Road warriors

Thanks, Obama: It took 10 minutes longer for the average single-occupant morning commuter to get from Everett to Seattle on I-5 in 2013 compared to 2011, a new state report says. That’s because the steadily falling jobless rate means more folks commuting to work — and more congestion on the freeway.

In fact, the recovery has resulted in such awful traffic that some commuters find themselves longing for the glory days of double-digit unemployment in 2010.

Cloudy, with chance of melting ice caps: Climate change is real and may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, a U.N. panel said Sunday.

Climate scientists said the report is another wake-up call for the world. Global warming skeptics, meanwhile, reacted by plugging their ears and saying, “Na na na I can’t hear you na na na.”

Just a crummy old ring: An Arizona woman she says she accidentally gave away her wedding ring with Halloween candy.

She hopes a trick-or-treater will return the ring, but if she was handing out Smarties or fruit-flavored Tootsie Rolls, it’s in a landfill already.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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