Community honors Idaho officer fatally shot on patrol

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil for a veteran police officer who was shot and killed while patrolling a northern Idaho neighborhood, some traveling from out of state and others paying tribute to the sacrifice of a lawman they didn’t know. “It’s just amazing that people who don’t even […]

Firefighters rescue woman from flipped car on Ballard Bridge

Firefighters rescued a woman from her car after it flipped while she was headed north on the Ballard Bridge early Wednesday. When officers arrived about 1:25 a.m., the 47-year-old woman was conscious and alert, and strapped into her car by her seat belt. The Seattle Fire Department’s technical-rescue team had to extricate her from the […]

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got […]

Alaska flight to Seattle makes emergency landing in Vancouver, B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport. Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was en route from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle when problems arose with one of the plane’s two electrical systems. The Boeing 737-400 touched down in Vancouver shortly before 5 p.m. local time on […]

AP Interview: Emirates airline boss sees more US growth

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The man in charge of the Middle East’s biggest airline, Emirates, said Tuesday he is pressing ahead with a global expansion that could include more U.S. routes despite opposition from American carriers who accuse the airline of having an unfair advantage. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman […]

SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to test its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board for this brief, first-of-its-kind flight and the whole thing lasted barely 1 1/2 minutes. A dummy was the only passenger. The […]

UC Berkeley’s Mark Twain project finds cache of new writing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco. In the letters, the man who would write The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, likened the city’s […]

Colombia stunned by theft of Garcia Marquez’s first edition

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The book disappeared over the weekend from a guarded display case at Bogota’s book fair, which this year is honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author. The first edition is […]

An iconic landscape architect, ‘Tibetan Peach Pie’ in paperback

New releases “The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag” by Thaisa Way(University of Washington Press, $59.95). Richard Haag is best known for his rehabilitation of Gas Works Park in Seattle and for a series of gardens at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. In 1964, he founded the landscape-architecture department at the UW. This book aims […]

How does Amazon’s boom compare to Microsoft’s heyday?

With Amazon.com gobbling up much of downtown Seattle, it’s an interesting time to look at the company’s effect on the region and compare it to the impact Microsoft has had, especially during its surge in the 1990s. If you’re in Seattle, surrounded by construction cranes, frozen traffic and hordes of techies wearing blue building-access cards, […]