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Local volunteers provide help like no other at the mudslide

Nikki and Corey Stinson’s family is part of a core group of local volunteers who’ve taken days off regular jobs to be at the Oso mudslide site, running the fire-department kitchen, hosting out-of-town workers and doing many other tasks.

Jury awards $1.5 million to school stabbing victim

A King County jury awarded $1.3 million to a Snohomish High School student who was stabbed in a school bathroom by an unstable classmate.

Search for SPD’s next chief down to 10, all from out of state

The only internal applicant, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was removed from a list of 20 applicants reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, according to sources.

Tom Robbins, Ken Jennings in 2014 Bumbershoot arts lineup

Bumbershoot announces all of its arts programming for the 2014 festival.

Seattle police say they are ready for May Day

Seattle police say they are prepared to deal with May Day violence, as they did last year when they deployed bike officers and blast balls of powdered pepper spray against an unruly crowd.

State sees healthy jump in individual insurance coverage

Nearly 325,000 Washington residents are now enrolled in individual insurance plans, the first significant growth in the market in four years.

Strip-club owner was unaware of illegal activity, lawsuit says

A King County Superior Court jury began hearing testimony Tuesday in a lawsuit pitting an aging strip-club magnate against his former business partners over damages he claims to have suffered when the federal government shut down the Colacurcio family’s adult-entertainment empire.

Jerry Large

The way we treat workers won’t work

When people don’t matter, bad things happen to the economy.

Skagit County weighs options for Guemes Island ferry

Officials and a county committee weigh whether it’s better to overhaul the existing 35-year-old ferry or replace it.

Salmon swim past Wanapum Dam

Modifications to the fish ladders at Wanapum Dam are allowing safe passage to upstream migrating adult salmon and steelhead.

Rice set to re-sign with Seahawks

Seattle’s tallest experienced receiver, mending from knee injury, is back with team but at a lower salary.

Damore’ea Stringfellow gets sentenced to five days on work crew in assault

UW wide receiver also must pay $693 and attend anger management classes after pleading guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault in altercations after Super Bowl.

Larry Stone

Washington’s softball stars of today still learning from the program’s previous hero

Huskies’ top-line pitchers owe some of their success to former star Danielle Lawrie

A Top Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Inquiry

The case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy.

Gonzaga’s Alice Kim claims WCC women’s golf title

Alice Kim helps Gonzaga take second as a team

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Kevin Durant scores 42, Thunder earns No. 2 seed

Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference after beating the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night.

Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver’s Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He’s holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

Recent plantings should help anglers at local lakes

Pierce and Thurston lakes get big boosts

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Wednesday’s prep golf results

Golf results for Wednesday, April 16

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Wednesday’s prep lacrosse results

Lacrosse results for Wednesday, April 16

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Wednesday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Wednesday, April 16

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Wednesday’s prep water polo results

Water polo results for Wednesday, April 16

Monday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Monday, April 14

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Tuesday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Tuesday, April 15

Air Jordans are blue chips in thriving young market

Thousands of teenage “sneakerheads” have formed a thriving subculture using Instagram, Facebook and weekend conventions to spot, sell and trade coveted, sometimes limited-edition, pairs of designer basketball shoes, sometimes earning a profit in the process.

Eye to future, Google trips on earnings miss in present

Released after the market closed Wednesday, Google’s first-quarter earnings surprised Wall Street with revenue and profits that were not quite what was expected from one of its favorite companies.

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

Starbucks moving European headquarters to London

Starbucks, which has suffered withering criticism in Britain for avoiding taxes, said it would move its regional headquarters to London from Amsterdam and pay more to the British Treasury.

High oil prices actually help airlines stay profitable

High oil prices forced the major airlines to do business differently, and that’s been good for profits.

Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday.

Venture investments show a sizable jump in first quarter

Fledgling companies in the state rake in more than $114 million, led by those in the information technology sector. Even with the increase, the quarter actually saw fewer deals than the previous year.

Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal expenses

Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal expenses.

Beetle marks 65th year since entry into US

Sixty-five years after the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.

High fuel prices actually good for airlines

Soaring oil prices forced major airlines to slash costs, cut fuel consumption, and spurred them to load on extra fees (at passengers’ expense).

