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What if you poured your energy into becoming an opera singer, but then became famous for doing the voice of a computer in a blockbuster video game?
That’s the unexpected twist in Ellen McLain’s career. She’s performed countless roles in operas in Seattle and Tacoma and acted in many Seattle theaters.
The commercial area around Joint Base Lewis-McChord holds four times as many payday lending offices as most similar-size areas in Washington State -- even as the U.S. military advocates against service members' use of short-term borrowing because of high interest rate and potentially lengthy debt cycles.
Indeed, it was Department of Defense concerns that led Washington state to greatly restrict such loans in 2010. This has not dissuaded State Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) who wants to roll back such restrictions.
In New Orleans, that was the reality after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. That set off a chain reaction that transformed the city's schools forever, first by a state takeover and then by the most extensive charter school system in the country.
Now some of the sweeping education changes that landed in New Orleans a decade ago are spreading all over the country.
The charges stem from the months of protests between late 2012 and July 2013, when Morsi was kicked out of office.
Twelve other defendants were also found guilty and received the same sentence as Morsi; they include former Muslim Brotherhood legislator Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Aryan, the group's former spokesman.
The defendants' attorneys say they will appeal the verdic
This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.
On an overcast morning, barefoot men and women dance hula 9,200 feet above sea level, to a song honoring Mauna Kea, the mountain under their feet.
For many, electricity is a luxury; it can even be magical. Derrick Terry remembers the first winter when there were lights on at his grandmother's house.
"You see the Christmas lights in the distance, it's like seeing that unicorn," he says.
In just a couple of months, the Supreme Court will rule in a major case concerning those subsidies. The question to be decided is whether the law authorized that financial help nationwide, or just in the minority of states that set up their own insurance exchanges.
The Army spent billions of dollars getting the National Guard ready for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About 240 more homeless veterans in Washington state will soon have an option for permanent housing.
The federal government has teamed up with local officials across the country, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, to tackle veteran homelessness. Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spelled out their ambitious goal at a press conference in Seattle.
As NPR's Jackie Northam reports, the vessels are joining others in the region in an increasing show of force. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"The U.S. Navy says it's deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile cruiser Normandy to the Gulf of Aden to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the volatile region remain open and safe.
"The two U.S. warships had been stationed in the Persian Gulf.
You may never have heard of Moore's law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.
Most of us are used to the cycle of technology.
Pianist and composer Omar Sosa left his home in Cuba in 1993 but carried his Yoruban spiritual beliefs with him. These beliefs are the underpinning of his approach to jazz, as you’ll hear in this live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson.
Quarteto Afrocubano consists of Sosa, Ernesto Simpson (drums), Childo Tomas (electric bass) and Leandro Saint-Hill (sax and flute). Together they present music that is compelling, uplifting and somehow charmed…music that fills the soul while also always making room for the ‘spirits.’
If you remember, right before he was found dead in his home, Nisman was about to tell lawmakers that he wanted to charge Kirchner for allegedly thwarting an investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita took up Nisman's investigation but a judge in February threw out the allegations and now federal prosecutor Javier De Luca, a Kirchner loyalist who was assigned to the case
On the shore of Seaview Park in West Seattle, a group of young activists stand behind a row of bright yellow kayaks. Most of them are new to boating. An instructor from Alki Kayak Tours gives a safety briefing before they head out for a sunset paddle.
Ah, but here they come!
Cows, despite their tendency to lumber, become almost sprightly when treated to a change of scenery.
Internationally, there are concerns about increasing casualties and questions about the strategy in the Saudi operation, which is receiving help from U.S., among others.
But at home in the kingdom, the war has sparked a patriotic fervor that's noticeable just about everywhere you turn.
Saudi state television and radio are playing patriotic music and running TV s
All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state.
Industrial-scale geothermal power has been a dream clean energy source since the 1970s.