Amazon testing delivery by self-driving robots

Tech 01/23/19, 18:12

Amazon is bringing delivery robots to the streets of a Seattle suburb.The online shopping giant says it started to test self-driving robots in Snohomish County, Washington, Wednesday that can bring Amazon packages to shoppers' doorsteps.The robots are light blue, about the size of a Labrador, have six wheels and the ...

Kentucky school comes under fire after Washington incident

Basketball 01/23/19, 15:31

Less than a week ago, Covington Catholic High School was known mostly for its seven state titles in football and its rousing motto, "A spirit that will not die."By Tuesday, its phones had been shut off, its website and social media accounts had gone dark, police cars were barricading its ...

Tara VanDerveer wins 900th game at Stanford in 33 seasons

Sports 01/20/19, 17:03

Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer won her 900th game in 33 seasons at Stanford as her sixth-ranked Cardinal beat Washington State 85-64 on Sunday.Alanna Smith had a career-high 34 points to help Stanford get its 20th straight home victory. Smith shot 13 for 17 with four 3-pointers and also ...

Toews gets hat trick as Blackhawks beat slumping Caps 8-5

Hockey 01/20/19, 15:38

Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, Patrick Kane added two goals and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks handed the Washington Capitals their season-high fifth consecutive loss with an 8-5 victory on Sunday.Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat also scored and Dylan Strome added an empty-netter as last-place Chicago ...

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

U.S. 01/20/19, 10:56

Students at a Kentucky Catholic school who were involved in a video showing them mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a Washington rally could potentially face expulsion, according to the diocese.In a joint statement , the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologized and ...

Update: Man says students wound up singing with him

U.S. 01/20/19, 00:11

The Latest on videos showing Kentucky students mocking a Native American at a rally in Washington (all times local):11:11 p.m.Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of the march and was among a ...

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

U.S. 01/18/19, 23:02

The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington on Friday asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that began nearly a month ago. Govs. Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo and Jay Inslee said in a ...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

U.S. 01/18/19, 17:52

Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon.Four salmon researchers were perusing orca data several months ago when they noticed a ...

Franks scores 24, leading a WSU rout over California 82-59

Sports 01/18/19, 00:45

Robert Franks scored 24 points grabbing eight rebounds as Washington State beat California 82-59 on Thursday in a clash of the Pacific 12 Conference's winless teams.Franks scored five quick points to open the second half with a jump shot and a 3-pointer wrapped around a lost ball turnover that put ...

Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor

California 01/17/19, 20:28

Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.Last September, Brown, a Democrat who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation ...

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Business 01/17/19, 10:08

Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region's widening affordability gap. Most of the money will be aimed at increasing housing options in the Puget Sound region for low- and middle-income workers at a time when they're being priced out of Seattle ...

Washington St community urged to remember Tyler Hilinski

Sports 01/16/19, 13:58

Members of the Washington State community were urged to light a candle and hold a moment of silence in memory of quarterback Tyler Hilinski on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of his death.Hilinski's Hope, a foundation started by his family to support programs to destigmatize mental illness, also announced a partnership ...

Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears

U.S. 01/15/19, 17:50

Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature.Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat, noted that the state House of Representatives, where the speech was given, ...

Desperate parents and discount marijuana: DC in a shutdown

U.S. 01/15/19, 03:36

No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington. Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation's capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical level. Furloughed federal employees can find discounts on meals, theater tickets, marijuana and more. Desperate parents roam the city on weekends searching for something to occupy their children ...

Washington Legislature begins 105-day session

Politics 01/14/19, 18:20

Washington lawmakers started their 105-day legislative session Monday, tasked with writing a new two-year state budget while addressing a variety of costly issues, including addressing the state's troubled mental health system.Democrats increased their margins in both legislative chambers after the November election, and now hold a 28-21 majority in the ...

Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year

Health 01/13/19, 11:03

The 105-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday.For the first time in years, lawmakers are set to write a new two-year budget without a primary focus of satisfying a court mandate on education funding.But they still return to Olympia this year with a variety of costly issues. The issues ...

In Nevada, Inslee tries to pull 2020 spotlight away from DC

New York 01/12/19, 11:58

The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is headed to the early caucus state ...

In states, Democrats start delivering on health care pledges

Business 01/12/19, 11:50

Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals.Newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans ...

Researcher: Calf born to endangered Pacific Northwest orcas

Science 01/11/19, 17:50

Researchers say there's a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada.Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times that staff first saw the calf Friday at the eastern end of the ...

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