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Oracle’s Larry Ellison steps down as CEO

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:31
Oracle’s Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive officer of the software maker he founded. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, currently co-presidents of Oracle, were both named CEO to replace Ellison, who will become chairman and chief technology officer.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:31
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year.

Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:31
U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly.

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:27
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:27
Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending.

Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:18
Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.

Dog missing from Pennsylvania found in Oregon

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:16
A good Samaritan this month spotted the 7-year-old dog wandering in a Portland suburb, and brought her to an animal shelter, where her microchip was read. She’d been missing since April.

Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:40
Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.

‘The Maze Runner’: Well-cast thriller outpaces the book

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:38
A movie review of “The Maze Runner,” a smart and fast-paced rendering of James Dashner’s 2009 young-adult best-seller set in a dystopian future. The young cast and set design are its greatest strengths. It got three stars out of four.

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Shekinna Stricklen gained more confidence

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:31
Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the newspaper.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:28
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month.

Microsoft Layoffs 2014 Edition version 2.0: Best and worst of times

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:40
It was the best of times and the worst of times in Redmond today.

Microsoft lays off 2,100 employees, 747 of them in local area

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:39
Microsoft is notifying approximately 2,100 employees Thursday that they're being laid off in the second round of layoffs since the company announced in July that it would be cutting 18,000 jobs.

Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:29
A familiar face -- former cast member Darrell Hammond -- is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live."

UW football live chat at noon today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:18
Join me for our weekly chat at noon today to preview the Huskies' final nonconference game Saturday against the Georgia State Panthers.

PNB principal Carla Körbes announces retirement

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:16
A very sad surprise today for fans of Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes, who announced today that she is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season. She explained her decision in a statement to this morning:

Fremont Oktoberfest rolling out the brews

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:16
Annual festival also includes a number of Sunday kid events.

Dangerous day at the "office" as scientists monitor Hawaii lava flow

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:14
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.

FYI Guy: Seattle saw steepest rent hike among major U.S. cities

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:10
Seattle apartment-dwellers: You thought your rent was high -- well, you're right.