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Climate activist fuels fight to switch control of state Senate

California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way with a $1 million donation here.

Disabled people could lose in budget cuts

If budget-reduction scenarios ordered by the state become a reality, thousands of disabled people would be affected, according to new reports.

Mayor unveils budget, wants performance-based accounting

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray delivered a budget proposal Monday and said he wants to spend money based on outcomes and not history.

Seattle hitting ‘reset button’ in move to dismiss public pot-use tickets

City attorneys plan to seek dismissal of 100 pot-use tickets tainted by one police officer’s political agenda, while Seattle police announced new steps to better teach officers and citizens about the ban on smoking marijuana in public.

Rock quarry working day and night for Boeing 777X

Snohomish County has given a Granite Falls quarry permission to truck rocks, gravel and sand at night until 3 a.m. to keep up with the needs of contractors building the new Boeing 777X factory at Everett.

Nordstrom opens first store in Canada

The Seattle retailer’s international debut in Calgary is its first step into a country whose consumers have shown they like Nordstrom, but also bring high expectations that have badly stung some U.S. merchants.

Chris Petersen says UW needs ‘A’ game starting Saturday against Stanford

Coach, linked to Stanford job in 2010, says Huskies can’t afford anything less than best effort in Pac-12 opener.

Larry Stone

Huskies head into key Pac-12 game still somewhat a mystery

Even coach Chris Petersen not sure if his team is ready to challenge Stanford

Jake Browning, standout California QB, will enroll at UW in January

The senior at Folsom (Calif.) High School, who has thrown 165 touchdown passes, signs financial-aid agreement with Huskies.

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti refutes ESPN report

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti defiantly challenged the Ray Rice camp and an ESPN report alleging the organization engaged in a “pattern of misinformation and misdirection” after the running back’s assault of his then-fiancée in February.

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Chicago Bears post road victory over New York Jets

The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy New York Jets. Then they had to hold their breath before hanging on for a 27-19 NFL victory Monday night.

Commissioner Adam Silver says NBA will review domestic-violence policies

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic-violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents.

Florida State says miscommunication prompted suspended Jameis Winston to wear uniform in warmups

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes Jameis Winston’s suspension against Clemson will be a turning point in the quarterback’s maturation process.

Jerry Brewer

Seahawks ‘Morning After’: Is Russell Wilson the NFL’s best QB now?

Russell Wilson is now 7-0 against the NFL’s elite quarterbacks, and Michael Bennett’s bold statement after Sunday’s win may not be that far off.

Seahawks analysis: Hugh Millen breaks down game-winning drive, Kam Chancellor’s pick

Hugh Millen breaks down three key things that happened in the Seahawks’ victory over the Broncos, and awards a game ball.

Great eight of the Mariners’ bullpen has fun

The eight relievers in the Seattle bullpen are using their own brand of fun and antics to be the best bullpen in baseball

High school stars of the week

A look at the prep stars of the week

Seahawks’ DeShawn Shead proposes to girlfriend on field after game

Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead surprised his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, by proposing to her on the field after Seattle’s victory over Denver on Sunday. She said yes.

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Monday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Monday, Sept. 22

Treasury Dept. cracks down on tax-avoidance inversion deals

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he wants to make companies think twice before considering inversions, in which companies seek foreign addresses though their executives and major operations remain in the U.S.

Rockefeller oil heirs’ fund to sell fossil-fuel investments

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, built with profits from Standard Oil Co., is selling investments in coal and tar sands producers in a move to pressure companies that are contributing to climate change.

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Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

Drugstores, retailers muscle in on doctors’ vaccine business

The nation’s biggest drugstores and other retailers are grabbing larger chunks of the immunization market, muscling into an area of health care that was once largely the domain of the family doctor.

German firms splurging on U.S. deals

German firms have announced about $65 billion in U.S. transactions so far this year, chasing deals that promise innovation, growth and an escape route from a crisis-ridden Europe.

Plosser, a leading Fed 'hawk,' to retire in March

Charles Plosser, a leading inflation "hawk" at the Federal Reserve, announced Monday that he plans to retire March 1.

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Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

Oculus unveils new prototype VR headset

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition.

SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday.

Mexico on road to becoming carmakers’ Nuevo Detroit

Nearly every major global automaker now either builds in Mexico or plans to erect an assembly plant in the country. And it’s not only compact sedans and pickups. Later this decade, new plants will make premium vehicles, like BMWs and Mercedes.

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China stocks rebound on stronger manufacturing

Chinese stocks rebounded Tuesday on unexpectedly strong manufacturing but other Asian markets fell following Wall Street's tumble.

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US existing home sales fall in August

Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:

5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

Amnesty blasts China for selling tools made for torture

More than 130 Chinese companies now develop, produce and export law-enforcement tools, most of which are legitimate, but many of which are inherently cruel and inhumane, Amnesty International said.

China, U.S., India push world carbon emissions up

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.

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2 suspects in abduction of Israeli teens killed

Israeli forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June, one of the incidents that ultimately sparked the Gaza war this summer, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group's spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit, India probe next

Next up, India. With NASA's Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India's first mission to the red planet.

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Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible -- with a circle drawn around the White House.

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Bear suspected to have killed New Jersey hiker

A black bear believed to have attacked and killed a hiker over the weekend likely was looking for food and was circling the victim's body when sheriff's officers and wildlife officials killed it, officials said Monday.

Justice Kagan performs her first same-sex wedding

Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband.

Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend, his attorney said Monday.

Detroit tells judge: We can't give away free water

Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.

L.A. attorney faces suspension over doctored photos

A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her arm-in-arm with high-profile people like President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.

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Tensions high as ambush suspect evades capture

A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.

California wildfire crews brace for weather shift

Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

Drill sergeant pleads guilty to sex assaults

A Missouri drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers pleaded guilty Monday to three charges at the outset of his court-martial.

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Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria

A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire

Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region.

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Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.

South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching rhinos

A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday.

Who wins Senate control? Nov. 4 might not decide

A suspenseful election night is one thing, but what if it stretches out for a month? Or into next year?

Toddler dies after SUV's window closes on his neck

Authorities say a toddler has died of asphyxiation after a window in a sport utility vehicle closed around his neck as his mother drove to a relative's home.

New Afghan leader to name woman to Supreme Court

Afghanistan's new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, including on the Supreme Court.

Sheriff: Iowa man locked 5 kids in bedroom all day

An Iowa man is charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or a bathroom, authorities said Monday.

Sierra Leone concludes nationwide Ebola lockdown

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

An independent federal agency is casting a wide net as it investigates the cause of a bus crash that killed two passengers and injured dozens more when it toppled over on a Delaware highway.

Editorials: Small changes to apodment rules could have big results

Developers added thousands of tiny apartments to Seattle’s housing stock over the past several years, but city leaders are now looking at how to fix loopholes and address neighbor concerns.

Editorial: A Band-Aid for the Export-Import Bank

Congress kicked the debate on the Export-Import Bank forward to next year, damaging the prospect for American exports in the meantime.

Thanh Tan / Times editorial columnist

Finding hope in the margins

Within one year, Solomon Muche went from homeless immigrant student to University of Washington freshman. His perseverance shows the importance of reaching out to vulnerable students, writes columnist Thanh Tan.

Guest: What questions to ask state candidates about transportation

The 2015 state Legislature probably try again to build a transportation-funding package along with common-sense reforms regarding how these dollars would be spent, writes guest columnist Joe Simmons.

Men in Dance festival keeps getting bigger

A look ahead to the 2014 Against the Grain/Men in Dance festival, which spans two weekends at Broadway Performance Hall.

Classical review

Byron Schenkman & Friends display dashing musicianship

A review of the season-opening concert by early-music group Byron Schenkman & Friends, which performed early 17th-century pieces at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Pink Floyd sets Nov. 10 release date for new album

Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10.

Theater review

Salsa, hip-hop and heart in Village’s rousing ‘In the Heights’

A review of the salsa-charged “In the Heights,” which plays at Issaquah’s Village Theatre through Oct. 26, 2014, and then moves to the Everett Performing Arts Center.

'The Lion King' earns record box office

Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.

Sept. 22 TV Picks: ‘Gotham’ series premiere on Fox

TV picks for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, include “Gotham” on Fox, “Robin Williams Remembered — A Pioneers of Television Special” on KCTS and “Forever” on ABC.

Dance review

Spectrum’s ‘LOVE’: More motion than emotion

A review of Spectrum Dance Theater’s performance of Donald Byrd’s “LOVE” at Building 30, Magnuson Park.

10 fresh ways to use butternut squash

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas.

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Dear Carolyn

Moving in with boyfriend may not be smart move

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax writes about the importance of finding what fulfills you outside of a relationship, which is easiest to do while living alone.