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NEW - 01:42 PM
Committee hears arguments on proposed WSU med school
Washington State University can start its own medical school but not with $5.9 million set aside to expand medical programs in Spokane by the University of Washington, UW officials told legislators during a hearing in Olympia. Wed, 1/28
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
‘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.  Tue, 1/27
Family told pilot presumed dead after Hood Canal crash
A 65-year old Fox Island man is presumed dead after a plane crashed into Hood Canal on Monday, officials say. Tue, 1/27
GOP still critical of state employee contracts
State lawmakers must decide whether to fund $440 million in pay raises for state employees, and Republican legislators aren’t happy about it. Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
UW junior accused of assault in parking-spot argument
An argument over a parking spot at an apartment complex in the University District put one man in the hospital and another man behind bars. Tue, 1/27
Push in Olympia to broaden ban on using smartphones while driving
Legislation expected to be filed this week in Olympia would go beyond the current ban on texting-and-driving. Lawmakers will now consider barring drivers from emailing, Web browsing and the like.  Tue, 1/27

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 01:26 PM
Boko Haram killing people 'like rams,' no troops to stop them
Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 02:24 PM
Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps
Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008. Wed, 1/28

Drunken drone driver highlights White House security problems
It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an inebriated, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend’s quadcopter. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 01:50 PM
Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever
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. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 12:37 PM
Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:24 PM
Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies
Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured
A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history -- $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck -- was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims
The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:11 PM
Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave
Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app
Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk. Wed, 1/28
Russia considers condemning 'annexation' of East Germany
The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Wed, 1/28
Snail facials are slimy sensation in Thailand spas
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. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC
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. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 12:25 PM
After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy
For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Boston bounces back quickly after 2-foot blizzard
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. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. Wed, 1/28
Gold heist: How robbers held up the stagecoach museum
Thieves who rammed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco and swiped historic gold nuggets worth roughly $10,000 could face a tough time selling the loot. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot
Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. Wed, 1/28
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. Wed, 1/28
Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges
Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 02:23 PM
North Korea may be restarting nuke plant, says U.S. institute
A U.S. research institute says North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown. Wed, 1/28
NY Assembly speaker to vacate post amid criminal charges
Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:26 PM
Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug
Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer. Wed, 1/28
Operator of errant drone works for intel agency
The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for a U.S. intelligence agency. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:15 PM
Prosecutor questions Lindsay Lohan's community service
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. Wed, 1/28
Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple
Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City. Wed, 1/28
Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths
Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
The Lebanese militant Hezbollah fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering a deadly response that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war. Wed, 1/28
Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks
The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth. Wed, 1/28
Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble
Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. Wed, 1/28
Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches
Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. Wed, 1/28
Denver airport bans sale of pot-themed souvenirs
Airport executives fear tacky T-shirts or boxer shorts with marijuana leaf could damage state’s image.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:11 PM
Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say
Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg. Wed, 1/28
Russian government details spending cuts in view of crisis
The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs. Wed, 1/28
Airlines begin digging out from storm in northeastern US
Lingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected. Wed, 1/28
Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing
New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown. Wed, 1/28
Dog missing 5 months rescued in NYC amid snowstorm
A whippet named Burt that vanished on the streets of New York City five months ago has finally made it home. Wed, 1/28
Greek leader: negotiating debt solution a priority
Greece's new leftist prime minister says his government's top priorities are negotiating with creditors to resolve the country's debt problems and dealing with what he describes as a humanitarian crisis. Wed, 1/28
Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack
A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans. Wed, 1/28
Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put
Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday. Wed, 1/28
Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero. Wed, 1/28
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. Wed, 1/28
Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights
The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. Wed, 1/28
Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch. Wed, 1/28
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. Wed, 1/28
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.  Wed, 1/28
Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen
A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle. Wed, 1/28
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. Wed, 1/28
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. Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 12:35 PM
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. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 01:21 PM
Boeing to build Air Force One replacement
The Air Force will let Boeing. build the replacement for Air Force One without competition but will require bidding on specialized equipment for the new presidential aircraft. Wed, 1/28
Boeing reports 4Q profit of $1.47 billion on airplane sales
Demand for commercial jets boosted Boeing Co.'s fourth-quarter profit by 19 percent, topping Wall Street expectations by a wide margin and offsetting weakness in the defense business. Wed, 1/28
Japanese airline files for bankruptcy after failed Airbus A380 deal
Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection after running short of cash, highlighting the failure of growth plans that climaxed in the ill-fated purchase of six Airbus A380 superjumbos. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 01:36 PM
Amazon rolls out email and calendaring for businesses
Amazon Web Services, which rents computing storage and services to businesses, will debut WorkMail in the second quarter to help compete with Microsoft and Google. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:21 PM
Fed stays 'patient' on rates while noting improving economy
The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:26 PM
Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods
There's a tiger fight going on in China. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:26 PM
Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause
The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:17 PM
1st time advertisers gamble on Super Bowl ads
More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:18 PM
Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen
Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:18 PM
After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?
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. Wed, 1/28

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. Wed, 1/28
Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group. Wed, 1/28
Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple
Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season. Wed, 1/28
What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage
No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do? Wed, 1/28
Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings
Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Wed, 1/28
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27

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UPDATE - 02:02 PM
Eastside Catholic boys earn victory over Seattle Prep
No. 4 Crusaders move into tie for first in Metro League Mountain Division with 60-50 victory over Panthers.  Wed, 1/28
NEW - 01:09 PM
Storm trades leading scorer Camille Little to Connecticut
The trade, which also sends forward Shekinna Stricklen to the Sun, yields the third and 15th overall picks in the WNBA draft and veteran guard Renee Montgomery. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks
Hundreds of people gather each year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of sending this year's guests to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers are throwing the party at a private home. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 02:13 PM
The List: Most popular dog names inspired by the Seahawks
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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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27

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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Doggone it! We knew it was bound to come to this
Super Sunday Puppy Bowl apparently hit by scandal Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
Madison Keys, Serena Williams win Australian Open quarterfinal matches
In a quarterfinal matchup of Americans at the Australian Open, unseeded Madison Keys beat No. 18 Venus Williams in three sets. Keys’ task might be tougher in the semifinals, as she will face top-ranked Serena Williams, Venus’ sister. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27
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.” Tue, 1/27
Washington State hires two football assistants
The Cougars name Eric Mele as special-teams coordinator and Brian Odom as defensive quality control coach.  Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
Tale of Tiger's tooth: 'Dude ... caught me square' on mouth
Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday -- and with a full set of teeth. Tue, 1/27
Rewind: Live chat with former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn
 Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27
On the Air
 Tue, 1/27
Tuesday’s prep gymnastics results
Results for Tuesday, Jan. 27 Tue, 1/27
Statewide prep basketball scores
Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 26 Tue, 1/27
Tuesday’s prep swimming results
Results for Tuesday, Jan. 27 Tue, 1/27
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.  Tue, 1/27

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Daily Rant & Rave: Thanks for saving a life
Help for man collapsed at Green Lake; bank won’t take cash deposit. Wed, 1/28
Biographer of World War I hero Alvin York wins $5,000 prize
A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York, has won a $5,000 prize. Wed, 1/28
For Mother Russia and family: ‘The Americans’ returns
Exciting, unpredictable and filled with terrific performances, the spy drama, returning to FX Jan. 28, represents scripted basic cable series at their best. Wed, 1/28
Jan. 28 TV Picks: ‘The Americans’ season premiere
TV Picks for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, include “The Americans” on FX, “The Mentalist” on CBS and “Suits” on USA. Wed, 1/28
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. Tue, 1/27

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UPDATE - 02:11 PM
Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings
When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 02:15 PM
Wild kangaroos in Austria? At least 1, surviving in the snow
A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan. Wed, 1/28
Chili, just what the crowd ordered for Super Bowl
There may be as many ways to make chili as there are people who make it, but it is always good. Chili is perfect for game day and nearly impossible to make badly. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Couple at odds about no-alcohol event
A husband disagrees with his wife, whose family members have drinking problems. Wed, 1/28

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Travel & Outdoors

Visit Thailand, get a snail facial
Snails’ slime believed to have skin-rejuvenating powers, and “snail spa” has opened in Chiang Mai.  Wed, 1/28
‘Snow hotel’ for $79,000 a night near Whistler
Four Seasons company is offering a stay for 4 at a custom-built, igloo-like hotel, reached by helicopter, high above B.C. ski resort.  Tue, 1/27
Rick Steves' Europe
Captivating makeovers in Europe’s big cities
Waterfronts in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Oslo become alluring ‘people places’ Tue, 1/27
American Airlines wants to fly you to Cuba
Delta, United, JetBlue, possibly Southwest also want to fly U.S.-Cuba as government relaxes restrictions.  Tue, 1/27
Solo tourists forbidden in historic New Orleans cemetery
Only relatives, tourists with a registered guide and scholars will be able to enter St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in order to cut down on tomb vandalism.  Tue, 1/27

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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.  Tue, 1/27
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. Tue, 1/27

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