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Japan hangs on to goal of earthquake prediction

In the U.S., “prediction” has been a bad word among earthquake scientists. But recent quakes have reopened the debate — including about the value of iffy forecasts.

5 more Seattle schools get cameras to spot speeders

Seattle’s speed-enforcement cameras are spreading to five more school zones this month, covering a total of nine schools.

Alaska boat named for Oso landslide’s youngest victim

The owner of a boat company in Kenai, Alaska, named a newly built vessel after Sanoah Huestis, to honor landslide victims and rescuers.

Nicole Brodeur's Names in Bold

Celebrating the Seattle style in a September of runways

Ah, September, a month full of fashion in the city. It starts rolling with “Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway at the Paramount.

Seattle colleges attract international students

There’s been a dramatic increase of foreign students coming to study in the U.S. in the last decade, and Seattle has been one of the hot spots for international students.

State may run out of money, time to save old Kenmore seminary building

Someone other than the state may have to step up to save the St. Edward State Park seminary building in Kenmore by the end of next year if it’s to continue standing.

For gamers, combating online abuse not easy

While most attendees of Penny Arcade Expo come to the boisterous convention to play games, bag swag and meet like-minded people, a few take the time to investigate online bullying and why it's so prevalent among the gaming community.

2 more Hanford tanks declared empty of waste

The two leak-prone underground tanks are the first to be declared emptied to regulatory requirements this calendar year, and they bring the total number of tanks considered empty to 13 of 149 single-shell nuclear-waste tanks.

Chasing mid-life career change with taxpayers’ help

Chris Fering, of Seattle, is making a midlife career change to become an emergency-room nurse. Taxpayers are helping him make the switch.

Mariners start in huge hole, suffer 6-1 loss to Oakland

Starter Chris Young lasts just two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs on four hits.

Lake Stevens QB Jacob Eason takes steps to become the best

Lake Stevens quarterback Jacob Eason, a highly touted recruit, took time this summer to work on his footwork with QB guru Lavelle Durant. He also committed to Georgia.

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Austin Joyner wants to be a record-breaker

Austin Joyner, Marysville-Pilchuck’s senior running back, needs 2,000 yards to break onto the Washington state top-10 list in rushing yards.

Washington State’s Connor Halliday show great growth in being a team leader

Cougars quarterback replacing frustration with encouragement

Husky men eye deep run in NCAA soccer

After playing in its first Elite Eight last season, Washington could be a title contender with a strong club returning.

Cole Hamels, three relievers help Philadelphia no-hit Atlanta

Hamels throws six innings before Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning in 7-0 victory over Braves.

Chris Kirk wins Deutsche Bank Championship by 2 strokes

Chris Kirk posted the biggest victory of his PGA Tour career in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He won by two strokes over Billy Horschel, Russell Henley and Geoff Ogilvy.

In a quick reversal, Bryan Walters back on the Seahawks roster while Phil Bates waived

Bryan Walters to give Seahawks depth returning punts and kickoffs

UPDATE - 11:34 PM

Novak Djokovic copes with heat at U.S. Open

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was able to deal with the heat and advanced at the U.S. Open in New York. Meanwhile, in the women’s bracket, No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard struggled physically before losing to Ekaterina Makarova.

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Oakland Raiders announce rookie Derek Carr will start at quarterback

Oakland Raiders rookie Derek Carr beat out veteran Matt Schaub for the starting job. Carr passed for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns last season at Fresno State and was drafted in the second round.

Taijuan Walker provides strong relief in September call-up

Heeding manager Lloyd McClendon’s advice, Walker throws six innings, allowing one run and striking out five.

Sounders’ Marco Pappa gets called up to Guatemala national team

Midfielder will miss at least two games to play for team in El Salvador.

2014 prep football preview: WesCo 3A

Marysville-Pilchuck is poised to continue its North Division dominance, but Arlington drops down from 4A this season to join Oak Harbor in pursuit.

2014 prep football preview: WesCo 4A

Injury issues have plagued Lake Stevens in recent years, but Vikings are poised for success in 2014.

