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Seahawks no longer blocking ‘Hunger Games’ trademark request
Lawyers for the Seahawks had filed to block a trademark request for “District 12,” a region in the “Hunger Games” books and movies. The team is now letting that trademark application proceed. Mon, 1/26

NEW - 06:38 PM
State to get $48M from feds to help house homeless
Washington will receive $48.2 million in federal money for more than 200 projects that shelter homeless adults and children or prevent them from ending up sleeping in parks or cars in the first place. Mon, 1/26
Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler
Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 07:28 PM
3 arrested in 3 separate drive-by shootings in Seattle within 24 hours
A King County District Court judge set bail Monday for three suspects in three separate drive-by shooting incidents.  Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:59 PM
George Romansic, punk drummer, Rocket writer, dies at 58
George Romansic was so well-known on the music scene that rock star Patti Smith name-checked him at her recent Seattle concert.  Mon, 1/26
Danny Westneat
Guess who’s discovered income inequality
Suddenly everybody’s talking like those crazy Seattleites, even the top Republican candidates for president.  Mon, 1/26
West Seattle Masons hold onto their priceless old island in new Seattle
Over the years, members of West Seattle’s Masonic Temple could have sold their now-primo property to developers. They haven’t. Now they’ll share the block with a 389-unit complex. Sun, 1/25
Bill would strengthen law to avoid seclusion or restraint of special-ed students in schools
Rep. Gerry Pollet says a state law that prohibits special-ed students from being restrained or secluded unless others are in imminent physical danger needs to be strengthened. Parents who urged him to introduce a bill that will do just that will testify at a hearing Monday.  Sun, 1/25
Temps hit record high; enjoy it while you can
Monday’s weather will approach 60 degrees in Seattle, following record-breaking January warmth on Sunday. Sun, 1/25
Jerry Large
UW teach-in echoes past truths about racial bias
UW professors turn their concern over Ferguson into a modern teach-in.  Sun, 1/25
Hawks fans hope to turn Super Bowl into a virtual home game
Seahawks fans plan to turn Super Bowl XLIX, being played 1,400 miles away from CenturyLink Field, into a virtual home game for the Seattle Seahawks. They have a good start. Sun, 1/25
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.  Sun, 1/25

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 07:22 PM
Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast US
Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Mon, 1/26

UPDATE - 05:39 PM
Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his
A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security -- and a growing threat from the sky. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 05:39 PM
5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling
President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security
Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:26 PM
Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 campaign
The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican parties. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse
The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 06:23 PM
Balloon crew hits halfway mark in bid to break records
Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:23 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:21 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists
This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats. Mon, 1/26
Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event
Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:21 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
US stock exchanges expect business as usual amid storm
The major stock exchanges expect to remain open for trading Tuesday even as a blizzard barrels down on New York City. Mon, 1/26
Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache
The pink mustache is out. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:16 PM
Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers' death
While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. Mon, 1/26
Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt
A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:16 PM
Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down." Mon, 1/26
2 small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii
Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services
President Cristina Fernandez said Monday her government had nothing to gain from shielding Iranian officials suspected in Argentina's largest terrorist attack, using her first public comments since the mysterious death of a prosecutor to reject his accusations against her and call for an overhaul of the intelligence services. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:23 PM
First Look: Sundance doc pulls back curtain on Scientology
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house -- not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection. Mon, 1/26
ISIS calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks
The spokesman for the Islamic State group called on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out more attacks, saying any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply
Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. Mon, 1/26
'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. Mon, 1/26
10 worst Northeast snowstorms in last 60 years
The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S. Mon, 1/26
Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage
Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage -- a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. Mon, 1/26
At Koch summit, Rand Paul splits with Cruz, Rubio
Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon's budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come. Mon, 1/26
Boehner's State of Union survival tip: Stare at Obama's head
How to behave when 30 million Americans give your political nemesis their undivided attention in a televised speech and your job is to sit quietly behind him? Mon, 1/26
BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty
BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary. Mon, 1/26
China's shadow looms large over Obama visit to India
As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India. Mon, 1/26
Church of England consecrates first female bishop
Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. Mon, 1/26
Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50
With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches. Mon, 1/26
Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on
A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. On Tuesday, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:23 PM
Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in
Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. Mon, 1/26
Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release
A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. Mon, 1/26
Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Mon, 1/26
New Jersey school evacuated after chemistry lab 'mishap'
Students have returned to class in a New Jersey high school that had been evacuated after what police called a chemistry lab "mishap" that sent a dozen students and five faculty members to a hospital. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:42 PM
Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk. Mon, 1/26
Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood
Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar -- the people they see on TV and in the movies. Mon, 1/26
Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation
Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:06 PM
Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple
The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday. Mon, 1/26
Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials
Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:23 PM
Twins who became 'significant rats' to cartel await sentence
In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America. Mon, 1/26
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. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
Police ID 2 co-workers killed in NYC Home Depot shooting
New York City police have identified the two co-workers killed in a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan. Mon, 1/26
Japan seeks Jordan's help on gaining hostage's release
Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group, with no signs of progress on securing his release. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:22 PM
Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections
For a man long seen as the eurozone's worst nightmare, Alexis Tsipras has had a smooth first day as prime minister of Greece. Mon, 1/26
Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles: Mon, 1/26
Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed
In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. Mon, 1/26
Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil
A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting up a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Mon, 1/26
Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online
Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack. Mon, 1/26
New Jersey's Christie launches political action committee
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Mon, 1/26
Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge
President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. Mon, 1/26
Officials say 2 sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison
The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said. Mon, 1/26
Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras
Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More." Mon, 1/26
SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring
Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Mon, 1/26
Senators: More special ops troops may be needed in Mideast
Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special ops forces to hotspots around the Middle East. Mon, 1/26
Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43
At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. Mon, 1/26
US gas prices fell 13 cents per gallon, but expected to rise
The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise. Mon, 1/26
Aiding Rwanda tribunal helped shape nominee for attorney general
Serving as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda gave Loretta Lynch, who has been nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, a global perspective unlike others who have held the top U.S. law enforcement job. Sun, 1/25
Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. Sun, 1/25
'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels. Sun, 1/25
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. Sun, 1/25

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 07:07 PM
Business shift to cloud services hits traditional Microsoft cash cows
Charges related to the 18,000 layoffs Microsoft announced in July and an income tax charge as a result of an Internal Revenue Service audit lowered the company’s profit by a combined 6 cents a share, the company said Monday.  Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 05:24 PM
Chinese door opens wide to U.S. apples
A deal was reached last week between officials for the United States and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties, instead of just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 05:25 PM
Kent casino to close, lay off 93 employees
Great American Casino in Kent will cease operations March 14, though the company’s three other local casinos will remain open. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 05:27 PM
Supreme Court rules against retirees in health-benefits case
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a chemical company may be able to cut the health benefits of its retired workers, unanimously reversing an appeals-court ruling that said the benefits had vested for life. Mon, 1/26
Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides
NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. Mon, 1/26
Amazon Japan says it’s cooperating with police probe on child porn
Amazon’s Japan unit is “fully cooperating” with a police investigation into possible sales of child pornography, the company said. Mon, 1/26
Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'
The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. Mon, 1/26
Low inflation likely to keep Fed 'patient' about a rate hike
The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while. Mon, 1/26
AT&T buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings
AT&T is buying Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings for about $1.88 billion, minus the company's debt. Mon, 1/26
S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk
Standard & Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. Mon, 1/26
Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1Q
Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows. Mon, 1/26
AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets
Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:21 PM
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. Mon, 1/26
Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online
Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack. Mon, 1/26
MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn join to form $16B packaging behemoth
Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion global packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices. Mon, 1/26
PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation
Thailand's beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday. Mon, 1/26
Zillow execs follow housing data to surprising conclusions
In a forthcoming book, “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate,” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and chief economist Stan Humphries offer some surprising answers for homeowners, aspiring buyers and policymakers. Sun, 1/25
Carol K. Nelson named Seattle market president at KeyBank | On the Move
Notable hires and promotions Sun, 1/25
Google wireless service could disrupt carriers
Google’s push to offer faster, cheaper wireless service plays into the company’s goal to get Internet access to more people, who then will visit more websites, provide more information about themselves and see more Google ads, generating more revenue. Sun, 1/25
Monday Memo
A look at business events during the week Sun, 1/25

