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  • Scaramucci ignites fierce White House fight: ‘Shiv in ribs’?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump’s chief of staff to deny he’s a “leaker” and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability. In a pull-no-punches, impromptu CNN interview that he said was authorized by the president, Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus in graphic terms. “The fish […]

  • Rift between House, Senate GOP rocks health care legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans threatening to hold up Senate health legislation because of a dispute with the House expressed dissatisfaction late Thursday with an effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to resolve the standoff. Their statements delivered a blow to GOP leaders’ hopes for pushing an initial measure through the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to push a narrow bill through the Senate peeling back pieces of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Several GOP senators said […]

  • Seattle mayor’s accuser alleges defamation, wants city to pay him $1M to $3M

    SEATTLE (AP) — A man who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him decades ago has demanded more than $1 million from the city, saying Murray defamed him. Delvonn Heckard filed the claim Wednesday seeking from $1 million to $3 million. He said the mayor used his position to falsely accuse Heckard of participating in an “anti-gay right wing conspiracy” against the mayor. Both Heckard and Murray are gay. “Mayor Murray fabricated these allegations for political gain and […]

  • Voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel dies at 99

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago, niece Robin Thaler said Thursday. Foray was the best-known woman among the voice […]

  • Senate approves Russia sanctions bill, 98-2, sends it to Trump

    WASHINGTON — The Senate, by a 98-2 vote, on Thursday approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump. Trump is expected to sign the measure into law even though the bill includes provisions that bar him from easing the penalties on Russia without first getting permission from Congress. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress’ ability to limit or override power of the president on national security […]

  • Prices set to increase on Washington State Ferries

    SEATTLE — The Washington Transportation Commission has approved a fare hike for the state’s ferry system. The Daily Herald reports a 2.9 percent boost in fares for small- and standard-sized vehicles and increases ranging from 0.8 percent to 1.8 percent for oversized vehicles depending on their length will be set in place October 1. Fares for passengers will go up 2.1 percent. The commissioners also set 2018 fare increases, with the price for small- and standard-sized vehicles set to go up […]

  • Starbucks to shutter all Teavana stores as sales disappoint

    SEATTLE — Starbucks plans to shutter all its Teavana stores as it seeks to improve sales at its namesake coffee stores. The company said Thursday it will close all 379 Teavana locations over the coming year. It had acquired the mall-based chain in late 2012, with then-CEO Howard Schultz noting the huge potential for the tea market. Then this past April, the company said it was reviewing its options for the struggling chain. On Thursday, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson noted […]

  • Police: Bieber accidentally hits photog with truck

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber left a photographer with minor injuries after police in California say the singer accidentally hit the man with his pickup truck. Beverly Hills police Sgt. Matthew Stout tells The Associated Press the 57-year-old photographer was hospitalized following the Wednesday night incident. Video posted by ABC News shows Bieber getting into a large pickup truck with a crowd of photographers around him. As he pulls away, one of them steps toward the truck and is […]

  • Hillary Clinton writing election tell-all called ‘What Happened’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton writes in the introduction, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. “Now I’m letting my guard down.” Simon & Schuster told The Associated […]

  • LA Galaxy hire Sigi Schmid as head coach, face Sounders this weekend

    CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy have fired coach Curt Onalfo just 20 games into his first season in charge of the struggling club. The Galaxy hired former Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid. Onalfo went 6-10-4 after being promoted from their developmental squad when longtime Galaxy coach Bruce Arena went to the U.S. national team. Despite a high-priced roster of veteran talent, Onalfo never got consistent results out of the Galaxy, who sit ninth in the Western Conference. The German-born […]