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Obama says Oso’s strength ‘should inspire us all’

President Obama flew over the site of the March 22 mudslide in a Marine helicopter, met privately with the families of victims in Oso and then spoke at the Oso Fire Department.

Cost of fixing Bertha may top $125 million, but who will pay?

The project director for drilling the tunnel said the $125 million was based on restarting Bertha by Sept. 1, which was Seattle Tunnel Partners’ earlier, optimistic goal.

Insurers, hospitals complain to Kreidler about new rules

A proposed new rule for the networks of hospitals and doctors assembled by insurers is drawing fire from both insurers and hospitals. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says it will help consumers see which providers are in-network and ensure they get the coverage they have paid for.

Snohomish County to weigh development moratorium in landslide areas

A month after the deadly Oso mudslide, the Snohomish County Council will consider an emergency moratorium on development in areas at risk of landslides.

State beats U.S. average for adults with college degrees

A new national report says Washington’s college-attainment rate is above the national average, but the true picture may not be that rosy.

Danny Westneat

WWU’s president is right: The world is changing; deal with it

The reaction to a university president’s comments about how his school needs to become less white was more revealing than the comments themselves.

Utility evaluating how to pay $61M to fix Wanapum Dam

It will cost an estimated $61 million to repair the 65-foot crack in the Wanapum Dam, according to an estimate provided to the Grant County Public Utility District.

Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57

Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.

Oil-carrying trains’ safety compromised, NTSB chief says

The amount of crude oil transported on railroads has more than quadrupled since 2005, and some of it is especially volatile, said National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.

Report: mortuary worker's error led to body mix-up

A funeral home worker's failure to immediately attach ID bracelets to the bodies of two men who died at the same hospice caused the mix-up that led to one man's body ending up in a casket at the other man's funeral, a Washington state agency said Monday.

Seattle-based company reaches settlement over job seekers’ documents

Seattle-based sandwich supplier SK Food Group will pay civil penalties of $40,500 in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will end an investigation by the department’s Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Labor Practices.

Bus driver accused of verbally abusing student with disability

A school-bus driver in Olympia has been accused of verbally abusing a developmentally disabled student during bus rides.

Kennewick man, dog pick up hundreds of ticks while on stroll

Ticks, hundreds of them, came home with a man and his dog after a walk on Easter. The state Department of Health has advice and warnings for people who find they’ve picked up ticks.

Portland cops say fugitive they killed drove ‘movable dungeon’

A man killed by Portland police last month was driving a van that authorities describe as a “movable dungeon” with chains and handcuffs.

Farm labor shortage reported in Washington

The state reported a 5 percent farm labor shortage for March in Washington.

Apolo Ohno training to compete at Ironman

The most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history is taking on a new athletic challenge: an Ironman triathlon. Ohno plans to compete at the world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October.

Albert Pujols reaches 500 career homers

Angels first baseman hits 499th and 500th homers in 7-2 victory over Washington.

How the Sounders became MLS’s comeback kids

A combination of character, confidence and one of the best offenses in MLS has the Sounders thriving amid adversity this season.

Seahawks’, NFL regular-season schedule will be revealed Wednesday night

Seattle will find out who it hosts in the Sept. 4 NFL opener as well as the rest of the season as the much anticipated schedule is announced at 5 p.m. The Seahawks’ preseason schedule was finalized Tuesday.

Why Austin Joyner of Marysville-Pilchuck switched from UW to WSU

Star running back wants to play defensive back in college, to stay healthy, and the Cougars offered him a scholarship at that position.

Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings

Rankings as of April 22, 2014

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle is entering the NBA draft and many project him as a top-five selection.

Veterans golf fundraiser Saturday at American Lake

It will mark the first time anyone has played the Old Course in a ParaGolfer, which allows players who don’t have use of their legs to play. The local veterans will be joined by wounded veterans from other countries.

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Washington Wizards win in OT for 2-0 series lead over Chicago

Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series.

1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came back this year to finish what they started.

Reports: Moyes' term nearing end at Man United

David Moyes' troubled tenure as Manchester United manager could be coming to an end after less than a year .

Monday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Monday, April 21

Monday’s prep water polo results

Water polo results for Monday, April 21

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Tuesday’s prep lacrosse results

Lacrosse results for Tuesday, Apri 22

Amazon takes sales hit in states with online tax, study finds

The study, conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, finds that purchasers in states where Amazon has begun collecting sales taxes have reduced their spending by 10 percent.

AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu.

King County unemployment was 5.2% in March

In both King and Snohomish counties, an increase in total employment was offset by a surge in the pool of available workers amid signs of a strengthening economy.

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies.

Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45.6 billion.

AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.

Bellevue leaders pushing to make Tateuchi Center reality

The 2,000-seat Tateuchi performing-arts center, proposed for the corner of Northeast 10th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast, has raised $63 million of its $160 million goal.

Bernanke regrets not explaining crisis better

Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he could have done a better job in helping people understand the action the central bank took during the financial crisis.

Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits.

Olympia invention turns cellphone into microscope

A 23-year-old Olympia man who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Washington is finding a market for his invention -- lenses that turn your cellphone into a microscope.

Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.

Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight Show."

Co-signer’s death can haunt borrower of private student loan

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain if a co-signer of a private student loan dies, the loan must be immediately paid in full; but many borrowers are not aware of the practice.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin tower will soon open to the public

Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The Wisconsin structure, headquarters of SC Johnson, looks like a tree trunk with second and higher floors springing off the core branches.

GM moves to protect itself from liability

GM is asking a U.S. bankruptcy court to shield it from legal claims for actions that occurred before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. But lawyers suing GM say it shouldn’t get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition-switch problem.

Justices show concern over Internet TV case

The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo, which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptops, smartphones and big-screen TVs.

Stocks log longest winning streak in six months

The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began.

New York AG seeks Airbnb's NYC sublet information

Most New York City rentals listed by the global website Airbnb appear to violate state law, according to the New York attorney general who's trying to subpoena information about nearly 16,000 so-called "hosts" renting apartments.

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Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday.

Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low

Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal

Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

NYC fast-lap driver arrested for driving again

A driver facing criminal charges over a speedy lap around Manhattan has been caught driving again -- after his license was suspended.

Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security

When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

The White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

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Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.

Zoo launches 'endangered song' to help save tigers

Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.

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Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

NYC jury hears tape defending 9/11 terror attacks

An Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks in a broadcast interview, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy, according to a tape played for the jury at his terrorism trial on Monday.

Obamacare website warns users over Heartbleed

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.

Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit

A former Fox television executive on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually abused a teen through a sex ring involving underage children.

Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security

Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane -- and the boy -- landed in Hawaii.

Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.

Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security

When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

Nepal tries to avert Sherpa strike on Everest

Nepalese authorities were meeting with Sherpa mountain guides Tuesday in an attempt to avert a climbing strike after the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest killed at least 13 of the guides.

Post-9/11 military build-up reversal hits officers

After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes.

Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far.

Editorial: A disconnect for state’s 911 system

The state needs to ask tough questions about the six-hour breakdown of the state’s 911 system April 10 — lives are at stake.

Autism and its agitator

When did it become OK to present gut feelings like Jenny McCarthy’s as something in legitimate competition with real science? writes syndicated columnist Frank Bruni.

Guest: What do you mean by ‘STEM’?

STEM programs are everywhere, but their impacts have been difficult to assess, writes guest columnist Glenn Hampson.

Theater review

‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’: a modern expedition to romance

A review of the whimsical new stage musical “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,” which premieres at Seattle Rep through May 3, 2014.

Theater review

Staying mostly faithful to the reality of ‘Life is a Dream’

A review of “Life is a Dream,” Caitlin Gilman’s adaptation of the 1600s Pedro Calderón de la Barca story, now playing at Ballard Underground.

'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.

NW books

An epic 1929 footrace, a small house that builds inner peace

New books by Northwest writers Elizabeth George and others tell tales of mystery, true-life grit and finding oneself.

Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.

How Ernest Shackleton inspired a romantic musical

Composer-musicians Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn saw an exhibit on explorer Ernest Shackleton, and with Broadway writer Joe DiPietro conjured their favorite explorer in “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.”

Recipe: Filipino chicken adobo

This easy-to-make dish has a sweet and tangy taste.

Recipe: Spring crab and shrimp cakes with double radish sauce

The addition of green peas to this crab-and-shrimp-cake recipe, along with a crisp radish sauce, gives the dish a springtime appeal.

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Dear Carolyn

Anxiety builds over wanting to be wed, have family before it’s too late

Make sure the entire package makes sense for you, advice columnist Carolyn Hax