Thousands of people braved the below-freezing temperatures to celebrate the new year at Seattle Center, where, as they have been for decades, fireworks were set off from the Space Needle. An estimated 400,000 people watched the fireworks from surrounding neighborhoods and a half-million tuned in to the fireworks broadcast on KING 5.
Opponents of a new expanded gun background-check measure in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, asking a federal judge to block parts of the law that involve transfers of firearms. The goal of the lawsuit is not to stop background checks, but to change the language surrounding the transfers.
Coal continued to be the fastest growing energy source in the world. China has passed the U.S. in electricity generation. China built almost 600 coal-fired power plants in only 18 years beginning in 1992. China is steadily firing up new nuclear reactors and will begin construction of a new nuclear reactor every three weeks on average for the next few decades.
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington state Supreme Court won’t be giving her State of the Judiciary speech next month to the Legislature. Lawmakers have decided to not set aside time for the address, a move that could easily be seen as a slap at the court for its finding the Legislature in contempt this year in a landmark school funding case.