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

Property owners funding Lake Union clean-up project »Play Video

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