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Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10 (New) Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
News Forecasters more confident in a milder winter around here Forecasters more confident in a milder winter around here
The new monthly forecasts updated last week not only keep the message of an impending mild winter, but now the confidence in the forecast has grown.

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Technology (New) Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
News Forecasters more confident in a milder winter around here
The new monthly forecasts updated last week not only keep the message of an impending mild winter, but now the confidence in the forecast has grown.

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Sports Mariners season a success after reaching 87 wins
Lloyd McClendon's words after wrapping up his first season as manager in Seattle laid the foundation that just being in postseason contention until the final day won't be acceptable for the Mariners going forward.
Sports Petersen takes blame for Huskies' offensive woes
Washington coach Chris Petersen came to the defense of his starting quarterback Monday, while simultaneously shouldering the blame for poor coaching decisions.

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Home Ellis Island to open hospital for tours Ellis Island to open hospital for tours (Video)
The historic Ellis Island hospital complex, where 1.2 million immigrants received medical care between 1901 and 1954, is opening to the public next Wednesday for the first time in 60 years. (Sept.

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Healthworks Viagra ads target women for 1st time (New) Viagra ads target women for 1st time
The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.
Technology Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.

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Weather Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest
If you've been following my blog here over the past few months, you've seen the forecasts that show a greater than average odds of a warmer-than-normal winter.

The forecasts were based on an expected El Nino event to develop this winter, along with warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.
Weather Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon
This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.

Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.

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Technology Airlines look for an edge in weather-radar systems
As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.
Technology A Closer Look: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag
As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory.
Technology Government takes on the Internet
Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?
Technology Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules
A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries.
Technology Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches
Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending.

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Business Contracts to buy US homes slide in August
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.
Business US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August
Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

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Offbeat Harpist's mellow tones soothe gorillas at Minn. zoo
Now Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative audience that ambles down to the barrier as soon as Tacheny begins setting up her beautifully carved wooden harp. She's been doing it for nearly a decade.