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Bertha, The Boring Machine
9:11 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Seattle Tunneling Operations On Hold Yet Again

"Survey says, 'This is one big tunnel."
WSDOT

Seattle's massive tunneling operation is on hold yet again due to ongoing problems with the world's largest boring machine.

After a seven-week stoppage, crews restarted the tunneling machine earlier this week and moved it forward about two feet. Washington state's Department of Transportation said Friday that the machinery showed above-normal temperature readings when that movement occurred.

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Amanda Knox
1:07 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Italy Appeals Court Upholds Knox Murder Conviction, Sets 28-Year Sentence

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AP Photo

An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition.

After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy's supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.

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Bertha, The Boring Machine
9:54 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Tunneling Machine Bertha Moves Ahead 2 Feet

Taken on Jan. 2 during a visual inspection of the SR 99 tunneling machine's excavation chamber, this photo shows a steel pipe protruding through an opening in the machine's cutterhead.
WSDOT

A Washington Transportation Department spokeswoman says the giant machine digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has advanced two more feet, far enough to allow crews to build the next concrete ring of the tunnel.

Tuesday's progress was the first for the machine in nearly two months, since it stalled Dec. 6 some 60 feet underground.

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Education
10:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legisture in the House chambers Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee is making another push for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education. The Democrat made his pitch Tuesday, but there’s no indication the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate can be persuaded.

The money would pay for the reforms the Legislature has already approved, including a 1.3 percent salary increase for teachers and staff. The governor said the money will include sending $130 million to K-12 public schools to pay for textbooks, computers and curriculum updates.

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Gun Initiatives
7:19 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Dueling Gun Control Measures: 1 Initiative Certified, 2nd Under Review

Supporters Zach Silk, left, and Cheryl Stumbo deliver boxes of petitions for Initiative 594 to the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The secretary of state's office has officially certified one gun-related initiative to the Legislature and is starting review of signatures on another.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the results for Initiative 594 on Wednesday. That measure would require universal background checks on all firearm sales in Washington. Nearly 347,000 signatures were submitted for the initiative, far more than the minimum requirement of 246,372.

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Education
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns

Supporters of Mark Zmuda are seen rallying last month.
Alex Garland

The president of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.

Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.

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Road To The Super Bowl
7:32 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Seahawks To Face Off Against Manning's Broncos At Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, celebrates with Russell Wilson , right,after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face the best defense they've met all season when they play Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

It will be a matchup between the NFL's No. 1 offense, led by Manning, against the NFL's No. 1 "D," led by Sherman, when the AFC's Broncos (15-3) take on the NFC's Seahawks (15-3) on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Road To The Super Bowl
7:21 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Seahawks Beat 49ers 23-17 For NFC Title, Shot At Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson holds up the George Halas Trophy after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle's top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship Sunday.

Seattle will meet Denver for the NFL title in two weeks in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It's the first trip to the big game for the Seahawks (15-3) since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Group: Protect Orcas In West Coast Waters

FILE - In this file photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and shot Oct. 29, 2013, orca whales from the J and K pods swim past a small research boat on Puget Sound in view of downtown Seattle.
AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries Service, Candice Emmons

A conservation group is asking federal officials to protect endangered killer whales in the marine waters off the West Coast.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate critical habitat for orcas along the coast of Washington, Oregon and California.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:10 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Seattle Archdiocese Stands By Firing Of Eastside Catholic's Gay Vice Principal

Students and parents protesting the departure of a gay vice principal from their Seattle-area Catholic high school on Wednesday turned in a petition to the Archdiocese of Seattle asking the church to reconsider its policy on gay marriage.

The archdiocese responded with a statement saying they stand by the decision to replace the popular teacher, coach and vice principal.

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Legal Marijuana
4:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums

In this Dec. 6, 2013 photo, different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at The Clinic, a Denver-based dispensary with several outlets, in Denver.
Brennan Linsley AP Photo

Some Washington lawmakers concerned about a possible pot-business freeze-out want to keep cities and towns from adopting marijuana-business bans.

Ten representatives in the House on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require cities and counties to cooperate with the state Liquor Control Board in terms of allowing licensed recreational marijuana gardens, processing facilities and stores within their jurisdictions. Local governments would have to treat those enterprises the same as any other business that attempts to locate within their boundaries.

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Boeing Dreamliner
9:44 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Boeing Confirms New 787 Battery Incident In Japan

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AP Photo

Boeing is confirming an incident with a battery on a Japan Airlines 787, in a reminder of the problems that grounded the plane for three months last year.

Boeing says it appears that a single battery cell "vented," or released gas. It was discovered during scheduled maintenance on the ground at Tokyo's Narita airport on Tuesday. No passengers were on board.

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Federal Cases
2:49 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Strip Club Sale, Barefoot Bandit Movie Deal Helped Bring Feds $25 Million In Wash.

FILE - Frank Colacurcio, left, walks through downtown Seattle with his attorney Bill Helsell on Wednesday, July 9, 1980.
Gary Stewart AP Photo

Proceeds from the Barefoot Bandit's movie deal and a strip club sale helped federal prosecutors in Washington state collect more than $25 million last year.

The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says it hauled in $22 million in criminal and civil actions, and the office in Spokane says it brought in $3.5 million more. They also worked on cases with other Department of Justice offices, which nationally collected about $8.1 billion.

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Public Health
2:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Flu Deaths In Wash. State Now Up To 11

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Matt Rourk AP Photo

With its latest update Friday, the Washington Health Department says there have been 11 flu deaths in the state this season.

Spokesman Marqise Allen says the number is not unusual, but the department urges everyone over the age of 6 months to have a vaccination. The swine flu has been the most common strain, and the current vaccine available covers the H1N1 virus.

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Snowpack
2:01 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Year Starts With Wash. Snowpack At 45 Percent

Mount Rainier is seen in this photo taken Wednesday, June 19, 2013,
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A dry start to winter has left the snowpack in Washington far short of normal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's snow survey office in Mount Vernon says as of Jan. 1, snowpack readings were 45 percent of normal for that time of year.

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