Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visits the Hanford nuclear reservation and promises to elevate the focus on management and performance there.
Gun-rights groups on Wednesday unveiled a new initiative that would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws more restrictive than the federal standard.
Under pressure from the state Department of Ecology, the Mercer Island City Council modified its shoreline master program to require homeowners to plant more native vegetation when doing construction.
After criticizing federally mandated reforms to curb excessive force, the president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild is telling members the time has come to put aside complaints and “move forward.”
Allow outdoor pot growing and dump the state pot-leaf logo. Those were among the main points in feedback to state officials creating a legal marijuana system.
The Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge, a section of which collapsed in an accident May 23, will reopen Wednesday morning.
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A young whale that generated the concern of onlookers on shore successfully made its way out of the shallow waters of a remote part of Puget Sound on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s been like an oven in Alaska lately, an unusual weather pattern, to be sure.
The world of comics and graphic novels is mourning the death Wednesday of Kim Thompson, co-publisher of Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books.
Passengers from a United Airlines Denver-to-Tokyo flight that diverted to Seattle Tuesday when the Boeing 787 had an oil filter issue are on their way again.
After plans to increase of its Cherry Hill campus raised concerns among residents in the surrounding Squire Park neighborhood of Seattle, Swedish Medical Center will propose different expansion ideas.
Sounders FC moves up from eighth to seventh in the latest rankings.
Washington’s north coast will lure many salmon anglers for the hatchery-marked chinook fishery opener.
Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a tying home run to Albert Pujols in the eighth, but the Seattle bullpen hung on long enough for Kendrys Morales to win it in the 10th.
Tred, whose backers include former General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, makes its debut Wednesday after more than a year of planning.
No regular Web link will be required and gamers will be able to use, sell, trade and loan their games.
Stocks fell sharply after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used a news conference to clarify the circumstances under which he’d begin easing off the pace of purchases of government and mortgage bonds.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 13 reports that the ATG lithium-ion batteries caught fire.
Boeing executives can come across as stiff and guarded compared to their looser, brasher peers at Airbus. Not Joe Ozimek, vice president of marketing.
Men’s Wearhouses announced in a terse statement the abrupt firing of George Zimmer, who built the company from one small Texas store and went on to fame as its pitchman who vowed, “I guarantee it.”
Financial markets shuddered Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it could start scaling back its huge economic stimulus program later this year and end it by the middle of next.
Airbus unveiled orders for 59 of its forthcoming A350, led by a deepening cimmitment from Singapore Airlines.
The court-appointed monitor of the $25 billion settlement on Wednesday issued a report saying Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have dragged their feet in processing homeowners’ requests for lower monthly loan payments.
J.D. Power and Associates released its annual survey of vehicle quality Wednesday. The survey asked drivers about problems with 2013 model-year vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership.
Unmanned aircraft have helped rescue stranded hikers, worked to contain wildfires and gathered data at nuclear accidents. One helped a Russian tanker find its way through Arctic ice to bring oil to a stranded Alaskan community.
Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.
Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.
The U.S. State Department aid breakdown acknowledges for the first time that the Obama administration hasn’t sent a dime yet to the Syrian Opposition Coalition, which it recognizes as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the U.S. and Europe against "complacency" brought on by peace, pledging to cut America's deployed nuclear weapons by one-third if Cold War foe Russia does the same.
President Obama’s nuclear-reduction proposal drew a cool response from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Federal authorities accused two upstate New York men Wednesday of assembling a portable X-ray weapon that they intended to use to secretly sicken opponents of Israel.
China’s new leader Xi Jinping pushes a Maolike slogan to root out corruption.
Being sued for discrimination, the Food Network celebrity cook says the racial slur she used before is no longer socially acceptable.
The proposed compromise would spend substantially more on security than the $6.5 billion now in the bill, adding more border agents, drones and fencing along the border with Mexico.
The arrival of a branch of a Damascus ice-cream landmark in Jordan is a bittersweet sign of the civil war’s dispersal of Syria’s population and culture.
A vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half in the first study to measure the shot's impact since it came on the market. The results impressed health experts and a top government top health official called them striking.
Turkey's deputy prime minister gave a nod of approval on Wednesday to a new form of peaceful resistance that is spreading through Turkey.
The U.S. Naval Academy on Wednesday charged three midshipmen - all current or former football players - with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house in Annapolis more than a year ago.
