The Lord is come! Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to clear his jails of political prisoners in advance of the Sochi Olympics, this time dropping criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who had faced long sentences for "piracy" and "hooliganism" as punishment for peacefully protesting an oil rig.
And a healthy new year: Obamacare enrollments surged in recent weeks, with 750,000 Americans signing up for coverage via the federal exchange in December alone. Meanwhile, here in Washington State, 213,759 have signed up for coverage via our state exchange, about 150,000 of whom were not previously covered.
Worse Santa. Tens of thousands of Americans were left with nothing under their tree this morning after a surge in last minute online shopping overwhelmed the United Parcel Service and other shippers.
Five-dollar footlong? A Seattle man has been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly dropping his pants and humping the window of a West Seattle sub shop.
Merry Christmas, Jon Kitna! With a herniated disk likely to keep franchise quarterback Tony Romo out of their win-or-go-home regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys have signed Lincoln High School (Tacoma) math teacher Jon Kitna to back up Cowboy's backup quarterback Kyle Orton. The 41-year-old Kitna, who retired from the NFL in 2011, will reportedly earn $55,294 to stand on the sidelines for one game and hope to God nothing happens to Orton. A very merry Kitna Christmas, indeed.
Built on an ancient Indian burial ground?A Christmas Eve fire gutted a building at 665 South King Street in the International District that had been the site of 1983's infamous Wah Mee Massacre. Slog tipper Carla Segurola has posted the eyewitness video below: