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Columbia River fall chinook sport catch is a new record dating back at least 46 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 23:08

The Columbia River fall chinook return continues to shatter expectations, and the updated estimated fall chinook sport catch is a new record. According to Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, the estimated 37,262 adult fall chinook kept to-date is a new record since at least 1969.  The previous record was the 31,879 fish […]

Sleeping Idaho hunter wakes up to black bear biting his head

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 23:00

BOISE, Idaho — A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing. Stephen Vouch, 29, reached behind his head and felt it was wet. He yelled when he realized a bear was biting at his head. “He got a […]

Major coral bleaching crisis spreads worldwide, scientists say

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:50

Record hot ocean water is causing fragile coral to go white and often die, threatening picturesque reefs that are hotspots of marine life, experts say. The spread of sickly white started more than a year ago in Guam, then devastated Hawaii, infected the rest of the tropical Pacific and the Indian oceans and has now infested Florida and the Caribbean.

McCarthy, rivals make pitch for speaker as House GOP votes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy appealed to sharply divided fellow Republicans Thursday to back him for speaker at a time of turmoil and change. But the day’s secret-ballot elections were shaping up as merely an early skirmish in the chaotic battle to lead the House. As the day began, McCarthy and his […]

California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:45

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would have enforced a 50 percent drop in petroleum use by 2030, but […]

Final Hanford downwinder lawsuit settled after 24 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:42

As many as 5,000 people claimed their health was harmed by past radioactive releases from the Hanford nuclear reservation. All have either reached settlement agreements or dropped their claims.

Senate Democrats preparing legislative package to curb guns

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation’s toll of firearms deaths. Republicans controlling Congress have shown scant interest in restricting guns and the Democratic effort has little chance of success. But their drive […]

Portland declares housing emergency

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:24

The emergency declaration comes a week after Multnomah County and city leaders pledged to spend $30 million to tackle homelessness, as nearly 1,900 people remain without shelter in Portland.

Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:04

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation’s largest retail industry trade group. The National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., predicts holiday spending will be up 3.7 percent […]

Stocks open modestly lower after a weeklong rally

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:04

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock are slightly lower in early trading Thursday as investors wait for the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,880 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost […]

Clinton subject to hack attempts from China, Korea, Germany

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after she left office in early 2013, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press. While the […]

AP obtains video of ISIS damage to ancient Palmyra arch in Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:00

BEIRUT (AP) — Video footage obtained by The Associated Press shows the main structure of 2,000- year-old iconic Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra has been destroyed. Activists have said that Islamic State extremists, who are in control of the ancient city, blew up the arch. The footage, which surfaced Wednesday, shows one pole of […]

Steelhead’s sibling Orfeo is meh, not memorable

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 22:00

The new space from Kevin and Terresa Davis, founders of Steelhead Diner and Blueacre, has room for improvement in the kitchen and on the floor. They have dessert down pat, though.

‘Harry Potter’ e-books come to life in new Apple edition

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:49

NEW YORK (AP) — You don’t need to be a wizard to see the “Harry Potter” books come to life. The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a […]

FIFA suspends Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for 90 days

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:49

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the man who had been favored to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspended for 90 days Thursday, plunging soccer’s governing body deeper into crisis. Blatter and Platini were suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation. The […]

Police: Woman gave son black eye for getting bad grades

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:46

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida woman has been arrested after police say she beat her son with a belt and punched him in the face, giving him a black eye, because of bad report card grades. Twenty-five-year-old Sarah Dennis of Pembroke Pines was arrested Tuesday and accused of attacking her 12-year-old son […]

Man charged for setting up fake job interviews in Florida

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:46

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man set up fake job interviews and even collected urine samples from potential applicants, so he could access their Social Security numbers, bank information and other personal data. Gerald Howard Washington was charged with criminal use of personal identification information and organized communications fraud after Tallahassee police […]

Hamburgers might be on the menu for Russian astronauts

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:45

MOSCOW (AP) — Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space. The Russian research institute responsible for designing meals for the country’s astronauts said Thursday they would not be opposed to adding the American fast-food staple to their menus. Alexander Agureyev, who oversees catering for the International Space Station at the Russian Academy […]

Finding recorder key to solving the sinking of cargo ship

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Investigators trying to determine why a 790-foot cargo ship stalled and sank in the howling winds of Hurricane Joaquin will be searching for a brightly colored device bolted to the deck and pinging away in the blackness and pressure of the 15,000-foot-deep sea. Authorities say the El Faro’s voyage data recorder, […]

UW game day: Huskies vs. USC

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 21:04

Kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPN.