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Suspected Seattle airplane thief was adventurer, bakery owner

SEATTLE: The airline worker who stole an empty airplane from a Seattle airport on a flight that ended in his death once ran a bakery with his wife and enjoyed the benefits that came with his job to travel the world, social media posts showed. Richard Russell, who liked to be called Beebo, was a 29-year-old man living in Sumner, Washington, who was born in Key West, Florida, and moved to Wasilla, Alaska, when he was 7 years old, according to a Web page he set up for a college communications class. He has not been…

Seattle says Facebook is violating city campaign finance law

SAN FRANCISCO: Seattle’s election authority said on Monday that Facebook is in violation of a city law that requires disclosure of who buys election ads, the first attempt of its kind to regulate US political ads on the internet. Facebook must disclose details about spending in last year’s Seattle city elections or face penalties, Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, said in a statement. The penalties could be up to $5,000 per advertising buy, Barnett said, adding that he…

Amazon opens plant-filled “The Spheres” buildings

SAN FRANCISCO: Internet giant Amazon on Monday opened its plant-packed "The Spheres" buildings in its home city of Seattle. The Spheres are the newest addition to Amazon's "urban campus" in Seattle, and are billed as a workplace "more like a tropical rainforest in the clouds than an office." The structures, which look like giant glass and steel balls, house more than 40,000 plants and include features such as treehouse meeting rooms, a river and waterfalls. "Our goal with The Spheres was to create a unique gathering…

WATCH: Terrifying moment of a plane crash caught on camera

SEATTLE: A small plane crash in Mukilteo, Seattle in the US, and the terrifying moment was captured on a camera, leaving everyone bewildered. Luckily, there were no calamities due to the accident after the single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from nearby Paine Field airport. Eastbound traffic blocked from Cyrus Way pic.twitter.com/2ZkVRN2h0l — Mukilteo Police Dept (@MukilteoPolice) May 2, 2017 The dramatic images of big explosion and fire from the plane crash over a Seattle speedway were caught on…

US appeals court rules against Trump on travel ban

WASHINGTON: A US court on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate Donald Trump's ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, dealing the new president and his controversial law-and-order agenda a major defeat. The San Francisco federal appeals court's ruling on Trump's executive order -- issued on January 27 with no prior warning and suspended by a lower court a week later -- capped a turbulent first three weeks of his presidency. A defiant Trump quickly pledged to battle on, tweeting within…

Seattle judge blocks Trump immigration order

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Seattle on Friday put a nationwide block on U.S. President Donald Trump's week-old executive order barring nationals from seven countries from entering the United States. The judge's temporary restraining order represents a major challenge to Trump's action, although his administration could still appeal the ruling and have the policy upheld. The Seattle judge, James Robart, made his ruling effective immediately on Friday, suggesting that travel restrictions could be lifted straight away.…