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After 10 years, few payoffs from Gates’ ‘Grand Challenges’

Despite an investment of $1 billion, none of the projects funded under the Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges” banner has yet made a significant contribution to saving lives and improving health in the developing world.

I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays

Interstate 405 from Lynnwood to Tukwila is one of the most congested corridors in the region. Lawmakers hope a new transportation package will address some of the worst choke points, while commuters say getting around requires planning, patience and sometimes advance meditation.

Jerry Large

‘Data nerd’ finds way to help foster more effective policing

A researcher finds a role to play in criminal-justice reform at an opportune moment.

After Mercer Island uproar, city may abandon parking plan

Mercer Island city leaders say they’ll urge the City Council to abandon consideration of putting future light-rail parking on the edge of Luther Burbank Park.

Questions remain in death of Oklahoma teen who died in Oregon

What exactly drove an Oklahoma teenager to travel to Oregon, leave his truck and survival gear behind and disappear on Steens Mountain will remain a mystery. But at least friends and family of Dustin Self know what happened to the 19-year-old after he was last seen in March 2013.

Road repairs a constant at Mount Rainier National Park

When it comes to road maintenance, Mount Rainier National Park’s historic designation can seem more of a burden than an honor.

UPDATE - 11:06 PM

Ujaama helped Brits find man tied to London terror plots

James Ujaama, a Seattle man who pleaded guilty in 2003 to aiding the Taliban, helped British law-enforcement authorities track down a man involved in London terrorism plots, a U.S. Senate report says.

Balance has been key to Huskies’ 10-0 start

Jernard Jarreau led Washington with 12 points in a win over Oklahoma on Saturday. Jarreau became the seventh player to lead the Huskies in scoring in their first 10 games, all victories.

Cougars beat short-handed San Jose State team

Josh Hawkinson scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Sunday as Washington State defeated short-handed San Jose State 82-53.Hawkinson made 12 of 17 field goals.

UPDATE - 11:54 PM

Jets players speak out on slain NYPD officers

Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty.

3rd-ranked Texas women edge No. 4 Texas A&M

Third-ranked Texas rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat No. 4 Texas A&M 67-65 in North Little Rock, Ark.

Dallas thumps Indianapolis, 42-7, to take NFC East

Tony Romo throws four touchdown passes as Cowboys return to playoffs for first time since 2009.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is cleared of accusations

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged 2012 sexual assault.

UPDATE - 11:40 PM

Luke Willson has a career day for Seahawks

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson has three catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns to give Seattle a huge lift on offense.

New England Patriots fight off New York Jets, secure first-round bye

New England clinches at least No. 2 seed in AFC by holding off stingy Jets, 17-16.

Odell Beckham Jr. lifts Giants over St. Louis / Seahawks’ next opponent

Rookie receiver scores two touchdowns as game gets rowdy in second half.

Quinnipiac men snap Oregon State’s winning streak at 5 games

Zaid Hearst scored 24 points and kept Oregon State’s Gary Payton II scoreless in 26 minutes to lead Quinnipiac to a 60-52 home victory.

7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game

Lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after their game with Green Bay on Sunday, injuring seven people, officials and witnesses said.

‘Monday Night Football’ preview

Cincinnati tries to slow Peyton Manning, improved Denver running game.

Former Husky Peter Tormey writes about Don James’ Thursday speeches

A new book by former Washington football player Peter Tormey examines the Thursday speeches made to his players by legendary coach Don James.

Husky recruit Jake Browning wraps up fantastic prep career

Quarterback Jake Browning led his team to the California Division I state championship on Friday. He will enroll at UW on Jan. 5, and coach Chris Petersen didn’t rule out Browning’s ability to compete for a starting job.

Postgame Twitter reaction: Seahawks dismantle Cardinals 35-6, regain NFC West Crown

A look at what fans and media members are saying on Twitter after every Seahawks game.

Brier Dudley

New versions of classic games helped Nintendo rally in 2014

After several difficult years, Nintendo may be one of the comeback stories of the year. It has managed to reinvigorate itself with new titles featuring classic characters that appeal to now grown-up gamers who can play the games with their families.

