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Offbeat Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town
Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.
Offbeat Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart (Photo Gallery)
Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... except when it rains.
Offbeat Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota (Photo Gallery)
The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness of all humanity might want to help themselves to a decaf K-Cup.

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YouNews "The Sands of Time..." (New) "The Sands of Time..."
While on vacation to the Washington coast, I came across hundreds of these natural sand sculptures on the beach. They were being made as I was there by strong winds blowing across the sand and carving out these sand forms. This picture serves to remind me just how fragile our lives are.

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Local Extent of 'psychiatric boarding' problem unknown
Washington hospitals support a Supreme Court decision to consider a 120-day delay of a ban on sending psychiatric patients to emergency rooms, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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National & World Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'
Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

Sports

Sports Cano homers, Mariners beat Rangers 5-0 Cano homers, Mariners beat Rangers 5-0
James Paxton pitched into the seventh in a bounce-back start, Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run of the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Tuesday night.
Sports NFL takes away 2 minicamp practices from Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks will forfeit two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 minicamp.
Sports After trio of near misses, 49ers chase Super Bowl
Three straight seasons of being so close have the 49ers yearning for a Super Bowl championship they believe is right within reach. So now, no more near misses.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here A world of yogurt, all made in Seattle (New) A world of yogurt, all made in Seattle
Yogurt meant just one thing when I was young: the slimy white stuff that stood between my mouth and the sugary “fruit on bottom,” described on the side of the container. Now, Seattle's experiencing something of an international yogurt revolution. French, Ethiopian, or Vietnamese, it's time to find your yogurt flavor.
Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here 93-inch plush bears are coming to a Costco near you (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Finally! We've been so disappointed in the lack of large plush bears around town, especially ones that are only 92 inches. Thankfully Costco has answered our prayers and will be offering this 93-inch gigantic bear in stores starting this November (and released an adorable video in the meantime with a special appearance by Russell Wilson).

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Technology Study: Social media users shy away from opinions Study: Social media users shy away from opinions
People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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Weather Updated forecasts still say mild, dry winter on tap for Seattle Updated forecasts still say mild, dry winter on tap for Seattle (Photo Gallery)
First off, let me start this blog by saying if you're a skier, snowboarder, or big winter fan, you might want to skip over to the sports section. Happier news in Seattle there these days.

For those who have the stomach to continue, the new August version of the long-range 90-day forecasts issued each month by NOAA are in and while the forecasts themselves for this fall and winter haven't changed much in what they've been saying, the tone of the message is a little stronger for some months.
Weather 2014 going to end up as much hotter summer in Seattle than 2009 2014 going to end up as much hotter summer in Seattle than 2009
At least as far as recent memory goes, 2009 set quite the standard for a hot summer in Seattle. That year was home to a brutal two-week stretch of heat that peaked at 103 degrees in Seattle on July 29 and had several days over 90.

This summer hasn't been anywhere near as hot, at least as far as peak heating goes. We have four total days at 90 or warmer and a 96 degree reading earlier this month, but no real "trophy heat waves", as I call them. As in: No long stretches over 90. In fact, all our 90 degree days this year have been orphans -- just one in a row.

Entertainment

Entertainment 'Breaking Bad' and Bryan Cranston win Emmy Awards (Photo Gallery)
"Modern Family" won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday's ceremony, which took a somber turn as Robin Williams was remembered with restraint and grace by his longtime friend, Billy Crystal.
Entertainment Miley Cyrus: 'I'm in constant gratitude of life'
Miley Cyrus said when she stole the night at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, she didn't realize her impact and influence. Now, the singer says she wants to use her powers for good.

Technology

Technology LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs
LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.
Technology Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits
European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.
Technology Gadget Watch: Get ready for the thermal selfie
Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.

Business

Business U.S. durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percent
Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft, which tends to fluctuate sharply from month to month. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.
Business Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 billion
Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that creates the world's third-largest fast-food company and could accelerate the international expansion of the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

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