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New bug-inspired robot can jump off of water

Jumping on water is hard. Heck, walking on water is hard. Floating on water is hard. Some animals — especially insects — can manage a water-based jump, but only through impressive feats of bio-engineering perfected by evolution.Just think about the mechanics of...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Woman sues credit firms for declaring her dead

ST. LOUIS — A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn't dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she's alive.Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Business Wire

Zimbabwe restricts hunting of lions

Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country’s wildlife authority said Saturday.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.The WWE said Friday that Piper had died. It had no additional details.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Lynn Anderson, singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ dies at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World


Eagles donate thousandsThe Whidbey Island Eagles (Fraternal Order Of Eagles, Aerie 3418) of Freeland has raised thousands of dollars this year for local charities through raffles, a plant sale and other efforts.Proceeds from food sales...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

A storyteller by trade

Locals fondly remember author Ann Rule

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Connecting cats and cons

Volunteer brings felines to inmates, who help tame them

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (10 new photos)

Date: 07/31/2015 | Fur & Feathers

U.S. looking for lion-killing Minnesota dentist

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. wildlife authorities announced an investigation Thursday into the killing of Cecil, a prized lion in Zimbabwe, and also revealed that they have been unable to contact Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota big-game hunter and dentist who participated in the fatal...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Nation & World

Kindnesses of strangers

Accident victim has endured, thanks to his family, police officer

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Model Ts and memories

Just like her late father, Sarah Newberg loves classic Fords

Date: 07/28/2015 | Local News

Today in history

Today’s highlights:On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York’s Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.On this date:

Date: 07/28/2015 | Life

Bono teams with Revo for eye care awareness

NEW YORK — Bono, who has had problems with his own vision, is partnering with a company to provide better eye care to the underprivileged.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Life


Kla Ha Ya Days parade winnersKla Ha Ya Days was held July 15-19 in Snohomish. Parade winners were chosen in two categories.Drill: Gunslingers (Best in Show), Ballard Eagles (first place), North Queens Drill...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (32 new photos)

Date: 07/24/2015 | Fur & Feathers

A tribute to mutts

Celebrate your mixed-breed companion

Date: 07/23/2015 | Fur & Feathers

A better place to be

Mary Toews recognized for her work in sharing arts with youth

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Freedom of gossip has its limits, Gawker learns

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get; certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker. But that was Phase One.Denton recently pulled an item about a married media...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Never forgotten

Shawneri Guzman’s memory of a drowning inspires her message

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

Man works to rid Port Angeles of graffiti

PORT ANGELES — A “one-man graffiti removal task force” is making the city more attractive by deleting one tag at a time.Richard Schneider, 60, is retired and able to make his own schedule — which now includes a self-appointed vandalism patrol.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

Two groups to sue over federal fish hatchery near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — Two conservation groups say they will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, alleging its fish hatchery near Leavenworth violates federal clean-water rules.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Northwest

'Always approachable'

Robert Bibb was esteemed Superior Court judge, volunteer

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News

AshleyMadison site for extramarital affairs hacked

AshleyMadison, the dating website designed for those who want a little extramarital action, was hacked over the weekend by a group that threatened to release the personal information of its estimated 37 million users — unless the site took itself offline.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Off the Wire

Drought raises water temperatures in lakes to unhealthy levels

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The drought is bringing warmer temperatures to northern Idaho lakes, stressing fish and threatening oxygen levels.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest

Happy by decree: Ecuador’s ‘well-being’ chief works to raise contentment

QUITO, Ecuador — For decades, Freddy Ehlers has been ubiquitous in this small Andean nation. He’s been a television star for more than 30 years, the minister of tourism, the secretary general of the Andean Community and a two-time presidential candidate. Now, at 69, Ehlers is embarking on what...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd released on bail in New Zealand

SYDNEY — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was released on bail on Monday after his weekend arrest in New Zealand on a charge of breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence for threatening to kill a former employee.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Entertainment

