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In Seattle, a march, ‘die-ins’ and police pelted with rocks
Joining demonstrators across the country, Seattle marchers carried signs staged “die-ins” and blocked Interstate 5 while protesting the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer.  Tue, 11/25

UPDATE - 01:22 PM
Cinder, bear burned in wildfires, in Idaho to hibernate
Now a strapping 97 pounds and walking comfortably on all fours, Cinder made a 450-mile trip north on Sunday, and is one step closer to heading home to the Methow. Tue, 11/25
NEW - 11:44 AM
Lawsuit filed to stop Snake River dredging
Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop proposed dredging of the lower Snake River to aid barge traffic from Lewiston, Idaho — the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast. Tue, 11/25
No bull: Trio of moose visit Pasco tree nursery
Garden Gate Nursery north of Pasco isn’t open to customers this time of year, but that didn’t stop one visitor from making herself at home among the trees Monday. Three moose — believed to be a bull and two cows — were spotted around the nursery about 7 a.m. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:28 PM
Bremerton shipyard to hire 850
The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard plans to hire 850 helpers -- an entry-level position that allows workers to advance in production trades. Tue, 11/25
Parents of Lake Stevens boy shot in mouth had argued about guns in home
A 3-year-old Lake Stevens boy was in serious condition Monday at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after he was shot in the mouth by a 4-year-old neighbor Friday. His parents had argued previously about the safety of guns in the home, court records show. Tue, 11/25
Thousands rally across US after Ferguson decision
Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Tue, 11/25
Audit: 2 ex-SHA employees got $130,000 in bogus overtime
Internal controls at the Seattle Housing Authority “were not adequate to safeguard public resources,” says the fraud-investigation report released by the Washington State Auditor’s Office. Mon, 11/24
Mayor seeks new rules for Seattle’s medical-pot industry
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Monday outlined his plan for regulating medical marijuana. Mon, 11/24
Nicole Brodeur's Names in Bold
Seahawks’ former jobs? Hauschka drove the ‘Drunk Bus’
Seahawks players put on server’s jackets for a night at the Metropolitan Grill — to support a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser — and Tom Douglas plans to christen an upcoming project in honor of Brandi Carlile. Mon, 11/24
City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending
The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a 2015 city budget with added emphasis on social services. While praising the amendments, socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant voted no.  Mon, 11/24
Ida Ballasiotes, lawmaker and anti-crime activist, dies at 78
As an activist and state legislator, Ida Ballasiotes turned the murder of her daughter into a crusade for tougher laws protecting the public from sex offenders. Mon, 11/24
Seattle City Council looks to expand car-sharing program
Seattle is considering a much bigger car-share program, beyond the current 500 Car2Go vehicles permitted now. Mon, 11/24
State AG: Cops don’t need to ask permission to use body-cams
Police officers using body cameras in Washington state do not have to ask the person they are recording for consent, even though Washington is one of several states that require “two-party consent” to record audio, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday. Mon, 11/24
Vancouver oil-by-rail terminal would be largest in U.S.
A newspaper analysis finds a proposed facility in Vancouver, Wash., would handle more oil by rail than any single facility in the U.S. Mon, 11/24
Driver charged after Auburn crash killed 4
A man who was allegedly behind the wheel during a crash in Auburn that killed four and left a fifth comatose is in jail on $750,000 bail and facing four counts of vehicular homicide.  Mon, 11/24

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 01:29 PM
Brown family blasts prosecutor's handling of case
Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. Tue, 11/25

UPDATE - 01:14 PM
A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case
A St. Louis County grand jury declined Monday to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision resolves one aspect of the case, but additional investigations remain and the community for months has been bracing for demonstrations in anticipation of the grand jury's decision. Tue, 11/25
Ferguson probes continue at the federal level
One still-open investigation could yet lead to federal charges against Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson, while a federal team probes whether there has been a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior by the Ferguson Police Department. Tue, 11/25
For Ferguson grand jury, a mass of evidence, much of it conflicting
The grand jury in the Darren Wilson case met for an extraordinarily long session, hearing what the prosecutor said was “absolutely everything” that could be considered testimony or evidence in the case.  Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:29 PM
Tough to make a case against police in shootings
A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of making a case against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 12:41 PM
Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'
A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:28 PM
Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods
Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater. Tue, 11/25
Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors
Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:26 PM
Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations
Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault. Tue, 11/25
France suspends delivery of warship to Russia
France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. Tue, 11/25
Transcript: Men debated killing final victim
Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare the life of the pretty, young woman they had picked up just hours before. Tue, 11/25
VW policy for Tenn. plant sets off labor scramble
In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them. Tue, 11/25
'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M
The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" and the piano from the movie "Casablanca" each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 11:37 AM
Mexican boy who had massive tumor recovering
An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico is still recovering after an 11-hour surgery. Tue, 11/25
Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations
Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:26 PM
Wet basements in Buffalo as flooding fears ease
Some Buffalo-area residents dealt with flooded basements from melting snow as authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. Tue, 11/25
Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. Tue, 11/25
Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries
Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:30 PM
2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria
The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs. Tue, 11/25
Been hitting the sauce? Then take a Sriracha tour
Seeing the source of the beloved, spicy condiment at the Sriracha factory tour in Southern California.  Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:10 PM
Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
Ships from Greece rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours Tuesday in gale-force winds and high waves in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 11:34 AM
More-confident US households step up borrowing
Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:15 PM
US bank earnings up 7.3 percent in 3Q
U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue. Tue, 11/25
Afghan capital hit by 2 blasts, army casualties
Afghan officials say the capital Kabul has been hit by two explosions, one of which wounded six Afghan army soldiers. Tue, 11/25
Erdogan: women are not equal to men
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Tue, 11/25
Flight restrictions lifted in St. Louis area
Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions in the St. Louis area have been lifted. Tue, 11/25
Highlights of testimony in Michael Brown shooting
A St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses -- many of whom gave conflicting statements -- before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Tue, 11/25
Hong Kong protest area cleared, some arrested
Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday arrested pro-democracy demonstrators who refused to comply with a court order to clear a protest site in the city's Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. Tue, 11/25
Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July
A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do -- limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon. Tue, 11/25
Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision
President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint. Tue, 11/25
Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'
A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. Tue, 11/25
Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts
Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning -- again. Tue, 11/25
Transcript: Men debated killing final victim
Late at night, the two convicted sex offenders exchanged text messages debating whether to kill their next victim or spare the life of the pretty, young woman they had picked up just hours before. Tue, 11/25
Woman cleared in fatal car wreck after GM letter
A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Tue, 11/25
Woman cleared of car-crash death traced to faulty GM switch
When Candice Anderson was prosecuted for a 2004 car crash that killed her boyfriend, the automaker claimed not to know the cause of the wreck, but one of its engineers already had reported that a defective ignition switch most likely had shut off the vehicle’s power. Mon, 11/24
‘Play it, Sam’ piano sells for $3M at auction
The piano from Rick’s Café Américain in the movie “Casablanca” was sold at a film-memorabilia auction in New York.  Mon, 11/24
Fitter Christie may reap political benefits
In a nation obsessed with weight, girth draws attention. And when anyone slims down at least 100 pounds, as the New Jersey governor and potential presidential candidate appears to have done, people want details. Mon, 11/24
Michele Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist
Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. Mon, 11/24
Auction set for James Watson’s 1962 Nobel Prize
Scientist James Watson’s Nobel Prize, shared with two others for their work characterizing the double-helix structure of DNA, will be sold next week at Christie’s, the New York auction house. It could sell for $2.5 million to $3.5 million.  Mon, 11/24
Burgers are all the rage in Hong Kong
The past year has seen the opening of at least four gourmet burger joints in Hong Kong, some so popular there’s often an after-work mob or a 90-minute limit to occupy tables.  Mon, 11/24
South Korea’s ‘Joan of Arc’ haunts rewritten Asian history
Textbooks have become part of the front line in East Asia’s propaganda war as recent administration changes in China, Japan and Korea see leaders fomenting nationalism to bolster their hold on power. Mon, 11/24
Fears of major flooding in snowbound Buffalo ease
Fears of disastrous flooding from a rapid meltdown of the Buffalo area's 7 feet of snow eased on Monday, but high winds became a menace, threatening to knock down trees and power lines. Mon, 11/24
GOP hopefuls avoid specifics in response to Obama
The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Mon, 11/24
Iraqi troops take 2 towns from Islamic State group
Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday. Mon, 11/24
Judge: Confession can be used in missing boy trial
A suspect with a low IQ understood his rights when he told investigators two years ago that he choked a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979, a judge ruled Monday, allowing prosecutors to use the confession that appears to be their key evidence in a notorious missing children's case. Mon, 11/24
Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18
President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites. Mon, 11/24
Oklahoma high school rocked by 3 rape allegations
Allegations by three girls at a central Oklahoma high school that they were raped by the same male student have led to a police investigation, and on Monday brought protests by students who say school officials have mishandled the case and subsequent bullying. Mon, 11/24
Police shooting in housing project ruled homicide
Prosecutors should charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell, elected officials said Monday after the medical examiner announced that the death was ruled a homicide. Mon, 11/24
Suspect in 5 Kansas City deaths pleads not guilty
A man accused of attacking and killing five people during a rampage in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree murder for each victim. Mon, 11/24
Violence in Ferguson after no indictment announced
Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and businesses, several of which were later set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds Monday as violence overtook protests in Ferguson. Mon, 11/24

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Business & Technology

Seattle-area home prices keep cooling
The average price of existing single-family homes in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties declined 0.2 percent in September over August, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index showed. Tue, 11/25

Home Depot faces dozens of breach-related lawsuits
Home Depot faces at least 44 lawsuits in the United States and Canada over a massive data breach earlier this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:08 PM
US stock indexes hold at record levels
U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November. Tue, 11/25
Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa
For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls. Tue, 11/25
Nike extends contract with USOC through 2020
The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:28 PM
Unidentified country likely behind spying software
Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other organizations around the world. Tue, 11/25
United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO
Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him. Tue, 11/25
Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays
A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day. Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 01:28 PM
US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3
The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world. Tue, 11/25
US consumer confidence falls in November
U.S. consumer confidence fell in November following a big gain the previous month, as Americans became less bullish about the economy and jobs. Tue, 11/25
Minnesota AG says Value Village’s owner mishandled donations, disclosures
The thrift-store behemoth anchored by Value Village shops has been accused by Minnesota’s attorney general of underpaying some of its charity partners, misleading donors of goods about what’s tax-deductible, and poorly documenting its activities Mon, 11/24
SF hotel developer plans 50-story project on Fifth Avenue
A partnership led by Stanford Hotels Group proposes to build the hotel and residential tower on a parking lot at the downtown Seattle corner where the monorail crosses Stewart Street, according to plans filed with the city. Mon, 11/24
Alaska spared in West Coast port slowdown
More than 70 percent of shipped goods bound for Alaska pass through the Port of Tacoma.  Mon, 11/24
Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers
Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Mon, 11/24
Does bad behavior really hurt business?
Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business? Mon, 11/24
Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent
Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online. Mon, 11/24
Small farmers give thanks to mobile processor of turkeys
A farmers’ co-op in Western Washington rolls out a trailer that cuts costs and expands the market for their turkeys. Mon, 11/24
In wake of Spotify pullout, music industry debates streaming
From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket. Mon, 11/24
Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?
It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens -- and their top-end price tags -- and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Tue, 11/25

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Mariners lock up Kyle Seager with seven-year, $100 million extension
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, an All-Star last year after hitting 25 home runs with 96 RBI, has agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with the team.  Mon, 11/24
Close calls for both clubs in first leg of Sounders-Galaxy series
Sounders FC was close to scoring against the Galaxy on Sunday, especially when Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey had chances in the 20th minute. But the Galaxy also just missed on goals that would have provided an even bigger lead.  Mon, 11/24
Huskies’ fifth-year seniors recall driving into enemy territory for the first time
Colin Tanigawa remembers his first bus ride to Pullman for an Apple Cup and the scene that still leaves him cold four years later.  Mon, 11/24

