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UPDATE - 10:26 PM
Suburbs’ red tape can shut out tent cities
Religious leaders say the fees and restrictions imposed by some Eastside cities on tent encampments discourage faith communities from hosting the encampments and violate their religious freedom. Wed, 1/28

NEW - 10:17 PM
Garfield teacher hit by pepper spray files claim against city
A Garfield High School teacher filed a $500,000 claim against the city of Seattle Wednesday, alleging that a police officer lacking cause doused him with pepper spray shortly after he participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally and march Jan. 19. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 09:04 PM
Jerry Large
Nation can use some of NFL’s finer points
Football has a few lessons for the rest of America. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 09:04 PM
Openly carried weapons banned in Capitol hearing rooms
The ban on openly carried weapons in the House and Senate public viewing areas at the state Capitol also applies to public-hearing rooms, Capitol officials say. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 08:56 PM
UW, WSU argue about using education funds for new medical 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
VA Puget Sound to get $22M for hospital network
An overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs passed by Congress last summer will deliver $22 million to hospitals in the Puget Sound region to help the network catch up with its rapidly expanding patient population. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 10:04 PM
Police apologize for arresting man for carrying a golf club
Seattle police said they’ve apologized and returned a golf club to a 70-year-old man who was arrested last year after he refused an officer’s command to put down his club, which the officer claimed he was wielding as a weapon. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:40 PM
Police credit SeaStat with drop in crime at end of year
Three weeks into 2015, Seattle police have a sense of confidence that the rise in crime seen citywide last year is on the downward trend. Wed, 1/28
Weapons of the future: ‘Smart guns’ would fire only for owner
“Smart guns,” weapons that can be fired only by the owner, so as to reduce shootings by children, by suicidal people or by a criminal who wrests away a cop’s sidearm, were the topic at a symposium Wednesday at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. Wed, 1/28
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

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 10:26 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
Charles Townes, 99, dies; his laser helped transform society
Charles Townes was a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices, measure time precisely, reattach retinas, survey planets and galaxies and witness the birth of stars.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:22 PM
Inquest: Sydney cafe hostage killed by police bullet
A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday. Wed, 1/28
Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa
Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave. Wed, 1/28
Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire
An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren, investigators said Wednesday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:07 PM
Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous
The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 10:26 PM
FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Wed, 1/28
TV star's plastic-surgery disaster tests Brazil
Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans. Wed, 1/28
Huntington acquires Louis Pasteur's notes on brewing beer
People interested in what kind of beer the guy who invented pasteurization kicked back with after work will want to pay a visit to San Marino's Huntington Library. Wed, 1/28
Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast
A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck off the coast of Northern California. Wed, 1/28
At farewell, Obama praises Hagel as 'true American patriot'
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States. Wed, 1/28
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
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

Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights
A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations. 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 - 09:52 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 - 09:05 PM
Nigerian water shortage bigger killer than Boko Haram
While the terror campaign claimed more than 4,000 lives, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation led to about 73,000 deaths, according to WaterAid, a London-based nonprofit. Wed, 1/28
North Korean president to visit Russia in May
A Russian spokesman confirms that North Korean President Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in May. Wed, 1/28
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
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 - 10:26 PM
Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 10:19 PM
N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
A former South Korean president says that late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with him. But he says the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer. Wed, 1/28
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
Five days after burial, Bart the cat crawls out of his grave
Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 10:26 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 - 09:07 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
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 - 10:26 PM
Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after 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 - 09:59 PM
California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
California health officials 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
Detroit officer won't go on trial 3rd time in girl's death
Authorities won't pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a nighttime raid that was filmed by a reality TV show, a prosecutor said Wednesday. 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
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
UPDATE - 09:52 PM
North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. 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
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
UPDATE - 08:35 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
Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted in Yosemite park
The first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials. 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 - 09:07 PM
Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday. 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 - 09:07 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 - 10:26 PM
Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes 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 - 09:01 PM
Father of boy with leukemia asks school to bar unvaccinated students
The father of a 6-year-old boy with leukemia has asked the superintendent of his Marin County school district in California to keep unvaccinated children out of school. Wed, 1/28
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
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
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 - 09:59 PM
Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99
Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99. 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
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
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

