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Sports Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL
A win Sunday will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle's makeup and philosophy, the future for the franchise might be brighter than for any other club.
Local State may bring back the cigar bar, smoking rooms
In the years since Washington voters approved a statewide smoking ban nearly a decade ago, Daniel Shaw and his cigars have wandered a state thin on options for places to light up and smoke.
Local Conditional release for co-founder of Dave's Killer Bread
A judge ruled late Friday that the co-founder of Dave's Killer Bread can be treated for bipolar disorder in the community, and need not be committed to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.



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Local Finished: Pit to access broken Seattle tunneling machine
The Washington state Transportation Department says the contractor building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has finished digging a 120-foot-deep pit that can be used to access and repair the broken tunneling machine.
Local Bucking tradition, Boston mayor refuses Super Bowl bet
The mayors representing opposing Super Bowl teams traditionally agree to a friendly wager on the big game, but that won't be the case this year after the mayor of Boston decided he didn't want to bet.

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National & World Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress (New) Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress
After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.


Sports Seahawks' D could earn spot in NFL lore with Super Bowl win
As it is, a pretty persuasive case could be made that Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks defense is among the very best groups on that side of the ball in NFL history.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Super Bowl snack recipes from El Gaucho Chef Matt Brandsey (Photo Gallery)
If you’re looking to take your Super Bowl snacks to the next level this year, we’ve got some great recipes for you! Chef Matt Brandsey of El Gaucho shares his recipes for Crab Rockefeller Dip, Pulled Pork Sliders with Truffle Slaw and Fried Cheese Curds with Sriracha Lime Mayo.

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Weather Photos: Blanket of fog makes for dramatic beauty around Seattle Photos: Blanket of fog makes for dramatic beauty around Seattle (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Seattle has been showing off with its best Blue Friday performance of the season.

Looks like Mother Nature wanted to show off a bit as well.

A thin fog -- only a few hundred feet high, if that, settled in over Downtown Seattle Friday evening, making for some dramatic scenes around the Emerald City.
Viewfinder Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide (Video)
PHOENIX, AZ -- For a news photographer, navigating the madness of Super Bowl Media Day can be overwhelming. Over 4,000 credentialed media are stuffed into a basketball court, and given one hour with each team to get all their shots and quotes.


Entertainment Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law.


Technology IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming
IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.
Technology Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV
Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.


Business U.S. economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up
The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.
Business Stock markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
Stocks in energy companies have fallen nearly 12 percent in three months, nearly cancelling out moves up for most other industries. The S&P 500 is up less than 1 percent in that time.


Offbeat Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes
Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.