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Pakistani lawmakers to elect new premier to replace Sharif

Pakistani lawmakers are to elect the successor to three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who resigned last week after being disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court over concealing assets. … Click to Continue »

Doctor’s belongings donated to East Tennessee State

The family of a physician who worked in Tennessee for more than 40 years beginning in 1929 has donated some of his belongings to East Tennessee State University's Quillen College … Click to Continue »

Virgin America computer systems hacked; over 3,000 employees may have had info stolen

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines says it is taking precautions including requiring employees to change their passwords after Virgin America’s computer systems were hacked. An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that the company noticed unusual activity in Virgin’s systems in March and notified law enforcement and hired cybersecurity experts. She said customer information wasn’t affected but employees and contractors will be required to change passwords every 90 days. About 3,100 employees may have had their login information stolen, the airline said. Another 110 also had personal information compromised, including addresses, Social Security numbers and health-related information. The airline is paying for credit-monitoring services for those 110 employees and contractors. Alaska bought California-based Virgin America last year. A letter to Virgin America employees from Kyle Levine, general counsel of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc., was posted on the California attorney general’s website last week. Levine said the hacker or hackers gained employees’ login information and passwords to Virgin America’s network. He offered advice for employees who think they might be victims of identity theft.

What new building projects are coming to your neighborhood?

There are a lot of residential buildings in this update, which probably comes as no surprise if you've been keeping up on all the reports pegging Seattle as one of the best places to live and work in the country.

Seahawks tickets bring out fans, price gouging

SEATTLE — A long wait, but Seahawks tickets are in hand for Art Graddy. An annual tradition ended in success compared to previous years in the ticket lottery outside of CenturyLink Field. “Last year, I was number 263. Year before that—161. Year before that, I was 563.” There’s passion no doubt for Seahawks fans who have camped out (against team orders) since the early weekend. “And it's just devotion. These people are crazy. We just really love the Seahawks and they want to watch the games,” said fan Craig Beckett. But there is also vulnerability, according to the Better Business Bureau's David Quinlan. “With the Seahawks being this commodity, people are trying to get their hands on these tickets,” he said. With sellouts a guarantee and only 67,000 options, the secondary market online becomes one of the few choices. No hopes of face value or below, so how to stop the gouging? “So there's only so much that we can do at Better Business Bureau. There's only so much that the law permits us to do,” Quinlan said. That's true. The Hawks and others are moving to more in-person sales to slow down the inevitable scalping by organized groups. Same for bot sales snaking prime seats through automated online programs. That's actually been illegal in Washington since 2015. You may have also noticed a growing hit at checkout, too. We found a single ticket listed at $175, the cheapest on a broker site. But until you bust out the credit card or chip off some gold bullion, you can check a box to find the real price with fees. That ticket jumped from $175 to over $212, just on fees alone. Quinlan agrees it's inflated, but it's not illegal or shady. Just business---and fans need to go at it eyes wide open. “They're basically not doing their research and the're looking for bargains,” he said. When love of the game wins out over financial sense. “One way or the other, if there's a game going on here, I make sure my presence is in the midst,” Graddy said, clutching his tickets before hopping back in line for more.

HOF Series: Hall gets Easley after reconciling with Seahawks

For more than a decade, the Pro Football Hall of Fame wasn't a consideration for Kenny Easley. He was interested in anything regarding football. "I didn't watch an NFL football … Click to Continue »

Typhoon weakens but could still threaten Japan

A typhoon that briefly strengthened into the Northern Hemisphere's strongest storm of the year has lost much of its punch but could still hit Japan by this weekend. Typhoon Noru … Click to Continue »

Weather service: Seattle could see hottest day since 2009

The National Weather Service is warning of potentially record-setting temperatures in the triple digits in Seattle this week.

Seattle could see scorching temps this week

The National Weather Service is warning of potentially record-setting temperatures in the triple digits in Seattle this week.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio convicted after refusing to end immigrant patrols

