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Billions in deferred costs

Feds reportedly investigate Boeing's 787, 747 accounting

Date: 02/11/2016 | Business


Getting ready for the big one

By now our concerns about earthquakes, specifically "The Really Big One" discussed in the New Yorker article of the same name from July — the one that quoted a FEMA official as saying...

Date: 02/11/2016 | Editorials


FBI says it has surrounded last occupiers at Oregon refuge

PORTLAND, Ore. — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Northwest


Surpreme Court freezes President Obama’s global warming plan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a key part of President Barack Obama's ambitious proposal to limit carbon emissions and reduce global warming while the plan is challenged.The court granted a stay request from more than two dozen states, plus utilities and coal...

Date: 02/10/2016 | Nation & World


Trump, Sanders ride voter frustration to big wins

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter frustration with American politics to commanding victories in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World


Trump, Sanders victorious in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring voters' insistence on shaking up American politics.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World


Exit polls: New Hampshire GOP voters feel betrayed by party

WASHINGTON — Voters in New Hampshire’s primary are deeply unhappy with the federal government, and many Republican voters are down on politicians from their own party, according to early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World


High court puts Obama climate change plan on hold

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World


Gas likely to average under $2 in 2016, feds say

For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of oil around the globe.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Business Wire


Portland included in Attorney General’s tour of police departments

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest


Remaining occupiers release defiant videos mocking FBI

PORTLAND, Ore. — The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows defensive barricades they have erected and takes a joyride in a government vehicle.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest


After Ore. standoff, wildlife refuge near Spokane closes, reopens

CHENEY — The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Spokane has reopened after being closed to the public last weekend because of the situation at a refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest


High court to rule on Obama use of executive authority

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has often dealt big blows to presidents in their second term.Harry Truman was rebuked for claiming the power to seize strike-bound steel mills during the Korean War. Richard Nixon resigned shortly after the court ruled unanimously he must...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Nation & World


Hillary Clinton calls Flint water crisis ‘immoral’

FLINT, Mich. — Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Nation & World


Ruling out senility on the Supreme Court

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half-dozen mentally decrepit justices would join "the roster of jurists who...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary


Many optimistic despite slower U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire


D.C. Madam list ‘relevant’ to presidential election, lawyer says

WASHINGTON — Presidential campaign-watchers' ears perked up this week when the former lawyer of the so-called D.C. Madam revealed he'd filed a request that would allow him to release his client's phone records that he said "could be relevant" to the presidential...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World


Coal, oil trains offer more threat than benefit to region

The Pacific Northwest faces a growing surge of crude oil trains and barges, coupled with proposals for massive coal export terminals that will snarl traffic, delay freight and threaten the health of our communities. Recent action by Congress to lift a long-standing ban on oil exports is...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Commentary


Ted Cruz’s Iowa campaign tactics irk GOP rivals

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is earning his reputation as a bare-knuckled presidential campaigner as new evidence emerged late this week of an effort to get Iowa GOP caucus voters to switch to him Monday night from retired surgeon Ben Carson.

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World


HSBC reaches $470 million deal over banking abuses

WASHINGTON — Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. shift away from coal accelerating rapidly

WASHINGTON — In mid-2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, it made a prediction of sorts. Under the new policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector, the EPA said, coal use would decline and the use of natural gas and renewables would...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World


Clinton, Sanders face off in New Hampshire debate

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders on Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World


Secret email found from Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice tenures

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World


U.S. productivity down 3 percent in 4th quarter

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire


Ben Carson slashes campaign staff as funds dry up

CONCORD, N.H. - Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions on Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his entire campaign.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World


President Obama visits his first U.S. mosque

WASHINGTON — First came an honor guard of Muslim Boy Scouts proudly carrying a U.S. flag. Then a rousing pledge of allegiance from hundreds of Muslim Americans. Then an introduction from a Muslim college student, wearing a hijab over her head, who wants to be a doctor.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World


Security beefed up at national wildlife refuges in 3 states

PORTLAND, Ore. — Additional security officers have been sent to national wildlife refuges in southern Oregon, northern California and Nevada amid the ongoing armed occupation of a sister refuge in southeastern Oregon that has caused tensions in the region and is showing no sign of ending...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Northwest


President Obama to American Muslims: ‘You fit in here’

BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama, speaking in Baltimore County during his first visit to a U.S. mosque, urged voters to reject the "inexcusable political rhetoric" he said is emanating from the presidential campaign trail as he called on Americans to embrace a common...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World


Chipotle says criminal investigation widens

NEW YORK — Chipotle says the scope of a previously disclosed federal criminal investigation has widened beyond a single restaurant in California.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Business Wire


Obama signs disaster declaration for December storms in state

SEATTLE — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for damage done by December wind and rain storms, making federal assistance available in 10 Washington counties.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Northwest


Oregon standoff leader strikes defiant tone from behind bars

PORTLAND, Ore. — The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve struck a defiant tone Tuesday while again urging four holdouts to leave, saying local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Northwest


Transfer of federal land would end its benefits, too

The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who had taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico,...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Lawyers for standoff leader try to get him out of jail

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawyers for the leader of the armed occupation at a national wildlife preserve in Oregon have appealed a judge’s decision to keep him in jail, while four holdouts remain holed up in the frozen high desert Monday, nearly a month after the standoff began.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Northwest


Makeshift memorial for rancher springs up on Oregon highway

BURNS, Ore. — About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was shot and killed by police last week on U.S. Highway 395 north of Burns.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Northwest


Obama forced to rethink troop numbers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office.Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World


A million face loss of food stamps over job requirement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World


Reason and doubt

Viewpoints: The lessons from "Making a Murderer'

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary


What Clinton had right during Egypt's Arab Spring

Five years ago, President Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His policy represented a bet that the democratic surge of the Arab Spring could lead to a stable political transition in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.Obama's...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Mobile Now Act seeks to free up wireless spectrum

According to a 2013 report from the Brookings Institution, the greater Seattle area is the 11th most innovative region in the U.S. Much of this is due to the proliferation of mobile devices and seamless connectivity of businesses and people that let Washington's technologists do what...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary


Resuming a life interrupted by captors in Iran

Of the 545 days my colleague Jason Rezaian spent in an Iranian prison, perhaps the most unusual was the time his captors let him watch "The Shawshank Redemption" on Iranian state television.The next day, a hulking man who was guarding Rezaian asked if he'd...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists


4 remaining occupiers of wildlife refuge remain watchful

BURNS, Ore. — Four people occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge held their position Saturday and posted live videos that reveal their hyper-vigilance against federal officials who they fear may try to move them out to end the month-long standoff.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest


Q&A: Rule changes for food stamps in NW and around country

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest


Liz Cheney to run for Wyoming's U.S. House seat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident only for the past few years.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World


Cadaver dealer indicted in body parts case

DETROIT — Two years after federal agents raided his Detroit warehouse and found 1,000-plus human body parts, Grosse Pointe Park businessman Arthur Rathburn has been indicted on charges he ran an illegal cadaver business that involved dismembering bodies without consent and renting heads, arms and...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World


Obama rule would examine gender pay inequity

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama proposed a new rule Friday that would require every large company in America to report employees' pay based on race and gender, an effort to reduce longstanding pay inequities for women and minorities.The new policy, already drawing...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World


Three minutes to midnight no time to rebuild Trident missiles

A year ago the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock to 3 minutes to midnight, responding to "entirely insufficient" global efforts to check nuclear weaponry and global warming or to address the risks inherent to...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Commentary


Cruz, Clinton feel pressure in final Iowa stretch

RINGSTED, Iowa — Lagging Republicans jostled for second place in their crowded field, while Hillary Clinton faced more email troubles Friday as the presidential contenders barreled toward a final weekend of campaigning before Iowa's crucial caucuses.Most of the...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World


Air Force tells Boeing to start Air Force One work

EVERETT — It’s official: The Boeing Co. is making 747-8s for the U.S. president.The U.S. Air Force told Boeing on Friday to start preliminary work to replace two aging 747-200s used as Air Force One.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Local News


Yosemite’s fans are the kid in a bitter divorce

On Jan. 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite's iconic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1. A news release explained that because of a trademark dispute with outgoing concessionaire Delaware North of Buffalo, New York, the Wawona Hotel will...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists


FBI video of shooting, arrests

Oregon occupiers fled before crashing into snow bank

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest


GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make most of his absence

DES MOINES, Iowa — Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner's shadow in Thursday night's debate — a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a glimpse of what the GOP contest...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World


Obama to party faithful: Democrats will win

BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama on Thursday promised his most fervent supporters on Capitol Hill the “Democrats will win in November” and said it’s going to take more than “phony tough talk and bluster” to defeat Islamic militants.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World


Microsoft cloud key to results in Iowa caucuses

CHICAGO — Iowa and Microsoft will have a lot at stake Monday as Republican and Democratic volunteers in roughly 1,700 precincts start plugging vote totals into their smartphones to deliver the first verdict of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World


Q&A: What’s going on with the Oregon armed standoff

BURNS, Ore. — Leaders of the armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to oppose federal land policy were arrested and will stay behind bars until at least Friday. Authorities and jailed group leader Ammon Bundy now are working to persuade the handful of holdouts at the remote...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest


Obama to seek $12 billion from Congress for child nutrition

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed millions of schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World


Fed voices concern about global economic pressures

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire


Pentagon defends Russian engines for satellite launches

WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon officials Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire


Ammon Bundy urges last refuge occupiers to go home

BURNS, Ore. — A day after eight members of an armed anti-government group were arrested, their jailed leader Wednesday urged a handful of remaining militants to abandon the Oregon wildlife refuge they have occupied for more than three weeks and where they are now surrounded by...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Dark money ad hits GOP candidate John Kasich

WASHINGTON — "Who is he?" a new attack advertisement ominously wonders about Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, before trashing him as "an Obama Republican."But the commercial raises another question: Who's asking?A group...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Nation & World


Environmental group sues Indian Health Service

YAKIMA — An environmental group based on the Yakama Indian Reservation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failing to respond to records requests about groundwater nitrate pollution.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Rancher killed in standoff vowed to die before going to jail

BURNS, Oregon — A member of an armed anti-government group who was killed in a traffic stop in Oregon vowed a few weeks ago that he would die before spending his life behind bars.

Date: 01/26/2016 | Northwest


Kip Kinkel’s attorney to use Supreme Court ruling in appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. — An attorney for Thurston High School shooter Kipland P. Kinkel will augment an appeal of his nearly 112-year prison sentence by using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life in prison sentences.The Supreme Court Monday extended its ban on...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest


Tribe asks feds to stop armed group's free travel at refuge in Oregon

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest


Forum over Oregon standoff canceled because of safety concerns

BURNS, Ore. — A judge who planned to host a community meeting Monday over the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge has canceled it due to safety concerns.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Northwest


Feds use malware to ensnare child porn users

WASHINGTON — The user’s online handle was Pewter, and while logged onto a website called Playpen, he allegedly downloaded images of young girls being sexually molested.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World


Clinton, Rubio win Des Moines Register endorsements

Just over a week ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio won the party endorsements of the Des Moines Register on Saturday, securing one of the most coveted and hard-fought political prizes of the presidential calendar.Both Clinton, the Democrat, and...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World


Public doubts D.C.’s problem-solving ability

WASHINGTON — As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little to no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country's most important priorities, according to a national survey.The Associated Press-NORC Center...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World


Michael Bloomberg mulls independent White House bid

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Nation & World


Conservative magazine lashes out at Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — An influential conservative magazine is launching a full-throated assault on Donald Trump's credentials as a conservative, widening a rift in the Republican party over its presidential primary front-runner.The latest issue of National Review, which credits...

Date: 01/23/2016 | Nation & World


Blizzard brings much of East Coast to standstill

KENSINGTON, Md. — A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World


Here are 76 of Donald Trump’s campaign promises

Most presidential candidates are careful to not promise too much on the campaign trail. That’s not at all the case for Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Listed below are 76 things that Trump has said he would do if elected, or has predicted would occur as a result of his election. If he were to...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World


Court denies bid by Kentucky, other states, to block EPA emissions plan

WASHINGTON — A federal court has declined to put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold, meaning Kentucky and other states that sued to block it must comply with it until the legal challenges are resolved.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World


President Obama endures snow slowdown in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Travel has its privileges when you're the most powerful person in the free world: No lines, no delays, no traffic. Except when you try to drive in a Washington-area snow event.For President Barack Obama, the perks of the presidency were no match for Mother...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World


The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday's official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World


Consumer prices drop as falling oil pushes inflation lower

WASHINGTON — Falling oil prices pushed the cost of living down in December, with the consumer price index declining for the first time in three months, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire


President Obama takes a Detroit victory lap

DETROIT — President Barack Obama got a real taste of Detroit on Wednesday, grabbing lunch at a neighborhood brewery and making a purchase at a nearby Shinola store before heading downtown to spend a half-hour at the North American International Auto Show, a first for Obama as...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Business Wire


Feds send warning shot on temp staffing agencies

WASHINGTON — The Department of Labor thinks more companies should take responsibility for their contracted workforces, and it's just told them exactly how and when.If there's one trend that's characterized the changing American workforce more than any other in recent...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Business Wire


Declaration clears way for federal aid for storm damage

U.S. President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for Washington, including Snohomish County, for damage during November windstorms and floods.

