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Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:19:25 -0700

 



Staples sold for $6.9B in bid for turnaround

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:18:31 -0700

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The publicly traded office-supply chain is trying to shift from its retail roots, and the sale to investment firm Sycamore Partners will put that process out of the public spotlight.



LEADING OFF: Kershaw starts for Dodgers

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:17:05 -0700

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A look at what’s happening all around the majors Thursday: ___ KERSHAW DAY The Los Angeles Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound for the finale of their four-game Freeway Series against the rival Angels. Kershaw is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 starts. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is […]



SUPer-man: Orcas Island’s Karl Kruger talks about his amazing stand-up paddle race to Alaska

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:08:55 -0700

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Highs and lows, he had them like a barometer. One of the more adrenaline-charged experiences for Karl Kruger on his two-week, 750-mile stand-up paddleboard journey from Washington to Alaska, which ended Sunday, came on Johnstone Strait, on the inside of Vancouver Island, when an almost-unheard-of-in-those-parts windstorm from the south propelled him like a northward-spit olive […]



‘Independence is paramount’ departing Seattle police watchdog tells City Council

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:06:02 -0700

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“There is a lot of subtle pressure on someone in this position to be less than independent,” Pierce Murphy, the departing civilian director of the Seattle Police Department’s internal-investigation unit, told a City Council committee Wednesday.



2 insurers to pull out of health exchange in rural Nevada

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:05:03 -0700

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of residents will be left uninsured in 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties after two insurance companies exit the government-run but privately administered health insurance exchange next year, in what state officials called a health crisis Wednesday. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said in a Wednesday statement it will […]



UW professor’s study links food scarcity to orcas’ failed pregnancies

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:30:36 -0700

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A new study nails dearth of chinook salmon as the primary cause of the endangered resident orca whale’s failure to rebound.



3rd suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Houston infant

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:24:02 -0700

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HOUSTON (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested and awaits charge in the fatal shooting of a 10-month-old boy killed in his father’s arms. Houston police announced the arrest in a statement Wednesday. The statement says the suspect’s identity is being withheld pending a charge. Already charged with capital murder are 20-year-old Kravon (KRAY’-vahn) […]



Motorcycle lover to be buried in his Harley-Davidson sidecar

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:22:14 -0700

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STEEL CITY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who loved motorcycles and recently died is taking one last ride. Family members say 89-year-old Steel City resident Arthur Werner Sr. made plans way ahead of his death from cancer Sunday to be buried in the sidecar of his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. LehighValleyLive.com reports he found […]



Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:18:06 -0700

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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia’s most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged […]



Australian police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offenses

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:11:04 -0700

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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offenses.



Mariners manager Scott Servais discusses the struggles of Edwin Diaz and four-game losing streak

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:10:33 -0700

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Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore, highlights and video of Scott Servais following the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Phillies.



Holliday joins Castro, Hicks on Yanks’ DL; Austin next?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:04:03 -0700

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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Holliday joined Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird on the disabled list of the slumping New York Yankees due to a viral infection, and Tyler Austin also could be heading to the DL. Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Holliday returned to New York for more tests. Girardi said doctors […]



After long wait, Seattle to hold competition for homeless services

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:02:43 -0700

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Around $30 million in money planned for services for the homeless has been put out for competitive bidding.



Early arrival: Phoenix woman gives birth to boy on flight

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:02:09 -0700

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PHOENIX (AP) — Flight attendants huddled around Cristina Penton, handing her wet cloths to keep her cool. One massaged her shoulders, and another told her to stay calm — everything would be OK. Penton knew something was wrong within 15 minutes of takeoff, when the pregnant mother began to have contractions as often as every […]



New to backpacking? Here’s where to pitch your tent

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:55:51 -0700

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Federal judge blocks parts of Indiana’s new abortion law

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:49:09 -0700

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked portions of a new Indiana law that would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker wrote in approving a temporary injunction that “when it comes to our children, while parents or […]



South Carolina man charged in Belltown double homicide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:47:16 -0700

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Seattle police homicide detectives arrested a 46-year-old South Carolina man this month in connection with a double homicide in Belltown on January 26. The suspect, who waived extradition, is to be arraigned Thursday.



US not seeking death for Guantanamo detainee in Bali bombing

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:39:03 -0700

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MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of orchestrating the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings in Indonesia and other attacks, a U.S. military official said Wednesday. The detainee known by the single name Hambali was notified last week that prosecutors are preparing to try him before […]



Back for an encore: Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:36:12 -0700

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NEW YORK (AP) — After releasing a best-selling children’s book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner’s “River Rose and the Magical Christmas” is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is illustrated by Lucy Fleming and continues Clarkson’s “River Rose” series, which began last year with […]



Edwin Diaz gives up two in the ninth, Mariners get swept by Phillies

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:25:23 -0700

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The Mariners drop their second straight game at home to the Phillies, the worst team in baseball. This time, Edwin Diaz is unable to protect a one-run lead in the ninth, resulting in a 5-4 loss on Wednesday afternoon.