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Business & Technology

Boeing cash flow impresses investors
Boeing shares soared 5.6 percent Wednesday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations and showed a surge in cash flow. Wed, 1/28
Bill Boeing’s 1930 yacht up for sale
The 125-foot Taconite has been owned for nearly 30 years by Canadian Gordon Levett, who is asking just under $2.5 million. Wed, 1/28
Clue hunt yields Super Bowl tickets for Bothell resident
Curtis Lu followed the tweeted clues from T-Mobile to find the object of his quest at Westlake Park. 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
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
Amazon rolls out email and calendaring for businesses
Amazon Web Services, which rents computing storage and services to businesses, will debut WorkMail by June to help compete with Microsoft and Google. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:08 PM
Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates
The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:59 PM
Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods
There's a tiger fight going on in China. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:59 PM
Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder
Asian stock markets sank Thursday after plunging oil prices and the Federal Reserve's reminder it is still on track to raise interest rates this year led to a dismal day on Wall Street. The release of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures in Japan was another reason for gloom. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:59 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
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 - 09:59 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

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
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
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
Wary Super Bowl advertisers won’t go on offensive
Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people’s attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.5 million they’re spending for a 30-second Super Bowl ad worth it.  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
Environmental groups target Port of Seattle plan to lease Terminal 5
Environmental groups object to the Port of Seattle leasing Terminal 5 to company that is working for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.  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
UPDATE - 09:47 PM
Brier Dudley
In Paul Allen’s world, these are the glory days
Seahawks owner Paul Allen, in the midst of his own winning streak, talks about his championship team, unique players and memories of his first Super Bowl win.  Wed, 1/28

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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
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
UPDATE - 09:55 PM
Jerry Brewer
How Pete Carroll-John Schneider’s partnership spawned the Seahawks’ unique culture
Pete Carroll’s vision drives the Seahawks’ organization and Schneider’s talent evaluation fuels it. They’ve created a place for individuals to thrive in the ultimate team concept. Wed, 1/28
Huskies could add running back Chris Warren to recruiting class
Son of Seahawk running back of the same name will visit UW this weekend and announce his choice among the Huskies, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on signing day next Wednesday. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 08:29 PM
Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman appear healthy in practice
Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the team is “really fortunate to be this healthy” entering Sunday’s Super Bowl. Wed, 1/28
Central Winter chinook fishery to close after big catch
State Fish and Wildlife has decided to close the fishery Thursday, and reopen this Friday to Sunday and Feb. 6-8. They will review catch data soon after to see if additional fishing days can be offered. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:24 PM
Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. may transfer to Oregon
Adams says he has a scholarship offer from the Ducks and will visit Eugene this weekend. Wed, 1/28
Jerry Brewer
How Pete Carroll-John Schneider’s partnership spawned the Seahawks’ unique culture
Pete Carroll’s vision drives the Seahawks’ organization and Schneider’s talent evaluation fuels it. They’ve created an place for individuals to thrive in the ultimate team concept.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:10 PM
Jerian Grant leads No. 8 Notre Dame men past No. 4 Duke
Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 on Wednesday night. Wed, 1/28
NEW - 10:03 PM
Kyrie Irving scores 55 points as Cleveland wins its 8th straight
Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight victory. Wed, 1/28
LPGA Tour season opens in Florida
Jessica Korda shot a 6-under-par 66 at the LPGA Coates Golf Championship and was part of a three-way tie with fellow American Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz of Spain. All three teed off in windy conditions and finished in chilly temperatures just before dark in Ocala, Fla. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:32 PM
Maria Sharapova advances to Australian Open final
Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal match. Wed, 1/28
Seahawks dread this call: Hey, bro, can you buy me a Super Bowl ticket?
Seahawks can buy up to 15 tickets at $1,500 each, but telling family or friends no is one of the toughest things about going to the Super Bowl.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:59 PM
Seahawks kick-started careers of Patriots’ Alan Branch, Sealver Siliga
Both Alan Branch and Sealver Siliga played for the Seahawks before going to the New England Patriots.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:46 PM
Shaquielle McKissic helps Arizona State beat Oregon State
Shaquielle McKissic, a former Edmonds Community College player, scored 17 points and host Arizona State beat Oregon State 73-55. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:56 PM
Larry Stone
The Earl Thomas paradox: Seahawks safety radiates love, grace and ferocity
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the most inscrutable of all Seahawks, and as Super Bowl XLIX approaches, his positive energy is almost blinding.  Wed, 1/28
Travis Snider discusses being traded from Pirates to Orioles
Outfielder Travis Snider, a graduate of Jackson High in Mill Creek, was traded from Pittsburgh to defending AL East champion Baltimore this week.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 08:46 PM
U.S. men squander lead, lose in Chile
Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying host Chile to a 3-2 exhibition victory over the United States. It was the first match of the year for the U.S. team, which is on its first five-match winless streak since 2007. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:36 PM
What’s another Super Bowl worth for Seahawks?
Seahawks should see another small bump in brand loyalty and spending because of their second straight Super Bowl appearance. But marketing experts say the team remains a middle-of-the-pack regional brand and, so far, lacks a player with true national stature.  Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:58 PM
Richard Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis debate resurfaces
The discussion about which cornerback is better cropped up again this week during Super Bowl media interviews. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:57 PM
Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith maintains perspective on diminished role
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP is trending back toward obscurity, having barely played the past two months of the season — he got 25 snaps in Seattle’s last six regular-season games and has played just two in the playoffs. Wed, 1/28
UPDATE - 09:56 PM
Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch again fulfills media obligation in his own way
The running back continued to answer Super Bowl media questions with the same response Wednesday. His line of the day was, “You know why I’m here.” Wed, 1/28
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
UPDATE - 08:27 PM
On the Patriots’ roster, plenty of brains to go with their brawn
Impressive collection of graduates highlight New England’s team. Wed, 1/28
The List: Most popular dog names inspired by the Seahawks
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NEW - 09:34 PM
Black Hawk Helicopters and X-ray machines added to 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. Wed, 1/28
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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
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
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
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
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

