October 1, 2012 Republicans retain hopes of retaking control of the Senate. They lost the majority in 2006, in part because of the razor-close victory of Democratic challenger Jon Tester in Montana. Now, Tester is the incumbent facing a tough challenge of his own against the state's sole member of the House.
September 20, 2012 Software mogul Larry Ellison, who recently purchased the Hawaiian island of Lanai, is finding out that owning an island is not all Mai Tais and hammocks. Along with the island, Ellison bought a relationship with the 3,000 people who live there.
September 13, 2012 Surprisingly, some analysts are putting Hawaii's Senate race in the tossup column this year. Hawaii hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1970. But with former Gov. Linda Lingle running, Republicans believe they have a chance. And whoever wins, the state will have its first female senator.
July 31, 2012 The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., found itself in court when it tried to protect the anonymity of a reader who posted a snarky, and possibly defamatory, comment. The paper says it had an obligation to protect her identity, but there's growing pressure on news sites to reconsider the practice of allowing anonymous comments.
July 11, 2012 A public school in Los Angeles has become a magnet for Korean families who want their kids to learn English while escaping the intense rigor of the Korean school system. In the U.S., they move from school district to school district, cherry-picking the best schools as their kids rise through the grades.
June 19, 2012 Western U.S. beaches are getting a regular dose of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The first few items were curiosities — a boat here, a soccer ball there. But as the litter accumulates, so does the potential threat of biological invasion.
June 4, 2012 Every Sunday at Seattle's Cafe Racer, musicians gather for a session of experimental music. But after four people were killed last Wednesday at the coffeehouse and bar, this week's jam session took place in a different venue — the alley out back — with a very different tone.