Cosby detailed his womanizing, secrecy efforts a decade ago

Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Demi Moore ‘in shock’ after man drowns in her back yard pool

LOS ANGELES — Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

First-class airport terminal ... for critters

NEW YORK — Jet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New York’s Kennedy Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that will handle the more than 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Off the Wire

Taking the plunge

A zipline wedding for Camano Island couple

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

Rhino Orphanage cares for poaching survivors

They are the most vulnerable victims of South Africa's rhino poaching scourge, the baby rhinos that survive the shooting deaths of their mothers.Many probably die of dehydration or other perils in the wild, but some lucky ones end up at The Rhino Orphanage, where workers...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Finding your roots

Technology has made it easier to find out who you are

Date: 07/19/2015 | Life

Future queen gives Nazi salute in tabloid image

LONDON — Buckingham Palace expressed its disappointment Saturday with a tabloid newspaper for publishing images of a young Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute with her family in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power.The palace took the unusual step of...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Eternally archived

Website celebrates Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News


Bikers ride in with donation for food bankThe Star Touring and Riding Association Chapter 428 of Monroe raised $1,159.37 at its June 27 Poker Ride. All proceeds went to the Sky Valley Food Bank.The

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Party animal

Everett's Cafe Zippy celebrates resident pooch's birthday

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Bad bosses are bad for your health

One head chef had a bad habit of throwing knives around the kitchen, in the direction of people that made him angry. Another woman's boss told her coworker she couldn't take a personal day to bring her dog to the emergency vet "because dogs are replaceable." Yet another boss...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Beloved walrus at Tacoma zoo dies after surgery

TACOMA — Officials at a Tacoma zoo say a much-loved 33-year-old walrus has died after surgery.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Scientists find dinosaur with bird-like wings

Paleontologists working in China have found a new dinosaur with one of the most complex, well-preserved set of wings ever seen on a specimen of its size. In a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe Zhenyuanlong suni, a cousin of the famed Velociraptor...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

50-million-year-old sperm found, by accident

Benjamin Bomfleur can't help but laugh a little when talking about this latest, record-setting discovery."A 50-million-year-old worm sperm from Antarctica?" he said between chuckles. "Who would have thought that's possible?"And yet, what...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Off the Wire

Tips to keep your pet hydrated

As we’re in the midst of one of the Pacific Northwest’s hottest, driest summers, it’s important for us to remember to stay hydrated. This goes for our furry family members as well. Of course, pet hydration is important year-round, but in the summer months when factors...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Fur & Feathers

A belated Bronze Star

89-year-old World War II vet surprised at picnic

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

Eagerness and trepidation

Sequel to beloved ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ released decades later

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

Seattle fire crews receive 20 pet oxygen masks

SEATTLE — The Seattle Fire Department has a new set of tools to save some of their most helpless fire victims.A company called Invisible Fence Brand of Seattle donated 20 pet oxygen masks to the department on Monday. They will be used to resuscitate animals overcome by smoke.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Local nudist park attempts to set skinny dip record today

SULTAN — They’ve got the skinny on how to beat the heat here while continuing to celebrate independence this week.A Sultan nudist club is taking part in “Feel the Freedom,” an effort to set the world record for the most people skinny dipping at the same time on Saturday.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Life

Today in History

Today is Saturday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2015. There are 173 days left in the year.Today's highlight:On July 11, 2010, police in the Bahamas arrested Colton Harris-Moore, 19, the American fugitive known as the "Barefoot Bandit."

