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The ports dispute and weak first-quarter growth | Jon Talton

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:03
Many were quick to blame the labor troubles that slowed trade through the West Coast with the stunning slowdown in output early this year. The reality is more complicated.

Our flag, used as a symbol of pride and protest, tells a lot about who we are

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 01:03
The flag points the way to who we are, even as it complicates what it means to feel for one’s country. The U.S. flag is America’s symbol, but it’s also a cipher, layered with meanings and messages.

Sanders raises $15 million after launching presidential bid

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign says it has raised $15 million since launching his bid in late April. The campaign has received money from about 250,000 donors. Sanders’ campaign is releasing preliminary totals for the fundraising period that ended this week. He trails Hillary Rodham Clinton in fundraising by wide margins […]

NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:52
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The facilities vowed to have the most “welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.” The statement was […]

Governor: North Carolina looking for shark attack patterns

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:44
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says safety officials are still trying to find patterns in the series of shark attacks on the state’s coast to keep the key tourism region safe for visitors. McCrory said Thursday that he doubts there’s a single safety response to the string of shark attacks in […]

FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the twice-a-day pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for a variation of cystic fibrosis that affects about […]

S’Kallam hallowed ground makes Washington historic register

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:19
An area of spiritual significance to the S'Kallam people has been added to the Washington state register of historic places.

Ford recalls 432K cars because of software problem

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is recalling 432,000 Focus, C-Max and Escape vehicles because of a software problem that could keep their engines running after drivers try to shut them down. Ford Motor Co. says there is a flaw in the body control module software in the vehicles. As a result of the problem, the […]

Throwback Thursday: The suitcase you’ve been missing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:16
Suitcase unfolds to become a table and an ironing board. It’s this week’s vintage travel photo.

Fire on Beacon Hill destroys one home, damages another

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 00:11
One home was destroyed and another heavily damaged in a Thursday night fire on Beacon Hill, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Hot-air balloon hits tree, catches fire at Utah festival

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:51
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A witness says a pig-shaped hot-air balloon crashed into a tree and caught fire at a balloon festival in Utah, cutting the pilot’s face. Kevin Auernig was at the America’s Freedom Festival Balloon Fest in Provo early Thursday when he saw the balloon coming down fast and land in a fenced […]

Pot now legal in Oregon; Vancouver shops reap benefit

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:25
When recreational marijuana possession became legal Wednesday in Oregon, Vancouver pot shops reaped the benefits, as Oregonians flocked across the border to get their fix.

Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:15
NEW YORK (AP) — You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful. More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person’s sexual orientation. People […]

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 23:08
COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday July 3 – Sunday July 5, 2015. […]

Sheriff: 2 dead in helicopter crash in northwest Oregon

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:55
Authorities say two people aboard a helicopter are dead following a crash near Newberg, Ore.

Google apologizes after app tagged black people ‘gorillas’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some black people as “gorillas.” A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both […]

Entre Amis: In friendly confines, effortlessly stylish French fare

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:41
A small kitchen overperforms on Queen Anne.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entering 2016 presidential race

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:33
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said. The 47-year-old Walker planned to file the paperwork for his long expected candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, and kick […]

Despite reports, no shots fired at Washington Navy Yard, federal law enforcement official says

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say that they’ve completed their search of the building where gunfire was reported at the Washington Navy Yard, but there is no evidence of a shooting and no sign of injuries. Police say a call was placed from a building inside the naval installation about possible sounds of […]

Group urges courtesy in setting off fireworks around war veterans

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:11
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking their neighbors to be considerate when setting off fireworks this Fourth of July weekend. A group called Military With PTSD is distributing red, white and blue signs nationwide that veterans can put on their lawns or place on their homes. […]