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IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:31
Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

Mayor’s task force wants more tent cities for the homeless

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:51
Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness suggested Thursday that the city make it easier for more tent cities to operate legally, in addition to other recommendations.

Why the Seahawks extended LB K.J. Wright

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:46
The Seahawks covet Wright for many reasons, but near the top of the list is his savvy. Wright knows where to be, and he knows where to be at multiple positions. His versatility has been on display when he’s played at middle and weakside linebacker.

‘Buck up,’ Inslee says, as he makes his case for new taxes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:46
Gov. Jay Inslee wants to raise $1.4 billion in new revenue, including a new capital-gains tax, as part of his $39 billion two-year budget proposal. The plan drew some praise for boldness, but breaks his campaign pledge not to raise taxes.

Mariners announce the signings of three players to minor-league deals

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:46
An infielder and two pitchers, including one former Mariner, to join the squad in spring training

Seattle police arrest 2 armed-robbery suspects after standoff near Bitter Lake

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:34
Seattle police said two suspects were arrested Thursday night after a standoff that lasted several hours at a residence near Bitter Lake.

Medicare cutting payments to hospitals in area over patient safety

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:31
In King County, nearly half of the area’s 13 hospitals will be sanctioned for patient-safety problems, including four Seattle hospitals.

Bill Gates, Madrona fund radar startup Echodyne

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:16
Local billionaires and venture capitalists have quietly launched a company building radar systems using exotic "metamaterials."

Sony examines ways to repair many relationships damaged by N. Korea’s cyberattack

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:16
The cyberattack has disrupted the web of executive, business and talent relationships that stitches together Sony’s core moviemaking operation.

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:09
After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations -- a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Will Cubans’ health suffer in new U.S. relationship?

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:01
According to World Bank data, life expectancy for someone born in Cuba in 2011 was 79 years, slightly longer than that of an infant born in the United States the same year.

‘Annie’: Off-key but pretty much on target

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:51
A movie review of “Annie,” starring Quvenzhané Wallis as the irrepressible orphan. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.

Suspected firearms thief arrested in North Kitsap

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:49
A 21-year old suspected firearms thief was arrested in North Kitsap on Wednesday in connection with a Dec. 5 burglery in which a number of firearms were taken from an occupied home, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

Sounders pass on taking any action during MLS Re-Entry draft

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46
Two former Seattle players picked up by other teams

Seattle district report: Ex-schools official shared bids, violated policies

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46
Before a special-education consulting firm won a $150,000 contract with Seattle Public Schools earlier this year, the head of the district’s special-education department emailed the group copies of its competitors’ bids, a months-long district probe has concluded.

State health exchange to turn over payment system to insurance carriers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46
The move comes in the wake of numerous complaints about problems with the exchange payment system, with many customers being told they were not insured despite signing up and paying for policies purchased in Washington Healthplanfinder..

2014-15 college bowl preview: Plenty to see here

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:46
Here you are, chronically behind in holiday shopping, and you’ve got the first five of 38 college bowl games to watch Saturday. And yes, there will be a quiz. Our preview.

Boston trades Rajon Rondo to Mavericks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:45
The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

Seahawks adept at creating calm out of chaos

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:39
With NFC West title likely on line Sunday at Arizona, Seahawks turn down volume on big game