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Hearing on Inslee plan to charge big polluters draws divided crowd

Gov. Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and charge the state’s biggest polluters drew a big, sharply divided crowd Tuesday to its first hearing in Olympia.

Media Day next best thing to Super Bowl for Arizona Seahawks fans

Super Bowl Media Day let Seahawks fans enjoy their favorite players off the field.

‘Smart guns’ may be smart way to keep kids safe

There is a way to stop all the shootings involving kids getting their hands on guns. But it’s bogged down in toxic gun politics — something a Seattle activist hopes to change.

Island County Sheriff’s Office faces $10M claim over serial pedophile

A $10 million claim was filed against the Island County Sheriff’s Office this month on behalf of five women who were allegedly sexually abused by their swim coach in the mid-1990s.

Lawmakers suggest state pay for ballot postage

Covering return postage for the state’s all-mail balloting would cost about $1 million for a presidential election and about $2.7 million for the next two years, a Senate committee was told Monday.

National Pie Day brings crusty locals together in Ballard

Mary Schile celebrates National Pie Day with a fundraiser at the Salmon Bay Ballard Eagles; Shirts Across America raises money to send local high-schoolers to help in New Orleans, still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

Tunnel contractors not at fault over Sodo soil changes, panel says

Fickle sands and groundwater in Sodo? Not contractors’ fault, a newly released dispute-review-board opinion explains.

Bomb threats delay two flights at Sea-Tac

Passengers were delayed by a “security concern” on two arriving flights Sunday, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Huskies adjust after 7-footer Robert Upshaw dismissed

Coach Lorenzo Romar says “emotional” loss of one of team’s best players will be tough task as Huskies prepare for Stanford.

Issaquah dominates Inglemoor with KingCo title in sight

With four regular-season contests left, Issaquah has a three-game advantage on second-place Inglemoor. It also owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Vikings by way of sweeping the two-game season series.

Retractable Super Bowl field gets plenty of TLC

The 92,000-square-foot, 19 million-pound surface at University of Phoenix Stadium was custom ordered by the NFL for the big event and last weekend’s Pro Bowl.

UPDATE - 11:18 PM

2 former Vanderbilt players are convicted of rape

A jury convicted two former Vanderbilt players on Tuesday of raping an ex-student, rejecting claims they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Doggone it! We knew it was bound to come to this

Super Sunday Puppy Bowl apparently hit by scandal

Golfer Robert Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid. “I never lied to anyone,” he said.

UPDATE - 11:36 PM


League-leading Anaheim Ducks shut out host Vancouver Canucks

Frederik Andersen had to make a mere 17 saves for the third shutout of his career as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.

NCAA players must adjust to different brands of basketballs

Unlike the NBA, which uses a Spalding ball for all games, the NCAA has no uniform brand for regular-season basketball games. It simply requires the home team to provide the game ball.

Patriots’ deflate-gate dwarfed by overblown media day, at least for one day

Super Bowl XLIX media day was all about scale, and for one day at least, it overshadowed the deflated-ball allegations against the Patriots.

Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount says Seahawks defense ‘can be beaten’

The New England running back says the NFL’s top defense is “not immortal” entering Super Bowl XLIX.

Re-signing Russell Wilson may present roster challenges, GM John Schneider says

The executive says the Seahawks would have to rely on the draft because of free-agency limitations related to the quarterback’s likely big contract extension.

Seahawks’ Byron Maxwell has become ‘a true pro,’ and soon a hot free agent

Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell buckled down this season after being challenge by a coach, and he’ll reap the rewards after becoming a free agent in the offseason.

UPDATE - 11:12 PM

Tony Wroten Jr. of Philadelphia 76ers stays positive after knee injury

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten Jr., a former Washington Husky who is sidelined by a knee injury, said, “I’m not really down. I’m not really feeling bad for myself.”

Washington State hires two football assistants

The Cougars name Eric Mele as special-teams coordinator and Brian Odom as defensive quality control coach.

Jerry Brewer

Welcome to Michael Bennett’s profound, profane, politically incorrect world

Seahawk Michael Bennett unleashed his personality at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day on Tuesday, and please try not take it personally.

Marshawn Lynch again a man of few words at Super Bowl Media Day

To fulfill his NFL-mandated media obligation Tuesday, the Seahawks running back uses a variation of the same line — “I’m here so I won’t get fined” — to answer every question.

