Council member: Seattle Fire chief nominee shows Russell Wilson-style leadership

The city’s search committee wanted someone who would “bring out the best in others,” according to Councilmember Bruce Harrell, and Harold Scoggins, Mayor Ed Murray’s nominee to lead the Seattle Fire Department, fit that bill.

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GOP’s Jeb Bush working to reassert conservative credentials

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — As Florida's governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation's most conservative state chief executives. He's quietly embarking on work to convince the right flank of the Republican Party that he would be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by...

DC mayor: City to legalize pot despite threat from Congress

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Clark County Council putting ‘In God We Trust’ on wall

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Japan panel discusses PM speech for anniversary of WWII end

TOKYO (AP) — A panel of experts appointed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for the first time Wednesday to discuss what he should say in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, fueling speculation that he may water down previous government apologies for the country's wartime past....