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Trump adviser who advocated violence visits White House

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:41:03 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — An adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot is visiting the White House. Al Baldasaro attended a veterans event Friday just hours before White House press secretary Sean Spicer denounced a play for seemingly urging violence against the president. Baldasaro, who advised Trump on veterans […]

Son of a famous drummer, Van Halen makes own name in track

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:39:12 -0700

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — His favorite song is “Hot for Teacher.” His go-to selection on karaoke nights happens to be “Panama .” And whenever steeplechaser Aric Van Halen tells someone his name, he waits for the inevitable question: Are you related to THE Van Halen? Why, yes he is. His father is drummer Alex Van […]

Health care poses a test of Trump’s work with the Senate

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:39:09 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn’t helped him achieve significant victories on Capitol Hill yet. Now he’s facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care. His team is putting its faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deliver a legacy-defining victory. Five Republican senators have announced their […]

Study: Most of women’s college coaches are white and male

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:35:03 -0700

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, women and people of color remain on the outside when it comes to hiring head coaches in women’s college sports, according to a report Friday by sports institutes. The report found that the coaches hired were predominantly white and male in most of the […]

It’s time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:29:11 -0700

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. “Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name). is helping me get started with my (team name) watch,” Fultz posted, not bothering to actually […]

Student’s death should expose North Korea’s rights abuses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:29:06 -0700

North Korea’s unjust confinement and subsequent death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier should laser-focus the world’s attention on the human-rights abuses of this rogue regime.

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:28:30 -0700

The opiod epidemic ruins lives, families and communities. Nicholas Kristof urges Americans to stop being complacent.

Seattle City Council to hold public hearing on fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:28:01 -0700

The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the death of Charleena Lyles. The event will be 6 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall.

David Brooks on Donald Trump

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:26:32 -0700

I was vastly disappointed and surprised after reading David Brook’s “Hyping the politics of scandal” [Opinion, June 21]. which basically said “there is nothing there there” in regard to the Russia-collusion scandal. I always thought of Brooks as raising serious questions. What happened? Brooks cites all the reasons we should be concerned about the Russia-Trump […]

Income taxes: duty vs. individualism

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:23:00 -0700

Americans have a very poor sense of duty. Washingtonians exemplify the lack of this trait. Individualism reigns supreme here. Same-sex marriage and legal marijuana have a lot of support, but needed income taxes fall on deaf ears. Residents of this state are all for it until they have to pay taxes for it. The problem […]

The American health-care crisis

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:20:38 -0700

Can any of us afford the current American health-care system? In the midst of the wrangling over an Obamacare replacement in the other Washington, our insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, reminded us that health-care costs for all of us (as indicated by proposed insurance premiums), not just ACA beneficiaries, are rising inexorably [“Health plan rates could […]

Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:16:07 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a Georgia House election. They just don’t know how to make it happen. “We can’t keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place. You have a baseball team that keeps losing year […]

ECB: 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:15:13 -0700

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank pulled the plug on two troubled Italian banks, sending them into insolvency proceedings and pushing ahead with efforts to clean up weak banks holding back the economy. The two banks, Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, have struggled to overcome high levels of loans that were […]

Family expected euthanized dog’s ashes, got his frozen body

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:15:11 -0700

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania family expecting to pick up the ashes of their beloved pet were instead handed the animal’s frozen body. Lisa Horseman tells WTAE-TV ( ) the employees at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital in Darlington did not give an explanation when they handed her the frozen remains of her dog, Drew. […]

DC makes gender-neutral driver’s licenses available

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:14:09 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s mayor says the District of Columbia has become the first jurisdiction in the country to offer a gender-neutral identifier on driver’s licenses. The new licenses and ID cards were made available for the first time on Friday. People who don’t wish to be identified as male or female can get the […]

Fire near Utah ski resort burns 13 homes after evacuations

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:14:06 -0700

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wildfire menacing a southern Utah ski town for nearly a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday. The blaze was one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat […]

US drops terror reward for Somali al-Shabab leader

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:06 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has quietly rescinded a reward of up to $5 million for information about a top member of the al-Qaida-allied extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia amid reports he may be in talks with the Somali government to leave the organization. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow was removed from the “most wanted list” […]

Disneyland devotee visits park for 2,000 days in a row

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:10:12 -0700

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — If Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Jeff Reitz may be its happiest citizen. As of Thursday, Reitz had visited the park for 2,000 days in a row — every day for 5½ years. The Huntington Beach man tells the Orange County Register ( ) he began visiting with his […]

We must reject Trump’s plan for oil and gas drilling in ANWR

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:08:13 -0700

The Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is the quintessential example of a wild, untrammeled landscape, a place for wildlife, for science, for connection, for learning, for discovery. But not oil drilling.

Let shoppers and sightseers enjoy a car-free Pike Place Market

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:07:40 -0700

Seattle should look to England for examples of thriving downtown retail districts with no cars.