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UPDATE - 10:05 PM
The man behind Henri le Chat Noir is now king of cat videos
Seattle filmmaker Will Braden, who created a video sensation in 2012 with a regal feline expressing the despair that only cats can feel, has landed on his feet; cat videos are now his full-time job.  Wed, 1/28
Theater legend Joel Grey reveals that he is gay
Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay. Wed, 1/28
Daily Rant & Rave: Thanks for saving a life
Help for man collapsed at Green Lake; bank won’t take cash deposit. Wed, 1/28
Dining Deal
Hints of sizzle at Kimchi House in Ballard
Korean comfort food in Ballard — don’t miss the kimchi fries.  Wed, 1/28
Theater review
‘A Delicate Balance’: a booze-drenched drama in the round
Theatre9/12 stages Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance,” featuring a masterful performance by Terry Edward Moore. 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
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. Wed, 1/28

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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
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
Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner
A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals -- including several tigers and a lion -- to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo. Wed, 1/28
Raw, frozen pet food recalled over possible Listeria contamination
The newest recall includes J.J. Fuds’ duck strips and beef strips; the Indiana company did not specify how the products may have been compromised or with what. 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
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

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Travel & Outdoors

Hit winter beaches for the Northwest’s best oysters
Join Taylor Shellfish’s next Totten Inlet feast, or gather your own from public beaches while shellfish are best. Wed, 1/28
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
Reader's Lens
Fisherman in the sunset
Seattle Times reader Patrick Sloan’s multilayered photo of an angler at Burien’s Seahurst Park. Wed, 1/28
Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame routes in Idaho, Montana — and closer
Designation goes to best rails-to-trails paths nationwide. Wed, 1/28

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Editorial: 3 ways the Legislature can help community-college students
Washington legislators should support the state's 34 community and technical colleges.  Wed, 1/28
Seahawks and Obama are showing it’s all about how you finish
President Obama is playing for a legacy. If his finish matches the flourish of the last two months, the United States will resemble the country he envisioned in his State of the Union address. Wed, 1/28
Thomas Friedman / Syndicated columnist
Czar Vladimir Putin’s next moves
Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing terrible things to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, writes syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman. Wed, 1/28
Guest: Gov. Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea is dead on arrival
Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to create a new state capital-gains tax will not be enacted, writes columnist Richard Davis. Pragmatism will prevail. Wed, 1/28

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