Seahawks soak in Super Bowl media day like veterans

The Seahawks, back for a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, were prepared for the absurdity this year, though for some players like Keavon Milton, it was a moment he wanted to remember.

Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.

Patriots’ DT Alan Branch emerging from a tragedy

Dog lover was attending a funeral and was on his way back to Arizona when he found out five of his six dogs died after an air conditioner malfunctioned at a boarding facility.

Bud Withers

What we thought of Pac-12 hoops vs. what happened

When Pac-12 basketball play began 26 days ago, we thought Oregon State and Washington State might have trouble winning a game, even when they were playing each other.

Larry Stone

Pete Carroll embraces Super Bowl Media Day while Bill Belichick endures it

The two Super Bowl coaches are a study in contrasts. The Patriots’ Bill Belichick is dour and stone-faced, while Pete Carroll is all smiles and enthusiasm. Those qualities were on display at media day, but the two coaches have more in common than you think.

UPDATE - 12:25 AM

American Airlines 4th-qtr profit gets lift from cheap fuel

American Airlines is logging record profits and rewarding shareholders just one year removed from bankruptcy court and a big merger.

Phoenix airports brace for Super Bowl crush of private jets

The boost in private jet traffic for the Super Bowl is a sign of how the big game has increasingly become a VIP event, from the many celebrity parties to tickets running several thousand dollars.

Big Sea-Tac expansion plans bring big headaches over money, logistics

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is looking at huge expansion options to accommodate the expected boom in passengers over the next 20 years. But designing and funding the projects won’t be easy, if Tuesday’s meeting about the plans is any indication.

Local home prices rose 6 percent over the year

Home prices in the Seattle area were down in November for the third month in a row, but they remained up for the year, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index released Tuesday.

State ranks high in disparity of income gains since recession

A report concludes that in Washington and and 16 other states, all the income growth from 2009 to 2012 went to the top 1 percent.

Jobless rate rises month-over-month in 32 of state’s counties

That rise in jobless rates in most of the state’s counties was expected, as the number of new jobs being created is outpaced by the increasing number of people entering the job market now that prospects seem brighter.

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.

Amid pressure, bailout critic is new Greek finance minister

Greece's new left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, picked an outspoken bailout critic as his new finance minister Tuesday, signaling his resolve to take a tough line with eurozone lenders in an effort to write off a massive chunk of rescue debt.

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

Dubai now world's busiest international airport

The city with the world's tallest building can now boast that it's home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

Fishermen fear monopoly by Pacific Seafood Group

Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking Pacific Seafood Group from taking over Westport, Washington-based Ocean Gold Seafoods.

IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs

Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

What the credit downgrade to 'junk' means for Russia

Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power.

Bigger iPhones help drive record sales in big quarter for Apple

Apple has set records with each new version of its iPhones, and bigger screens are one reason. Apple had resisted when other companies such as Samsung began introducing smartphones with bigger screens.

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold.

Orders for US durable goods stumbled in December

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, as U.S. businesses trimmed spending amid escalating worries about the global economy.

US consumer confidence jumps to 7 ½-year high in January

U.S. consumers welcomed the new year with a surge in confidence.

Russia announces anti-crisis plan after rating downgrade

After a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit grade to "junk" status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017.

Facebook: Internal glitch caused hour-long global outage

Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide.

Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm

Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? Expect to pay more than the usual fare.

Obama to drop plan to repeal college-savings tax break

As recently as Friday the administration was defending the proposal, which would require people to pay income taxes when they withdrew money from college-savings plans under section 529 of the tax code.

UPDATE - 12:18 AM

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

UPDATE - 12:28 AM

On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets

A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

Once easily recognized, signs of measles now elude young doctors

The virus is now so rare that medical schools don’t dwell on it at length. Lack of familiarity can make medical providers, the vast majority of whom have never seen a sickened patient, slow to recognize the potentially deadly, and highly contagious, disease.

UPDATE - 11:03 PM


Parents’ ‘just say no’ talk tougher as pot gains legitimacy

When doctors and parents attempt to discourage teens from using marijuana, they run up against the fact that nearly half the states permit medical pot and 4 states allow recreational use.

Trans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky

An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records.

Judge refuses to toss abuse-of-power case against Rick Perry

A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, rejecting the argument that Perry was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he carried out a veto threat.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.

Purported ISIS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages

An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live."

Deputy lowered from chopper comes face to face with bears

As Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Ricky Hernandez was being lowered from a helicopter to inspect an abandoned car in rugged terrain, his team spotted a bear on the ground.

Son: City Hall gunman in Minnesota clashed with authorities

A man killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Council meeting in suburban Minneapolis had a long history of friction with authorities, his son said Tuesday.

GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate

Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen.

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.

Airlines halt flights to Baghdad after gunfire hits plane

Several airlines suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after a passenger plane arriving from the Mideast's busiest airport in Dubai came under fire as it landed in the Iraqi capital.

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

For years, ex-CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling was the one under indictment but prosecutors' primary focus of pursuit was journalist Jeffrey Risen.

Federal government failing to protect children, report says

The federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.

Gowdy vows to 'ratchet up' Benghazi investigation

The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, promised Tuesday to "ratchet up" an inquiry he said is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration.

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.

Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago.

Police raid southern French town with strong jihadi network

French security forces detained five people Tuesday and broke up a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town that has sent several French youths to fight in Syria and Iraq, the interior minister said.

San Francisco pays $3 million for woman's stairwell death

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a payment of nearly $3 million to the family of a woman who was found dead in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital room.

Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base

The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said.

The drone debate hits close to home for White House

The drone-control debate has hit uncomfortably close to home for the White House, thanks to an apparently hapless operator who sent his quadcopter crashing inside the presidential compound.

Ukraine moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of talks

The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.

US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed information concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.

Woman gets bag full of cash at Burger King drive-thru

A New Hampshire woman got a surprise at a Burger King drive-thru: a bag full of cash instead of food.

Kurds expand offensive after driving IS out of Syrian town

Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive Tuesday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said.

Toddler left in day care van found wandering on NY street

Authorities say a 3-year-old boy left alone in a day care van has been found wandering on a New York street.

Brazilian police searching for stolen goods find 2 tanks

A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks.

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as questions rose Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system.

Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani

Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle -- a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.

Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.

Millions hunker down as Northeast storm downgraded

Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen.

Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi.

Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel

Twin Chicago brothers reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent history are set to be sentenced in a federal courthouse in their hometown amid tight security.

US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil

A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.

Editorial: Give Woodland Park Zoo elephants Bamboo and Chai much-needed retirement

The Woodland Park Zoo should work with Seattle city officials to find a safe, humane home for Bamboo and Chai.

Guest: Our state parks are heavily used but underfunded

State parks get 33 million visitors a year, yet funding cuts have them operating with “bailing wire and duct tape,” write guest columnists John R. Floberg, Mark O. Brown and Jim van Loben Sels.

Actor Allen Galli gets a crash course in ballet at PNB

An interview with Allen Galli, a longtime Seattle actor who plays Sancho Panza across from Tom Skerritt’s Don Quixote at Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Theater review

An insightful staging of ‘The Three Sisters’ at ACT

The Seagull Project’s pained and hopeful “Three Sisters” plays at ACT through Feb. 8.

NW books

History of Seattle’s First Hill; Chief Seattle’s sculptor

New books by Seattle-area authors include a history of First Hill; the story of chief Seattle’s sculptor; a history of the Mount St. Helens eruption; and teen fiction by a Bellingham author.

New recordings

Kenny G’s new album? Blame it on the bossa nova

The sax man’s newest album, the pop-tinged “Brazlian Nights,” is not what you might expect, writes critic Paul de Barros.

Why do you need a gun at Costco?

Ranger brings old-growth forest to life; gun owner can’t keep his firearm holstered in the store.

New DVDs

‘Fury,’ ‘The Book of Life,’ ‘The Judge’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Jan. 27, include the World War II tank drama “Fury”; the animated feature “The Book of Life”; “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall; and the thriller “Before I Go to Sleep,” with Nicole Kidman.

Domingo to sing in Woody Allen-directed opera in LA

Placido Domingo will take on his 146th role when he sings the title character of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in a Woody Allen production on Sept. 12, the opening night of the Los Angeles Opera 2015-16 season.

Jan. 27 TV Picks: ‘Sirens’ season premiere on USA

TV picks for Tuesday, Jan. 27, include “Sirens” on USA, “The Flash” on The CW and “Justified” on FX.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

Child-free friend asks how to connect with friends with kids

Columnist Carolyn Hax reader suggests bringing ingredients to friend’s house, helping with bedtime and then cooking dinner together after the children go to bed. The adults get time without kids, all without baby-sitter expenses.