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Inslee plan has money for JBLM bottleneck, leaves smaller projects out

Gov. Jay Inslee’s transportation spending plan earmarks more than $5 billion to just seven major highway projects, including $278 ...

Traffic moves slowly on Interstate 5 past the Freedom Bridge in Tillicum, July 2, 2014.

Estuarium celebrates the winter solstice

The long day’s journey into night completes its voyage in the Northern Hemisphere Saturday with the arrival of the winter solstice.

Board president Lynn Schneider takes a peek inside one of three aquariums inside the doubled space of the newly relocation South Sound Estuarium, now at 309 State Avenue NE in downtown Olympia.

Anonymous donor pays off layaway accounts at Walmart in Hawks Prairie

One beneficiary was Lacey resident Ashley Lopez, who was about to cancel her layaway order because she couldn’t afford to finish payments by the Monday deadline.


Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

Trade sends minor league reliever Matt Brazis to Chicago

The Mariners acquired Justin Ruggiano via trade on Wednesday. Ruggiano batted .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 81 games for the Chicago Cubs this past season.

Cardinals “embracing” NFC West title game. Seahawks? Just “another championship opportunity”

The two different approaches — the public ones, anyway — of the Cardinals (11-3) and Seahawks (10-4) reflect the tones set by their respective coaches.

Tumwater's Cooper breaks all-time scoring mark previously held for 50 years

Tumwater High School guard David Cooper needed just five games into his senior year to break the program’s oldest-standing record.


Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on ...

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview."

Canadian chain postpones 'The Interview' showings

Canada's dominant theater chain has postponed its planned showings of the film "The Interview."

In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, actors Seth Rogen, bottom center, and James Franco, top, and producer Evan Goldberg, right, pose for a photograph during filming of "The Interview" at Robson Square in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada's largest theatre chain has announced it will postpone screening "The Interview" after the controversial comedy was the target of terrorist threats.

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.

FILE - In this May 5, 2012 file photo, South Korean cyber activists listen to North Korean defector Lee Mi-yeon, back to camera, during her lecture on national cyber security at Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs in Suwon, South Korea. Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence.

European court rules obesity can be a disability

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 file photo, an overweight person eats at a bench in London. The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court ruled Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in the case of a Danish child-minder who says he was unfairly fired for being fat. The court said if obesity hinders "full and effective participation in professional life,” it could count as a disability. Discrimination on the grounds of disability is illegal under European Union law.

Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire

A Guinean official says a fire at a warehouse at the Conakry airport has destroyed crucial medicine to help fight Ebola.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Dr. Brima Kargbo, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, confirmed Thursday Dec. 18, 2014, that Dr. Victor Willoughby died earlier in the day after being tested positive for Ebola on Saturday, the 11th doctor in the country to die from the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

Lawmakers to vote on bill requiring allergy meds in school

New Jersey schools may have to keep allergy medications on hand under legislation moving in the Legislature.