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The Nose: If you don’t want the Tacoma tree or movie for Christmas, try the tattoo

Just in the Saint Nick of time, Snores Truly offers a few fresh finds you might consider as gifts for the Tacomaphile who has everything.

It’ll cost you just $64.99 for a Christmas tree named after Tacoma. But you’ll have to drive to Minnesota to buy it.

Unclaimed remains: Sometimes a name, sometime only a number

What’s known about the 23 people whose cremated remains were scattered Thursday on Puget Sound..

Car crashes into Puyallup AT&T store

An 82-year-old driver crashed into a Puyallup AT&T store Wednesday after confusing the gas and the brake in the vehicle, police said.

A car crashed into a Puyallup AT&T store Wednesday.

Inslee: SR 167 a top priority

It may be on the fast track, but a new leg of SR 167 in Pierce County might not open to drivers until 2027. Meanwhile, a proposal to add toll lanes on I-5 has been dropped.


Productivity decline cuts container numbers at ports

West Coast ports’ November cargo statistics reflect slowdown effects

Cargo containers stacked up in September near East Alexander Avenue at the Port of Tacoma. Container volumes declined in November, the first time in nine months.

Simpson selling sawmills to Canadian forest products company

Four Simpson Lumber Co. sawmills including mills in Tacoma and Longview are being sold to Vancouver, B.C.’s Interfor Corporation

Health exchange to flip to direct premium payment

The board that runs Washington's health exchange voted Thursday to change the way it handles premium payments and have customers pay their insurance companies directly.


John McGrath: My preview of the upcoming bowl season

The best and worst matchups of the college football bowl season, obscure records, bowls you’ve never heard of and some you wish you hadn’...

Shaq Thompson, right, probably wasn’t leaping this high when he learned of the start time of the Cactus Bowl between his Washington Huskies and Oklahoma State: 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 2.

K.J. Wright's $27M, 4-year deal latest Seahawks core re-up; Wilson, Wagner next priorities

“I had a number in my head,” Wright, Seattle’s versatile linebacker, said of the big, second contract to which all who enter the...

Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright (50) and safety Kam Chancellor (31) celebrate Wright's sack of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of the Seahawks' 17-7 victory at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Auburn Mountainview trio finds swag as Lions sink Sumner, 61-45

Victory Daggs scored 18 points, Ryan Lacey 14 and Tristan Miguel 11 as Auburn Mountainview kept its record unbeaten (5-0) with a win over Sumner.


To avenge children, Pakistan will start hanging terrorists within days

Pakistan’s government fast-tracks warrants of execution for convicted terrorists, moving swiftly on its promise to crack down on militants after...

A Kashmiri boy holds a placard before that start of a protest against the Taliban in Budgham, 16 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of Srinagar, India, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. A Taliban massacre killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures...

A movie theater worker sweeps rain water under a poster for the movie "The Interview" at the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

More reports of flu-like illnesses in Washington

The state Health Department says the number of flu-like illnesses in Washington is slightly higher than at this time last year.

Stephen Colbert retires his ‘Report’ and the host he played

Nine years of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as...

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York.  "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)

Officials: U.S. embassy in Havana soon

The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Cuba for more than 50 years, but establishing one may not take much time.

People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba.