An interview with Anthony Daniels, known as C-3PO, who’ll be on hand to launch EMP Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of the Costume.”
Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbreuck presented his study of Seattle’s growth, including its 20-year-old “urban village” strategy and found that the strategy is working, but the growth is uneven and poorly tracked.
The Washington state House passed a bill Thursday to allow family members to ask a judge to review cases whenever a designated mental-health professional decides not to detain someone who could be a danger to themselves or others.
Shell Oil plans to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska this summer. The decision could create local jobs by turning a Seattle port terminal into an fleet hub, but environmental groups are opposed to a lease now under negotiation.
Educators behind a new Vietnamese-language immersion program at White Center Heights Elementary School — the only such program in the state — hope to prove the power of dual-language learning.
Seattle police said they’ve apologized and returned a golf club to a 70-year-old man who was arrested last year after he refused an officer’s command to put down his club, which the officer claimed he was wielding as a weapon.
Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said he won’t seek re-election, the second council member to announce this week that he’s stepping down at the end of the year. Nick Licata is the other.
Browns wide receiver said he violated conditions of reduced penalty suspension.
UPDATE - 11:05 PM
Washington State now has lost four in a row as Bears able to get out of their own slump
In a tension-filled semifinal, Andy Murray ousts Tomas Berdych and awaits Novak Djokovic-Stan Wawrinka winner.
The former Washington State star made his first All-Star team Thursday and has continued to improve his all-around game, helping Golden State to an NBA-best 36-7 record.
Garfield basketball player Alphonso Anderson, Kentwood wrestler Anna Watson and the Lake Stevens wrestling team are all highlighted this week.
Gabby Sarver sank two big baskets early in the second half, then made a pair of critical free throws with 6.7 seconds left as West Seattle held on for a 51-48 victory.
A second championship wouldn’t just signify greatness, enhance the Seahawks’ legacy and vault them into elite historical status. It would highlight their grit.
UltraViolet, a feminist group that claims 600,000 men and women as members, launches a media blitz criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not doing enough to address domestic violence by players.
NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
After getting fired, Carroll reflected and re-evaluated and honed his methods, figuring out what worked best and what needed to be refined. In a word — and this is Carroll’s word — he re-invented himself.
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Prosecutors laid out what they called compelling forensic evidence -- Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say he killed -- as the ex-NFL star's trial got underway.
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Who says football is a game of inches?
Woods struggles to 2-over 73 but helps draw record Thursday crowd of 118,461. Ryan Palmer shoots 7-under 64 to take first-round lead.
Bruins earn first victory against Top 25 opponent this season
More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.
Eight teams have repeated as Super Bowl champs, while three more got to the title game and lost. Charting all the teams, using winning percentage:
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Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 26
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Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report.
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The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse.
Sales in the holiday quarter climbed 15 percent, leading to a profit well above most analyst predictions.
Costco Wholesale, the second-largest global retailer after Wal-Mart, remains a land of great bounty — but being big has its challenges.
Under a new FCC designation, broadband is defined as the delivery of Internet data at speeds of at least 25 megabits per second, up from 4 megabits. That would mean an even bigger share of the broadband market for Comcast, which wants to buy Time Warner Cable.
Six minority workers had complained about enduring threats and racial slurs at the Oregon truck factory.
Despite Google’s results that again fell short of analyst targets, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette assured investors the company will spend prudently.
The FCC is to announce winners in coming days.
Zulily has decided to shut down its U.K office and will serve British customers from the other side of the pond starting next month.
The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.
Alibaba's Group shares dropped 10 percent on Thursday after the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse reported holiday-quarter revenue that surged 40 percent but missed analyst expectations.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to resume drilling in Alaska this year even as it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years because of the drop in oil prices.
Jones New York announced Thursday that it is closing stores, discontinuing its wholesale business and will look at strategic alternatives for its brand.
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.
The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
There's a tiger fight going on in China.
or the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, ConocoPhillips, the nation’s third-leading oil and gas producer, said it had lost money. Also reporting red ink was Occidental Petroleum.
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels.
The company’s overall results topped analysts’ estimates and sent its shares on their biggest one-day rally in nearly four years.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.
Global shares fell Thursday after oil prices plunged and the Federal Reserve issued a reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom.
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.
The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.
Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.
Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.
Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they are at the Ivy League school.
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The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.
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The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
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Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline -- a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month.
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Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon on a record-setting journey across the Pacific Ocean entered the final leg of their trip Friday as they traveled along the California coast for an expected landing somewhere in Mexico.
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As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer -- defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“The Thorn Birds,” published in 1977, is set against the sweeping panorama of Colleen McCullough’s native Australia and was described often in the U.S. news media as an Australian “Gone With the Wind.”
China has long had some of the world’s most onerous Internet restrictions. But until now, authorities had effectively tolerated VPNs as a lifeline for millions of people, from archaeologists to foreign investors, who rely heavily on less-fettered access to the Internet.
In a typical payoff, a businessman who needs a favor from a government official pays an exorbitant amount for a work of calligraphy painted by the official, and the favor is granted.
RyKrisp, an alternative to the omnipresent saltine, was a popular cracker in the 1950s through the 1970s. But volume began to decline in the 1980s.
The accident declaration cleared the way for death certificates to be issued for the passengers and crew members of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Unlike heart procedures, which must be done in a hospital or outpatient facility, the opening of the peripheral arteries and veins of the arms and legs can be done in a doctor’s office.
California’s Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America: Fewer than 50 of the bushy-tailed mammals exist in North America.
Some doctors in recent years have “fired” patients whose parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism.
Improved vehicle designs and safety technology have a lot to do with the reduced risk of driver deaths, but a weak economy that led to reductions in driving also may have played a role, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, nor was the identity of the killer, whom officials described only as an Afghan man.
The woman’s lawyers filed the lawsuit over the alleged New Delhi rape in San Francisco, where Uber is based, and asked the court to protect her identity.
Shortly after Henry Kissinger, 91, took a seat at the witness table, several protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink approached from behind, waving signs and handcuffs, and chanting, “Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes.”
Lawmakers reacted cautiously on Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.
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The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.
They were hanging on his every word -- and gesture, body movement, and definitely the facial expressions.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday said he has set up a committee to explore running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, portraying himself as a proven winner and a conservative willing to work with Democrats.
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A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.
For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.
Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.
A newly discovered solar system -- with five small rocky planets -- makes ours look like a baby.
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.
A military judge is hearing arguments on whether to make permanent a temporary order limiting the use of female guards to move prisoners around the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the Syrian and Iraqi governments over what the New York-based group described as "sectarian and abusive" policies that fuel extremism.
Russia has extended its walkout from Europe's human rights watchdog after again losing its right to vote over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about resistance from the Obama administration and vowed to "ratchet up" his inquiry.
A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing 16 people and wounding 39, an Afghan official said.
"American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.
Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.
Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch faces more grilling Thursday as she moves closer to an expected confirmation, following a daylong hearing in which she testified to her independence from President Barack Obama and willingness to work with the Republican-led Congress.
Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.
Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.
A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after two years on the run.
People interested in what kind of beer the guy who invented pasteurization kicked back with after work will want to pay a visit to San Marino's Huntington Library.
The Israeli-Lebanese border is calm but Israel remains on alert a day after the deadliest escalation since the two sides' 2006 war.
Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors extended until sundown Thursday in the Middle East the deadline for the Jordanians to release an Iraqi prisoner.
The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.
The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president says in a memoir to be published next week.
A prosecutor on Wednesday raised doubts that Lindsay Lohan had completed the terms of her community service sentence in a reckless driving case that is the final criminal case the actress faces for years of bad behavior.
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
Not only does a feature of a popular Google Inc. mobile app put police officers' lives in danger, it also interferes with law enforcement's ability to carry out its speeding ticket mission, a leading group of sheriffs said Wednesday.
The Legislature should legalize betting on fantasy sports.
The investment of millions of dollars to end homelessness has helped — and the data prove that — but we still have a long way to go, writes guest columnist Jon Fine.
President Obama’s proposal for a free community-college education is a good start, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.
Seattle-area bartenders concoct cocktails to go with the Seahawks’ winning ways.
A review of “Black Sea,” an adventure involving a vintage Russian submarine, a sunken U-boat full of Nazi gold and a growly crew of working-class seamen, led by Jude Law. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
Julianne Moore and — surprise! — Kristen Stewart deliver heart-rending performances in a drama about a woman struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s. Star rating: 3 out of 4.
Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist-NPR host Christopher O’Riley bring their love of Beethoven, and period instruments, to the Tractor Tavern in Ballard.
An interview with the actor/comedian, who confesses to obsessive movie-watching in his memoir “Silver Screen Fiend.”
Directors of Seattle Art Museum and Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., are trash-talking and putting up loans of awe-inspiring seascapes by Bierstadt and Homer.
A review of Amy Herzog’s play ‘4000 Miles,’ in which a grandma and grandson close the geographical and emotional distance between them.
A review of the simple, timely and moving “Two Days, One Night,” starring Marion Cotillard as a quiet, working-class hero. Star rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.
Rant & Rave
A happy day at Costco; an unhappy day on the trail.
Korean comfort food in Ballard — don’t miss the kimchi fries.
A movie review of the “Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2015”: The animated package includes the five nominees, plus some extra titles; the other group contains the live-action nominees. Star rating: 3 out of 4.
“Match,” the movie, perhaps should’ve stayed on stage, writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. Rating: 2 stars out of 4.
A movie review of “Project Almanac”: Despite its low-budget limitations, this time-travel adventure is more enjoyable than it has any right to be, thanks to a clever script and appealing performances. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
The "Ghostbusters" reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of "Saturday Night Live" performers.
Activities for the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015, include SAM Great Big Book Sale, Seattle Boat Show and GroundFrog Day. Films opening include “Still Alice” and “Two Days, One Night.”
TV picks for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, include “Project Runway All Stars” on Lifetime, “Portlandia” on IFC and “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS.
A movie review of “Amira & Sam”: This initially well-observed character piece about an Iraq war veteran and an Iraqi refugee ultimately descends into romantic clichés. Rating: 2 stars out of 4.
A movie review of “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism”: Corneliu Porumboiu makes yet another film — this one about a filmmaker and his lead actress — in which the more is said, the less is clear.
A movie review of “The Devil’s Violinist”: Bernard Rose, maker of the Beethoven biography “Immortal Beloved,” wrote and directed an even steamier take on violinist Niccolò Paganini, starring present-day violin virtuoso David Garrett. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
At a Theater Near You
Screenings and events during the week of Jan. 30 include “Deconstructing the Beatles” at the Uptown; an appearance by Billy Dee Williams at Scarecrow Video; and the return of the Internet Cat Video Festival at Kirkland Arts Center.
Here are some theaters offering discounted movie tickets during the week of Jan. 30.
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris: Try a beautiful coniferous tree that is too rarely seen in Pacific Northwest gardens; winter is the ideal time to move deciduous trees and shrubs.
The battle on the gridiron should continue on the buffet. And no matter which team you root for, everyone will get behind a spread of noshes.
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Meet friends halfway by occasionally attending the big social events they like, but don’t go more often than that out of guilt, Carolyn Hax advises.
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