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Local (New) 8 groups plan to apply to open Washington charter schools
Eight groups have informed the statewide Charter School Commission they plan to apply to open charter schools in fall 2016 or later. Their complete applications are due on May 15. The commission will interview the applicants this summer and vote in August.


Entertainment Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty
Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors have demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."


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Local (New) Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined
The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers - fish from Japanese waters - when it was spotted off the Oregon coast.

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Sports Dodgers finish sweep of M's with 5-2 win
Brett Anderson posted his first victory with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Scott Van Slyke hit a two-run double, and the two-time defending NL West champions completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night.

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Home Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction (Video)
Sotheby's is preparing to auction a rare 100-carat emerald-cut diamond. The auction house says the diamond is expected to fetch as much as $25 million.
Home Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico
Researchers from the E/V Nautilus had quite a surprise Tuesday, when a curious sperm whale swam around their remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico. Cameras captured the encounter.

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Consumer Top-rated cars and trucks for 2015 Top-rated cars and trucks for 2015
You've got to do your homework before you buy a car. You want to know the fuel economy, safety rating and reliability of the vehicles you’re considering. it's also important to take a test drive – a good long test drive – of those models.


Weather Weather blog: Hot, dry summer now the prohibitive favorite Weather blog: Hot, dry summer now the prohibitive favorite
Just like a song that has the same verse over... and over.... and over...

and over....

Here comes the fresh 90 day forecast from the NOAA's National Climate Prediction Center and the story...is the same. In fact, it might be even more declarative: May is going to be hot and dry. Late spring is going to be hot and dry.

The summer is going to be hot and dry.

The autumn will be... warm.
Viewfinder Local cat longs for longer leash Local cat longs for longer leash (Photo Gallery) (Video)
EVERETT, Wash -- Cats usually march to their own beat. They're not known for their willingness to strap on a leash and go for a walk.

But Erika and Zach Price really wanted their cat Lexie to experience the freedom of the great outdoors, but without all the dangers.


Entertainment Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight to stand trial on murder charge
Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight must stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges for striking two men with his pickup truck, killing one and seriously injuring the other, a judge ruled Thursday.


Technology PC sales decline to lowest level in 6 years
Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the industry's ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.
Technology Internet naming body moves to crack down on '.sucks'
The body that regulates Internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.


Business Gauge of US economy rises 0.2 percent in March
An index designed to predict the future health of the economy slowly crept upward for the third straight month, a sign that the pace of growth has been weakening since the start of 2015.
Business Trade-off: Deal splits Democrats between business, labor
President Barack Obama pushed back Friday against Democrats who oppose a bipartisan accord on trade, dismissing their stand as a "ratification of the status quo" that would give countries like China a leg up on global commerce.
Business Citigroup slims down, boosts profits
Citigroup kept a lid on costs and that helped boost its bottom line last quarter. The big bank continues to slim down following the financial crisis.


Offbeat School for strippers shuttered after wild parties
If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion north of downtown Tampa might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.
Offbeat Cougar camps under house, shrugs off efforts to move him
A mountain lion certainly is acting like the Los Angeles celebrity he is: lounging under a home and refusing to be handled by wildlife officials who have used tennis balls, bean bags and prods in a failed attempt to dislodge the famous cat.