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SEATTLE | Emergency call: ‘I got attacked by a mountain lion’

SEATTLE (AP) — Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was — and how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle, was mountain biking with friend S.J. Brooks, 32, of Seattle, … Continue reading SEATTLE | Emergency call: ‘I got attacked by a mountain lion’

SEATTLE | Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

SEATTLE — Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re involved in crimes or not. It’s not clear how many law enforcement … Continue reading SEATTLE | Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

SEATTLE | Facelift of Seattle’s Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) — Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle. The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure’s top viewing level with floor-to-ceiling glass. Seattle and King … Continue reading SEATTLE | Facelift of Seattle’s Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE | ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police

SEATTLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.” The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by … Continue reading SEATTLE | ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police

SEATTLE | Olympian sues USA Swimming to allege sexual abuse cover-up

SEATTLE (AP) — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport’s national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. Kukors Smith alleges Sean Hutchison, who began coaching her at a swim club near Seattle, groomed her for sexual abuse when she … Continue reading SEATTLE | Olympian sues USA Swimming to allege sexual abuse cover-up

SEATTLE | Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle. They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and … Continue reading SEATTLE | Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1