Leaders in Brazil's two biggest cities said Wednesday that they reversed an increase in bus and subway fares that ignited anti-government protests that have spread across the nation in the past week.
An FBI excavation has turned up possible human remains at a home once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas," authorities said Wednesday.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she now supports gay marriage, becoming the third Senate Republican to do so.
A magnitude-5.7 earthquake shook central Chile on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital but apparently causing no major damage.
The experts reported that MERS infection occurred by way of person-to-person contact and poses an especially serious risk because it is easily transmitted in hospital settings.
The United Arab Emirates broadened its crackdown on perceived threats and risked deepening its rift with Egypt on Wednesday with plans to bring 30 Egyptian and UAE suspects to trial for alleged coup plotting linked to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt's top Muslim cleric declared Wednesday that peaceful protests against the president are permitted, in a snub to hard-line Islamist backers of Mohammed Morsi who declared that those behind opposition protests planned for June 30 are heretics.
Britain's Girl Guides have dropped a reference to God in their pledge.
A car rocketing down an avenue in Manhattan's dense East Village swerved out of control, plowed down a sidewalk and smashed through a storefront flower stand Wednesday morning, injuring eight people, witnesses and officials said.
Beneath a swimming pool, under a horse farm and now a weed-grown field north of Detroit. For at least the third time in a decade, FBI agents grabbed shovels and combed through dirt and mud in the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains or clues to the disappearance of the former Teamsters boss.
President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the type of military support the U.S. will give to Syrian rebels even as he praises a decision by world leaders at a just-completed summit to seek a negotiated peace.
A 41-year-old man is being held on $5 million bail after police say he castrated a paraplegic during a dispute at an assisted living facility in Philadelphia.
A jury which convicted a homeless woman of second-degree murder in the death of a woman pushed off a Los Angeles train platform heard expert opinions Wednesday on whether the defendant was sane at the time of the crime.
Negotiators from North Korea and China held strategic talks in Beijing on Wednesday as they work to repair strained relations, but offered little indication they will lead to a resumption of nuclear disarmament talks any time soon.
Dutch police say three farmworkers have died and a fourth has been critically injured after they fell into a silo filled with manure for use as fertilizer in the northern town of Makkinga.
Pope John Paul II has moved a step closer to sainthood.
Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life - sort of.
As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.
The World Food Prize Foundation on Wednesday took the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops.
A convenient and secure unused medicine-return program is a key strategy to reduce deaths due to prescription drugs, according to guest columnists David Fleming and Joe McDermott.
Some people like the convenience of services like Lyft, Sidecar and UBERx, but the new services are shirking the rules. City leaders must level the playing field so regulated taxi and for-hire drivers can compete.
Jonathan Martin / Times editorial columnist
Seattle’s waterfront is about to go through a major transformation in the mayor’s next term. Why aren’t the candidates talking more about it, wonders columnist Jonathan Martin.
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A review of “Monsters University,” a fun, fuzzy prequel to Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”
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A movie review of “World War Z,” a horror thriller starring Brad Pitt as a former U.N. worker and family man trying to save civilization from a zombie apocalypse.
8oz. Burger Bar on Capitol Hill has on-trend décor and a very tasty burger.
An interview with Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward about the release of She & Him’s fourth album, “Volume 3.”
Brad Pitt wanted to build a better blockbuster.
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, June 21-27, 2013.
Daniel Radcliffe has won magical reviews for his latest stage role as a disabled Irish dreamer in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan."
TV Picks for Wednesday, June 19, 2013, include “Futurama” on Comedy Central, “The American Baking Competition” on CBS and “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” on ABC.
The big Fremont Fair runs Friday through Sunday, highlighted by the fair’s grand and goofy Solstice Parade, which begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90.
Best-selling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the U.S. alone, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, according to friends and his publisher. He was 47.
Madonna said there were days when she was exhausted during her recent "MDNA" world tour, but she decided to press on.
Valerie Harper has agreed to give a first-person account of her battle with terminal cancer to NBC News.
"Dancing With the Stars" duo Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have shimmied aboard the Broadway-bound "Forever Tango."
Slightly sweet, with a gentle heat, shishito peppers are the perfect cookout snack.
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A recipe for a dessert featuring an herb.
A variation on the classic Middle Eastern salad from Sara Moulton.