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Mayor to seek levy to pay for police and fire services

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:39
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says a public-safety levy could help pay for police officers, fire equipment and a new Police Department computer system.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:33
A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year.

Cornish announces 2014 Neddy winners

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:32
From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch: Painter Susanna Bluhm and multimedia artist Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes have won the 2014 Neddy at Cornish Award, Cornish College of the Arts has announced. Each artist receives $25,000 and their work will be shown at the annual “Neddy at Cornish&rdqu

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 4

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:31
Russia's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Ural region following food safety complaints, local news agencies reported Thursday, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

‘If I Stay’: Near-death tale lacks life

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:31
A movie review of “If I Stay,” a sappy retelling of Gayle Forman’s young-adult novel about a teen cellist (Chloë Grace Moretz) who experiences a terrible car accident with her family and wonders whether to live or die.

Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:23
The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:08
Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.

A few morning Mariners links, notes and video -- Robinson Cano to represent MLB in Japan

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:20
A quick piece of travel advice - always double check AM and PM when you are hurriedly booking a flight or you'll end up with a 10:45 p.m. flight.

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:16
In its editorial “One budget-buster down: pension lawsuits; another around the corner: Initiative 1351,” [Opinion, Aug. 15] The Seattle Times suggests that Initiative 1351’s class-size improvements go beyond what is required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision orde

Huskies morning links: UW offering a new cheap ticket option (with beer!)

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:30
They're calling it The Off-Leash Deck, and it sounds like it could be fun (cheap tickets, beer and wine — what could be better!?). One request: Even while your off-leash, please clean up after yourselves.

Daily Rant&Rave: Obey traffic signals, pedestrians

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:26
RAVE To the woman who regularly paints out spray paint graffiti on the long wall near St. Mark’s Cathedral. She lives in the area and has taken it on herself to do it, with the homeowner’s permission. The wall gets hit fairly often, and she always cleans it up promptly. She deserves a &l

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:22
Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

Flooding in Nepal kills US tourist, capsizes boat

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:37
An American tourist died trying to cross a flooded river in Nepal on Thursday, and two people were missing from a crowded boat that capsized on another river swollen by monsoon rains in the Himalayan country.

BofA's $17B settlement not as large as it appears

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:30
Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion.

Thursday Memo: Wolf kill OK'd ... School sexual assault ... Smart grizzlies

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:19
Wolf kill OK'd for sheep rancher: The Fish and Wildlife folks have given the Stevens County rancher the go ahead to kill wolves after 16 of his sheep were killed by the predators.

Pakistan protest leader backs out of talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:14
Pakistan's famous cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says he has suspended talks with the government after it appointed a new police chief in the capital Islamabad for an expected crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Should Obama go to Ferguson?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:14
Whether President Barack Obama goes to Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen has become the question du jour among American politicos.

Globe brings 'King Lear' to Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:11
The famed Globe Theatre of London will bring its scaled-down production of "King Lear" to the U.S. this fall, and play three performances at Seattle's Moore Theatre on Nov. 25-26. The production, directed by Bill Buckhurst,  features eight actors in a fast-paced adaptation.

Former Va. governor to address marriage at trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:31
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will answer questions about the state of his marriage when his public corruption trial resumes in federal court in Richmond.