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was ultimately booted from office as voters became frustrated over his headline-grabbing tactics and deepening legal troubles. The federal judge’s verdict represents a victory for critics who voiced anger over Arpaio’s unusual efforts to get tough on crime, including jailing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat, forcing them to wear pink underwear and making hundreds of arrests in crackdowns that divided immigrant families. Arpaio is vowing to appeal. Arpaio, who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix, skirted two earlier criminal investigations of his office. But he wasn’t able to avoid legal problems when he prolonged his signature immigration patrols for nearly a year and a half after a different judge ordered him to stop. That judge later ruled they racially profiled Latinos. The lawman who made defiance a hallmark of his tenure was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court for ignoring the 2011 court order to stop the patrols. The 85-year-old faces up to six months in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt someone his age would be incarcerated. He will be sentenced Oct. 5. Critics hoped Arpaio’s eight-day trial in federal court in Phoenix would bring a long-awaited comeuppance for lawman who had managed to escape accountability through much of his six terms. Prosecutors say Arpaio violated the order so he could promote his immigration enforcement efforts in an effort to boost his 2012 re-election campaign and even bragged about his continued crackdowns. He had acknowledged prolonging his patrols but insisted it was not intentional. He also blamed one of his former attorneys in the profiling case for not properly explaining the importance of the court order. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton rejected all Arpaio’s key arguments, saying it was clear he knew of the order but still chose to continue the patrols. “Not only did defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise,” Bolton wrote, citing TV interviews and press releases in which Arpaio said his agency was still detaining immigrants who were in the country illegally. She said an attorney had clearly informed him of the order, and a top aide also read a portion of it aloud Arpaio during a staff meeting. Arpaio’s lawyers said they will appeal the verdict, contending their client’s legal fate should have been decided by a jury, not a judge. They also said Bolton violated Arpaio’s rights by not reading the decision in court. “Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case,” his lawyers said in a statement. “Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will.” His defense focused on what his attorneys said were weaknesses in the court order that failed to acknowledge times when deputies would detain immigrants and later hand them over to federal authorities. Unlike other local police leaders who left immigration enforcement to U.S. authorities, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests in traffic patrols that sought out immigrants and business raids in which his officers targeted immigrants who used fraudulent IDs to get jobs. The efforts are similar to local immigration enforcement that President Donald Trump has advocated. To build his highly touted deportation force, Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law. Arpaio’s immigration powers were eventually stripped away by the courts and federal government. The contempt-of-court case marked the first time federal authorities had prosecuted Arpaio on a criminal charge, though his office had been the subject of past investigations. Federal authorities had looked into Arpaio’s misspending of $100 million in jail funds and his criminal investigations of political enemies. Neither investigation led to prosecution of the sheriff or his employees. Arpaio’s criminal charges are believed to have contributed heavily to his crushing defeat in November to little-known retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone. Arpaio was ousted in the same election that sent Trump to the White House. Trump used some of the same immigration rhetoric that helped make Arpaio a national figure in the debate over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Takeaways: Mariners are over .500 after comeback victory — and can they thank the...

Sometimes the best offense is the other club’s defense. The Mariners erased a four-run deficit Monday night in rallying for a 6-4 victory at Texas. In doing so, they pulled … Click to Continue »

Coming soon? WSDOT plans demolition of viaduct

The Alaskan Way viaduct is nearing the end of its life as work on the tunnel moves forward.

Washington’s election Tuesday has dozens of races, ballot measures

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters across the state will weigh in on dozens of races and ballot measures in Tuesday’s primary election. According to the secretary of state’s office, there are 825 candidates in 244 contests and 55 ballot measures in a total of 226 jurisdictions. While there are no statewide offices on the ballot, the match that is getting the most attention is the Seattle mayoral race, where 21 candidates are seeking to replace current Mayor Ed Murray, who ended his re-election bid in early May after four men claimed he sexually abused them when they were teenagers. Murray has vehemently denied the allegations. Voters began receiving their state primary ballots in the mail weeks ago, but Tuesday is the last day for voters to get their ballots in or postmarked for mail delivery. As of Monday morning, just 14 percent of voters have returned their ballots.

Families in Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting settle lawsuit for $18 million

SEATTLE (AP) — The families of five Washington state high school students fatally shot in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria in 2014 have settled a lawsuit against the schools district’s insurance company for $18 million. The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/Bm4J1c ) attorney Lincoln Beauregard, who represented the plaintiffs, said the settlement amount was determined by the cap of the Marysville School District’s insurance policy, which was $20 million. The settlement stems from a lawsuit alleging that a substitute teacher had been told of the possibility of a shooting but failed to alert school officials. Documents filed Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court say the plaintiffs elected not to pursue amounts that would erode the school district’s general budget designated for educating and protecting students. Four students were killed and a fifth critically injured when 15-year-old student Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on them before killing himself.

Judge snaps slump with 34th HR, Yankees top Tigers 7-3

Not long after landing a big addition for their pitching staff, Aaron Judge and the Yankees got back to bashing the ball around the yard. Judge broke out of a … Click to Continue »

Former Thai PM says she’s innocent, asks for ‘kindness’

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declared her innocence and asked for "kindness" from a court Tuesday during closing arguments in a criminal negligence trial that could land her in … Click to Continue »

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 6-12

Aug. 6: Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 79. Actress Catherine Hicks ("Seventh Heaven") is 66. Singer Pat MacDonald of Timbuk 3 is 65. Actress Faith Prince is 60. Singer Randy DeBarge … Click to Continue »

On the Air – Mon, 31 Jul 2017 PST

Tuesday’s TV, Radio Highlights for Aug. 1