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UPDATE - 12:05 AM

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.

With costs up, mayor wants to roll back Seattle waterfront plan

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city needs to scale down the waterfront plan because of rising costs.

UPDATE - 11:15 PM

King County Council sets aside further bus cuts

Noting improved sales-tax revenue, the King County Council has canceled plans for more bus-service cuts, despite months of warnings that severe cuts were inevitable.

Mercer Island water OK’d to drink; inspectors clear businesses to reopen

Mercer Island restaurants reopened Monday, and schools will open Tuesday after the community’s water supply was declared safe and clear of E. coli.

Plenty of heat, hard feelings in Seattle Municipal Court race

A race for Seattle Municipal Court pits longtime Judge Fred Bonner against Seattle attorney Damon Shadid in a contentious but financially one-sided contest.

Boeing delivering 747-8 to Air China

Boeing is delivering a 747-8 Intercontinental to Air China on Monday in Everett.

Families, vets hope ‘Lost 74’ of 1969 tragedy will finally be counted

A national group meeting in Seattle this week is hoping to get greater recognition of the 1969 deaths of 74 U.S. sailors in a collision with an Australian aircraft carrier.

State expects record apple crop

The Washington Apple Commission is projecting that this year's crop will be the largest in state history.

Nicole Brodeur's Names in Bold

Fran’s Chocolates relocates to tasty new Georgetown digs

Fran’s Chocolates show off its new Georgetown digs, and Festa Italiana gets saucy at Seattle Center.

Holder leaves mark on Washington state

During U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure, the Justice Department launched a civil-rights investigation of the Seattle Police Department, which led to a landmark settlement agreement with the city in 2012.

Bud Withers

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

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

Seahawk Zach Miller’s ankle surgery will sideline him at least 2 games

Tight end Zach Miller’s arthroscopic ankle surgery thrusts Seahawks starting job to Luke Willson, and backup duties to Cooper Helfet.

UW men’s basketball lands Eastside Catholic’s Matisse Thybulle

Eastside Catholic 6-6 wing Matisse Thybulle chooses Washington over Gonzaga, improving one of the best recruiting classes in school history.

Chris Petersen on Huskies’ offensive struggles: ‘We can coach them better’

Washington coach Chris Petersen reiterates he miscalculated on fake punt and says blame for the Huskies’ first loss rests with him and his staff.

California coach Sonny Dykes learned his passing offense from WSU coach Mike Leach

Golden Bears, though, running the ball more this season

UPDATE - 11:28 PM

Coach Jimbo Fisher fires back at North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren after he accuses Florida State players of faking injuries

Jimbo Fisher, coach of top-ranked Florida State, fired back at North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren after he accused the Seminoles of faking injuries on defense in order to slow down the pace of Saturday’s game. “I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about,” Fisher

UPDATE - 11:17 PM


Host Kansas City Chiefs rout New England in Monday-night game

Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Tom Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs and host Kansas City routed New England 41-14.

Jim Harbaugh says reports of 49ers’ discord: ‘a bunch of crap’

San Francisco coach disputes claim by Deion Sanders that players have turned on him.

Oakland, Kansas City play in AL wild-card game Tuesday

Jon Lester of Oakland and James Shields of Kansas City are the starting pitchers for Tuesday’s AL wild-card game. Lester, 30, was a standout at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma.

Seahawks next opponent: Washington

A closer look at Washington

Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire, saying it was time for a new voice after his 13-year tenure concluded with 383 losses over the last four seasons.

Football commands highest TV ad prices

Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television.

Mariners activate Jesus Montero from suspended list

With season over, club had to reinstate Montero from suspended list. Seattle designates Corey Hart for assignment.

WSU roars back to surprise Utah, 28-27

Cougars fall behind 21-0 less than 10 minutes into the game before making a comeback.

Bud Withers

Cougars confident the whole night they could rally for their 28-27 victory over Utah

Despite falling behind 21-0, Cougars win after overcoming their own adversity

Prep athletes of the week

Auburn Mountainview quarterback Gresch Jensen led the Lions to a 42-35 victory over Sumner last Friday in a battle of SPSL 2A unbeatens.

Washington State men sit 3rd in home golf meet

Cougars just three strokes behind leader Oregon after first two rounds. Washington is ninth, 19 shots off the lead.

Underclassmen have Cougars playing better

Next up is California, a much improved team in its own right.

Friday’s prep swimming results

Swimming results for Friday, Sept. 26

Saturday’s prep boys soccer results

Boys soccer results for Saturday, Sept. 27

Costco in Cabo severely damaged by storm, looters

Costco says its Cabo San Lucas warehouse could be closed until November to recover from damage by Hurricane Odile and a subsequent wave of looting.