Date: 01/20/2016 | Local News


Will rational Republicans please rise?

I keep trying to write something other than rants about Republican politics, but I can't. It's simply too important to point out the dangers of their science denial, their attacks on public education, their clinging to destructive economic policy, their preference for war...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Conservation groups demand end to refuge occupation in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — With the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Ammon Bundy and his group are still trying to muster up broad community support — so far without much luck.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Northwest


Supreme Court sets election-year clash on Obama immigration order

By Mark ShermanAssociated PressWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the United States.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World


Bill Maher to President Obama: Appear on my show for my birthday

Bill Maher is hoping for a visit from President Barack Obama for his 60th birthday.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Entertainment


Haley calls for bipartisanship, while Obama pays lip service

There are two ways to talk up bipartisanship. You can give the notion lip service. You can lament its loss in modern politics. You can lay the blame of partisan rancor on the times and not at your own clay feet. You can say, "It's one of the few regrets of my presidency —...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Obama, staffers need to be bold in final year

For years, I've lamented the debilitating caution that has hobbled President Obama.Then, Wednesday morning, I spent an hour with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. He makes his boss look like a riverboat gambler.The morning after Obama's State of the...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Obama has little to show for his two terms

President Obama's Tuesday night address to Congress was less about the state of the union than the state of the presidency. And the state of this presidency is spent.The signs of intellectual exhaustion were everywhere. Consider just three. After taking credit for success in...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Levy full fine for CenturyLink's 911 failure

Among the 6,600 missed calls to 911 that occurred in Washington and five other states during a six-hour period in April 2014, were those of an Everett woman who repeatedly called for help as an intruder menaced her...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Editorials


U.S. skeptical of Putin but a necessary partner in Syria

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad. Russian-American cooperation on Syria now includes regular diplomatic, military and...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Obama urges avoiding a state of disunion

President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday night wasn't a speech to Congress. It was a sermon to the nation.It wasn't about policy prescriptions, really, or even about Obama's record in office. It was a speech about one man whose name the president never...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Politicizing Benghazi doesn’t honor diplomats that serve us

When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."On a different mission to confer...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists


U.S. lawyer charged with forging immigration document

SEATTLE — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was charged Wednesday after authorities say he forged a document to make it look like a Mexican citizen who wanted to stay in the United State was not eligible to do so.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Report: More infections from dirty scopes in U.S. hospitals

SEATTLE — At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., were sickened with potentially deadly infections linked to contaminated medical scopes in the past three years, according to a new Senate committee report released Wednesday.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


FDA gives OK for company’s genetically engineered potato

BOISE, Idaho — A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market, the Food and Drug Administration says.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Watchdog: No bias in EPA's study on mining in Alaska fishery

JUNEAU, Alaska — A government watchdog found no evidence of bias in how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-class salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Court set to dimish role of unions as a counterbalance in politics

Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Obama urges optimism in final State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON — Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle their belief in the promise of change that first carried him to the White House, declaring that the country must not allow election-year fear and division to put economic and security progress at...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Nation & World


Armed group calls meeting to talk with Oregon community

PORTLAND — The armed activists occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon said Tuesday that they plan to hold a community meeting this week to explain themselves and inform residents when they will leave.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest


Armed group in Oregon says it has accessed government files at refuge

BURNS, Ore. — The leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon said Monday he and his followers are going through government documents stored inside refuge buildings.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Northwest


Plans for Hanford national park to open for public comment

TRI-CITIES — Federal officials are seeking input from Tri-City area residents on plans for the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will include Hanford’s historic B Reactor.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Northwest


Government not ensuring pilot skills are sharp

WASHINGTON — The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, according to the Transportation Department's internal watchdog.Most airline...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World




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