Chelsea Clinton, the 34-year-old daughter of former President Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child this fall.

Fish found with mercury in remote park areas in West

Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers caught 1,400 fish between 2008 and 2012 at 86 lakes and rivers in places such as Mount Rainier National Park.

Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'

All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation.

Little government response to bombing a year later

A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.

Nigeria fears abducted girls will be used as sex slaves

Dozens of schoolgirls abducted by armed militants in northeastern Nigeria this week remained missing on Thursday amid fears that they would be turned into “sex slaves and cooks” if they were not rescued, a top official in the region said.

Obama: Health plan ‘is working’ and many enrollees are young

President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and that 35 percent of them were under the age of 35, countering those who predicted that it would attract mainly older and sicker people.

Planet just 500 light-years away is most Earthlike yet discovered

Astronomers say planet Kepler 186f has temperatures that allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life.

Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

Three New Jersey teens frantically used their cellphones to call for help from a sinking van after their troubled mother drove them into a river, their father said Thursday.

Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.

Condition upgraded for victim of firetruck crash

Only two of the 15 people injured in a crash involving two firetrucks remained hospitalized Thursday, and officials said one truck must have run a red light.

Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday -- women and non-Catholics among them -- in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that he plans to run for governor of Delaware in 2016.

Fears grow as Mideast virus spreads, but no travel restrictions yet

Deadly disease spreads to Southeast Asia via infected passenger flew from Saudi Arabia, and there are fears it could be a SARS-like event.

Federal team investigating fatal Tenn. explosion

A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet

A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick.

uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN

A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday.

Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation.

Editorial: Reject pot scare tactics, like drug-dog patrols in schools

With legal marijuana stores to open within months, now is the time for a smart, fact-based prevention campaign aimed at teens.

Editorial: Surveying the future and preserving the past at the Green Mountain lookout

Congressional action to preserve the Green Mountain fire lookout takes on new meaning for the region around the Oso mudslide.

Gail Collins / Syndicated columnist

Blood Moon: The end is nigh, again

5 TV shows worth a binge

You’ve likely heard of all the usual suspects that make for good binge-watching: “24,” “House of Cards.” Now, technology and availability make all kinds of new shows easy to watch — ones you may not have considered.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: More than magical realism

A Los Angeles Times writer remembers the charm of the Nobel Prize-winning writer, who died Thursday at age 87.

Seattle Rep hires new managing director from D.C.

Jeffrey Herrmann, managing director of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has been hired by Seattle Repertory Theatre as its new managing director. He replaces Ben Moore, who announced his retirement last year.

Book review

‘Marijuana Nation’: the long view on pot’s pros and cons

UW emeritus professor Roger Roffman has been studying marijuana for more than four decades. In his new book “Marijuana Nation” he tells what he’s learned. Roffman will discuss his book Thursday April 17 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

Movie review

‘Dom Hemingway’: Jude Law as far-from-pretty-boy con

Descending deep into the character of a recently sprung British safecracker, Jude Law is the best part of “Dom Hemingway.”

Movie review

‘Joe’: Nicolas Cage shines as a good man with a bad side

A three-star movie review of “Joe,” a drama with Nicolas Cage uncorking a corker of a performance as an ex-con who takes a haunted-looking but scrappy teen (Tye Sheridan) under his wing.

Movie review

A funny showcase for Steve Coogan’s misfit ‘Alan Partridge’

A three-star movie review of “Alan Partridge,” a very funny film starring Steve Coogan, who brings the titular character he created for British television years ago to the big screen.

Diana Krall takes fresh twist on forgotten tunes | Concert review

Diana Krall’s show at the Paramount Theatre brought some multimedia twists — as well as stellar musicianship — to forgotten tunes from the 1920s, most of them drawn from her latest CD, ‘Glad Rag Doll.’

Paris Combo brings its eclectic, exotic sounds back to Seattle

Paris Combo, the French quintet that blends gypsy jazz, art song, Middle Eastern tonalities and the odd bit of psychedelia, brings its eclectic sounds and quirky humor back to Seattle. April 18, 2014.

Movie review

‘The Final Member’: a look at Phallological Museum

A three-star review of “The Final Member,” a documentary about the Icelandic Phallological Museum and its founder and curator, Sigurour “Siggi” Hjartarson.

Movie review

‘The Galapagos Affair’: a murder mystery in paradise

A documentary about a colorful crew’s search for paradise in the Galapagos goes awry.

April 17 TV Picks: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on ABC

TV picks for Thursday, April 17, 2014, include “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, “Community” on NBC and “Vikings” on History.

Cannes Film Festival: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and more

Kicking off this year on May 14 with Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly film “Grace of Monaco” directed by Olivier Dahan, the Cannes Film Festival is both a bellwether for the state of U.S. and global cinema and a key launchpad for movies with Oscar and other ambitions.

Earth Day, bunnies and whales | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of April 18-20, 2014, include Earth Day celebration at Olympic Sculpture Park and Welcome the Whales Day in Langley, Whidbey Island. Films opening include “Transcendence,” “Dom Hemingway” and “Bears.”

James Franco latest Broadway newbie who is a Hollywood star

Zach Braff is on “Bullets Over Broadway,” Michelle Williams is in “Cabaret,” and Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester are in “Of Mice and Men.” They fill seats with a strong fan base and social-media savvy, but there are also pitfalls to star casting.

uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN

A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

Movie review

‘That Demon Within’: A cop’s anguish feeds thriller’s flame

A two-star movie review of “That Demon Within,” Dante Lam’s thriller involving gangsters and a straight-arrow cop, haunted by terrifying memories.

Movie review

Musicals, Seahawks ‘Super Bowl’ documentary

Events and screenings at Seattle-area art houses and theaters include a weeklong “Big Screen Musicals” series, the Seahawks documentary “Super Bowl XLVII Champions” and a Seattle True Independent Film Festival party.

Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation.

Ciscoe Morris

Q&A: Helping rosemary thrive, and using wood chips as mulch

Garden writer Ciscoe Morris answers reader questions on rosemary that dies over the winter and on where to find wood chips.