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Nicole Brodeur

Donor’s tender heart and generous spirit shine at holidays

Joe X. Mead didn’t seek attention for his longtime commitment to charity.

‘Exotic’ orcas visit inland waters in unprecedented numbers

A boom in seal and sea lion populations may be luring killer whales that normally prowl offshore and far to the south of Washington and British Columbia.

Paul Allen finances lawsuit targeting coal leasing on federal lands

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is financing a lawsuit seeking to force the federal Bureau of Land Management to conduct a review of the effect of coal-leasing program on the global climate.

Jerry Large

We need to put more effort into closing our racial divides

Developments out of Ferguson, Mo., signal a need to understand and work on the country’s race problem.

Warrant issued after ex-Sonic Robert Swift misses court date

Robert Swift, the former first-round NBA draft choice, failed to appear in court Wednesday and a $20,000 bench warrant was issued.

Protester had firearms, Seattle police chief says

Man who was arrested in Seattle’s Monday protest of the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., had a cache of weapons, said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

Environmental groups have won the latest battle against a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest will go on as planned early next year.

Mercer Island plan to add more commuter parking draws ire

Despite a longstanding lack of commuter parking spaces on Mercer Island, more than 400 residents are opposed to Sound Transit’s $6.3 million offer to build more spaces at the edge of a beloved waterfront park.

Port slowdowns hurt Washington apple exports

The Washington apple industry is losing tens of millions of dollars weekly in sales because of the longshoremen's work slowdown at West Coast ports over contract negotiations.

Ellensburg angler sets record with Pacific bluefin tuna

An Ellensburg angler has set a new Washington record by catching a Pacific bluefin tuna weighing just over 39 pounds.

Flooding temporarily closes Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park have temporarily closed park access at the Nisqually entrance because of flooding, but reopened Wednesday morning.

Marysville-Pilchuck gathers strength, support before semifinal showdown with Bellevue

The success of Marysville-Pilchuck’s football team has helped the community heal after the tragic shootings, but a six-time state champion awaits in the Class 3A state semifinals Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Sounders need to rev up their postseason scoring

This year’s Sounders scored more regular-season goals, 65, than any other team in club history but they have just one goal now in three playoff games.

UW men’s basketball gears up for Wooden Legacy tournament

The Washington men’s basketball team is riding a 3-0 start as it heads to California for three games in the Wooden Legacy this week.

Dallas’ Tony Romo gets another shot at Philadelphia

Tony Romo is eager for a shot at Philadelphia after missing the last game against the rival Eagles in last year’s finale.

Huskies volleyball team beats nation’s No. 1 team

In front of a big home crowd of 8,646, Washington beat Stanford in four sets.

No. 10 Gonzaga knocks off Georgia

Zags get career-best 32 points from Kyle Wiltjer to hand Georgia a 88-76 loss in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

About the Seahawks opponent: The 49ers

About the Seahawks’ opponent, the 49ers.

At home at Washington State: Lineman Joe Dahl makes an impact

Dahl has started two years, including at the challenging left tackle position, where he hadn’t given up a sack until allowing one last week at Arizona State.

Cooper Helfet will miss Seahawks-49ers game

Seattle’s official injury report listed center Max Unger, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and Helfet as out and defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs and CB Jeremy Lane (groin) as questionable. Everyone else was probable or better.

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas near deal with Arizona

The outfielder reportedly is in the process of agreeing to a six-year, $68.5 million deal.

Meet a Seahawk: Center Lemuel Jeanpierre

New Seahawks center Lemuel Jeanpierre

Plenty of good trout fishing available in western Washington lakes

Skip out on the post-turkey shopping madness, and take advantage of what should be some good trout fishing in many western Washington lakes.

Ski report: Mount Baker, Mission Ridge, 49 Degrees North open

Some Washington ski areas will be open this weekend.

Portland wins ninth consecutive game

Wesley Matthews scores 28 to pace Trail Blazers to 105-97 victory over Charlotte.

TCU seeks respect, even in its own state

Fifth-ranked Horned Frogs need victory over Texas on Thursday to remain in College Football Playoff hunt.

SPU women’s basketball team improves to 5-0

The Falcons are undefeated as they head into next week’s start of the conference schedule.

Agriculture-oriented drone firm moving to Seattle

A start-up that aims to equip flying drones so they can be used to improve agricultural yields is relocating from California, opening an office in Fremont and hiring a handful of software engineers.

Minnesota charity cuts ties with Value Village parent

True Friends, a charity that for six years has allowed the corporate parent of Value Village to collect donations of clothes and household items in its name, on Wednesday said it’s cutting ties with the company after the Minnesota attorney general strongly criticized its business practices.

Holiday sales don’t really make or break the economy

Americans are on track to spend $106 billion in the last two months of the year more than they would if these were any old months, not the $617 billion that the retailers’ association projects.

British businesses ready with fixings for U.S. expats’ import: Thanksgiving

Britain doesn’t really have a holiday like Thanksgiving. But there are so many Americans in Britain these days that dozens of businesses have started selling the goods they need to celebrate.

T-Mobile agrees to beef up speed info

While defending its practices, T-Mobile agreed to provide its customers more information about how it throttles and ways to test the service, the Federal Communications Commission announced.

Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving -- an effort that comes as Macy's, the holiday's quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day.

US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3

The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.

Burgers are all the rage in Hong Kong

The past year has seen the opening of at least four gourmet burger joints in Hong Kong, some so popular there’s often an after-work mob or a 90-minute limit to occupy tables.

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month

Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, but the small uptick suggests that they're still wary of buying too much ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season.

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

US orders for durable goods up 0.4 percent

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month.

US pending home sales slip in October

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers.

UPDATE - 12:06 AM

Presidents pick up the check for their meals

There's no free lunch -- or breakfast or dinner -- for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

EPA’s new ozone limit splits industry, environmentalists

The regulation, which would target smog caused by power plants and factories, particularly in the Midwest, is the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes.

Fired Canadian radio host charged with sexual assault, choking

Jian Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what authorities called “overcome resistance — choking,” Toronto police said in a statement.

Obama using Clean Air Act to craft bold environmental legacy

The Supreme Court could still overturn much of President Obama’s environmental legacy, although the justices have upheld the regulations in three significant cases.

Researchers find ‘pre-cancer’ warnings in blood

Having one of the mutations does not mean someone will develop a blood cancer, but it raises the risk of that more than tenfold. It also increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke, and of dying from any cause in the next four to eight years.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg gets heart stent at 81

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was expected back at work Monday, but her hospitalization raised anew the question of whether President Obama would be able to appoint a like-minded replacement.

Crew docks at International Space Station

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan.

Autopsy suggests beheading victim fought back

An autopsy shows the woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife.

Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco

Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco.

In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business

Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.

Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance

More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic -- until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

Powerful earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground, but officials said a tsunami was unlikely.

2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead

A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95

The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.

Be thankful you’re not flying in Russia (and pushing plane)

Passengers try to help move plane at airport near Arctic Circle after it gets stuck on tarmac amid the deep-freeze cold.

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

Rare Shakespeare Folio discovered in French town

The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare's plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.

Man arrested; deputies say he aimed banana at them

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group

Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.

Police: Facebook posts of stolen guns spur arrest

A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from an unsolved burglary.

See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

U.S. threatens action against Japanese air-bag maker

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration threatened fines and legal action against Takata on Wednesday unless the company admits its driver’s air-bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.

A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case

A St. Louis County grand jury declined Monday to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision resolves one aspect of the case, but additional investigations remain and the community for months has been bracing for demonstrations in anticipation of the grand jury's decision.

Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

Cleveland to release video of boy shot by officer

Cleveland police are ready to release surveillance video from an officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who turned out to be carrying a replica gun.

France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.

Tough to make a case against police in shootings

A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of bringing criminal charges against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.

Fitter Christie may reap political benefits

In a nation obsessed with weight, girth draws attention. And when anyone slims down at least 100 pounds, as the New Jersey governor and potential presidential candidate appears to have done, people want details.

2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs.

Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete

Hampered by gale-force winds and high waves, a Greek navy frigate was slowly towing a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants to safety on the southern island of Crete Wednesday.

Editorial: This Thanksgiving, be grateful and share

In a country of plenty, no family should go hungry. Yet, Americans throw out obscenely large amounts of uneaten food. This Thanksgiving, let nothing go to waste.

Guest: My journey from an undocumented immigrant to Harvard Medical School

People should be grateful that President Obama is brightening the futures of thousands of children by finally acting on immigration reform, writes guest columnist Carlos Estrada Alamo.

When Italians meet turkey

Thanksgiving, with its focus on food and its veneration of plenty, is the ultimate occasion, the utmost license, our culinary id unbound, writes syndicated columnist Frank Bruni.

10 holiday stage shows to summon seasonal cheer

A gingery puppet show, two versions of “A Christmas Carol” and a holiday noir caper are among the new and notable holiday stage shows this year.

Best Thanksgiving movies? Here are 6 favorites to savor

“Pieces of April,” “Prisoners” and “Hannah and her Sisters” are among movie critic Moira Macdonald’s favorite movies set in the Thanksgiving season.

Art review

Big eyes and a big pile of detritus: Mr.’s ‘Japanese Neo-Pop’ at SAAM

A review of an enormous installation of trash — symbolizing the detritus left by the 2011 tsunami — and the brighter pieces of anime/manga by Japanese artist Mr., now on show at Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Theater review

‘King Lear’ lite, from Shakespeare’s Globe

A review of “King Lear,” presented for two nights only by Shakespeare’s Globe in Seattle

3,000 people donate to Ferguson’s public library

The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has been flooded with donations — tens of thousands of dollars — since Monday night’s rioting, thanks in part to the Twitter literati.

TV Picks: ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles,’ ‘Willy Wonka’

TV picks for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, include the 1987 holiday film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” on “The CW,” “The Making of Peter Pan Live!” on NBC and “Red Band Society” on Fox.

Weekend Highlight

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2014.

Happy Hour

Best bets for Black Friday drinking

Where to imbibe during the holiday shopping madness.

Dear Carolyn

Significant other doesn’t want to spend holidays with my family

In longterm, partner needs to feel ready to share decisions with you.