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Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster
Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. Mon, 1/26
Keegan Cook replaces Jim McLaughlin as UW women’s volleyball coach
Keegan Cook, a University of Washington assistant volleyball coach for the past two seasons, is the Huskies’ new head coach. He replaces Jim McLaughlin, who left two weeks ago to become head coach at Notre Dame. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 07:09 PM
Seahawks rookie Garry Gilliam, mother took long route to Super Bowl
The offensive lineman is thankful that Thelma Shifflett chose to send him away to boarding school at age 7. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 07:26 PM
Hope Solo isn’t guaranteed a spot on U.S. World Cup roster
Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the U.S. roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which might include alcohol counseling.Solo, 33, plays for Seattle Reign FC. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 05:21 PM
Kevin Williams happy he chose Seahawks over Patriots
Former Vikings nose tackle Kevin Williams narrowed his free-agent choices to the two teams meeting in Sunday’s Super Bowl. “Guess I couldn’t have gone wrong,” he said.  Mon, 1/26
NEW - 07:16 PM
Mariners sign Franklin Gutierrez, Endy Chavez to minor-league contracts
Outfielders have work cut out for them in order to make major-league roster. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:13 PM
Larry Stone
Scouting Russell Wilson on Super Bowl Media Day? We’re here to help
The Seahawks quarterback’s responses to reporters’ questions will be robotic, relentless and, yes, sincere. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 05:52 PM
Seahawks not surprised by Brandon Browner’s tough talk on targeting ex-teammates’ injuries
Brandon Browner’s comments that he encouraged his New England teammates to go after the injuries of Seahawks’ Earl Monroe and Richard Sherman didn’t surprise Seattle’s players. “We’re going after him, too,” said Bobby Wagner of Browner.  Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:43 PM
Will Pete Carroll talk to Marshawn Lynch about touchy subject?
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll won’t say whether he’ll talk to Marshawn Lynch about reports the NFL will throw a penalty flag if he makes an obscene gesture.  Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:03 PM
Huskies center Robert Upshaw dismissed from team
The sophomore center is dismissed by coach Lorenzo Romar for a violation of team rules. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 07:07 PM
On the Air
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Hot-hitting Utah shreds Washington’s zone defense
The 21-point drubbing easily surpassed the Huskies’ most lopsided loss this season — an eight-point overtime defeat at Stanford on Jan. 4. Sun, 1/25

Inside Sports Business
Battle is on for legal slice of sports-gaming industry
With the Internet offering new betting avenues, governments have de-criminalizing gambling and even the NBA is openly supporting regulated sports betting. Sun, 1/25
Husky football snags another in-state recruit
Bryce Sterk, a defensive end from Lynden High School, made a verbal commitment to the Huskies on Sunday. Sun, 1/25
Bill Haas wins PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge
Bill Haas parred the last 2 holes for a one-stroke victory over five other players at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. The 32-year-old has won six PGA Tour events. Sun, 1/25
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski wins his 1,000th game as a college coach
Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career victory, making him the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John’s in the second half for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden in New York. Sun, 1/25
In friendly Pro Bowl, Team Irvin takes 32-28 victory over Team Carter
Houston’s J.J. Watt intercepts pass, recovers fumble and leads dances. Sun, 1/25
Jason Brown wins U.S. figure-skating title
Jason Brown won his first national title, holding off Adam Rippon on Sunday thanks to a big lead after the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Sun, 1/25
LeBron James leads Cleveland past Oklahoma City
LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 for their sixth straight victory. Sun, 1/25
NHL All-Star Game features a record 29 goals
John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star Game. Sun, 1/25
On the field with Earl Thomas for the Pro Bowl
Thomas was quite busy on Instagram during his attendance at this year's Pro Bowl.  Sun, 1/25
WSU women rally to beat Colorado
Lia Galdeira scored 27 points to help host Washington State beat Colorado 73-68. The Cougars won despite shooting 25.7 percent from the field. Sun, 1/25
Other coaches buy into Pete Carroll’s vision
The Seahawks coach’s success the past five years has led leaders from all sports to peek inside his lab.  Sun, 1/25
Seahawks amazed by Super Bowl send-off
The reception the players received on their way to Sea-Tac airport was overwhelming, but the media obligations in Phoenix were kept largely in stride, with the Seahawks understanding what to expect at the most-hyped sporting event in the country. Sun, 1/25
Jerry Brewer
Seahawks arrive for Super Bowl in unfamiliar role
Thanks to the Patriots’ deflated-football controversy, the in-your-face defending champions are the more lovable team in Phoenix. Sun, 1/25
Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'
Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. Sun, 1/25
Serena Williams digs deep to advance to Australian Open quarterfinals
Williams, who appeared to be laboring at times and had a serious cough, pushed through for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday. Sun, 1/25
Where Hawks fans can party, eat and drink in Arizona
Here’s a rundown on concerts, football expos and other events around Phoenix for Seahawks fans headed to the Super Bowl, plus tips on where to restaurants, pubs and more.  Mon, 1/26