Coal baron Robert Murray is still fired up

Robert Murray, coal’s provocateur-in-chief, warns loudly about “the absolute destruction of the United States coal industry” but still finds strategies to grow and profit from the business.

Gulf Arabs may cut back on spending as oil prices drop

Gulf leaders say they’re aware of tougher times ahead after oil prices dropped by almost 50 percent in the past six months.

Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea.

Survey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon

The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Entrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?

Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast.

UPDATE - 11:29 PM

In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

UPDATE - 11:29 PM

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."

Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'

Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Monday Memo

A look at business events during the week

Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

Timeline of events before and after NY cop deaths

A timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.

Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.

UPDATE - 11:42 PM

10 years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.

Actor Stephen Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins declares he's not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all.

Belarusian independent news sites blocked

Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.

UPDATE - 11:15 PM

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home

A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home.

Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

UPDATE - 11:42 PM

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

Missing buoys just one of flaws in warning system

Despite some improvement since waves as high as 49 feet triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake caught millions living around the Indian Ocean by surprise, there are shortcomings in tsunami warning systems.

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.

Editorial: No Child Left Behind reform is long overdue

In the past 12 years, No Child Left Behind has failed its namesake promise. The time has come for Congress to pass new education legislation.

Guest: Solving race inequities through education

The issues of justice and inequality demand our community pay attention and take action. And it begins with educating our children.

Looking beyond the hype to see domestic and sexual violence

Significant steps are beginning to be made toward preventing assaults and trying more cases, writes syndicated columnist Mary Sanchez.

Book review

Miriam Toews’ ‘All My Puny Sorrows’: sisters forever

Canadian author Miriam Toews’ novel “All My Puny Sorrows” is a beautifully written story of two sisters, one a survivor, the other gripped by existential sadness.

Novelist Graham Moore begged (‘please, please’) to bring Alan Turing tale to screen

An interview with screenwriter/producer Graham Moore and actor Allen Leech, key members of the creative team who brought “The Imitation Game” — the story of brilliant World War II code breaker Alan Turing — to the screen.

Vashon artist among those who worked on handmade St. John’s Bible

Vashon Island artist Suzanne Moore was one of the select artisans chosen to work on The Saint John’s Bible, a massive hand-lettered, hand-illustrated tome that was created in the same way books were made before the printing press.

Book review

‘Distant Replay!’: a pantheon of the state’s Jewish sports heroes

“Distant Replay: Washington’s Jewish Sports Heroes” uses a scrapbook-style format to tell the stories of dozens of teams, athletes, coaches, managers, and others who came out of the Jewish community and enlivened the local sports scene.

UPDATE - 11:42 PM

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.

Book review

Rebecca Solnit’s essays: encounters with the wide world

Rebecca Solnit’s latest essay collection “Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness” covers topics from environmental accountability to disaster response to to Solnit’s travel writings on Iceland, Japan, Tunisia and Haiti.

Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host

Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show.

Dec. 21 TV Picks: ‘The Librarians’ on TNT

TV picks for Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, include “The Librarians” on TNT, the movie “The Polar Express” on ABC Family and “The Comeback” on HBO.

‘Hope to Die’ sits atop best-sellers list

“Killing Patton” continues as best-selling nonfiction book.

Sunday Best: Emily Blunt looks smashing as she steps ‘Into the Woods’

Emily Blunt looks lovely in Lanvin, on the red carpet at a premiere of “Into the Woods.”

The Week Ahead features ‘The Hobbit’, Christmas Ships and ‘Messiah’

The week of Dec. 21 brings “The Dutchess & the Duke”, holiday dinners and “making and breaking” art.

The People's Pharmacy

A pain killer causes ghostly hallucinations

People’s Pharmacy on hallucinations and low blood sugar as side effects of a pain killer; hair loss as a side effect of a blood-pressure drug; and the importance of washing hands to stop the spread of germs.

‘The Animals’ Santa’ tops Secret Garden youth sales

“All the Light We Cannot See” selling well locally.

Dear Carolyn

Don’t slight the ‘other’

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax: Be kind and set a good example by treating the all the children in your family the same, whether you raised them or not.