Emerald Downs results

Racing results for Monday, Sept. 1

Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

UPDATE - 11:12 PM

More women hitting the road on motorcycles

Motorcycle companies are producing smaller, lighter bikes, more suitable for female riders, and featuring more women in their ads — riding the bikes, not decorating them.

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.

$2.4 billion flop: Atlantic City’s Revel closes after 2 years

The Revel Casino Hotel in hard-hit Atlantic City, N.J., shuts down after only two years; how did that happen?

Demand up, supplies down on some fad foods

With today’s tastes running to chia and the so-called ancient grains, like amaranth, flax and quinoa, there are concerns about some shortages.

Fast-food workers to strike again here, in 100 other cities

The organizers say fast-food workers — who are seeking a $15 hourly wage — will go on strike at restaurants in more than 100 cities, including Seattle, and engage in sit-ins in more than a dozen cities.

Iliad seeks allies to sweeten offer for T-Mobile

Iliad’s previous cash offer of $33 per share, or $15 billion, for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile, was rejected as too low a month ago.

Some tech startups add financing as downtown insurance

While Silicon Valley has more money than it knows what to do with these days, some entrepreneurs are remembering the 1990s dot-com bubble and stocking up on financing now while it’s plentiful.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

Poverty rate higher in suburbs than cities, including Seattle area

Across the country, more poor people live in suburbs than live in cities. According to research last year by the Brookings Institution, poverty also was shown to be on the rise in Seattle suburbs.

Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks -- some weighing hundreds of pounds -- zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 7

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building has risen to seven in a northeastern Paris suburb after emergency crews pulled the body of an elderly woman from the rubble.

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Beliefs shape views in Ferguson slaying

Many are convinced there was no justification for a white police officer to kill a black 18-year-old because he was unarmed. Many others are certain it was justifiable because they believe he threatened the officer.

Merkel aide downplays anti-euro party's success

A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.

Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund -- even if she's convicted.

Moscow urges Ukraine talks to back cease-fire

Russia's foreign minister urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine's crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops.

UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq.

Israel's 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in death

With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge arrives in North Korea

It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it -- getting his dousing in the center of North Korea's capital on Sunday.

Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed

Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

NEW - 11:05 PM

Gitmo: costly to run, hard to close

More than 12 years after the Bush administration sent the first prisoners to Gitmo, tensions are mounting over whether President Obama can close the prison before leaving office.

State program helps Alaskans eat fresh, local food

Boosted by a state program that is helping school districts buy local products, and food-stamp incentives that are luring low-income shoppers to farmers markets, locavore warriors are teaching small farmers how to reach the public, and consumers how and where to buy.

Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

South Carolina political campaign goes to the dogs

In some ways, political campaigning has gone to the dogs in South Carolina.

Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving

Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

Editorial: Joe Fain, Pat Sullivan and Chris Barringer in 47th Legislative District

The Times recommends Sen. Joe Fain, R-Covington, Democrat Chris Barringer for House Position 1, and Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, for Position 2.

Guest: Supreme Court should tread carefully with Legislature threats in McCleary education case

The state Supreme Court should exercise caution in its threats to find the Legislature in contempt for failing to fully fund education, according to guest columnists Chris Gregoire and John Spellman.

Ann McFeatters / Syndicated columnist

Export-Import Bank not exactly a battle royal

The hot issue in the midterm elections is the fate of the Export-Import Bank, writes syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters

Book review

‘Fives and Twenty-Fives’: In Iraq, roads fraught with peril

Former Marine Michael Pitre’s debut novel “Fives and Twenty Fives” follows a group of Marine combat engineers through their precarious service in Iraq and into civilian life afterward. Pitre appears Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

Reading Ferguson: Books on race and police in the U.S.

Throughout the 20th century, interactions between police and African Americans and other groups have led to public protest and violence. Here is a list of a few books among the vast literature on the subject.

Recipe: Cathy Whim’s Insalata Nostrana

The salad can be served as it is, or as a bed for grilled boneless chicken breasts, fish kebabs or shrimp.

 

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