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  1. Rotten Tomatoes adds 200 critics, broadens criteria as it tries to be more inclusiveRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 30 | Seattle Times

    Rotten Tomatoes, the powerful review-aggregation service, substantially revised its criteria for critics Tuesday in an effort to include more female and minority voices and better reflect podcast and YouTube reviewing. Who qualifies as a critic has long been a touchy subject for the site, which boils down hundreds of reviews to give films and television shows "fresh" or "rotten" scores on its Tomatometer.


  2. Study: Climate change possible cause of bird species declineRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.


  3. US students turn grief into tech startup after France attackRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 11, 2018 | Seattle Times

    California college student Anjali Banerjee was watching fireworks during a 2016 celebration on a seafront promenade in the French city of Nice when a man plowed a huge truck through the crowd, killing 86 people and wounding 200. The University of California, Berkeley incoming senior ran through mobs of people to escape the chaos and later joined classmates to search hospitals and plaster the city with flyers of fellow students reported missing in the July 2016 terrorist attack.


  4. Portland chief orders review of police force used at protestRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 5, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counterprotesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of officers' use of force. Police in riot gear tried to keep the two groups apart, many of whom had come on Saturday dressed for battle in helmets and protective clothing.


  5. Police move to clear rowdy protests involving hundreds in PortlandRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 4, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police deployed "flash bang" devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. Just before 2 p.m., police in riot gear ordered people to leave an area of downtown, saying demonstrators had thrown rocks and bottles at officers.


  6. A robotic hand can juggle a cube _ with lots of trainingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2018 | Seattle Times

    That's how much virtual computing time it took researchers at OpenAI, the non-profit artificial intelligence lab funded by Elon Musk and others, to train its disembodied hand. The team paid Google $3,500 to run its software on thousands of computers simultaneously, crunching the actual time to 48 hours.


  7. Whatwasithinking wins by a nose at Emerald DownsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 27, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Betting favorite Whatwasithinking passed seven horses in the final quarter-mile to win the $50,000 Auburn Stakes by a nose over 28-1 shot Vicente's Shadow on Sunday at Emerald Downs. The Kentucky-bred gelding - owned by Chris Randall of Bellevue, Nick Rossi of Las Vegas and Lucarelli of Enumclaw - returned $6.40 on a $2 win wager in the race for 3-year-old males that attracted a field of 11. Vicente's Shadow finished a neck ahead of third-place Boundary Bay, a shipper from Hastings in Vancouver, B.C., who led by a half-length with one furlong to go.


  8. By trying to keep cool, we may make the world warmerRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2018 | Seattle Times

    More than mosquitoes, more than baseball and cookouts, perhaps nothing signals the arrival of summer in the United States like the soft familiar whir of air conditioning. But there is growing concern that as other countries adopt America's love of air conditioners, the electricity used to power them will overburden electrical grids and increase planet-warming emissions.


  9. AI researchers are making more than $1 million, even at a nonprofitRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2018 | Seattle Times

    One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command. Now, a little-noticed tax filing by a research lab called Open AI has made some of those eye-popping figures public.


  10. Alaska, other states weigh 'sanctuary' status for marijuana businessesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal-enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben Bartlett to his office with a novel idea.


  11. UC Berkeley spent $4 million for free speech event securityRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2018 | Seattle Times

    The University of California, Berkeley spent almost $4 million on security for a month of free speech events last year when the famously liberal campus became a flashpoint for the country's political divisions. The university revealed in documents that it spent $3.9 million to bring in outside police forces, pay their room, board and overtime, have ambulances on standby, rent barricades and pay other security costs for three events scheduled from Aug. 27 to Sept.


  12. Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed for her fantasy fiction, is dead at 88Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Ursula Le Guin speaks at the University of Oregon in 2014. The famed writer died at home in Portland, Ore., on Monday, her family announced.


  13. 100 million dead trees prompt fears of giant wildfires in CaliforniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2018 | Seattle Times

    The more than 100 million trees that died in California after being weakened by drought and insect infestations have transformed large swaths of the Sierra Nevada into browned-out tree cemeteries. In some areas more than 90 percent of trees are dead.


  14. Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debateRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2018 | Seattle Times

    What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman's vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari's sexual advances while the two were on a date. The story on threw a wrench into the #MeToo movement, with some feminist writers dismissing the incident as a bad date that should have remained private.


  15. African elephant, hippo, rhino populations shrink in wartimeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 10, 2018 | Seattle Times

    War is hell for wildlife, too. A new study finds that wartime is the biggest threat to Africa's elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals.


  16. New study looks at California prison guards' suicide rateRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2018 | Seattle Times

    Now, a first-in-the-nation study coordinated among the union, corrections officials and University of California, Berkeley researchers is trying to figure out why and what to do about it. About 10 percent of prison guards say they have considered or attempted suicide, a rate nearly three times that of the general U.S. population.


  17. Change in offshore tax provision typifies corporate-friendly breaks in overhaulRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2017 | Seattle Times

    Over the past few decades, some of the largest companies in the United States made a big bet: By stashing hundreds of billions of dollars of profits offshore, they could slash their taxes and bolster their profits. It would take a generation to see if the strategy would fully pay off, because the law allowed companies only to defer the taxes on overseas earnings, not to permanently avoid them.


  18. AI startup developing algorithms that let robots learn tasks on their ownRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2017 | Seattle Times

    During a recent speech at the University of California, Berkeley, Pieter Abbeel played a video clip of a robot doing housework. In the clip recorded in 2008, the robot swept the floor, dusted the cabinets, and unloaded the dishwasher.


  19. Wsu WR Tavares Martin Jr's suspension the result of...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 18, 2017 | Seattle Times

    Washington State's Tavares Martin Jr. catches a pass over California's Elijah Hicks in the end zone during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The play was called back for offensive pass interference.


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