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Local (New) Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia coast
The U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 6.7 quake has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island.
Sports Seahawks open season at home against Packers
The Seattle Seahawks will open the season at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4, the NFL announced as it unveiled its schedule for the 2014 season.
Local Group to file transit initiative in wake of likely Prop 1 defeat
A Seattle group says it will file a citywide initiative to raise money for bus service following Tuesdays' apparent defeat of a King County measure that would have prevented Metro Transit cuts in exchange for a sales tax hike and an increase to car-tab fees.

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Offbeat Ugliness is gorgeous at 'Beautiful Bulldog' event Ugliness is gorgeous at 'Beautiful Bulldog' event(Photo Gallery)
Lucey beat out 49 drooling competitors Monday to take this year's "Beautiful Bulldog" pageant, a tongue-in-cheek event designed to kick off the weeklong Drake Relays, an internationally renowned track and field meet in Des Moines.

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Local (New) Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes
An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity.
Local Police: Victims robbed by men they let crash their party
You're nice enough to let some strangers, who seem OK, hang out at your party, and what happens? They rob you with the help of some broken beer bottles. That's exactly what happened to a University District resident and his friends early last Sunday, according to the Seattle Police Department.

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National & World New Georgia law allows guns in bars, churches, schools New Georgia law allows guns in bars, churches, schools
Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.
National & World (New) Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as "vermin."

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Sports Seager's walk-off HR breaks M's 8 game losing streak
Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to snap an eight-game losing streak.

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Consumer Wow Cup: Does it work? Wow Cup: Does it work?(Video)
We all know children spill things. And they break things. So why would anyone spend $10 on a kid's drinking cup? Promoters of the "Wow Cup" claim their cup is spill-proof and unbreakable. The packaging says it's for ages 12 months and up- and the marketing makes a big deal about no leaks, no drips, no spills.
Consumer Ways to prevent Diverticulitis Ways to prevent Diverticulitis
It's not all that uncommon to develop small bulging pouches in your digestive system as you age. If these hernia-like pouches or diverticula become inflamed in the intestinal track, you have diverticulitis.

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Technology Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps(Photo Gallery)
Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month.

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Business Gay small business owners still face challenges
Despite increasing acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S., gay small business owners say they still encounter discrimination from possible customers and investors.
Business European recovery shows signs of strengthening
A closely watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.

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