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  • Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of man in Sodo by Seattle cop

    SEATTLE — King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest Wednesday into the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old man by a Seattle police officer with a rifle on Jan. 20. The shooting happened in the 2700 block of 1st Avenue South in the Sodo district. On that day, witnesses called 911 to report an intoxicated man waving a gun around a bus stop. Police said arriving officers reported the man refused commands to drop his weapon, pointed it at them, […]

  • Ford recalls 400k SUVs for steering problems

      DETROIT — Ford is the latest automaker to issue a recall. The Detroit-based company announced two recalls affecting about 435,000 vehicles. The bigger recall impacts about 386,000 Escape SUV’s built between 2001 and 2004. Ford says there may be a corrosion issue that could lead to diminished steering control. No reports of any injuries. Dealers will install a reinforcement crossbrace to resolve the issue. The second recall affects near 49,000 Ford Fusions, Escapes, C-Max’s and Lincoln MKZ’s. The company says […]

  • Virginia naval station shooting leaves 2 dead

    NORFOLK, VA —  Two men, a sailor and a civilian, died in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia late Monday night, the U.S. Navy said. The shooting occurred on the destroyer USS Mahan, said Elizabeth Baker, director of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Office. The incident took place at Pier 1 around 11:20 p.m., according to the naval station’s Facebook page. Authorities say the civilian breached security and boarded the destroyer. Once on board, the civilian grabbed […]

  • Putin finalizes Russia’s annexation of Crimea

    BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, even as Russian lawmakers finalized the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. “Political provisions of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement now signed,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy posted on his official Twitter account. The signature of the deal in Brussels, Belgium, signals Europe’s solidarity with Ukraine — and has additional symbolic force because it was the decision of ousted […]

  • Are Fitbit bands bad for your skin?

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for the popular Fitbit band after several people complained of skin irritation. According to officials, around 9,900 people say their skin broke out and around 250 people reported blistering. The recall announced Wednesday is for one million units sold in the United States and about 28,000 units sold in Canada. The CPSC recall notice attributed the reaction to “the stainless steel casing, materials used in the strap, or adhesives used to […]

  • New Pike Place Market designs unveiled

    SEATTLE — One of the most popular tourists attractions in Seattle is getting a makeover. In partnership with architecture firm The Miller Hull Partnership, the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority released the latest designs for the Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance on Western Avenue. Officials say, within the next year, ground will be broken on the final piece of the historic district, celebrating the beginning of a transformation of the western edge of Pike Place Market and the […]

  • Staples to close 225 stores nationwide

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Staples Inc., the nation’s largest office-supplies chain, announced plans to close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of 2015 in an effort to save $500 million annually. The announcement comes two days after RadioShack says it will close 1,100 locations nationwide. According to CNN Money, Staples is facing increased competition from Amazon.com Inc. and Office Depot, which purchased rival OfficeMax in 2013. Staples is now refocusing its efforts to online sales, which it […]

  • United cracks down on carry-on bags

    CHICAGO, Il. — United Airlines is getting tough on its carry-on bag policy. The Chicago-based airline’s policies haven’t changed, but the company is enforcing its existing rules much more strictly. The crackdown began March 1st. Any passenger whose bag exceeds the carry-on size limits of 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, will be sent back to the ticket counter to pay a $25 fee. Workers at security checkpoint entrances are now instructed to eyeball passengers for bags that […]

  • RadioShack closing 1,100 U.S. stores

    NEW YORK — RadioShack Corp. announced plans to close as many as 1,100 stores nationwide. That’s nearly 20% of all of its locations. The electronics retailer reported sales at stores open at least a year fell 19% in the last quarter, which included the holiday shopping period. The company ended the fourth quarter with total liquidity of $554.3 million, including $179.8 million in cash and $374.5 million available debt. RadioShack blamed the drop on traffic declines and weak sales of […]