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State health officials push to protect kids from e-cigarette liquids

Poison control authorities say too many children in Washington are being sickened by contact with the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, an electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago. The Columbia/Boone County Board of Health has endorsed proposals to ban selling tobacco products to people younger than 21. The Columbia Tribune reports the board also approved on Thursday a proposal to add e-cigarettes to Columbia's restrictions on smoking inside public places.

As tribal gaming booms, fewer gamblers pick up pull tabs

Bars and card rooms have declined as places to wager, and the state Gambling Commission is preparing for layoffs.

Ferguson protesters gather in downtown Olympia

About 150 people are gathered at Fourth and Washington in downtown Olympia to protest events in Ferguson.


Contrarian: Colin Kaepernick thinks Jim Harbaugh will be back to coach 49ers in 2015

The 49ers quarterback also doesn’t want to talk about Richard Sherman or last January’s NFC championship game, saying the latter doesn’t matter Thursday.

Sounders’ Chad Marshall wins MLS defender award for record third time

Vote of fellow players pushes Seattle central defender to the top.

Chad Marshall, top, of Seattle physically dominates Landon Donovan of the L.A. Galaxy in the Oct. 25 match at CenturyLink Field. Marshall was named MSL’s top defender Tuesday.

Connor Halliday leaves a remarkable example, high marks for future WSU quarterbacks to pursue

Halliday never won as many games as Jason Gesser and probably won’t be drafted early in the first round like Drew Bledsoe, Jack Thompson and Ryan Leaf, but he has the all-time school records for passing yards (11,304) and touchdowns (90). ...


Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief...

This cell phone screen capture shows traffic alerts along a route displayed on a cell phone app called Waze, in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, getting from Point A to Point B can be a headache. Technology provides relief in the form of apps that can let you know which roads are clogged, how long the wait is at the airport and whether the trains are running on time.

IRS workers to receive bonuses of 1 percent

Rank-and-file IRS workers are again getting a bonus.

People news: Pardee joins Worth Law Group

William Pardee has joined Worth Law Group of Tumwater as a senior associate attorney. He previously was an administrative law judge with the state Department of Revenue’s appeals division.


Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even...

FILE - In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York.   The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

Fundraiser calendar for Nov. 25

SHELTER SHOWER: An incredible evening of socializing to support the Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, at The Heritage Room, 604 Water St. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $30 per person, and can be purchased online...

Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Shirin Vala, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftward Spoon to eat without spilling at her home in Oakland, Calif. Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing it’s money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. Not surprisingly, the company that has brought the driverless car and Internet glasses is bringing a unique improvement to the utensils. Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced.