KOMO News

The latest breaking news, traffic, and weather from Seattle and Western Washington

News

Local (New) House passes judicial review of mental health decisions
The Washington state House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.

Entertainment

Offbeat

Your Photos

YouNews Hawkcited! Hawkcited!
Ten days ago, Douglas Walthers and Sheila Shannon put their creative heads together and wrote a bouncy new song for Seahawks fan "Hawkcited" - which was based on Doug asking Sheila about the Superbowl and saying "So, are you 'Hawk-cited?" Within ten days, not only was a song written and produced with the help of world class Bear Creek Recording Studio, but then Jerry Streeter at Blue Stellar Productions jumped in - and a music video was created! The story of how this video came to be is just another story of how devoted Seattle Seahawk Fans are to their team!

KOMO 4 TV

Local & Regional

Local Supplemental budget passes Washington House
The Washington state House on Thursday agreed to spend nearly $300 million on a supplemental budget for expenses from last year's wildfires and the deadly Oso landslide to social-services spending on child abuse and mental-health cases.
Local (New) Nail salon nightmares reported in Washington (Video)
Earlier this week, we told you about changes in nail salon rules in Oregon as a result of a Problem Solver investigation that revealed weaknesses in the inspection system. Now Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah turns her attention to nail salon nightmares in Washington.

Around the World

National & World AP: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide
Dan Lafferty sees himself as a prophet who will prepare the world for the second coming and has little following, but 10 years ago he started a relationship with a young woman who was drawn to him after reading a book chronicling the slayings that put him in prison.
National & World LAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leader
An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by police to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office and a call for a probe from the head of the civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles Police Department, which organized the event.

Sports

Sports Tim Lewis: My journey to Super Bowl XLIX Tim Lewis: My journey to Super Bowl XLIX
KOMO 4's Tim Lewis didn't hitch a ride to Phoenix on the #KOMO4HawkFlock, but he just caught a flight to the Super Bowl city. No surprise, he was surrounded by Seahawks pride the entire time.
Sports Carroll: Refs to use hand signal for ineligible receiver
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason.

Seattle Refined

Top Video

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer Use caution when sharing passwords for media streaming Use caution when sharing passwords for media streaming (Video)
www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htmIt seems so easy! Type in your password and have access to countless video streams on a service you pay for-such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, or WatchESPN. And it seems just as easy to give your log-in to someone else.

Extras

Viewfinder Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide (Video)
PHOENIX, AZ -- For a news photographer, navigating the madness of Super Bowl Media Day can be overwhelming. Over 4,000 credentialed media are stuffed into a basketball court, and given one hour with each team to get all their shots and quotes.

Entertainment

Technology

Technology IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming
IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.
Technology Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV
Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.

Business

Business For traders, oil's plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts
The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse. But to Justin Thomas, the real drama in oil unfolds on a smaller scale.

Offbeat

Offbeat Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes
Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.