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Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:07:08 -0700


Here’s why Ben Gamel isn’t just yet leading the Majors in hitting — and a few more pre-game notes

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:04:31 -0700

Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel needs a few more games and hits and then he could be leading the Major Leagues in hitting.

4 more children reported injured at Indiana water park

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:57:02 -0700

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A county official says he has received reports of four more children being injured at a northwestern Indiana water park that’s been ordered closed indefinitely. Porter County Health Department Administrator Keith Letta says the total number of children hurt at the Seven Peaks Waterpark in Porter is now 14. Letta tells […]

Investigators’ task to find out why U.S. destroyer failed to dodge cargo ship

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:55:10 -0700

Lookouts and radar operators on the Navy destroy Fitzgerald should have spotted the freighter it collided with, and the captain should have been alerted. Instead, a routine cruise in good weather ended in the most lethal Navy accident in years.

Southern Utah wildfire grows, additional evacuations ordered

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:38:07 -0700

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A southern Utah wildfire grew again overnight, forcing additional evacuations. Fire officials said Saturday that it had charred about 58.7 square miles (152 square kilometers) near the town of Brian Head. It’s 5 percent contained and has destroyed at least 13 homes. High winds and hot weather continue to intensify […]

Castroneves leads Penske march in Road America qualifying

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:38:05 -0700

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Team Penske will have a stranglehold on the first two rows in the IndyCar race at Road America. Helio Castroneves won the pole Saturday, turning a lap in 1 minute, 41.30 seconds at 142.649 mph. It was his 50th career pole, and third of the season. Castroneves edged teammate Will […]

Man sought in killing of 3, wounding of girl in St. Louis

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:32:03 -0700

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities are searching for a 28-year-old man suspected of opening fire on a car earlier this month in St. Louis, critically wounding a 7-year-old girl and killing her parents and another man in the vehicle. Prosecutors on Friday charged 28-year-old Jerome Leon Buress Jr. with three first-degree murder counts linked to […]

Monday Memo

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:27:51 -0700

The business week ahead

Backtalk: Times readers sound off on Mariners’ surge, Markelle Fultz and Seahawks’ roster

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:09:27 -0700

Backtalk: Letters to the Sports Editor.

Biotech veteran engineers algae breakthrough for biofuel

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:04:33 -0700

J. Craig Venter, the scientist who mapped the human genome, teamed with Exxon Mobil in using advanced cell engineering to more than double the fatty lipids inside a strain of algae. The work could eventually enable widespread commercialization of algae-based biofuels.

Colorado officer escorting Pence motorcade hurt in crash

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:59:08 -0700

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade to the city’s airport. Police Lt. Howard Black told The Gazette ( the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Officer Andrew Holland, an eight-year veteran of the force, was in serious condition. […]

Seattle officer who shot Charleena Lyles under investigation for leaving Taser in locker

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:38:14 -0700

Seattle Police Department policy says officers like Jason Anderson who have been trained to use a Taser must carry it with them during their shift, but Anderson had left it sitting in his locker for at least a week.

White House correspondents unhappy with limits on news briefings

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:36:31 -0700

These days, there is little trust between reporters and President Donald Trump’s communications office.

Woodinville softball, Puyallup baseball finish seasons ranked among the nation’s best

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:06:34 -0700

Both teams had strong pitching and reliable hitting to piece together storybook seasons.

Driver in deadly crash ranted about killing “stupid human”

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:59:02 -0700

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A driver who smashed head-on into another car in San Diego, killing himself and the other motorist, had ranted online about killing a “stupid human.” The San Diego Union-Tribune ( ) says 33-year-old John Taylor Freeman made Facebook posts for months complaining about bad drivers, expressing contempt for people in general, […]

Tony Kanaan back on familiar IndyCar ground at Road America

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:57:04 -0700

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Tony Kanaan feels like a veteran again this weekend at Road America. In France last week, the 42-year-old driver with 20 years of IndyCar experience was treated like a rookie. Subbing for injured driver Sebastien Bourdais, Kanaan drove the No. 67 Ford GT for his Chip Ganassi Racing team and […]

White Sox retire former star pitcher Buehrle’s No. 56 jersey

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:44:04 -0700

CHICAGO (AP) — On the day his No. 56 jersey was retired, former Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle spoke much like he pitched. Which is to say quickly, efficiently and from the heart. Before the White Sox hosted Oakland at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, Buehrle gave a 4-plus-minute tribute to the organization with […]

What Is Medicaid, and who is covered?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:34:50 -0700

Some facts about the Medicaid program, a key element in congressional wrangling over repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Gaga on gay pride: It’s a time to shine light on equality

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:19:05 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. “This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another,” the […]

LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:52:05 -0700

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police Chief Charlie Beck told graduating cadets on Saturday to “be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing” after a scandal in the youth program involving allegations of stolen police cars and underage sex. During a ceremony at the University of Southern California, Beck told more than 2,000 teenagers and […]