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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 »

Seattle Has a New Landmark

Jeff Bezos opens 'Spheres' conservatory for Amazon.com

(Newser) - Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos has inaugurated his striking rainforest conservatory built of glass and white steel in downtown Seattle. "The Spheres" domed structure that opened Monday is the newest headquarters building for the online retail behemoth, per the AP . Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, were on hand to... More »

Costco Sign for Gatorade Shows Wild Impact of Seattle's New Tax

Ouch

(Newser) - "That new soda tax in Seattle is working out about as well as Chicago's," proclaims a headline at Hot Air . It's not a compliment. The tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, slaps an additional 1.75 cents on each fluid ounce of sugar-sweetened drinks, a... More »

This Is the Best City in America for Staying Active

So eat all the deep-dish pizza you want, Chicagoans

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution involves getting active, your location could play a role in your success. WalletHub reviewed sports facilities, outdoor activities, fitness club fees, and other metrics in the 100 most populated US cities and found getting active is a piece of cake in some areas, much... More »

On First Run of New Amtrak Route, 3 Die in Wreck

Dozens of people are injured south of Seattle in Amtrak accident

(Newser) - An Amtrak train making its first run on a new route derailed near Tacoma Monday morning, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate. A spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff's office initially reported six fatalities, all of them train passengers, per the Seattle Times . Officials later put the number... More »

Family Shocked When 4-Foot Snake Appears in Toilet

It happened in Seattle

(Newser) - A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their north Seattle apartment on Friday—a snake was hiding in their toilet. The AP reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot snake inside the apartment in the Lake City neighborhood. Officers helped remove the snake,... More »

Company Will Front Your Down Payment. Here's the Catch

You have to rent out a room on Airbnb for up to 3 years

(Newser) - A new startup is willing to spot you up to $50,000 for a down payment on a house—provided you're cool with a string of strangers coming into your new home for the first few years. KING 5 reports Loftium launched Monday in Seattle. It was started by... More »

Man Wearing Swastika Gets Knocked Out in Seattle

Witnesses say he was harassing people downtown

(Newser) - A man wearing a swastika armband was knocked out cold on the streets of Seattle Sunday after reportedly instigating fights in the city's downtown area. Police say they were on the scene within minutes of the fights being reported, but arrived to find the man already unconscious on the... More »

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