Global Health
10:39 am
Wed January 11, 2012

A dozen cases of tuberculosis that resists all drugs found in India

An image of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria captured with an electron microscope.

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 6:55 am

Tuberculosis specialists in India have diagnosed infections in a dozen patients in Mumbai that are unfazed by the three first-choice TB drugs and all nine second-line drugs.

The doctors are calling them "totally drug-resistant TB," and the infections are essentially incurable with all available medicines.

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10:12 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Hanford whistleblower case dismissed against Bechtel

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:18 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Benton County Superior Court judge in southeast Washington has dismissed a Hanford whistleblower's case against a government contractor. That means that whistleblower, Walt Tamosaitis , will have to appeal if he wishes to keep fighting the Hanford contractor.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Natalie Wood's Death Still Looks Like An Accident, Investigators Say

Natalie Wood in 1960.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:01 am

Two months after announcing they were going to take another look at the circumstances surrounding the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood, authorities in Los Angeles are saying there's "no evidence to suggest that the cause was anything but accidental," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Google tweaks search to boost Google+, and rivals get angry

A screengrab shows Google's new search feature, in which results from a user's Google+ community are promoted at the top of the page.

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:50 am

Social media has become a huge part of how people experience the web. So it's not surprising that Google's move to integrate "personal results" into its web searches — drawing from a user's Google+ profile — wasn't praised by the folks who run rival social networks.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 11, 2012

This will become your favorite wintertime soup

Notice that I'm using an Asian style ceramic spoon. It's the metal spoon not the soup itself that burns your mouth.
Dick Stein KPLU

 It's Zuppa di cavolo nero – Red Cabbage and Bean soup from Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cookbook.  Good as it looks, it tastes even better.  (Check out her recipe below).

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Budget crisis
4:51 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court hears arguments on arena debt

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is considering arguments over the debt troubles surrounding Wenatchee's events arena.

Justices heard debate Tuesday about whether the area's public facilities district should be able to refinance nearly $42 million.

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Dan Savage/Santorum
4:32 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Rick Santorum's Google Problem Becomes The Story

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum during the nation's first primary on Jan. 10, 2012 in Manchester, N.H.
T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:27 pm

Rick Santorum has a problem. The Republican presidential candidate has been dogged by gay rights activist Dan Savage since 2003, when as a senator he supported anti-gay laws, including against sodomy. Savage, an internationally syndicated sex advice columnist, took offense and called on his readers to wage an Internet war. He invited them to name, or re-name, a sex act after Santorum. Then he took a vote and created an anti-Santorum website with the new "definition." It's not delicate.

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4:26 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Gregoire calls for $1.50 per oil barrel charge for roads

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Used Her State Of The State To Propose A $1.50 Per Barrel Charge On Oil For Transportation. Photo by Azusa Uchikur

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 3:25 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is calling for a new barrel tax on oil to fund transportation projects. The Democrat used her state of the state address Tuesday to ask lawmakers to approve the $1.50 per barrel charge.

Last month, a governor's task force on transportation recommended the state invest $20 billion over the next decade to preserve existing roads, build new ones and plug holes in the sinking ferry system.

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4:16 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Overflow crowds for fallen Mount Rainier ranger's memorial

Slain ranger Margaret Anderson. Photo courtesy of NPS

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 4:05 pm

PARKLAND, Wash. - An overflow crowd of police officers, rangers, friends and family remembered slain Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson as a hero during a memorial service Tuesday. The service took place in an auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma.

Ranger Anderson was shot and killed in the line of duty a week ago Sunday. Her father Paul Kritsch, who is a pastor, delivered the first eulogy.

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