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Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that explores and explains the region’s complex, troubling problem of homelessness. With strong watchdog reporting and vivid storytelling, Project Homeless seeks to spotlight what is working, and what is not working, in responding to homelessness. We will also feature solutions-oriented reporting from elsewhere in the country.

Health

Opioid crisis cost $504B in 2015, higher than once thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many American families and communities." It also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released Monday. The White House Council of Economic Advisers pegs the true cost of the crisis in 2015 at $504...

Crime

Suspect in fatal Oregon train stabbings denied bail

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has denied bail to a Portland man charged with fatally stabbing two men on a light-rail train last May and injuring a third. Multnomah County Judge Cheryl Albrecht ruled Monday after initially delaying her decision after a lengthy bail hearing last week. A homicide detective testified at that hearing...

Marijuana

Michigan vote on legalizing marijuana is likely in 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan submitted 365,000 signatures to the state Monday, which appears to be more than enough to qualify the initiative for a statewide vote in 2018. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said the prohibition against...

Science

New study: Streaks on Mars are a sign of flowing sand, not water

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new study suggests that dark streaks on Mars are signs of flowing sand — not water. Monday's news throws cold water on 2015 research that indicated these recurring slope lines were signs of water currently on Mars. Instead, Arizona scientists said these lines appear more like dry, steep flows...