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Brain-eating amoeba kills California woman, health officials say

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:13
Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were positive for Naegleria flowleri, a brain-eating amoeba often found in fresh water and soil. People become infected when contaminated water enters the nose, likely while swimming or diving.

Can you say Skamoka-what? Take our Washington pronunciation quiz

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 05:03
Are you a lifetime Washingtonian? Test your knowledge here.

Maria from ‘Sesame Street’ is retiring

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:57
Sonia Manzano, 65, who has played Maria since 1971, also served as a writer on the beloved show, which earned 15 Emmys. She began her acting career in the original cast of “Godspell.”

Microsoft adds detail to Windows launch timeline

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:36
Windows 10 will start to make its way to consumers near the end of this month, and businesses will be able to get their hands on Microsoft’s upcoming operating system a few days later. Terry Myerson, the executive leading the development of Windows (along with all of Microsoft’s hardware after last month’s reorganization), in a blog post […]

Washington lottery stops advance purchasing for now

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:31
People who like to buy Washington lottery tickets in advance of upcoming drawings will be out of luck for the near future.

News you can eat: A big brother for Little Uncle, Green Leaf shut down, free ice cream and more

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:28
A sibling for Thai favorite Little Uncle is coming to Capitol Hill, Green Leaf's been closed by the health department, where to get free ice cream on July 4th and more.

Sailor sentenced to six months for hate crime attack on cabbie

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:28
A sailor who pleaded guilty to a hate crime after beating an immigrant taxi driver in Magnolia in December was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail.

Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:27
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk. But park officials said Thursday their scientific work has continued with the cooperation of the new license holder. Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said new licensee NorthWestern […]

Suit filed in death of worker replacing Boeing 777 air bag

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:26
Jamco America employee Kenneth Ott died month after air bag seat belt exploded in his face.

Nadal stunned by Dustin Brown in 2nd round at Wimbledon

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:10
LONDON (AP) — Two-time champion Rafael Nadal is making another early exit from Wimbledon, after losing in the second round to a 102nd-ranked qualifier who played the match of his life. Dustin Brown, a German of Jamaican heritage with a clever touch, go-for-broke attitude and throwback serve-and-volley game, beat Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on […]

Roundup: Students perform better than expected on new tests; meltdown in Olympia over ed bills

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 03:48
Students perform better than expected on Smarter Balanced tests: A preliminary batch of test scores released Thursday suggest Washington students performed better than expected on the new Smarter Balanced exams, which are tied to Common Core standards. In reading, more than half of students earned a score of proficient or better — higher than the […]

Obama draws sharp contrasts with ‘mean’ Republicans

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 03:44
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with “mean” Republicans in the state where the GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. “They’re good people,” Obama said of Republicans. “It’s just their ideas are […]

Don’t kiss chickens: 6 sick in Washington with salmonella

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 03:26
Six Washington state residents are among people in 40 states sickened by salmonella infections after close contact — such as kissing and cuddling — with live poultry, a practice discouraged by health officials.

Heading outdoors? A roundup of July 4 campfire, fireworks bans

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 03:21
Be extra cautious with campfires and especially with fireworks -- if you have them at all.

Cat rescued from engine of pickup truck after 28-mile ride

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 03:09
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cat has been rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Unbeknownst to the driver, the orange and white feline had crawled into the engine compartment. It was taken on a ride Thursday from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Mars Chocolate […]

Navy triples paid maternity leave to 18 weeks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off. The Navy is the first military service to provide more than the current six weeks of leave. Officials […]

Recalls this week: Baby floats, snowmobiles, golf cars

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:56
A line of inflatable baby floats with a bad seam that can leak air are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other recalled consumer products include faulty snowmobiles and golf cars. Here’s a more detailed look: INFLATABLE BABY FLOATS DETAILS: Otteroo inflatable baby floats. The floats are inflatable round rings made of clear and blue […]

Reign midfielder Kim Little voted NWSL Player of the Month

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:50
Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little, the reigning National Women’s Soccer League MVP, has been voted the league’s Player of the Month of June by the media, it announced Thursday in a release. Little tallied three goals and one assist in June, helping Seattle to a spotless 3-0-0 record that has lifted it into second place […]

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:49
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday. The attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came the day after the Islamic extremist group attacked a village […]

Tunisia: 8 people suspected of direct links to beach attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:47
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday. The British Foreign Office, meanwhile, raised the death toll of British tourists killed in Friday’s attack from 27 […]