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State Patrol welcomes 39 new troopers

The Washington State Patrol welcomed 39 new troopers during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday.

Olympia supports vaudeville revival

In Olympia, the vaudeville revival is going strong.

Simon Calcavecchia, aka "Abiliti," will perform original hip hop/rap.

South Sound Morning: Thursday update

Good morning, today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year. Today is National Cheeseburger Day.

Peter Ali, right, a flute instructor at the Northwest Indian College on the Lummi reservation, improvises a song with students on their Plains Indian-style flutes at the Olympia Waldorf School on Friday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Huskies coach Chris Petersen wants more touches for UW’s John Ross, Kasen Williams

Ross has scored four touchdowns on nine plays from scrimmage this season. Williams has caught just three passes through three games after returning...

Washington wide receiver John Ross, center, is tackled by Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) and linebacker T.J. Neal Jr. (52) in the first half Sept. 13 in Seattle.

Earl Thomas 2.0? Seahawks safety says loss redefined him

Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro safety said last weekend’s loss in San Diego has caused him to re-evaluate his core. And now his “crave, hunger, desire to be unstoppable” has returned — just in time for Sunday’...

Mariners collapse in seventh in 5-0 loss to Angels

The Seattle Mariners fall to two games back of the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in wild-card race with 11 games remaining

Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Erick Aybar, left, and Tony Campana, second from left, after hitting a three-run home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo...

San Francisco city supervisor David Campos, right, walks with drag queen Sister Roma to a news conference following a meeting in his office with a number of drag queens at City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names" on the site.

US to train veterans to install solar panels

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

President Barack Obama speaks at U.S. Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Obama consulted with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants during his visit.

Atlantic City casinos: Storied past, grim future

Sakia Hall lost her $9-an-hour overnight housekeeping job at the Revel hotel and casino weeks ago, but she still cries about it. The single mother...

Atlantic City High School juniors converse at the beach with casino views behind them in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11, 2014. Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (far left high rise) will shutter its doors September 16. (Mark Makela/McClatchy)

Steves: ‘Best souvenir is a broader perspective’

Travel expert Rick Steves, who recently completed a television special about a visit to Israel and Palestine, will speak about the power of travel...

Rick Steves visit Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. His Holy Land special will air Oct. 5.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three ...

In this photo taken on Sunday,  Sept. 14, 2014,  people walk past the Connaught Hospital that is used for treating people suffering from the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday, Sept. 18, stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa.

UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly...