No quick fix for pot-banking problem
It could take several weeks to figure out what’s blocking the Highway 99 tunnel machine and to clear the path.
After a mostly dry, cold spell, forecasters say a normal wet weather pattern is returning to Washington.
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Weather forecast calls for 3 to 14 inches of snow, and the timing could be a blessing as Pacific Northwest ski and snowboard areas near the holiday break.
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A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of her husband, and she told the judge she’d pushed him off a ledge at Glacier National Park.
State officials say that an estimated 25,000 unemployed workers in Washington state will lose their benefits at the end of the month.
As chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate’s fourth-ranking Democrat, Washington’s Patty Murray was one of two chief negotiators of the deal on the federal budget announced Tuesday.
Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray names more members of his administrative team. They aren’t high-profile picks, but they have lengthy résumés in government and the private sector.
Sgt. Rich O’Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, will return to police duties on March 1 after serving eight years marked by conflict and controversy.
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced to over 35 years in prison.
The state Attorney General’s Office is accusing a Mill Creek couple of soliciting donations with the false claim that the money would go to help disabled children.
During his 13-year career as an All-Star catcher, Mike Scioscia earned a reputation for being as tough as anyone when it came to blocking home plate.
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Coleman, a rim-seeking 6-foot-4 wing player who transferred from Providence College, provides an explosive athleticism that the Zags haven’t traditionally had, although his early results have been inconsistent.
Coach Jim McLaughlin has watched Orlandini progressively elevate her skills, and this year she earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
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The Sounders exchanged allocation money and a third-round pick in the 2015 draft to get Marshall from the Columbus Crew, while Zakuani and Burch went to new teams via the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday.
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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson plans to speak to Rangers at spring training after selection in Rule 5 draft, but has no plans to play baseball.
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New York has gone 5-2 since an 0-6 start to the season.
Listening to his coach’s admonishment to attack more, Arizona freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took off from the right side of the lane, planted his right arm on his opponent’s head and unleashed a vicious tomahawk dunk that left the home crowd stunned.
Boise State hires former player and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be the Broncos’ next coach.
Paying Cano $240 million seems risky, but the economics of baseball have changed and the Mariners also should reap the benefits of their regional TV network.
Kellen Birdsall is one of the state’s premier scorers despite a career of painful injuries.
Seattle signs Hart to a one-year deal while the Mariners trade Carter Capps to get Morrison, according to sources.
It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won’t play for the rest of the season.
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson has been good, and Giants’ defense has given up some big games.
The Sounders traded Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA on Wednesday, receiving 22-year-old forward Tristan Bowen and the valuable No. 2 spot in the allocation order in exchange.
With safety Jeron Johnson on injured reserve, Cox returns to Seattle.
Basketball scores for the week of Dec. 9
Phoenix Suns broadcaster Tom Chambers, a former Sonic, apologized to the NBA team and its fans after being arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Gymnastics results for Wednesday, Dec. 11
Boys swimming late results submitted Wednesday, Dec. 11
Wrestling results for Wednesday, Dec. 11
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Negotiations between Boeing and the Machinists union over placing the 777X work in Washington state abruptly collapsed Thursday with the union rejecting what management described as its final offer.
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Qualcomm Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf is on a list of several choices under consideration as prospects fade for Ford CEO Alan Mulally taking Microsoft’s top job, people familiar with the matter say.
Unemployment insurance payments to about 25,000 people statewide, including 6,554 in King County, will expire Dec. 28 without congressional action, the Washington Employment Security Department said Thursday.
The Web giant rolls out the service to its third city as it continues to find new ways to speed shipping delivery.
An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report released Wednesday.
The global airline industry expects its profits to jump to a record high next year, helped by falling jet fuel prices, rising travel demand and cost-cutting.
A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.
When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double decker buses to raise his profile.
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The FCC and Department of Transportation said they had heard and wanted to respect public outcry at the prospect of being stuck for hours in close quarters next to a person gabbing into a cellphone.
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Whole Foods has stepped up its growth, even as the natural-foods grocer faces more competition than ever — both from rival natural-foods chains and traditional supermarkets that are increasingly stocking similar products.
Organizations and advocates on all sides of the online gambling debate are cheering a Congressional hearing on the state of online gambling.
Lululemon's image problems are starting to take a toll on its business, the yoga clothing seller's executives acknowledged Thursday.
A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets.
New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Boeing ousted Airbus as Air Canada’s primary supplier of narrow-body jets, winning an big order for the 737 MAX model
Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels.
Americans ramped up spending at retail businesses in November, providing a boost to the economy just in time for the holidays.
While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years.
U.S. companies boosted their stockpiles at the fastest rate in nine months in October as their sales grew. The gain in restocking indicates businesses anticipated a healthy holiday shopping season.
As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
The cost of flying is headed higher now that Congress has agreed on a budget deal.
Disappointing earnings from a handful of U.S. companies pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in five weeks.
The Machinists union Wednesday made a preliminary contract offer to Boeing, seeking a labor deal that would secure the building of the 777X jet for Everett.
About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.
Two student pilots are seated shoulder to shoulder before a bank of video monitors, maneuvering an unmanned aircraft by keyboard and mouse as the drone descends toward a virtual runway in a suburban landscape.
Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of domestic flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog.
The investigation into the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco's airport last summer has highlighted problems with cockpit culture and the trainee pilot's lack of confidence in his ability to safely land the Boeing 777.
Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.
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Under the amended law, euthanasia would become legal for children afflicted with “constant and unbearable physical suffering” and equipped “with a capacity of discernment.”
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The South African government found itself unable to explain Thamsanqa Jantjie’s selection for the signing job, admitted it had paid a bargain rate for his services and claimed that the company that supplied him had “vanished into thin air.”
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If the finding holds up, it could provide a major boost to a robotic mission to explore Europa, an icy moon that circles Jupiter every 3½ days.
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The report, prepared by chemical-weapons specialists and doctors who went to Syria to conduct interviews and collect samples, is the most detailed and comprehensive independent assessment of facts and accusations surrounding the use of chemical weapons in the civil war.
A San Diego man has been charged with operating a revenge porn website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others in an effort to extort money from those whose privacy was breached.
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It's a growing side effect of modern medicine: A test for one condition turns up something completely unrelated. It might be a real danger, or an anxiety-provoking false alarm.
Queen Elizabeth II was so annoyed by police officers eating nuts laid out at Buckingham Palace that she marked a line on the bowl to monitor the level, jurors heard Thursday at Britain's tabloid phone hacking trial.
The fired chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
A caretaker at a French retirement home was charged in the poisoning deaths of six patients, accused Thursday of slipping the elderly residents a psychotropic cocktail over the course of two months.
Nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
A gang of young neighborhood men would harass Sonali Mukherjee whenever she left home -- taunting her, following her, hissing lewd comments.
A U.S.-British decision to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria was taken impulsively and in haste, a spokesman for Syria's main Western-backed rebel group said Thursday, adding that he hoped it would soon be reversed.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday while their leaders met with businesspeople to explain why they want to oust the caretaker government before upcoming elections.
Composer Steven Sametz has written dozens of pieces in his long and prolific career, perhaps none so personal as the one he's about to begin: a requiem for the victims of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Three years ago, a jury heard lurid testimony about a burned body and a brazen cover-up before convicting a former New Orleans police officer of fatally shooting a man without justification in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
With time running short, the nation's health care rolls still aren't filling up fast enough.
House Republicans are rallying behind a modest budget pact that promises to bring a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and ease automatic budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second straight year.
India's law minister said Thursday that the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, saying the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations.
As the captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Wagner is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when he nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him.
George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
The U.S. and Britain said Wednesday they were suspending deliveries to rebels in northern Syria of nonlethal aid such as communications equipment and laptops after some of the gear was seized by Islamic militants.
The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.
So-called community mailboxes would replace home delivery in a move that quickly drew widespread criticism as the postal service in Canada tries to cope with declining mail volume and high wage and pension costs.
Authorities have recovered a huge haul of high-end swag that thieves snagged during a party at an empty mansion -- including armor, shields and a stuffed snow leopard worth $250,000.
Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
Opposition leaders in Ukraine rejected President Viktor Yanukovych's offer of talks Wednesday, saying they will not sit down with him until he fires his government and releases all arrested demonstrators.
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Norm Rice will retire soon after a long and influential career contributing to Seattle within government and without. The city has been lucky to have him.
Nature itself can be used as a defense against the rising threat of flooding in Puget Sound due to climate change, according to guest columnists Michael S. Stevens and Mary Ruckelshaus.
Nicholas D. Kristof
If we Americans want to uphold the spirit of Mandela, then let’s advocate for political prisoners, syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes.
A three-star movie review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” In this second installment of the series, a dragon drives a story of action and love.
A 3.5-star movie review of “Saving Mr. Banks,” a sweetened story of how “Mary Poppins” came to be made in prickly collaboration between author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and an ever-grinning creative team.
Deborah F. Rutter was executive director of Seattle Symphony for 11 years, when Benaroya Hall was built.
Frank Lawler and Daniel Flint’s pun-laden “Holiday of Errors (or Much Ado About Stockings)” borrows liberally from the works of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens in a nontraditional holiday comedy, which Sound Theatre Company is premiering.
A three-star movie review of “Improvement Club,” an engaging feature about a luckless dance troupe from Seattle choreographer and theater director Dayna Hanson.
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Heaping seven nominations on both the con-artist melodrama "American Hustle" and the grimly historical "12 Years a Slave," the Golden Globes nominations set up a showdown of contrasts: comedy and drama, light and dark, white and black.
An interview with Peter Jackson, director and co-writer of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
TV picks for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, include “Project Runway All Stars” on Lifetime, “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “Sean Saves the World” on NBC.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein sued Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema on Wednesday, claiming they're owned a share of the profits from the second and third "Hobbit" films.
Activities for the weekend of Dec. 13-15, 2013, include Green Lake Pathways of Lights, Holiday GooseChase and Indoor Farmers Market. Films opening include “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”
A 1.5-star review of “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” an animated documentary directed by Michel Gondry from a series of conversations he had with linguist and political curmudgeon Noam Chomsky.
At a Theater Near You
Screenings and events at Seattle-area theaters include “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Grand Illusion; a “quote along” edition of “The Princess Bride” at the Uptown and a poster sale at Seven Gables.
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In the week since NBC aired a revival of "The Sound of Music," the real von Trapp and the vacation lodge it runs in Vermont are in high demand.
A spokeswoman for Kate Winslet says the actress has given birth to a son and is "doing great."
Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas?
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris on how to donate a living Christmas tree to a park, and on how to care for a living tree if you plan to plant it in the backyard.
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Don’t hand others the key to your self-esteem, columnist Carolyn Hax advises.
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