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Costco to return $2.2B to shareholders via special dividend

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:16
Costco has declared a special dividend of $5 per share that will result in approximately $2.2 billion being returned to shareholders.

Lawmakers want guidelines for social, emotional skills

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:16
We often expect students to check their emotions at the classroom door, so they can knuckle-down on an algebra problem with cold reason like Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’: How the brain can heal itself

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 22:16
Norman Doidge’s new book, “The Brain’s Way of Healing,” looks at neuroplasticity, the properties of the human brain that allow it to change its own structure in response to trauma and disease. Doidge will discuss his book Feb. 3 at Town Hall Seattle.

Free admission to 7 museums with something for everyone

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 21:01
Seattle Museums Free First Thursday, Feb. 5, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Burke Museum, MOHAI, NW African American Museum, Nordic Heritage Museum and Museum of Flight, Seattle.

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:59
The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

Rap Mogul Suge Knight turns self in in LA hit-and-run probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:58
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers.

Central Wash. residents say DNR failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:51
Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

Taliban claim Kabul attack that killed 3 Americans, 1 Afghan

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at the Kabul airport in which a gunman shot and killed three American contractors and one Afghan man.

For traders, oil's plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse.

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"

What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.

Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline -- a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month.

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:31
World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy.

Key Romney donors and longtime staffer moving toward Bush

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:16
As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer -- defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:16
The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix like being in Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 18:31
Seahawks fans are everywhere here in downtown Phoenix. At least that's what I've heard.

Let Beast Mode be: Why I’ve changed my mind about Marshawn Lynch’s silence

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 18:16
Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to talk to the media has created a no-win situation where the player, media and league all look foolish. That’s why I’m willing to quit hounding him.