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Student activists, protesting gun violence, time latest walkout to Columbine anniversary
Students walked out of their schools and gathered for protests calling for an end to gun violence Friday, the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
A train from New York with the stink of sewage befouled a small Alabama town — until the town fought back
For two months, this two-square-mile coal town found itself mired in other people’s problems, the unwilling custodian of a train filled with 10 million pounds of treated human waste.
Sheriff's office: ‘There will never be a reason’ explaining fatal attack on Florida deputies
Police said the two sheriff's deputies in Northern Florida were ambushed while eating inside a restaurant.
Does medical marijuana decrease opioid use or boost it?
Conflicting research has revealed less about the relationship between marijuana and opioids than it has about how science is misunderstood and misused in political debates.
Here's one thing North Korea can do to show it's serious about de-nuking
North Korea is "livening up the mood" with regards to its talk on denuclearization, but doing very little beyond that, say experts who've long watched the isolated regime wrestle with its nuclear ambitions and international censure.
Fed Cup: Japan's Naomi Osaka beats GB's Heather Watson in opener
Great Britain's bid to reach the Fed Cup World Group for the first time in 25 years starts with Heather Watson's defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka.
Iran official condemns woman's treatment by 'morality police' in video
Iran's vice-president for women's affairs has "strongly" condemned an incident in which a female member of Iran's religious police appears physically to confront a female member of the public in an altercation that was captured on a cell phone camera.
Kim Jong Un: North Korea no longer needs nuclear tests, state-run media reports
North Korea says its quest for nuclear weapons is "complete" and it "no longer needs" to test its weapons capability, a significant development ahead of diplomatic engagement with both South Korea and the United States.
North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement comes a week before a summit with South Korea.
North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
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Baby-sitter sentenced for Lakewood toddler’s death
“There’s nothing you can do or say to make this up to the family,” the judge told the 31-year-old babysitter.
What if a historic church is torn down, but nobody notices?
We’re all getting numb to stories about important civic institutions and historical buildings falling to Seattle’s redevelopment boom. So numb that we’ve stopped noticing.
‘I was seriously lucky’: Machete attack victim healing from injuries; 2 suspects charged
Ryan O’Dell was critically injured when he was attacked by two men — one armed with a machete, the other with a steel-studded belt. He was released from the hospital on Friday, the same day King County prosecutors charged his alleged attackers with first-degree assault.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in full bloom
The fest runs through April 30, but might be extended due to this month’s unpredictable weather.
With spurt of toxic goo, ‘exploding ants’ sacrifice themselves to protect colony
Found in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the tree-dwelling ants were called “Yellow Goo” before researchers aptly named them Colobopsis explodens.
Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule
DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily. Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation. The r...
Housing agency dismissed from lawsuit in Seattle police shooting of Charleena Lyles
Solid Ground argued that, as a housing provider, it didn’t have a legal duty to protect the pregnant mother of four against harm beyond its control, including deterioration of her mental health and police violence.
Happy 4/20: Glassblowers get ready to make world’s largest bong in Seattle
Glassblowing artists gathered in South Lake Union on Friday to begin practicing for what they hope will become the world's largest bong.
This week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending April 20.
NASA steps up its planet-hunting game with the launch of TESS
The spacecraft will scan almost all of the sky for neighboring stars, searching for the dips in their brightness that signal the presence of a planet. The goal: to find planets that are smaller than Neptune, with a radius less than about four times that of Earth.
'Chippy' Wizards-Raptors affair produces 5 techs
Wizards forward Markieff Morris said he tried to "set the tone for how we need to play the whole series" when he got into a first-quarter altercation with the Raptors' OG Anunoby, part of a physical Game 3 that resulted in five technical fouls.
Max Scherzer, Nationals get the best of Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Max Scherzer vs. Clayton Kershaw took center stage in a rare heavyweight pitching duel when the Dodgers hosted the Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Complete first-round schedule and results
The march to the Stanley Cup sees seven new teams in the field that did not participate in the NHL's second season last year.
Tobin Heath returns to the Thorns after ankle surgery
Tobin Heath came in off the bench Friday night for the Portland Thorns' match against the Washington Spirit, making her first appearance of the season
Baez, Schwarber homer, Cubs beat Rockies 16-5
Kyle Hendricks pitched effectively for five innings, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber both homered and the Chicago Cubs rode a seven-run sixth inning to a 16-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night
Andrew Hammond made only 1 start all year, but he saved Avalanche's season in Game 5
Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond only had one NHL start all season, but when injuries forced him into net with the Avalanche facing elimination, he delivered a 44-save victory.
Ross loses bid for Padres' first no-no in 8th vs. DBacks
Moreland's slam, Red Sox beat A's 7-3 for 8th straight win
Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Boston Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3
Stanton stirring just what Yankees need if arms look like this
Giancarlo Stanton snapped a long homerless string, and with Sonny Gray unable to hold a lead, New York had better hope the slugger is getting hot.
Bogdanovic hits 30, gets raves for D on LeBron
Bojan Bogdanovic caught fire with 30 points and earned kudos from his Pacers teammates for hounding Cavs star LeBron James on defense in Friday night's Game 3 victory.
'The gym helps me cope with my OCD'
Gemma has OCD, but has found bodybuilding helps her manage and works as coping strategy.
Is marathon running bad for you?
Some 40,000 runners are due to take part in the London Marathon, but are those 26.2 miles doing us harm?
CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce
The CDC warns that an outbreak of E. coli is now connected to all types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped romaine in salads and salad mixes.
E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to 16 States
At least 53 people have been infected so far, and more than half have been hospitalized.
Gestational diabetes an 'epidemic'
Experts say more screening is needed to tackle the disease, which affects pregnant women.
When Is It Safe to Eat Salad Again?
An outbreak of infections linked to bagged romaine lettuce has left salad lovers confused. Here are answers to common questions about leafy greens.
Aging gracefully: Preventing falls
Falls, for older people, are serious. They can significantly impair mobility and independence. They may lead to hospitalization and subsequent placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home. And as you get older, recovery is slower.
Many approaches may help children improve self-regulation
(Reuters Health) - Yoga, exercise, education and personal skills training are among the many types of interventions that may help kids improve what's known as self-regulation, or their ability to manage their behavior and emotions, a study suggests.
Global Health: Ethicists Call for More Scrutiny of ‘Human-Challenge’ Trials
A vaccine study in which subjects are to be deliberately infected with Zika is on pause after ethicists said it had “insufficient value.”
Opioids overprescribed to patients taking certain sedatives
(Reuters Health) - Narcotic painkillers can be particularly dangerous for patients who also take tranquilizing drugs known as benzodiazepines, but a study suggests doctors are still over-prescribing this combination of medicines.
AMD Wants To Hear From GPU Resellers and Partners Bullied By Nvidia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: Nvidia may not be talking about its GeForce Partner Program, but AMD has gone from silent to proactive in less than 24 hours. Hours ago Scott Herkelman, Corporate VP and General Manager of AMD Radeon Gaming, addressed AMD resellers via Twitter, not...
'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted To Diving
schwit1 shares a report from National Geographic: Most people can hold their breath underwater for a few seconds, some for a few minutes. But a group of people called the Bajau takes free diving to the extreme, staying underwater for as long as 13 minutes at depths of around 200 feet. These nomad...
Yup, 'Jane the Virgin' just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: "Chapter Eighty-One." Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. In the very...
AI Will Wipe Out Half the Banking Jobs In a Decade, Experts Say
Experts in the industry say that current advances in artificial intelligence and automation could replace as many as half the nation's financial services workers over the next decade, though it will take a big investment to make that happen. The Mercury News reports: "Unless banks deal with the p...
Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS
Google finally has a plan to fix Android's texting problem. This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple's iMessage. Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicat...
Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet
Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid clos...
Qualcomm Cutting 1,500 Jobs At Its California Offices
As part of its promise to investors to cut annual costs by $1 billion, Qualcomm is cutting 1,500 jobs across multiple divisions at its offices in California. Reuters reports: The company, which has about 33,800 employees as of Sept.24, informed about its job cut plans in California in a regulator...
Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - CNET
The world’s largest social network needs fixing. Facebook’s frontman needs to show he can do it -- fast.
Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!
FTC's heavily redacted report says everything's hunky dory The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.…
Photo-sharing pioneer Flickr has a new owner: SmugMug - CNET
Don't worry, SmugMug won't try to turn Flickr into the next Instagram, CEO says as he takes over the site 10 months after Verizon bought it through its Yahoo acquisition.
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