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New Zealand names Malaysian diplomat in sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:20
New Zealand officials have identified a diplomat charged with sexual assault as Malaysian.

Ballard Blessings

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:18

Court: Teen in Mexico shot by US agent had rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:17
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Mexican teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent was protected by the U.S. Constitution, even though the teen was on Mexican soil when he was shot.

Sammamish City Counil expects to pass tent-city ordinance

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:16
The Sammamish City Council will consider on Tuesday a proposed ordinance some homeless advocates see as unconstitutional. However, supporters say it would make the city a more welcoming place for encampments.

Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman talks about Elena Delle Donne and Pride games

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:16
Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman got off to a 5-1 start this season but has struggled lately as the team plays without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne, who is out due to Lyme disease.

Maryland woman says pot came with fast-food order

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:16
A Frederick, Maryland, woman says she was served a bag of marijuana with her fast-food order at a Sonic drive-in.

US admiral: Drills to help China, US work together

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:09

A Canadian ship sits docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during the the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises on Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Monday that China's first-time participation in the world's largest maritime exercises in Hawaii will help Beijing and other nations work together in a crisis.


U.S.-Belgium World Cup game provides plenty of intrigue

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:08
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann raises questions about the referee in Tuesday’s round of 16 game. Jozy Altidore is expected to be available for the Americans.

Over 500 arrested after Hong Kong democracy rally

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:05

The march reflects growing dissatisfaction with the influence of Beijing.

        

SEIU could feel fallout from high court’s union-dues ruling

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:04
A Supreme Court ruling could create new obstacles for the Service Employees International Union in Washington state. The court on Monday struck down a similar union’s ability to collect mandatory dues from workers.

Seattle school district gets (mostly) clean audit

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
The Seattle school district has run afoul of the state auditor for years because of  error-ridden payrolls, sketchy contracts, mishandled federal grants or loss of revenue from outside groups using district facilities.

Anti-fracking win in N.Y. court may deal blow to industry

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
The state’s highest court ruled that cities and towns in New York can block hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — within their borders.

Wealthy Chinese scooping up U.S. golf courses

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
The investments mark the third wave of golf-course purchases by Asian investors. But unlike the Japanese and the South Koreans before them, the Chinese are buying into an overbuilt U.S. industry at the bottom of the market.

Man sentenced after planning to aid al-Qaida

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
A California man who told an undercover FBI agent that he was committed to waging jihad and planned to travel to Pakistan to train al-Qaida fighters was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison.

GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.

Monday Memo: Warming up ... Liquor sales ... Surprise, you're married

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:01
Are you ready for some heat? The temperature is expected to climb into the mid- to upper 70s today, the mid-80s tomorrow and 80 degrees Wednesday. In fact, we can look forward to sunny skies all week. Ah, summer. Gotta love it. Get out your sunscreen, flipflops and those cool new shades wh

SEIU could feel fallout from high court’s union-dues ruling

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:57
A Supreme Court ruling could create new obstacles for the Service Employees International Union in Washington state. The court on Monday struck down a similar union’s ability to collect mandatory dues from workers.

Some down time for the blog ...

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:56
We're out for a short break -- you know, that summer vacation thing. And the front fence needs fixing.

22 White House staffers make $172,200 a year

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:56

Among those getting a raise: Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who went from $135K to $172K

        

Bryce Harper returns, and has ideas on lineup

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:54
The Washington outfielder, who was 1 for 3 in his first game since April 25, said Ryan Zimmerman should play left field, not third base.