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Entertainment Say it isn't so! Kermit and Miss Piggy split Say it isn't so! Kermit and Miss Piggy split
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who have been on-again, off-again over the years, have now called it quits. But they're vowing to remain professional on their new prime-time comedy, "The Muppets," premiering Sept. 22 on ABC.

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YouNews Up! Up! And away! Up! Up! And away!
When I saw this dramatic cloud to the north, it reminded me of smoke, rising in billows until it hits the jet stream, then it's pulled hundreds of miles east. I had to capture it quickly. Within minutes the effect had faded.

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Local Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska
A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

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Sports Dombrowski out as Tigers' president, GM; Al Avila takes over
Dave Dombrowski is out as president and general manager of the Detroit Tigers, ending a run of nearly 14 seasons in which he helped turn the franchise from an afterthought into one of the American League's powerhouses.
Sports Cruz hits 30th homer, Mariners beat Rockies 8-7
Felix Hernandez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nelson Cruz homered in a fourth consecutive game to reach 30 for the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Monday night.

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Home Orcas pop out of water close to coast Orcas pop out of water close to coast
Whale watchers on an island in southern British Columbia got quite a treat. A pod of orcas popped out of the water very close to shore.

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Consumer College tuition insurance: Do you need it? College tuition insurance: Do you need it? (Video)
The cost of a private four-year college now averages $42,000 per year. That's a big investment. Should you consider tuition insurance so that you can be reimbursed if your child has to leave before the end of the year? It is sold through educational institutions, although not all schools offer it. If they do, you'll most likely get a brochure in the orientation packet you get before the semester starts.

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Weather Time lapse videos show off beauty, power of nature Time lapse videos show off beauty, power of nature (Video)
West coast photographers have been busy getting great videos of the power and beauty of nature lately, so it's a perfect time to feature a few in the blog.

This first one (above) is from Arizona storm chaser Mike Olbinski, who spent quite a bit of time traversing the Midwest and Desert Southwest compiling the video for his film, which has over 45,000 images.

I suggest playing the video full screen on 4k resolution if you've got the bandwidth for it. It's amazing.

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Technology

Technology Review: Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor
With Windows 10, everyone gets along. There are still separate desktop and tablet modes, but you largely stick with one or the other depending on whether you have a keyboard.
Technology Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras
Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung.
Technology Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means
Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

Business

Business U.S. factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June
Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, and a key category that reflects business investment plans posted a modest rise. But the gains weren't robust enough to suggest that the sluggish manufacturing sector is mounting a significant turnaround.
Business Freddie Mac posts $4.2 billion profit in 2nd quarter
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.
Business Leath insurer Aetna tops 2nd quarter profit forecasts
Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a $35 billion acquisition.

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