Date: 07/11/2015 | Life

Regis Philbin reunites with Kathie Lee as contributor to ‘Today’

Welcome back, Reg! Regis Philbin is joining the fourth hour of the “Today” show, reuniting the semi-retired talk-show host with his longtime cohost Kathie Lee Gifford.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Life

Let the planes begin

Arlington's 46th Fly-In is airborne

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News


Marysville teen named Dairy AmbassadorNicole Buell, of Marysville, representing Snohomish County, is the 2015-16 Washington State Dairy Ambassador. Buell was one of eight finalists at the 60th annual Washington State Dairy Ambassador contest...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News

Vet finds 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear inside dog

MARS, Pa. — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds.A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach during exploratory surgery.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

It's already been a year

Family and friends gather to remember Bradley Hogue

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (10 new photos)

Date: 07/09/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Police looking for person who tossed puppies from truck

WORLEY, Idaho — Law enforcement officials in northern Idaho say they’re turning the search for a person who tossed two puppies out of a truck over to authorities in Washington state.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

A WWII freedom fighter reflects

Arlington veteran still feels pride in helping defeat Hitler

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Fire safety tips

Keep pets from starting a house fire

Date: 07/06/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family arrive in Jordan

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two young lions that had been kept as pets in a Gaza refugee camp traveled Sunday to Jordan where their final destination will be a wildlife sanctuary.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Brave dog honored with monument

PANCEVO, Serbia — Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. The small dachshund liked most to cuddle with his owners or ride in the back seat of the family car. But, one day Leo showed that true bravery knows no limits.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning varies

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Has Jewish population rebounded from Holocaust?

WASHINGTON — In 1939, the global population of Jewish people worldwide peaked at around 16.6 million. That population was soon decimated by the Holocaust, which saw Nazi Germany and its collaborators kill approximately 6 million Jews.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Unexpected love

These friends found each other through loss and tragedy of Oso.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Local News

When freedom rolled in

In 1915, as war raged in Europe, the Liberty Bell came to Everett

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Couple married 75 years dies in each other’s arms

SAN DIEGO — Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since. They told their children they wished to die in each other's arms. And last month at their home in...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Ex-911 NYC firefighter wins $5M in lottery

NEW YORK — A retired New York City firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World


NAACP bestows annual honorsThe awards presented in May at the Snohomish County NAACP National Day of Honor 2015 were: Armed Services Award, Rachel Jeanpierre, U.S. NavyVeteran of the Year, Herbie Martin

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

Public opinion mixed on Confederate flag

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Honoring their Dead

The Grateful Dead has three shows left, and local fans look back

Date: 07/03/2015 | Entertainment

A sign of past times

Eagle Scout spent year researching Perrinville

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

7 reasons Amy Schumer would be the best Bachelorette ever

Now it’s really clear why Amy Schumer turned down the chance to host “The Daily Show.” Sure, she said it’s because she doesn’t want to play it safe, but I think she’s setting her sights on a show that needs her more: “The Bachelorette.” Schumer is a big fan of the franchise; she had a cameo this...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Life

Never too late to graduate

Doris Hill Jelinek receives high school diploma on 100th birthday

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

How to keep your pets safe over July 4

LOS ANGELES — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

The founding farmers

Nation’s first leaders revolutionized garden styles

Date: 07/02/2015 | Home and Garden

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (33 new photos)

Date: 07/02/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures

SEATTLE — Supporters of an initiative to help protect endangered animals that are being poached or exploited say they’ve collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

Animals seized from Sequim property after pig dies

SEQUIM — Law enforcement officials have seized nearly all he animals from a rural property in Sequim after an apparently healthy pig died.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

Woodland police: Burglar shoots, kills dog

WOODLAND — A 63-year-old man is in Cowlitz County Jail, accused of shooting and killing a dog during a burglary in Woodland.Woodland police arrested Thomas Nash on investigation of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and animal cruelty. He was booked into jail late Sunday.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Northwest

Prepare your pet

Get Fido and Fluffy ready for Fourth of July fireworks

Date: 06/29/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Camp Invention enables kids to 'stretch their brains'

LAKE STEVENS — Summer camp at Skyline Elementary School required dozens of screwdrivers, hundreds of water balloons, piles of old appliances and gallons of duct tape.The Lake Stevens School District recently hosted Camp Invention, a national program put together by the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News

Deformed mutt is World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA, Calif. — A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Schwarzenegger: Counseling ‘biggest mistake I’ve ever made’

