Free Job Training: A new nonprofit opening in the Central District will teach job-training skills to high school drop outs.
Miners are Still Hiring: The Labor Department reports that 15.1 million people were out of work in November as the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 to 9.8 percent nationally, hitting most sectors of the workforce except the healthcare and mining industries.
KC Metro Raises Rates: Fares will raise 25 cents for adults beginning January 1 as King County Metro struggles to fill its $117 million revenue gap.
Just Taking His Guns for a Ride: A decorated 26-year-old war vet stands accused of carrying unregistered weapons in the van he allegedly used to stalk members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Two Koreas, Stroking Their Bombs: South Korea prepares for another attack from the North, promises to "thoroughly retaliate to ensure that the enemy cannot provoke again."
Holiday Tree Slaughter: Washington thieves kill acres of young evergreens on the Olympic Peninsula by stripping them of their boughs to sell for holiday wreaths.
Man Assumes New Identity to Hide Sex Crimes: Federal prosecutors charge that a Renton-area basketball coach convicted in 2005 of having sex with his teen players assumed a dead child's identity to avoid revealing to employers and neighbors that he is a sex offender. He'll be sentenced on id theft charges today.
Wikileaks Goes Nomad: After being dropped by Amazon earlier this week, Wikileak's new host killed the domain last night. Now Wikileaks is being hosted in Switzerland and France (while the French government explores a way to get the site banned from French servers).