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Local (New) Wash. public school test scores hold steady over 3 years
Washington public school students are doing about as well on state tests as they have done over the past few years, but many more schools are failing to meet federal standards because the rules have changed, state education officials announced Wednesday.
Crime Babysitter injured by rock thrown through window
A woman babysitting three children early Sunday in Delridge suffered multiple cuts to her hands and legs when someone threw a football-sized rock through a large picture window directly above where she was napping, according to the Seattle Police Department.



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.

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YouNews Aurora from Mud Lake (New) Aurora from Mud Lake
Mild aurora last night that picked up between 2:30 and dawn. From Mud Lake, near Republic, Washington Wednesday morning.


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National & World (New) Deadly shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.


Sports 2014 Huskies: What could be 2014 Huskies: What could be
When the Washington Huskies take the field on Saturday in Honolulu, 8 months of anticipation will come to a head as the Chris Petersen era begins. Similar to 2006 when he took over the Mountain West Conference’s most dominant team, Petersen takes over a football team coming off a 9-4 record in its previous season. That may however be where the similarities end.
Sports 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.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here 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.

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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.


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 '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.


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 U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014
The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
Business Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class
European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times.
Business Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters
Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.


Offbeat 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.