The year A.D. 2011 brought days as dark as those following a Skynet-sponsored apocalypse for a former Terminator and governor of California.Arnold Schwarzenegger was out of office but, being only a naturalized U.S. citizen, couldn't run for the White House like fellow former...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Entertainment

Today in History

Today is Saturday, June 27, the 178th day of 2015. There are 187 days left in the year.Today's highlight:On June 27, 1955, Illinois enacted the nation's first automobile seat belt law. (The law did not require cars to have seat belts, but that they be...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Life

And he’s sensitive, too. ‘Max’ returns to a standard Hollywood tactic: canine as leading man

The title character of “Max” is the “Rambo of dogs,” says screenwriter Sheldon Lettich, and he knows whence he speaks. In fact, Lettich’s history with Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme helped get “Max” — the story of a canine veteran of the war in Afghanistan — the military aid it...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Entertainment


Volunteers honored for lives of serviceThe Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Catholic Community Services, held its annual Recognition Event on June 11, thanking 175 volunteers from across Snohomish County.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

'Friendship, help, hope'

Volunteers at Take the Next Step match people with resources

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Oregon man, 24, accused of beheading mother’s cat

SALEM, Ore. — A Marion County sheriff’s officer says a 24-year-old Salem, Oregon, man accused of beheading his mother’s cat has been arrested.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest

Today in History

Today is Thursday, June 25, the 176th day of 2015. There are 189 days left in the year.Today's highlight:On June 25, 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.On this date:In...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Life

Safe and sound

1891 Edmonds school bell at home in museum

Date: 06/25/2015 | Local News

Keep your pet looking and feeling good with these grooming tips

As the months start to heat up, it’s not only important to keep your pet safe in the warmer temperatures, but to also stay vigilant about keeping up on your pet’s grooming regimen.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Genealogy can’t come at a cost to history

Tracing family roots has become quite a hobby. The mighty has monopolized the business and readily digitizes documents wherever they are found. In many cases the documents are illegally obtained, but for the most part, I think Ancestry abides by guidelines.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Commentary

‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten dies

NEW YORK — Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who premiered on Broadway as a child, starred on television in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Nation & World

Today in history

Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 174th day of 2015. There are 191 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 06/23/2015 | Life

Super Kid: Emily Beaton

Journalism career catches her eye

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

‘Poldark’ gets a sumptuous update

Pardon me, madam, but is your PBS tote bag vibrating? Blame “Poldark,” a sweepingly romantic seven-part series from “Masterpiece” that seems scientifically engineered to press the right period-drama buttons, starting with its origins: Based on the novels of Winston Graham, a TV adaptation in 1975...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Entertainment

Resuscitating a ghost town

Cleanup is under way to rid historic Monte Cristo of pollutants

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

Scientists are racing to discover why endangered fin whales are dying off in Alaska

Alaskan researchers report that at least nine fin whales have been found dead in the water in recent weeks. It’s rare for more than one such death to be discovered every year or so, they say, and they’re exhaustively searching for a possible cause. It’s possible that warming ocean temperatures...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Kitten rescued from Portland’s St. Johns bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland firefighters have given a kitten the name “Lucky” after rescuing it Friday morning on the St. Johns Bridge.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Woman deemed world’s oldest person dies at 116

DETROIT — A woman deemed the world’s oldest person died in Michigan, about a month after her 116th birthday.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Nation & World


Scouts honored for rescuing womanBoy Scouts Adam Sirkis, Jordan Mielbrecht, Cameron Stout and Matt Mueller were awarded the National Medal of Merit at the Mount Baker Council...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News

Today in History

Today is Friday, June 19, the 170th day of 2015. There are 195 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:

Date: 06/19/2015 | Life

Some work advice on scents and sensibilities

Reader: I have a very awkward situation: My supervisor of two years smells. Though I’m not particularly sensitive to smells, I had to rush to the bathroom during a recent meeting because I became ill. All my colleagues notice it, and one also has become ill. Spraying body spray in...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Business columnists

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