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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Local News

UPDATE - 08:58 PM
Creepy guys inspire Seattle women to make a new dating app
Local women Susie Lee and Katrina Hess have designed Siren, a dating app aimed at making the online singles scene more inviting to women. lt faces fierce competition.  Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:03 PM
Danny Westneat
After predictions of Metro gloom, trust in officials erodes
Metro’s predicted financial “hurricane” apparently isn’t going to hit the bus system after all. But it may have done a whole lot of political damage. Tue, 9/30
Ebola: What you need to know
Questions and answers on the Ebola outbreak Tue, 9/30
Fire chars aviation supplier’s factory in Fremont
A fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood caused several million dollars of damage to a manufacturing building and prompted efforts to contain chemical runoff. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 09:42 PM
Inslee: Carbon regulation could fund education, flood control
Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday suggested paying for court-mandated education spending and other state needs by regulating carbon pollution. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 09:03 PM
Joint public meeting held by Seattle, Tacoma port officials
In a meeting in Tacoma, the commissions of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle began public discussion of some issues they’ve discussed in closed sessions since May. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:53 PM
Protesters fail to slow rezoning for county’s new juvenile hall
Protesters went to Seattle City Hall on Tuesday to rail against a new King County juvenile jail and courthouse. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:54 PM
Snohomish County PUD drops tidal-energy project
A tidal-energy project of unprecedented scale that would have been situated west of Whidbey Island will likely be scrapped due to unforeseen construction costs.  Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:24 PM
Soldier won’t face murder charges in 2 Iraq slayings
The Army has dropped murder charges against Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who was accused of killing two Iraqi civilians. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:05 PM
UW medical school to allow nonlegal residents
The University of Washington’s School of Medicine has joined at least 35 others that now admit students who were born outside the U.S. and brought into this country illegally. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 09:27 PM
Wasted SPD overtime topped $1M, report says
A big portion of the overtime was linked to compliance with a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to curb excessive force and biased policing, though no training plan related to the agreement had been submitted to a federal monitor, according to a watchdog report. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job
Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Tue, 9/30
‘Broke’ ex-deputy with $180K gets longer term in prostitution case
A former King County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty to helping his wife work as a prostitute, stealing from the department and delivering drugs, was sentenced to five additional months in prison after prosecutors found he lied about being broke. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 07:46 PM
State withholds chunk of money from Seattle special-ed program
The state is withholding $3 million in federal funds from Seattle Public Schools’ long troubled special-education department. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:43 PM
2 drivers who struck girl in Rainier Valley sought
Police are searching for two drivers who hit a young girl in Rainier Valley on Tuesday evening and then fled. Tue, 9/30
Senators ask for more oil train notifications
Four West Coast senators are asking the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders of crude oil shipments. Tue, 9/30
Marijuana industry makes political donations
The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states. Tue, 9/30
Chiefs break Seahawks' Guinness noise record
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports. Mon, 9/29
King County Council sets aside further bus cuts
Noting improved sales-tax revenue, the King County Council has canceled plans for more bus-service cuts, despite months of warnings that severe cuts were inevitable. Mon, 9/29

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 09:35 PM
Hong Kong chief says voting beats watching TV
Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. Tue, 9/30

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US
Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. Tue, 9/30
Kissinger drew up plans to attack Cuba, records show
Kissinger was so irked by Cuba’s military incursion into Angola that in 1976 he convened a top-secret group of senior officials to work out possible retaliatory measures in case Cuba deployed forces to other African nations. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:25 PM
Roller-coaster finances behind unrest in Hong Kong
The real debate is about economics as well as elections — and a profound shift that has transformed the nature of the relationship between Beijing and the former British colony. Tue, 9/30
Mayor of suburban Los Angeles city killed
The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach
Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:03 PM
Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man
President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports. Tue, 9/30
Afghanistan signs security deal to keep 10,000 U.S. troops
Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency. Tue, 9/30
NEW - 08:25 PM
Nigeria’s quick response tames Ebola’s spread in key nation
Although officials are pleased that success was achieved in a country of 177 million that is a major transport and business hub — and whose largest city, Lagos, has 21 million people — the lessons here are not easily applicable to the countries at the epicenter: Guinea, Liberia and Sierr Tue, 9/30
Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat
Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:54 PM
California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:54 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. Tue, 9/30
Tracy Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him
Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends. Tue, 9/30
Jailed cop killer is picked as graduation speaker
A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater. Tue, 9/30
Forensic link at center of missing student case
Virginia police aren't saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working systematically to link his DNA to an expanding circle of attacks on women, a criminal defense expert suggested Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
Officer kills man through car door in his driveway
Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over -- an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed. Tue, 9/30
US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants, activists said. Tue, 9/30
Cancer doctor given 10 years for poisoning lover
A jury on Monday sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. Tue, 9/30
Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar. Tue, 9/30
Government funds lawyers for immigrant children
The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration. Tue, 9/30
New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:54 PM
Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading
An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods
State police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage. Tue, 9/30
Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. Tue, 9/30
Big smile in Denver bank robbery suspect mug shot
The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin. Tue, 9/30
Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold
A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:03 PM
Colorado school protests roil swing state politics
The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state. Tue, 9/30
Dead cruise passenger ID'd as South Carolina man
Police say a passenger who died in a fall aboard a cruise ship at a Miami dock was a South Carolina man. Tue, 9/30
Falcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses
A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Tue, 9/30
Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files
Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:04 PM
Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi
President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Narendra Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length. Tue, 9/30
Florida loud music killing trial coming to close
Michael Dunn was shooting to kill, not defending himself, when he fired at 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the two had an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store, prosecutors said during closing arguments on Tuesday in the second trial in the case. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:53 PM
Government confirms first case of Ebola in US
The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas -- a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. Tue, 9/30
Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles
Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
Police: Juvenile arrested in shooting of student
A juvenile was arrested Tuesday in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation, police in Louisville, Kentucky, said. Tue, 9/30
Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year. Tue, 9/30
Wife of Islamic State hostage asks for his release
The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group made a televised plea Tuesday asking her husband's captors to free him. Tue, 9/30
5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'
The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. Tue, 9/30
Afghan president sworn in, paving way for US pact
Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence. Tue, 9/30
Cancer doctor given 10 years for poisoning lover
A jury on Monday sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. Tue, 9/30
Caught in the act? Videos of police can mislead
A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object -- a gun? -- as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn. Tue, 9/30
China faces tricky balance in Hong Kong's protests
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed China's Communist leadership a thorny political dilemma. Tue, 9/30
Christie, Michelle Obama campaign in Wisconsin
Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke. Tue, 9/30
Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files
Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Tue, 9/30
High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio
A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
McConnell's backers spend millions in Kentucky
Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are on track to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters, a staggering amount for a single race that stands as a textbook example of the use of outside money in a tight contest. Tue, 9/30
New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. Tue, 9/30
Obama, Modi to put upbeat face on US-India ties
President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi are trying to put an optimistic face on the future of relations between India and the United States, amid lingering concerns that the close ties the two democracies once enjoyed have lost their luster. Tue, 9/30
Records, photos of famed US WWII bombers go online
Thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean, the bullets were coming fast and the flak was flying. Japanese fighter planes whizzed around like bees as the American forces in their lumbering B-24 bombers tried everything to reach their targets, save fuel and stay airborne for the long trip home. Tue, 9/30
Secret Service head faces questions on WH breach
Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology. Tue, 9/30
Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago. Tue, 9/30
US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August
Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Tue, 9/30
US Ebola labs, parts for clinic arrive in Liberia
U.S. mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and American troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the dreaded disease. Tue, 9/30
Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases
They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing. Tue, 9/30
Islamic State closes in on Kurdish area of Syria
Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey -- an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians, according to activists. Mon, 9/29
Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever
When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? Mon, 9/29
USC memory scientist Richard Thompson dies at 84
Richard F. Thompson, the University of Southern California neuroscientist whose experiments with rabbits led to breakthrough discoveries on how memories are physically stored in the brain, has died. He was 84. Mon, 9/29

