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How they voted in D.C. 7/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some higher income families would be eligible to receive a child tax credit on their federal returns under a bill approved in the House last week.

No spill after Seattle oil train derailment

A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle early Thursday. Nobody was hurt, no oil leaked and there was no threat to the public when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about 2 a.m., said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas.

In Pateros: ‘We lost everything’

PATEROS — Residents returning here Friday picked through the ash and rubble of homes incinerated the night before by raging wildfire. Baby pictures, gone. Family antiques, gone. Grandma’s recipes, gone.

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Push made to make “Dragon” sequel, bigger, better

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a lot of good and bad to making a follow-up to a highly successful feature film. The people behind “How to Train Your Dragon 2” ran into both as they were putting together the sequel that follows one of the best reviewed films of 2010.

Fight could be looming over secrecy of oil shipments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A requirement from the U.S. Department of Transportation last month to limit the release of information about Bakken crude oil shipments by rail has set up a conflict between railroads, states and the federal government that could wind up in court.

Prosecutor: Gunman ‘wanted to feel the hate,’ scouted SPU

Sometime before Aaron Rey Ybarra unleashed a barrage of gunfire last week that left one student dead and two wounded at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), he stopped taking his mental-health medications to sharpen his rage, according to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

With new musical, Sting’s “Ship” comes in

NEW YORK — Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer’s block. It wasn’t that he stopped touring (he didn’t), making money (he still made plenty) or even recording (there were albums of other people’s songs and a new symphonic treatment of his past material), but he found, to his chagrin, he could not write any new songs.

“Stars” author: Blessings and sorrow

Back in 2012, John Green didn’t know that his young-adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” — the achingly sad love story of two teenagers with terminal cancer — would become an international bestseller and later, a major motion picture. He also didn’t know that he would have to spend the next 2 1/2 years talking at length about some of the most grim subjects imaginable: Teenagers who have cancer. Kids who are dying. What it might be like to die. How people think about death.