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Craig Ferguson says good night as 'Late Late Show' host

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show.

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.

Pakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:31
Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 19:31
Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 19:01
Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 19:01
Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

Decatur leads after first day at Hammerhead Invitational

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 17:46
Decatur leads at the Hammerhead Wrestling Invitational in the boys division after the first day of action with Olympic close behind. Finals take place Saturday in Bremerton starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tahoma in fourth place heading into Day 2 of Tri-State wrestling tourney

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 17:16
Tahoma is sitting pretty in fourth place at the Tri-State Wrestling Tournament, a premier high school invitational that features wrestlers from Washington, Idaho and Montana. The event started Friday and continues Saturday with semifinals in the championship bracket and matches in the cons

Klobuchar manages to cross Senate’s partisan divide

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 17:01
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the most polished, tireless politicians in Minnesota and among the top hobnobbers in Democratic politics nationally. She is already experienced at working with Republicans, who take over Senate leadership in January.