Election 2012
1:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Inslee's House seat may go to voters to finish term

OLYMPIA, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's decision to resign from Congress to focus full time on his gubernatorial race has triggered questions that have state elections officials scrambling to determine if they need to hold a special election on the same day as the regular November election to fill the final month of his term.

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Humanosphere
12:46 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Clooney campaigns against other war crimes in Africa

Actor George Clooney spies a missile flying overhead in Sudan in this screen grab from a video he made while in the embattled territory.

George Clooney, who has praised the Stop Kony campaign aimed at ridding east-central Africa of warlord Joseph Kony, is trying to make sure our focus on such efforts isn’t too singular.

The actor and human rights advocate has long been focused on the ongoing atrocities in Sudan and recently testified in Congress to draw attention to the killings, conflict and suffering. He recently snuck into a dangerous part of the country and produced this powerful, disturbing video.

Read more and watch the video on Humanosphere.

Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Preview: With key players signed to new deals, what's next for the Seahawks?

Seattle defensive end Red Bryant tries to block a field goal during a game against the Cardinals on Jan. 1, 2012. He signed a new contract with the Hawks this week, making him the team's highest-paid defender.
Matt York AP Photo

With the signing of defensive end Red Bryant to a new, five-year contract this week, the Seahawks now have their two best free agent players locked up. Bryant's deal comes on the heels of star running back Marshawn Lynch signing a new contract with the team. 

So, what's next for the Seahawks in the offseason, now that it appears they're out of the running for quarterback Peyton Manning?

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job safety
10:08 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Workplace deaths fall to record low in Washington

The number of people killed on the job in Washington fell last year to the lowest number on record. Just 51 people died at work in 2011 – a big drop compared to 89 in 2010.

The Department of Labor and Industries is at a loss to explain why the number has fallen. They point to several areas where deaths declined. The biggest drop came among farm and forestry workers.

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Afghanistan shooting
9:12 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Afghans Object, U.S. Officials Defend Decision To Move Massacre Suspect

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, with Col. John Shafer, at Foward Operating Base Shukvani in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 7:35 am

The news that the U.S. Army staff sergeant who is suspected of murdering 16 Afghan civilians has been moved to a detention facility in Kuwait is sparking some small protests in Afghanistan.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:06 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Feds To Pay For Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads

One of the graphic anti-smoking ads that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will run soon.
CDC

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 8:54 am

Federal health officials unveiled a graphic new anti-smoking campaign featuring testimonials from ex-smokers about the toll of tobacco on their health.

These aren't the usual public service announcements. The $54 million "Tips from Smokers" campaign marks the first time the federal government plans to pay to run anti-smoking ads nationwide, officials said.

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Law
8:55 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Washington Blue alert an Amber alert for cop killers 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is adopting a Blue alert system to enlist the public in looking for cop killers. KIRO-FM reports Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the Blue alert bill Thursday.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Our favorite solar-powered pop music

Painful Solar Flares
thebadastronomer Flickr

At this time of year, most of us in the northern hemisphere are pretty darn glad to be seeing more sunshine. But our old Sun has been having some flare-ups lately, sending massive bursts of energy towards Earth, threatening communications and electrical grids. So before the power goes out, here are some of our favorite solar songs.

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The Salt
2:02 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Fish and spices top list of imported foods that make us sick

More than 75 percent of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 1:58 pm

Disease outbreaks with imported foods are on the rise, and fish and spices are the foods most likely to cause problems.

It's not that imported foods are any nastier than home-grown, according to a presentation today from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's that we're eating a lot more of them.

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Charity
2:02 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Seattle men wear kilts to benefit the Ronald McDonald House

Snowboarding pioneer and former Seattle Ronald McDonald House resident Carter Turk
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska

In light of our recent I Wonder Why feature on utilikilts, we couldn't resist telling you about this new sartorial-themed fundraiser for the Seattle Ronald McDonald House.

Eighteen local men are vying for the title of King of the Kilt 2012 and have posed for pictures in their kilts.

Contestants include a police officer, a principal dancer with the Pacific NW Ballet, a member of the  Seattle Sounders FC and a Seahawk. Members of the public are invited to donate $25 in order to vote for their favorites at the Men in Kilts website. 

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