SpaceX will try again Fri. to launch station cargo

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation.

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

US factory output extended solid gains in March

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

US home building up in March after frigid winter

U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, a Missouri man was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

Detroit retirees cheer, creditors rip deal for less severe pension cuts

A day after Detroit scaled back from the large pension-benefit cuts it had once been proposing, the bankrupt city fended off charges from some that it had simply caved in to retirees in ways that could come back to haunt it. But it also felt the elation of many who had feared a more dire outcome.

Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Researchers reported sweeping progress in combating some of the most devastating complications of type 2 diabetes, finding that rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations declined sharply over the past two decades.

US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship's anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning.

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Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Fake grenade in luggage disrupts New York airport

A fake hand grenade in a passenger's luggage has disrupted operations at an airport in New York's Hudson Valley.

Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus.

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal.

Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

N.Korea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Political lies a crime? New law gets Supreme Court challenge

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.

Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice

The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber.

Afghan policeman shoots, wounds female lawmaker

An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.

Detroit strikes 2nd deal with its other retirees

The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, key deals that could accelerate the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials said Tuesday.

Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths

Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman's life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns.

Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.

Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist

Dan Snyder’s attempt to buy off Native Americans over NFL team name

Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington, D.C., football team, makes transparent attempt to snooker Native Americans with a charity, writes syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.

Guest: Consider health insurance in minimum-wage debate

Seattle should include health-care benefits in calculating hourly wage requirements while weighing whether to raise the minimum wage, writes guest columnist Dave Gering.

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Movie review

‘Transcendence’: a cyber drama that’s slow to upload

A two-star movie review of “Transcendence,” a disappointingly ho-hum sci-fi drama from Christopher Nolan’s much-respected cinematographer, Wally Pfister. It stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman.

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Movie review

‘A Haunted House 2’: This sequel isn’t much of a scream

A 1.5-star review of the fright-film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” writer/star Marlon Wayans’ take on suburban ghost stories.

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Movie review

‘Bears’: sleeping and surviving in the Alaskan wild

A three-star movie review of “Bears,” the fifth installment in Disneynature’s series of wildlife documentaries that follows an Alaskan bear family over the course of one year.

Happy Hour

Tom Douglas adds ‘Serious’ happy hour in South Lake Union

The South Lake Union location of Tom Douglas’ popular pizza joint, Serious Pie, has added Serious Bar, a beer-focused happy-hour haven.

Classical review

Taxes forgotten, Meany crowd welcomes André Watts

A review of Tuesday night’s recital by pianist André Watts, who played Liszt, Scarlatti, Mozart, and Beethoven for an appreciative crowd at Meany Hall in Seattle.

‘Orphan Black’ star works five times as hard as other actors

Tatiana Maslany plays a minimum of five characters — ranging from a psychotic killer to an uptight soccer mom — in “Orphan Black,” the BBC America thriller about cloning that starts its second season Saturday, April 19.

April 16 TV Picks: ‘Arrow’ on The CW

TV Picks for Wednesday, April 16, 2014, include “Arrow” on The CW, “Survivor” on CBS and “The Americans” on FX.

BBC America’s ‘Real History’ is Science Fiction 101

The four-part series on the popular genre is fat with clips from American and British television, and interviews with authors such as Ursula Le Guin.

Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

Q&A: Whoopi Goldberg on family and the power of stories

The co-host of daytime’s “The View” stars in the Lifetime original movie “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel. It airs Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.

2014 Peeps contest winner donates prize to Oso slide victims

Redmond teacher Gretchen Crossley wins the Grand Prize in the 2014 Peeps Contest, presented by The Seattle Times and Bartell Drugs.

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 18-24, 2014.

Easter events galore, including at Woodland Park Zoo

Snohomish Easter Parade and Bonnet Contest, Snohomish; Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce, Saturday April 19.

Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Three ways to prepare perfect mashed potatoes

So how do you like your mashed potatoes: fluffy or creamy?

Dear Carolyn

Deceitful ex wants to pick up where he left off

Don’t go near the guy, columnist Carolyn Hax advises wary woman.

Recipe: Pea, Asparagus and Fava Bean Salad

A recipe featuring asparagus adapted from Bon Appétit.