HomeStreet picks up small SoCal bank for about $130M

The parent of HomeStreet Bank has agreed to acquire Simplicity Bancorp of Covina, Calif., gaining seven retail bank branches in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

New Starbucks campaign touts role as global hangout

Starbucks is launching a global advertising campaign that doesn’t peddle frappucinos, lattes or tasty pastries — but rather the idea that the coffee giant shops are a great place to hang out.

Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.

Los Angeles won't require skyscraper helipads

New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated since the 1950s.

Report: Gambling industry paid out $38B in taxes

The gambling industry nationwide paid out a jackpot-worthy $38 billion in federal, state and local taxes in 2013, according to a report from the American Gaming Association.

ATM fees keep climbing, survey says

The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

Clarification: GMO Labeling-Oregon story

In a story on Sept. 29, The Associated Press reported on a ballot measure that would require GMO labeling in Oregon. The story should have specified that large state farming groups are backing the campaign against the measure.

Bagel company Einstein Noah sold for $364.5M

The owner of Einstein Bros. Bagels and other, similar chains is being acquired by investment group JAB Holding for about $364.5 million.

Madoff son was under scrutiny until day he died

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme until the day he died from cancer earlier this month, but scrutiny over his $16 million estate lives on.

US grants $450M to link job training to employers

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.

Airlines look for an edge in weather radar

New weather-radar systems for planes help pilots make flights safer, smoother while cutting fuel costs, too.

Qantas flies world’s biggest plane on longest route

Airbus A380 flies from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth airport, an 8,578-mile flight.

Trial opens as AIG takes on government over bailout

In an unusual case, American International Group (AIG) is suing the federal government over the terms of its bailout, claiming the 14 percent interest rate it was charged amounted to “extortion.”

Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

Air France pilots end strike after 14 days

Despite no deal in sight, Air France' s main pilots union on Sunday unilaterally ended a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline's flights, stranded passengers worldwide, cost tens of millions of dollars and led France's prime minister to decry a "selfish" walkout.

China busts smugglers of iPhone 6 in Shanghai

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai.

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

For some gays abroad, social networking poses risk

For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

Madoff son was under scrutiny until day he died

Bernard Madoff's last surviving son was under investigation for possible involvement in his father's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme until the day he died from cancer earlier this month, but scrutiny over his $16 million estate lives on.

California approves landmark 'yes means yes' law

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.

California adopts 'yes means yes' sex-assault rule

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

UPDATE - 12:02 AM

High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.

UPDATE - 12:05 AM

Police link 2nd case to missing Va. student arrest

A forensic clue uncovered in the investigation of a missing University of Virginia student has led investigators to believe they have "a significant break" in the unsolved death of another young woman who had vanished from the campus five years ago, police said Monday, and perhaps an unsolved rape from years before.

UPDATE - 12:05 AM

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.

UPDATE - 12:08 AM

Christie, Michelle Obama campaign in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

Paralyzed children are latest worry as virus spreads in U.S.

This isn’t the first time the virus has been linked to paralysis. Until now, though, such cases have been extremely rare.

UPDATE - 11:59 PM

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

A patient in a Dallas hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday.

Study: Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

A new study finds that babies who got broad-spectrum antibiotics in their first two years of life, or who were prescribed four or more courses of antibiotics in that period, were more likely to be obese at some point between their second and fifth birthdays.

Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants -- long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

Trial in Canadian dismemberment case begins

A Canadian man accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country admitted to the killing but pleaded not guilty Monday. His lawyer said he is schizophrenic and not criminally responsible in his opening remarks at the trial.

Mystery over N. Korean leader fuels health rumors

North Korea's authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his "discomfort." What follows is a smorgasbord of media speculation about what's eating Kim Jong Un.

45 dogs dead, 48 alive after North Las Vegas fire

A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs -- more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city -- killed 45 of them and injured one man.

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.

Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can't locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday.

FAA: 2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week.

Key details in the penalty retrial of Jodi Arias

The murder conviction of Jodi Arias will stand, but she is returning to court Monday for a second penalty phase to determine her punishment for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend. A new jury will decide if Arias is sentenced to death. Here are some key things to know about the case:

Police: Many minors at site of nightclub shooting

Why so many minors were present at a nightclub during a pre-dawn shooting is among several mysteries Miami Police are trying to solve as they interview dozens of witnesses to the weekend chaos that left 15 people wounded.

Defense, prosecutors preview school cheating cases

Prosecutors said Monday that 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread but cleverly disguised conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students. Defense attorneys countered in their opening statements that their clients were committed educators but made enemies of former colleagues who are now lying about their involvement in cheating.

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House?

Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel's Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse.

Jeb Bush says GOP would 'fix a few big things'

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in to a key midterm election race on Monday, telling a Kansas fundraiser for struggling Sen. Pat Roberts that the incumbent must be re-elected so the GOP can take control of the Senate and "fix a few big things" in Washington.

