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Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

Company is planning a $1B campus in Austin, smaller-scale campuses in other cities

(Newser) - Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a... More »

Looking for Love? Try These Places

WalletHub's 10 best (and worst) picks for singles

(Newser) - They don't call it "Hotlanta" for nothing. The Georgia capital has attained the No. 1 spot on WalletHub's best cities for singles , based on the site's look at more than 180 metropolitan areas. The metrics considered everything from how much dating activities cost—from cocktail prices... More »

Rape Kit That Sat Untested for 11 Years Turns Up a Match

Darin Bolar arrested for kidnapping, rape of 14-year-old Seattle girl in 2007

(Newser) - In October 2007, a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped while looking for a pay phone in the Beacon Hill section of Seattle and repeatedly raped by her abductor over the next couple of days before escaping. Now, 11 years later, police may have their man—but they may have had him... More »

He's Singing One Garth Brooks Song for 36 Hours Straight

Cliff Satterwhite is singing 'Friends in Low Places' over and over and over again

(Newser) - As we write this, Cliff Satterwhite is in the home stretch of an epic karaoke marathon: He's singing Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" for 36 hours straight. Why? The Seattle-area karaoke host is performing the feat as part of the breast cancer awareness fundraiser he's hosting... More »

Seattle Court Tosses Old Marijuana Convictions

Misdemeanor possession convictions from before Wash. legalized pot to be vacated

(Newser) - It started with a motion filed in April by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to scrub the "red mark" that appears on many people's records for misdemeanor pot possession. Now, a seven-judge panel has ruled in favor of Holmes' motion, signing an order earlier this month that effectively... More »

2 Women Found Dead in Seattle Apartment

Bangkok Post identifies them as students from Thailand

(Newser) - Two women in their 20s were found dead in an apartment across the street from the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Tuesday, Fox News reports. Police say building managers found a seriously wounded woman inside the apartment Tuesday morning, and responding officers arrived to find both women dead.... More »

Big Change Coming to Kroger, and It's Starting in Seattle

Supermarket chain to get rid of all plastic bags by 2025

(Newser) - The nation's largest grocery chain will be free of plastic bags at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025. Kroger Co., which orders about 6 billion bags each year, will begin phasing out their use immediately at one of its chains based in Seattle, a city that'... More »

Human Remains Found Where Stolen Plane Crashed

Aircraft is completely destroyed, authorities say

(Newser) - The 76-seat Horizon Air turboprop stolen by airport worker Richard Russell on Friday was completely destroyed when it crashed into an island in Puget Sound, authorities say. National Transportation Safety Board regional chief Debra Eckrote says the plane, stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport, was broken into small pieces by the... More »

Officials Stumped by Sea-Tac Worker Who Swiped Plane

Unclear how Richard Russell learned to fly; family says they're stunned

(Newser) - The man accused of swiping a Horizon Air turboprop and taking it for a presumably fatal joyride had security clearance to be around aircraft, but no pilot's license, and authorities tell the Seattle P-I that they have no idea how he acquired the skills to fly a plane, much... More »

Military Jets Scramble After Airline Worker Steals Plane

Horizon Air plane out of Sea-Tac eventually crashed on island outside Tacoma

(Newser) - Air traffic controllers expecting a quiet Friday evening got anything but as an incident developed out of Seattle. Airport officials and local authorities report that around 8pm local time, a 29-year-old ground service agent with Horizon Air stole a 76-seat turboprop from Sea-Tac International Airport, took to the skies, and... More »

Space Needle Just Got a Terrifying Upgrade

'The Loupe' is the world's first rotating glass floor

(Newser) - If you've ever had the desire to stand 500 feet above Seattle with nothing but a piece of glass preventing you from falling to the street, well, the Space Needle is now the place for you, reports CNN . A newly unveiled renovation features something called "the Loupe,"... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's Grief in the Puget Sound

Orca won't let go of her calf, who died shortly after being born Tuesday off the Washington coast

(Newser) - What's being described as a "gut-wrenching" scene is playing out in Puget Sound, and it's been going on for at least three days. The Seattle Times reports on J35, an orca who gave birth on Tuesday only to witness her calf die 30 minutes later—and she'... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

She Got Her Finger Up His Nose. That's All Cops Needed

DNA sample helped Seattle police find Jose Luis Tum-Coronado, 35

(Newser) - A woman helped police track down a sexual-assault suspect by literally getting in his face, Q13 Fox reports. Prosecutors in Washington state have charged Jose Luis Tum-Coronado, 35, as he sits in a Georgia prison—all because the unidentified assault survivor stuck her finger up his nose. "My main... More »

Seattle Kills Tax in Face of Formidable Foe: Amazon

City council rolls back tax it had unanimously approved last month

(Newser) - What does defeat sound like? This: "We have reached the conclusion that this is not a winnable battle at this time." That was the pronouncement of Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold Tuesday in advance of what ended up being a 7-2 vote to reverse a new tax the council... More »

Amazon Not Thrilled With Seattle's New 'Amazon Tax'

Tax on city's largest employers will bring in about $45M a year

(Newser) - "People are dying on the doorsteps of prosperity." That's per a city councilwoman in Seattle, where local politicians hope a new tax on big business will alleviate homelessness. On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a "head tax," which starting in 2019 will be imposed... More »

Their Info Was in ICE's Hands. Bigwig Is Accused of Stealing It

Raphael Sanchez, chief counsel for Seattle's ICE office, has been indicted

(Newser) - The lead attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle office abruptly resigned Monday, with an indictment charging him with wire fraud and identity theft handed down the same day. The identities Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of stealing, per BuzzFeed : those of seven immigrants whose cases the agency was... More »

Amazon Announces Rare Round of Layoffs

Company still hiring 'aggressively' in some areas

(Newser) - After a ramp-up in hiring last year, Amazon says it will cut a "small" number of positions at its Seattle headquarters. The company did not give an exact number, but the Seattle Times , citing a person familiar with the cuts, says they affect a few hundred people. That would... More »

Alaska Flight Called Off on Account of Nudity

Flight has to return to Anchorage after man locked himself in bathroom, stripped down

(Newser) - An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions. Kate Danyluk, a passenger on the flight, told the AP she knew something was wrong because the... More »

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