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 09:30 PM
Boeing exec has harsh words for SPEEA chief
At the Governor’s Aerospace summit in Everett, Boeing senior vice president Tim Keating declared the jetmaker is committed to Washington state but launched an attack on the company’s engineering union and its leader.  Tue, 9/30

Seattle home-price gains slow again
Seattle-area home prices gained ground in July, but the rate of annual appreciation slowed for the fifth consecutive month, S&P/Case-Shiller data show.  Tue, 9/30
REI revamping online store
Shoppers’ rapid embrace of online retail is pushing REI to overhaul its online presence, as it seeks to translate onto a screen what makes it unique — a compelling, informative in-store experience for outdoors enthusiasts. A new design is expected in the first half of 2015. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
What's PayPal's first solo move?
PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland
Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there. Tue, 9/30
Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September
A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly drop this year. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:47 PM
News Corp. to buy Move Inc. for about $950 million
News Corp. will pay about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion. Tue, 9/30
AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN
AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:35 PM
Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers
From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:47 PM
Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware. Tue, 9/30
Airbus to bring back lithium-ion batteries on A350
Airbus, which today won European certification for the A350, said it will bring back lithium-ion batteries to the plane in 2016. It removed the more advanced power sources from early production jets following defects on models used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Tue, 9/30
Football commands highest TV ad prices
Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television. Tue, 9/30
Global stocks mostly higher after US declines
Global stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street declined and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to political risk worries. Tue, 9/30
US consumer confidence slides in September
U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months. Tue, 9/30
US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months
U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale. Tue, 9/30

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UPDATE - 09:21 PM
Jerry Brewer
Jack Zduriencik’s job is simple: Build Mariners’ offense
The Mariners have had trouble scoring runs in recent years. If the Mariners are going to build on their 87-win season of 2014, GM Jack Zduriencik must finally get the offense right.  Tue, 9/30
Luke Willson has waited for chance to start again at tight end
Luke Willson will start for Zach Miller, who had ankle surgery during the bye week. Willson started for Miller last year when Miller was out two games with a hamstring injury. Tue, 9/30

UPDATE - 09:11 PM
Mariners take pride in playoff run, but ultimately not satisfied
Manager Lloyd McClendon says some hitters took steps to improve but wants to see much more in coming season. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:29 PM
Washington football: A progress report after five games
Coach Chris Petersen’s Huskies have a lot of work to do on offense and the secondary might have trouble against the great passers in the Pac-12. But the Huskies are 4-1 in Petersen’s first five games.  Tue, 9/30
Zach Scott’s ankle improving, and he might play Sunday for Sounders
Zach Scott’s early week scan showed nothing out of the ordinary, and the veteran center back has already progressed from crutches to walking boot to walking under his own power after injuring his ankle in the 3-1 loss in Dallas last week. Tue, 9/30
Chambers Bay prepares to host U.S. Open golf tournament
Chambers Bay has begun limiting play to make sure the course is in top shape in June when it hosts the U.S. Open. “I have absolutely zero concerns about the golf course,” said Danny Sink, the 2015 U.S. Open championship coordinator. Tue, 9/30
FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'
The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:21 PM
Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest
Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. Tue, 9/30
Chiefs break Seahawks' Guinness noise record
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:55 PM
Edinson Volquez revives his career with Pirates
Edinson Volquez is Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher for Wednesday’s NL wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, who will counter with ace Madison Bumgarner. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:20 PM
Bud Withers
How can Pac-12 spell success: beating Notre Dame
Only about two-thirds of the regular season remains, and Notre Dame (4-0) still has three games against Pac-12 teams, giving the league a lot of room to compose a rèsumè for the selection committee. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 09:30 PM
Michigan changes its protocol after quarterback’s injury
Michigan officials acknowledged Tuesday allowing quarterback Shane Morris to briefly return to the field after he suffered a “probable mild concussion” from a violent hit during a 30-14 home loss to Minnesota on Saturday was the result of a communication breakdown on the Wolverines&rsqu Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:04 PM
NFL says penalty on Kansas City’s Husain Abdullah was a mistake
Kansas City safety Husain Abdullah, a former Washington State player, was mistakenly penalized by a game official when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown Monday night, the league announced. Tue, 9/30
Swimming icon Michael Phelps faces DUI charges
Swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of a record 18 Olympic gold medals, apologized for his latest brush with the law. Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in Baltimore. Tue, 9/30
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
There’s even enough room for four horsemen
Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne’s old house in South Bend, Ind. — listed for sale with an asking price of $500,000 — is a two-story, 4,180-square-foot Tudor. Tue, 9/30
UPDATE - 08:23 PM
Washington State’s Sang Lee shares medalist title at home golf meet
Lee finished at 6-under 204 to help the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate. Washington was fifth. Tue, 9/30

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Bud Withers
Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference’s best class ever?
From Marcus Mariota to UCLA’s Brett Hundley and WSU’s Connor Halliday, Pac-12 includes QBs with Heisman potential, NFL possibilities and gaudy numbers.  Tue, 9/30
NEW - 09:58 PM
On the Air
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Autopsy shows Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher suffered CTE damage
The autopsy, performed one year after the Kansas City linebacker fatally shot his girlfriend and then killed himself in December 2012, found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease. The results were released now because of a heightened awareness of domestic abuse in Mon, 9/29
Coach Jimbo Fisher fires back at North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren after he accuses Florida State players of faking injuries
Jimbo Fisher, coach of top-ranked Florida State, fired back at North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren after he accused the Seminoles of faking injuries on defense in order to slow down the pace of Saturday’s game. “I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about,” Fisher  Mon, 9/29
Host Kansas City Chiefs rout New England in Monday-night game
Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Tom Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs and host Kansas City routed New England 41-14.  Mon, 9/29
Seahawks next opponent: Washington
A closer look at Washington  Mon, 9/29
Larry Stone
Seahawks silent, but fans find plenty to cheer
In an area thirsty for winners, the Mariners, Sounders, Huskies and Cougars provide action-packed weekend on Seahawks’ bye week.  Mon, 9/29
Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers coach, praises team owner Steve Ballmer
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers loves talking about basketball. And with the scandal involving former Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance. Mon, 9/29
Monday’s prep golf results
Golf results for Monday, Sept. 29 Mon, 9/29

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Famed violinist plays DC train station again — this time, he gets noticed
Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell brought Bach to a train station Tuesday, as he did in 2007, but this time Washington noticed. Hundreds of music fans packed Union Station to hear the 46-year-old Bell perform. Tue, 9/30
NW books
A guide to Pacific Northwest fishing vessels; an ill-fated Arctic trip
New books by Seattle-area authors include a guide to fishing vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska; the story of an ill-fated Arctic expedition; Nancy Horan’s “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” in paperback and a picture book about a monster with behavioral issues. Tue, 9/30
New DVDs
‘Lucky Them,’ ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ ‘Chef’
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Sept. 30, include “Lucky Them,” Megan Griffiths’ made-in-Seattle story of love and friendship; “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” starring Mark Wahlberg; and Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” Tue, 9/30
AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven'
Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. Tue, 9/30
Box office top 20: 'Equalizer' debuts with $34.1M
Denzel Washington scored his third-best opening weekend and potentially spawned his first franchise with a $34.1 million debut for "The Equalizer." Tue, 9/30
Sept. 30 TV Picks: Series premiere of ‘Selfie’ on ABC
TV picks for Monday, Sept. 30, 2014, include the new “Selife” on ABC, “NCIS” on CBS and “New Girl” on Fox. Tue, 9/30
They did. They do. Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No. 2
The romantic canaled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi. Tue, 9/30

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Over-prescribed: More health care isn’t always better
Americans continue to submit to medical tests and procedures that are unnecessary and, potentially, harmful. Washington state, however, is at the forefront of a national “Choosing Wisely” campaign to change that.  Tue, 9/30
Polycystic ovary syndrome: the hidden threat to women’s health
We pay a lot of attention to how many people have type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Yet relatively little attention is paid to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a health condition that affects an estimated 1 in 10 women. Tue, 9/30
Promising new approaches offer hope for melanoma patients
The Pacific Northwest has some of the highest rates of melanoma in the nation. So it’s not surprising that Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is pioneering promising new treatments for the deadly cancer. Tue, 9/30
Q&A: Cutting through the debate over treating uterine fibroids
Power morcellation, a popular option for women who want to remove symptomatic uterine fibroids, has recently come under intense scrutiny. Seattle gynecological oncologist Dr. Charles Drescher answers questions about the technique. Tue, 9/30
The modern work station: Stand up for better fitness, health
Standing desks are cropping up in offices everywhere, and users extol their virtues. It’s not surprising, say experts in kinesiology. Standing is a natural human position. Sitting isn’t. Tue, 9/30
Viagra ads target women for 1st time
The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. Tue, 9/30
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Dear Carolyn
Husband wants wife to be a working parent too
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on parents backing each other on their choices and keeping an open mind to any changing needs, since families are dynamic, not fixed. Tue, 9/30
Stay cool when the fat hits the fire
Recipe for seared scallops with hot sauce beurre blanc. Tue, 9/30
When cooking, invest time or work — but not both
Recipes for spaghetti and drop meatballs with tomato sauce and shortcut choucroute.  Tue, 9/30

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Travel & Outdoors

Rick Steves' Europe
Padua, Italy, has St. Anthony’s tongue and college-town vibe
Untouristy city of Galileo, Dante is just 30 minutes from Venice. Tue, 9/30
Luck, instinct determined fates of Japan’s volcano hikers
Saturday’s surprise eruption caught unsuspecting hikers on a pristine autumn day. Tue, 9/30
Chicago airports almost back to normal traffic
O’Hare at 80 percent of normal after Friday fire at air-traffic center Tue, 9/30

Hawaii tourism dips in August after banner months
Year still surpasses last year’s record-breaking numbers. Tue, 9/30
Lufthansa long-haul pilots on 15-hour strike
Seattle-Frankfurt flight on schedule Tuesday. Tue, 9/30
Qantas puts world’s largest plane on longest route
Giant Airbus A380 uses specially constructed gate at Dallas airport. Tue, 9/30
Air traffic meltdown puts FAA vulnerability in spotlight
Illinois fire suggests need for more aggressive, longer-term changes to the nation’s air traffic control system. Tue, 9/30
Answers about lingering delays at Chicago airports
A closer look at key questions surrounding the many delays and cancellations following Friday’s fire. Tue, 9/30

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Editorial: The Times recommends Ross Hunter, Joan McBride and Cyrus Habib in the 48th District
Ross Hunter and Joan McBride are the best choices for the 48th Legislative District state House positions. Cyrus Habib is the best choice for the state Senate.  Tue, 9/30
Editorial: Public officials give up some privacy on personal cellphones
An official cannot choose to use a cellphone or home computer to conduct public business and then deny access on grounds of personal privacy, according to guest columnists Brian Sonntag and Rob McKenna. Tue, 9/30
Guest: Seattle Housing Authority rent proposal would hurt working poor
The Seattle Housing Authority’s rent proposal would hurt the working poor, according to guest columnists Ubax Gardheere and Jonathan Grant. Tue, 9/30
Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Democrats should be nicer to the South
If the Democratic Party wants to establish a healthy dialogue in the Southern states, H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers told me, it has to first say, “We like you,” writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. Tue, 9/30

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