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

Anti-Islamic ads depicting Foley pulled in NYC

A group running a series of anti-Islamic ads in New York City's transit system is pulling an ad that shows James Foley with the masked militant who killed him.

'Umbrella Revolution' protests spread in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters wearing masks and wielding umbrellas to protect against pepper spray and tear gas expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

5 more bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36

Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced rescue workers to halt efforts to recover the victims.

Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid

Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. Six months after the Ebola outbreak emerged for the first time in an unprepared West Africa and eventually became the worst-ever outbreak, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is needed is huge.

Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

Holder: Mixed record on national security issues

Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantanamo Bay military commission process.

New Afghan president sworn in after disputed vote

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Obama: 'Contradictory' Syria policy helps Assad

President Barack Obama is acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations has accused of war crimes.

Storms drench parts of Arizona, Nevada

Residents of the Phoenix area were greeted Sunday morning by toppled trees and debris-littered streets.

US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH

An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.

Violent assault ruled out in death of Utah family

Police say a preliminary autopsy has ruled out any violent assault in the deaths of five Utah family members including three children.

Editorial: The Times recommends Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn in the 41st District

The 41st Legislative District is well served by incumbent Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn.

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.

Guest: The return on investment for hiring people with disabilities

Walgreens launched a disability-hiring initiative seven years ago and found it improved the company’s work culture, writes guest columnist Randy Lewis.

Nicholas D. Kristof

Stranger danger and guns

Why do we tolerate a society so bristling with guns that such a quest may be perilous? writes syndicated columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Martial-arts film ‘Brush with Danger’ shot in Seattle

An interview with Livi Zheng, a UW graduate who produced, directed and starred in a martial-arts inflected action film shot in Seattle, “Brush With Danger.”

Amanda Bynes arrested Sunday in L.A.

Authorities say actress Amanda Bynes has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a drug.

Dance review

Dancers shine in PNB’s ‘Jewels’

Dance review: PNB’s “Jewels” offers a chance to admire another glittering performance by Carla Körbes, who recently announced she would retire at the end of this season.

Embrace the ‘gut churn,’ says Jad Abumrad of ‘Radiolab’

“Radiolab” co-host Jad Abumrad returns to Seattle on Sept. 30, this time to talk about “gut churn,” and how that sinking feeling can actually help the creative process. Cellist Zoe Keating will accompany Abumrad.

'Downton Abbey' star heads on US tour with band

"Downton Abbey" won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December.

4 TV shows savvy at the social-media game

Networks now interact with fans in multiple ways — Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat. Four shows in particular have done it right with social media: “Scandal,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Walking Dead” and “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

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."

Jane Fonda gets personal at Rape Foundation brunch

Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42.

Leah Remini, Jennifer Lopez hit in minor car crash

Authorities say an SUV carrying actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez and her two kids, was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver who then fled the scene.

Sept. 29 TV Picks: The new ‘Scorpion’ on CBS

TV picks for Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, include “Scorpion” on CBS, “The Voice” on NBC and “Castle” on ABC.

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.

Dempsey's 'challenge' raises more than $1.1M

Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.

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Over-prescribed? More health care isn’t always better

Americans continue to submit to medical tests and procedures that are unnecessary and, potentially, harmful. Washington state, however, is at the forefront of a national “Choosing Wisely” campaign to change that.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome: the hidden threat to women’s health

We pay a lot of attention to how many people have type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Yet relatively little attention is paid to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a health condition that affects an estimated 1 in 10 women.

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Promising new approaches offer hope for melanoma patients

The Pacific Northwest has some of the highest rates of melanoma in the nation. So it’s not surprising that Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is pioneering promising new treatments for the deadly cancer.

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Q&A: Cutting through the debate over treating uterine fibroids

Power morcellation, a popular option for women who want to remove symptomatic uterine fibroids, has recently come under intense scrutiny. Seattle gynecological oncologist Dr. Charles Drescher answers questions about the technique.

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The modern work station: Stand up for better fitness, health

Standing desks are cropping up in offices everywhere, and users extol their virtues. It’s not surprising, say experts in kinesiology. Standing is a natural human position. Sitting isn’t.

NEW - 06:14 AM

Dear Carolyn

Is waiting for a relationship without red flags unrealistic?

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax says her lone standard for relationships, romantic and platonic, is that you both feel safe enough together to be your honest selves.

Mark Bittman on the virtues of smart eating, efficient cooking

Recipes for fastest chicken (or eggplant) Parm, Brussels sprouts with chorizo and mushroom-nut burgers.

Recipe: Craig Claiborne’s Smothered Chicken

Imagine a chicken smothered in gravy, cooked on the stove top, served with white rice and steamed green beans with a pat of butter. It is as pleasant a meal as an autumn night can offer and simple to prepare.