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US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:46
Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

China faces tricky balance in Hong Kong's protests

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:31
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed China's Communist leadership a thorny political dilemma.

Afghan president sworn in, paving way for US pact

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:31
Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence.

McConnell's backers spend millions in Kentucky

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:31
Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are on track to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters, a staggering amount for a single race that stands as a textbook example of the use of outside money in a tight contest.

Christie, Michelle Obama campaign in Wisconsin

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:16
Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:50
When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:50
A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:46
A patient in a Dallas hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday.

Mercer Island water OK’d to drink; inspectors clear businesses to reopen

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:46
Mercer Island restaurants reopened Monday, and schools will open Tuesday after the community’s water supply was declared safe and clear of E. coli.

Fran’s Chocolates relocates to tasty new Georgetown digs

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:46
Fran’s Chocolates show off its new Georgetown digs, and Festa Italiana gets saucy at Seattle Center.

Chiefs break Seahawks' Guinness noise record

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:40
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports.

Chris Petersen on Huskies’ offensive struggles: ‘We can coach them better’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:37
Washington coach Chris Petersen reiterates he miscalculated on fake punt and says blame for the Huskies’ first loss rests with him and his staff.

Friday’s prep swimming results

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:31
Swimming results for Friday, Sept. 26

Islamic State closes in on Kurdish area of Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:47
Militants of the Islamic State group were closing in Monday on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey -- an advance unhindered so far by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, including one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians, according to activists.

USC memory scientist Richard Thompson dies at 84

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:47
Richard F. Thompson, the University of Southern California neuroscientist whose experiments with rabbits led to breakthrough discoveries on how memories are physically stored in the brain, has died. He was 84.

News Guide: Ash and gases halt search on volcano

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:47
Toxic gases and ash were still coming from the Mount Ontake volcano Monday, halting the search for more victims and the recovery of the bodies. Here's a summary of events and a guide to understanding them:

Autopsy shows Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher suffered CTE damage

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:41
The autopsy, performed one year after the Kansas City linebacker fatally shot his girlfriend and then killed himself in December 2012, found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease. The results were released now because of a heightened awareness of domestic abuse in

Coach Jimbo Fisher fires back at North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren after he accuses Florida State players of faking injuries

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:40
Jimbo Fisher, coach of top-ranked Florida State, fired back at North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren after he accused the Seminoles of faking injuries on defense in order to slow down the pace of Saturday’s game. “I accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about,” Fisher