February 9, 2012 Washington may soon become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. But first, it's likely to face a referendum challenge in November. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in a handful of states this year, and supporters have yet to win a statewide vote.
February 1, 2012 Weather and tree branches cause 40 percent of U.S. power outages, which get people talking about installing underground lines — but they balk at the price. But analysts say no one's paying attention to how much it really costs to keep repairing aboveground lines, and that should matter.
January 18, 2012 Oil from the Canadian north is already making its way into the U.S. market through existing pipelines and tanker shipments. Energy experts say even if President Obama blocks the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it may already be too late to stop Americans from relying on this dirty source of fuel.
January 12, 2012 Canada's environmental organizations are working hard to block a proposed oil pipeline to its west coast. But the country's conservative-led government is pointing to American support and accusing those groups of being lackeys of nefarious foreign interests.
January 3, 2012 The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.
December 13, 2011 Hundreds of Occupy protesters marched to Seattle's Harbor Island on Monday and briefly blocked traffic coming into the city's busy port. The Seattle event was the culmination of a day of coordinated protests at ports up and down the West Coast.
November 24, 2011 The law that governs the privacy of cloud computing was written 25 years ago, when the concept of storing emails and other data away from the personal computer wasn't the norm. Some big-name tech companies are asking Congress to step in and clarify Americans' online privacy rights.
November 11, 2011 After a man was shot and killed near the Occupy Oakland encampment, police and local officials are asking protesters to disband.