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Seattle artists picture Seahawk moments
Photographer Robin Layton and painter Ken Zeran have interpreted crucial moments in the Seahawks saga in artistic ways. Mon, 1/26
Classical review
At chamber-music fest, a vibrant, revelatory Vivaldi
SCMS musicians delighted during opening weekend of the 2015 Winter Festival, as they tackled four concertos from Vivaldi’s cycle “L’Estro Armonico,” Op. 3. Mon, 1/26
What about TV is now attracting top directors?
Woody Allen agreeing to do television is one of the most dramatic indications yet of the growing allure of TV to filmdom’s creative class, which once considered television a lower life-form. Mon, 1/26
SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring
Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood." Mon, 1/26

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami
Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:16 PM
Sundance Watch: Fans angle for selfies, Reynolds talks poker
The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard: Mon, 1/26
Emma Watson to star in live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'
Emma Watson will play Belle in Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast." Mon, 1/26
Jan. 26 TV Picks: ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ on HGTV
TV picks for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, include “Ellen’s Design Challenge” on HGTV, “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC and “Jane the Virgin” on The CW. Mon, 1/26
UPDATE - 06:16 PM
Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace, Portman hits Dior
At Paris' high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story. Mon, 1/26

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Sriracha has moved into the American mainstream: What hot Asian ingredients are next?
Sriracha isn’t the only star in Asia’s smoldering culinary arsenal. There is also Gochujang and togarashi, a chili pepper-spice blend. Mon, 1/26
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Parents choose other side in daughter’s divorce
A couple don’t believe their daughter’s claim that her husband has abused her, and now they wonder why she is being cold and uncommunicative. Mon, 1/26

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Travel & Outdoors

UPDATE - 07:21 PM
Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East
Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. Mon, 1/26

26 years of prison urged for shipwreck captain
Prosecutor demands long sentence for Capt. Francesco Schettino who ran the Costa Concordia aground in Italy with 32 fatalities.  Mon, 1/26

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Editorial: Turning Federal Reserve building into a school is fitting for Seattle’s urban core
Seattle schools and the city itself should work to add a vital neighborhood asset to the downtown core: kids. Mon, 1/26
Editorial: Voter initiatives need to include funding balance
Lawmakers should carefully weigh the bipartisan proposal to amend the state constitution to require initiatives, whether implementing new programs or cutting taxes, to comply with the state’s four-year balanced-budget projections.  Mon, 1/26
Guest: Let voters decide whether to raise the state minimum wage
The Legislature should trust voters to make an informed decision on whether to increase our state’s minimum wage, writes guest columnist Howard Behar. Mon, 1/26
How globalization is supposed to work
You’d need a heart of stone not to be sympathetic to the concerns of the Democrats on so-called fast-track authority, writes syndicated columnist Joe Nocera. Mon, 1/26

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