Injured WSU receiver Kristoff Williams will participate in senior-night activities
Kristoff Williams suffered a concussion early this season that caused him to retire from football. A report last week said Williams was told by WSU coach Mike Leach he couldn’t participate in senior-night activities. Now Leach says he can.  Mon, 11/24
Now it gets tough for Seahawks: A trip to play 49ers
The Seahawks cruised to a 19-3 victory over Arizona at home on Sunday but will have to turn around and play at San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. Mon, 11/24
Larry Stone
Seattle sports fans get to enjoy a trifecta feast of big games this weekend
It starts with Seahawks at 49ers, then the Apple Cup and then the deciding match on the MLS Western Conference Mon, 11/24
Baltimore, Buffalo win Monday-night games
The Baltimore Ravens beat the host New Orleans Saints 34-27 and Buffalo routed the New York Jets 38-3 in Monday-night games. Mon, 11/24
Eastern Washington men shock Indiana with late rally
Guards Drew Brandon and Tyler Harvey combined for 52 points as Eastern Washington, listed as a 13-point underdog, rallied to beat Indiana 88-86. The Eagles ended Indiana’s 43-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Mon, 11/24
Apple Cup outlook: Washington State vs. Washington
A closer look at Saturday’s game Mon, 11/24
Boston Red Sox to add Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez
The Boston Red Sox reportedly have added Pablo Sandoval, previously with San Francisco, and Hanley Ramirez, previously with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mon, 11/24
Hugh Millen’s Seahawks analysis: Seattle defense had its way with struggling Arizona offense
Arizona’s unimaginative running attack was easily stuffed by the Seahawks defense, which was as healthy as it has been for a long time.  Mon, 11/24
Kansas City safety Eric Berry has mass on chest
Chiefs fear Pro Bowl safety could have lymphoma. He will be further evaluated at Emory University in Atlanta. Mon, 11/24
LeBron James says ‘I stink’ hours before scoring 29 in victory
LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 victory over the Orlando Magic. Mon, 11/24
Lydia Ko wins LPGA’s Tour Championship
Lydia Ko now has five wins before she can legally drink that champagne that was sprayed on her at the 18th green after she defeated Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Julieta Granada of Paraguay. She won three times this year and is the first player to go over $2 million as a rookie. Mon, 11/24
North Carolina apologizes for spray-paint damage after victory at Duke
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora apologized to Duke’s David Cutcliffe after his team’s celebration of the Tar Heels’ victory against the Blue Devils left the visiting locker room at Duke damaged by spray paint. Mon, 11/24
Rio 2016 Olympics, Paralympics mascots appear in public
A yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The mascot for the Rio Paralympics is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair. Mon, 11/24
Seahawks opponent outlook: The 49ers
A closer look at San Francisco Mon, 11/24
South Carolina women are ranked No. 1 for first time
South Carolina took over as the new No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 on Monday. It is the first time in program history the Gamecocks reached the top spot. Mon, 11/24
USGA working hard to ensure smooth transportation for U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in June
More sparking spaces and secured routes for shuttle buses will be vital at U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.  Mon, 11/24
Eastern Washington women lose to Abilene Christian
Eagles fail to score from field in final 5½ minutes in 79-72 loss. Mon, 11/24
Prep stars of the week
A look at the stars of the week. Mon, 11/24
On the Air
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Movie review
‘Horrible Bosses 2’: You’re fired!
Movie review: Despite Charlie Day’s comic energy, “Horrible Bosses 2” fails to entertain, writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 4. Tue, 11/25
NW books
Frank Lloyd Wright goes west; Chinese art at SAM
New books by Seattle-area authors or on local topics: Frank Lloyd Wright’s western work; the story of the Chinese art collection at the Seattle Art Museum; a new romance by Elizabeth Boyle and the story of an early bird and a worm, by a Bremerton author.  Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 11:52 AM
Holiday Parade, Snowflake Lane: Celebrations kick off in Seattle and Bellevue
Holiday events galore: The Holiday Parade and Macy’s Star Lighting is Nov. 28, Seattle; and Snowflake Lane, Nov. 28-Dec. 24 in Bellevue. Tue, 11/25
NEW - 12:25 PM
New Kurt Cobain documentary in the works from HBO
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” has the support of some members of Cobain’s family, according to HBO. Tue, 11/25
NEW - 12:05 AM
‘Horrible Bosses 2’ not first sequel to suck at its job
“Horrible Bosses 2” joins a legacy of pointless sequels made with money, rather than art, in mind, including “Jaws: The Revenge,” “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” and “Hangover 2.” Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 12:52 PM
New DVDs
‘The Giver,’ ‘The Expendables 3,’ ‘November Man,’ ‘What If’
New DVD releases for Tuesday, Nov. 25, include the action films “The Expendables 3” and “The November Man,” the romance “What If” and the teen dystopian flick “The Giver.”  Tue, 11/25
'Mockingjay' dominates box office with $121.9M
Katniss Everdeen took down Optimus Prime at the box office. Tue, 11/25
Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio
The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. Tue, 11/25
Nov. 25 TV Picks: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season finale
TV picks for Tuesday, Nov. 25, include “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” on KCTS and “New Girl” on Fox. Tue, 11/25

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Books for Cooks | The one meat cookbook you need
From burgers to Boston butt, an exhaustive guide to cooking meat. Tue, 11/25
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Take co-worker at his word that he just wants to be friends
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Travel & Outdoors

Oregon’s hot springs offer warm respite from winter
Here’s a roundup of public and private springs (including a couple over the river in Washington) Tue, 11/25
UPDATE - 11:22 AM
Apps to the rescue for Thanksgiving travel troubles
If you run into delays on flights or on the roads during holiday travel, some apps can help you figure out what’s happening or make other plans.  Tue, 11/25

UPDATE - 12:14 PM
Cruising to Europe’s Christmas markets
Riverboat cruises along the Danube, Main and Rhine take passengers to famed holiday markets in various cities and to New Year galas. Just don’t count on using the sun deck.  Tue, 11/25
NEW - 11:26 AM
Damage Hawaii reef, pay $840,000
Cargo ship ran aground on reef off Oahu, harming coral.  Tue, 11/25

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Editorial: Remote testimony would bring the Legislature into the 21st century
Remote testimony to the Legislature is in the no-brainer category of government reforms. Mon, 11/24
Guest: Port slowdown’s potential devastating impacts on Washington businesses
President Obama and Washington’s congressional delegation must intercede to prevent the contract dispute between West Coast unions and the Pacific Maritime Association from upending the economy, write guest columnists Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney. Mon, 11/24
Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist
Rock bottom economics: What happens when interest rates hit zero
The fact that we’ve spent six years at the so-called zero lower bound is amazing and depressing, writes syndicated columnist Paul Krugman. Mon, 11/24

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