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National & World Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Local Daughter seeks no parole for father's killer(New) Daughter seeks no parole for father's killer
Every day before she climbs the stairs at the Kitsap County Courthouse to her job in the Superior Court clerk's office, Gina Vinecourt walks by a memorial to her father, Deputy Dennis R. Allred.

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National & World Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Local (New) Daughter seeks no parole for father's killer
Every day before she climbs the stairs at the Kitsap County Courthouse to her job in the Superior Court clerk's office, Gina Vinecourt walks by a memorial to her father, Deputy Dennis R. Allred.
Local (New) Kelso woman jailed for dangerous dogs
A Kelso woman accused of hiding dangerous dogs from officials has been sentenced to four days in jail for failing to register her dogs and other violations.
Local (New) Oregon promotes prison visits to combat recidivism
When they read a study that suggested inmates who were visited by their families while in prison were significantly less likely to return to prison, officials in the Oregon Department of Corrections crunched their numbers and found about 60 percent of the state's inmates never received a visitor.

Entertainment

Entertainment Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise
When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.

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Local Rules leave pot test labs with little oversight in Oregon
The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise - marijuana testing - but leaves it virtually unregulated.
Local Last flyable B-29 'superfort' to visit Seattle
In June, the only B-29 in existence that still flies, will be visiting Seattle and other cities in the state, offering people a close up look at the Boeing built plane that helped end World War II.

One of 1,100 produced at the Renton plant, Fifi is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), and makes a stop in June at the Museum of Flight.

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National & World Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats
As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
National & World (New) Documents detail another delayed GM recall
General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

Sports

Sports Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba
The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Roundup: Easter specials
Not interested in hosting a huge family event at your house this Easter? We get it. Cooking, cleaning, hosting - no thanks. Luckily there are tons of restauarnts and bars out there who will not only be open on Easter Sunday, but are cooking up special menus just for you and your loved ones.

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Healthworks DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Consumer Cheap phone service Cheap phone service(Video)
The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than $150 a month, according to market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports recommends a phone service called Ooma.

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Weather Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle(Photo Gallery)
The monthly updates to the long-range seasonal forecasts came out this week and I'm not sure who is cheering louder: those who like hot summers in the West or those in New England and the Midwest who are now being given above-average odds for a warm winter this year after a current "winter" that is still bringing several inches of snow in mid-April.

(In fact, Marquette, Mich. reported low temperatures below zero on Wednesday morning. Yes, April 16th!!!)

For just the 30 day May forecast, forecasts paint a moderately strong signal that the month will be warmer than average, and a fairly decent signal that it will also be drier than average.

(Key: Brown is warmer than average, blue is cooler than average on the temperature map. For rainfall, brown means drier than normal while green means higher odds of wetter than normal conditions.)

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Technology

Technology 5 features an Amazon phone might offer
Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year.
Technology Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

Business

Business Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.
Business Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.
Business Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much trouble people are in."

Offbeat

Offbeat Homesick for prison, man robs bank and waits for cops
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason: He was homesick for prison.
Offbeat More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets(Photo Gallery)
A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.
Offbeat Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher
A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.