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Seattle Crane Victims Include College Freshman

Sarah Wong, 19, planned to be a nurse

(Newser) - Authorities in Seattle don't know yet what caused Saturday's deadly crane collapse , but the identity of one of the four people killed has been revealed. Sarah Wong, 19, was a freshman at Seattle Pacific University who was studying to become a neonatal nurse, reports the Seattle Times . Wong... More »

4 Dead in Crane Collapse

Witness said the wind appears to break it in half

(Newser) - Four people were killed and three wounded when a construction crane collapsed Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning five cars underneath, the AP reports. The four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, the Seattle Fire Department said. Three people were transported to the hospital. The crane collapsed... More »

Utility Poles Start Falling, With One Landing on Couple's SUV

Occupants survive impact, live wires all over road

(Newser) - A couple says they're lucky to be alive after dozens of power lines fell on the Seattle street they were driving on, with one wooden public utility pole striking their SUV, the AP reports. "If it had hit the glass rather than the roof, it would have just... More »

Cops: Fake Ride-Share Driver Raped Woman, Took Her Home

Suspect was recorded by her door cam

(Newser) - As Samantha Josephson's death in South Carolina continues to grab headlines , authorities in Washington state are advising rise-share users to confirm vehicle and driver information after a woman was allegedly raped by a man posing as her driver in Seattle. The woman had encountered multiple ride-share vehicles after leaving... More »

Bus Driver Hailed as Hero After Seattle Shooting

2 killed, 2 injured during gunman's rampage

(Newser) - A Seattle bus driver is being hailed as a hero for getting his passengers to safety during a chaotic shooting incident in the city Wednesday despite having been injured by gunfire. Police say the gunman opened fire on motorists in an apparently random attack in the Lake City neighborhood, the... More »

Amazon Lobbied for This. Now Its Workers Know

A bill moves through the Washington state legislature

(Newser) - Many of Amazon's Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules, the AP reports. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses—controversial agreements used by... More »

City Almost Reached Its Annual Snowfall Amount—in a Day

Seattle was blasted this week by winter storm

(Newser) - They may be sleepless in Seattle, but they're definitely not snowless. At least not this morning, the day after a big snow dump Friday that knocked out power , snarled traffic, delayed flights , and left 6.4 inches at Sea-Tac Airport—the second largest daily amount in the past two... More »

3 Years After Fatal Duck-Boat Crash, a $123M Award

Victims and families of 2015 Seattle collision are handed decision by jury

(Newser) - Dozens of victims of a 2015 duck boat crash in Washington state that killed five and injured more than 60 have just been handed a hefty sum by a Seattle jury. After what Law.com calls a "marathon trial" that started back in October—one of the plaintiff's... More »

'Grande Ego. Venti Mistake': Schultz Met by Hometown Protests

Some Seattleites are still mad about the SuperSonics

(Newser) - "Grande ego. Venti mistake": That was the message protesters had for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as he returned to his hometown of Seattle on Thursday after announcing that he's mulling an independent run for president. Several dozen protesters gathered outside a downtown theater before Schultz appeared to... More »

Microsoft Puts Its Money Where Seattle's Housing Crisis Is

$500M to go to affordable housing, homeless services within 3 years

(Newser) - Microsoft is looking to ensure a roof over employees' heads, putting up $500 million to assist with affordable housing in the Seattle area. The funds will help create homes for Microsoft's cafeteria workers and shuttle drivers, as well as other middle- and low-income residents, reports the New York Times... More »

Social Worker Patched Shoes With Duct Tape, Left $11M

Friends were shocked to find that frugal Alan Naiman had amassed a fortune before he died

(Newser) - Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into the comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune he quietly amassed and the last act he'd long planned. The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving... More »

Seattle Fights a 'New Foe' on the Addiction Front

City has become a hub to help 'tech addicts,' with psychologists, rehab centers, and 12-step groups

(Newser) - We like to say we're addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service. But for some people, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We're talking flunk-your-classes, can't-find-a-job, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety, and... More »

Saudi Faced US Trial in Teen's Death. Then an SUV Showed Up

Feds think Saudi Arabia got Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah out of country: 'Oregonian'

(Newser) - It's another controversial case involving Saudi Arabia and the US. This time, as the Oregonian reports, federal authorities think the kingdom helped a 21-year-old man awaiting trial in a fatal hit-and-run flee the United States and return home. In August 2016, police in Portland say Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah illegally... More »

Plane Turns Around After 'Life-Critical Cargo' Left Behind

That would be a human heart, forgotten on a Southwest flight headed to Dallas

(Newser) - The passengers on Southwest Flight 3606 were somewhere over Idaho Sunday when their captain came over the PA with a message: They were headed back to Seattle. That's because there was a "life-critical cargo shipment" that had been left on board, per the Seattle Times : a donated human... More »

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 »

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