China bans West Coast shellfish after clams found tainted

China bans West Coast shellfish after clams found tainted
Fresh geoduck sits in a container at Taylor shellfish Farms, Dec. 14, 2013.
China has banned shellfish imports from the West Coast after recent shipments of geoduck clams were found tainted.

$15 SeaTac minimum wage challenged in court

$15 SeaTac minimum wage challenged in court
Marchers work their way down International Boulevard in SeaTac on Dec. 5 in support of a $15 minimum wage.
A hearing is scheduled Friday in King County Superior Court on a challenge to the new $15 an hour minimum wage in the city of SeaTac that was upheld in a vote recount.

More than 2 million Xbox One units sold in first 18 days

More than 2 million Xbox One units sold in first 18 days
Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One after he purchased it at a Best Buy on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Microsoft says more than 2 million of its Xbox One consoles have been sold since the system's launch 18 days ago.

Happy polar bears, secret heat lamps: A chilly scene at local zoos

Happy polar bears, secret heat lamps: A chilly scene at local zoos
(Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium).

Frigid temperatures and the threat of snow have kept people in Western Washington pretty busy lately, including the staff at several local zoos - whose job it is to make sure dozens of animals and their exhibits remain comfortable and safe during inclement weather.

Recount Monday on SeaTac $15 minimum wage proposition

Recount Monday on SeaTac $15 minimum wage proposition
Marchers work their way down International Boulevard in SeaTac on Dec. 5 in support of a $15 minimum wage.
The King County elections office is conducting a recount Monday on the proposition in the city of SeaTac to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

U.S. unemployment falls to lowest rate in 5 years

U.S. unemployment falls to lowest rate in 5 years
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate.

Property owners funding Lake Union clean-up project

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Workers began removing 12,000 cubic yards of arsenic-contaminated sediment in Lake Union on Thursday.

New effort forms over Olympic National Forest

New effort forms over Olympic National Forest
In this July 2008 photo, one of some 300 mountain goats in Olympic National Park faces a photographer on the Switchback Trail in the Klahhane-Hurricane Ridge-Switchback Trail area near Port Angeles, Wash. (AP Photo/Peninsula Daily News, Diane Urbani de la Paz, File)
Several environmental and timber groups are forming a partnership to find ways to boost timber harvests in Olympic National Forest while also improving forest health.