Woman wins $100 million in transvaginal mesh case

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware jury has ordered a medical device manufacturer to pay $100 million to a woman who, despite two surgeries, still has pieces of transvaginal mesh embedded inside her. The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1FRdynr) reports the 51-year-old Newark woman was awarded damages Thursday following a two-week trial in Superior Court […]

Observatory at One World Trade Center opens to public

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a new bird’s eye view of New York City. The One World Trade Center observatory is officially opening to the public on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will get a view of the city and its surroundings from above 1,250 feet, with sight lines stretching 50 miles past the […]

The top 10 highest-paid female CEOs

NEW YORK (AP) — Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies. Last year, the median pay for women CEOs rose to $15.9 million, a 21 percent gain from a year earlier, according to a study by executive compensation data firm Equilar […]

Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle’s waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington’s position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker met privately with Inslee at Auburn City Hall, […]

Justices toss Washington law countering bad-faith lawsuits

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has struck down a state law that attempts to curtail lawsuits brought in bad faith to hinder public discussion. In a unanimous opinion Thursday the court said the law, enacted by the Legislature in 2010, violates the right to a trial by jury because it requires judges, […]

Tacoma $15 minimum wage group needs hundreds more signatures

TACOMA — A group looking to boost Tacoma’s minimum wage to $15 an hour needs less than 500 more signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot. The News Tribune reports about 41 percent of the total signatures collected by members of 15 Now Tacoma were invalidated after being reviewed by the Pierce County […]

SIFF film dives deep into project-based learning

In “Most Likely to Succeed,” Bellevue-bred filmmaker Greg Whiteley asks you to question just about everything you know about education. What if there were no school bells? No set class periods, no single-subject courses and no mandate to prepare kids for standardized tests? It might look like High Tech High — the San Diego charter school featured in […]

‘Aloha’: Cameron Crowe creates a quotably bad movie in paradise

Where’d you go, Cameron Crowe? “Aloha,” the writer/director’s latest sort-of romantic comedy, limps to the screen with such flat-footedness, you wonder how its creator ever achieved such heights as “Say Anything” and “Almost Famous.” Its highlight, I’m sorry to say, is a moment in which an irate Alec Baldwin (maybe he just read the script?) […]

‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ stays on an upbeat course

The title of “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is almost modest, considering how ambitious the final product turns out to be. This new IMAX epic is nothing less than a history of the human race’s progress, beginning hundreds of thousands of years ago and ending in speculation about the future. In less than an […]

Animal carcass spill creates I-5 traffic backup

The Washington State Patrol says a rendering truck carrying animal carcasses spilled its stinky load, creating a temporary traffic backup on southbound Interstate 5 in south Seattle. KOMO-TV reports that troopers say the truck was southbound at about 6 p.m. Thursday when the load shifted and spilled onto the roadway, temporarily blocking two lanes of […]