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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month.

Magnitude 4.0 quake shows early-warning system works

The Northwest’s biggest quake of the year rattled nerves early Wednesday from Seabeck, in Kitsap County, to Seattle. More than 500 “felt it” reports were filed with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Bezos’ Blue Origin plans 21st century rocket engine

Jeff Bezos’ private aerospace company, Blue Origin, agreed to develop its rocket engine in partnership with Boeing and Lockheed Martin, an alliance that could reduce Russia’s role in U.S. orbital flights.

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John McKay thinks Ireland’s experience might help Palestine

Seattle U professor finds lessons for the Middle East in Irish history.

Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000 hours of bus service

King County Metro Transit has found enough savings to limit planned bus cuts, news that comes as Seattle voters consider new transit taxes.

VA gets an earful from Veterans at town hall

Puget Sound-area veterans had a chance to sound off Wednesday night about their struggles to get medical care when the Department of Veterans Affairs held a town-hall meeting.

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Tribal canoe journey likely to take 1-year hiatus

A large annual event that celebrates the Pacific Northwest's Native American culture with a tribal canoe journey and ceremonies is expected to take a one-year hiatus in 2015 because no tribe has stepped up to host it, officials said.

Federal Way High football team hit by injuries

The Eagles have started 0-2 after coming into the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A.

Oregon can expect to hear from Cougars’ Daquawn Brown

Chatty Cougars cornerback will have plenty to say to Ducks, as he does to every opponent and anyone who spends time with him.

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Heisman winner Jameis Winston suspended for first half of Clemson game

Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State’s showdown against Clemson on Saturday after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women — the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field.

Jason Terry traded to Rockets

The Houston Rockets acquired Jason Terry and draft picks from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson.

Mariners likely to shut down Roenis Elias after elbow strain

Rookie left-hander left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning. He will have an MRI Thursday in Seattle.

New arrest adds to NFL’s problems

Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was arrested in a domestic-violence investigation Wednesday as the NFL continued to find itself under siege for its handling of such cases.

Prep football game of the week: Marysville-Pilchuck battles O’Dea

No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck travels to face No. 2 O’Dea at West Seattle Stadium Friday in an early-season showdown.

Umpire throws out foul-mouthed fan

Umpire Tim Welke heard a foul-mouthed fan heckling Bryce Harper and decided it was time for the man to go.

Peyton Manning mostly mum on seeking revenge vs. Seahawks

Manning doesn’t have much interest in reliving the past. Denver plays at Seattle Sunday.

Brian Thornton grabs leads at Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship

Teaching Pro at Meridian Valley shoots a 7-under 65 to take two-stroke lead over first-round leader Tony Robydek.

Coho season peaking on area waters

Strong numbers coincide with Everett Coho Derby.

Larry Stone

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman gets a laugh out of on-field challenges and off-field insults

“It’s really funny,” Sherman says of chatter after the loss at San Diego, when Keenan Allen caught five passes. “Especially when you have little guys like the Chargers guys talking about how they exposed something.”

Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's voice NFL disapproval

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising.

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury.

Nike suspends deal with Adrian Peterson

Nike has suspended its sponsorship deal with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson following child abuse allegations.

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

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Wednesday’s prep cross country results

Cross country results for Wednesday, Sept. 17

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Wednesday’s prep golf results

Golf results for Wednesday, Sept. 17

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Wednesday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Wednesday, Sept. 17

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Tuesday’s prep cross country results

Cross country results for Tuesday, Sept. 16

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Tuesday’s prep golf results

Golf results for Tuesday, Sept. 16

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USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.

Amazon expands gadget lineup, offers Fire tablet for kids

The online retail giant adds new Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets to its family of products. But for all the technical improvements and new features built into these devices, one principle remains prominent throughout — price matters.

Amazon’s hardware chief says price still guides company

The head of Amazon’s hardware business talks about the importance of price, expectations of customers, what those on the Kindle staff like and other subjects.

Novo Nordisk may base obesity-research drive here

Novo Nordisk, which closed a Seattle research hub two weeks ago, is hinting the location could become its chief site for a broad new initiative targeting obesity and employing many scientists.

State’s unemployment steady, but local rate edges up

The statewide unemployment rate in August was 5.6 percent, the same as in July, but the rate for the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area increased slightly to 4.8 percent.

Starbucks updates Android app to add tipping function

Starbucks said Wednesday it has updated its Android app to allow tipping, matching the improvements made to its iPhone app earlier this year.

Family Dollar opposes Dollar General overture

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase.

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years -- but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

Boeing wins role in next U.S. space chapter

NASA will pay longtime space company Boeing $4.2 billion and upstart SpaceX $2.6 billion to certify, test and fly their crew capsules on as many as six missions.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.

Local consumer prices dip as inflation reverses course

Consumer prices in the Seattle area dropped slightly in July and August, in parallel with a national decline for the first time since April 2013.

Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors

American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever.

World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates and reports that China is providing extra liquidity to major state banks.

Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand

Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger.

Kohl's holiday hiring to rise 15 pct

Kohl's Corp. plans to hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, which the company said is a 15 percent increase over last year.

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

US current account deficit dips to $98.5 billion

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Principal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit

A skit at a Wyoming high school in which new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions has resulted in disciplinary action against some employees and the resignation of the principal.

FDA panel calls for limits on ‘Low-T’ hormone products

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said that prescribing language on blockbuster testosterone treatments should be revised to make clear they have not been shown to reverse common aging issues such as low libido, fatigue and muscle loss.

Combat troops in Iraq? Obama says firm 'no'

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional

Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

26 school districts stock up on free military gear

School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

Scots’ inventions are fuel for independence debate

If Scotland exits the United Kingdom after a referendum this week, it can stake a claim to inventions that transformed modern life, from surgical anesthetic and penicillin to TV, the telephone and even the flush toilet.

Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store

Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?"

Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

U.S. military role in Iraq raises combat questions

Clearing up some of the confusion over the U.S. mission in Iraq.

Primal sights as Hawaii lava flows — and threatens

Kilauea is erupting in two places, and the newer lava flow threatens to close an important road on Hawaii Island.

Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

Natural gas alone isn’t magic weapon against climate change

Natural gas is no long-term fix in the effort to shield the world from the most severe effects of climate change or meet the difficult goal set by world leaders to keep global temperatures from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius.

15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations

At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said.

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled

A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter.

Marijuana ad blitz battles stoner stereotypes

Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

NYC police increase security in Times Square

Police stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the United States and the Islamic State group could have repercussions on U.S. soil.

Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism

Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.

U.S. man held for alleged attempt to swim to N.Korea

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

Big break in ambush probe: suspect's abandoned SUV

Authorities say a heavily armed survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement is the suspect in an ambush that killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a heavily forested region of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Doctors: Foul floodwaters sicken people in Kashmir

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.

Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath

Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.

New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

Airstrikes on central Syrian city kill some 50

Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a rebel commander, activists said Wednesday.

Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

The remnants of Tropical Storm Odile barreled toward Arizona on Wednesday and threatened to swamp some areas with 5 inches of rain in the second blast of hurricane-related weather to hit the desert region in the last two weeks.

Excitement and relief in landmark Fiji election

There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have much of a new look to it.

Fire damage to mill another blow to timber town

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

Weakened Odile heads over Mexico toward Arizona

Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward the U.S. state of Arizona.

Editorial: How the Ray Rice incident can help stop domestic violence

A video of Ray Rice hitting his now wife sparked a national conversation about domestic violence, opening up an opportunity to address the issue.

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist

A rough month in America for women

Between the Bob McDonnell and Mark Sanford stories emerged the video of football star Ray Rice punching his girlfriend, now wife, cold in an elevator and then dragging her limp body out, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

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Movie review

‘The Maze Runner’: Well-cast thriller outpaces the book

A movie review of “The Maze Runner,” a smart and fast-paced rendering of James Dashner’s 2009 young-adult best-seller set in a dystopian future. The young cast and set design are its greatest strengths. It got three stars out of four.

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Movie review

‘This Is Where I Leave You’: a likable family re-connects

“This is Where I Leave You” is a family-forced-to-be-together dramedy that jells better than most thanks to its funny cast, which includes Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. 3 stars out of 4.

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Movie review

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith’s pointless house of walrus horrors

A movie review of “Tusk,” about a sensationalistic podcaster (Justin Long) taken prisoner in backwoods Manitoba by a serial killer (Michael Parks) infatuated with walruses. It got 0 stars.

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Movie review

A grim ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

Liam Neeson is a private eye taking “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a thriller that isn’t quite as good as his character is. 2.5 stars out of 4.

Sept. 17 TV Picks: Octavia Spencer in ‘Red Band Society’

TV picks for Tuesday, Sept. 17, include the season premiere of “Red Band Society” on Fox, “America’s Got Talent” on NBC and “Extant” on CBS.

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Sept. 19-25, 2014.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour reader questions: free jazz and pre-ferry cocktails

We answer readers’ Happy Hour questions.

Artificial sweeteners may disrupt body’s blood-sugar controls

The different mix of microbes, the researchers contend, changes the metabolism of glucose, causing levels to rise higher after eating and to decline more slowly than they otherwise would.