Southern resident orcas cruise near San Juan Island last July. Supreme predators in the Salish Sea for thousands of years, they are now threatened with extinction. (Ramon Dompor / The Seattle Times)
Southern resident orcas cruise near San Juan Island last July. Supreme predators in the Salish Sea for thousands of years, they are now threatened with extinction. (Ramon Dompor / The Seattle Times)

Orcas thrive in waters to the north. Why are Puget Sound’s dying?

Southern resident killer whales are facing extinction, while orcas in British Columbia and southeast Alaska are growing in numbers. These whales in a better habitat expose why Puget Sound's orcas are suffering.

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Crime

Divers find body of hiker at waterfall

STEVENS PASS — Authorities say divers found the body of a missing Chinese businessman who disappeared while hiking near a waterfall in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Abbot says investigators believe the 50-year-old man fell Tuesday while visiting the Deception Falls area. He said teams searched Tuesday, and on...

Science

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, it...  WATCH