The box-shaped wood-frame patio, which juts out into a traffic-clogged roadway in the densely populated Capitol Hill neighborhood, is one of Seattle's "parklets," with a segment set aside for alcohol consumption. The street eateries are platformed oases with decorative shrubs that semi-permanently usurp one or two parking spaces. "American cities really want to activate the public spaces and streets that for way too long have been given over to the automobile," said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles, who studies the phenomenon.
A collection of sacred masks and statues belonging to the Native American Hopi tribe have gone under the hammer at a Paris auction despite calls that the sale be canceled. The Hopi, who still live in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, consider the artifacts sacred, representing messengers to the gods and the spirits of ancestors and natural forces such as animals, plants or the sun. "Hopi Indians are totally opposed to the trade of these objects and for these objects to be shown, (their images) published and scattered," said Jean-Patrick Razon, head of Survival International, which defends cultural heritage.
DALLAS (AP) — A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls.
The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for May on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. REBOUND: Economists forecast that retail sales climbed 1.2 percent in May, according to a survey by FactSet. ...
Authorities searching for two escaped killers who have been on the loose for the better part of a week acknowledged being in the dark about their whereabouts or doings, even as the hunt for the men expanded past state borders into Vermont.
The hunt for two inmates who escaped from a New York maximum security prison expanded to neighboring Vermont on Wednesday as the pair set a record for the longest jailbreak in New York history, authorities said. More than 450 state, federal and local law enforcement agents were searching the area north of New York's rugged Adirondack Park on Wednesday, with the hunt extending into neighboring Vermont, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told reporters.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Gil Harrington, mother of slain student Morgan Harrington, summed up the state of affairs after Jesse Matthew entered a plea Wednesday in a decade-old sexual assault that has been linked by DNA evidence to two other crimes: "We're one third of the way there."
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman spent nearly three days in jail without bond before prosecutors decided police had wrongly charged her with murder after being told she had used pills ordered online to terminate her pregnancy.
(Reuters) - Clean-up costs associated with a Californian oil pipeline rupture that dumped as much as 2,400 barrels of crude onto a pristine stretch of coastline and into the Pacific Ocean have exceeded $60 million, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Plains All American Pipeline spokeswoman Meredith Mathews told the newspaper that expenses for restoring the affected area near Santa Barbara ran as high as $3 million a day. On Tuesday Santa Barbara County rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's emergency permit application to temporarily haul crude using tanker trucks following the spill.