KOMO News

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

News

Local Wash. state joins Colorado in fighting anti-pot lawsuit
The state's top legal official is formally urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s marijuana laws, saying it could threaten Washington state's fledgling system for regulating pot.

Entertainment

Entertainment End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum (New) End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum (Photo Gallery)
Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the AMC drama about a New York ad agency, joined cast members and show creator Matthew Weiner at the National Museum of American History on Friday to donate costumes, props, sketches and a script from the show. The collection includes Draper's trademark gray suit and fedora.

Offbeat

Your Photos

Local & Regional

Around the World

National & World (New) Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

Sports

Sports Mariners in rare position as favorites in AL West
Robinson Cano is one of the few on the Seattle Mariners roster who can speak with certainty about the playoffs. In his previous stop, Cano played in the postseason seven times and hoisted one World Series trophy.

Seattle Refined

Top Video

Home Home videos surface of 1955 Seattle Home videos surface of 1955 Seattle (Video)
From Jeff Altman's YouTube Page:

"In 1955 my grandfather made a trip to Seattle, WA during his time with the Naval Air Reserve. He brought his 16mm camera along and captured these great images.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer How to disable TV 'spy' technology (New) How to disable TV 'spy' technology
It's likely you don't think you've invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that's viewed, whether it's a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you're watching.
Technology Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure
Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government and the states, decisions about network reliability are left to the service providers. Industry analysts say these companies generally do not build alternative routes, or redundancies.

Extras

Weather Time lapse video shows how those spooky 'hat' clouds form on Mt. Rainier Time lapse video shows how those spooky 'hat' clouds form on Mt. Rainier (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The sometimes-eerie-looking "Hat" clouds -- officially known as lenticular clouds -- are no stranger to Mt. Rainier. But while to many it might just look like a cloud frozen in time, there is actually quite a bit of air movement involved in making the clouds.

KOMO News photographer Mitch Pittman was up hiking in the Cascades recently and managed to get this amazing time lapse video (above) of a lenticular cloud sitting atop Mt. Rainier. The video is a great illustration of the flow that goes into making the cloud's lens-type feature.
Weather Strange but true: Washington has more tornadoes this year than Midwest states Strange but true: Washington has more tornadoes this year than Midwest states
Scott's Note: The story was true when published on March 23, 2015. There have since been tornadoes in the Midwest as of March 25.

In proof that you can spin statistics in numerous ways, you could truthfully declare that Washington has been one of the most tornado-prone states in the nation this year.

That includes typical tornado alley stalwarts Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. At least as of March 23, they haven't had any tornadoes reported! They join 43 other states with that distinction.

Entertainment

Technology

Technology Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?
Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.

Business

Business Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now
The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday.
Business Mulally earned $22 million in final year as Ford CEO
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation fell 5 percent to $22 million in his final year at the company, reflecting lower profits as the company invested heavily in new vehicles and plants.

Offbeat