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Local Judge won't free Russian accused of Seattle hacking (New) Judge won't free Russian accused of Seattle hacking
A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses, including several in Seattle.

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Local (New) Judge won't free Russian accused of Seattle hacking
A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses, including several in Seattle.
Local Lynnwood man detained in North Korea feels 'abandoned'
The sister of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years renewed her urgent call for his release Thursday, saying that reports he feels abandoned are devastating.
Local (New) State seeks to intervene in lawsuits over pot bans
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he has filed motions to intervene in lawsuits filed over marijuana business bans in the cities of Wenatchee and Fife, to ensure the state's interests are represented.

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Local Portland flushes outdoor toilet business
The city of Portland will quit marketing the solar-powered outdoor potties its workers developed and will settle instead for a cut of the business.

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Sports M's get CF Jackson from Tigers in 3-team trade
The Seattle Mariners were part of a blockbuster three-team trade Thursday afternoon that brought center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle and sent former Cy Young pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay to Detroit.

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Technology Samsung earns $6.1 billion, shares plunge Samsung earns $6.1 billion, shares plunge
Samsung earned $6.1 billion last quarter but investors were dissatisfied, sending its share price down 4 percent. The panoply of numbers in its earnings report for the April-June quarter show why.
Consumer Collapsible plastic flower vases: Do they work? Collapsible plastic flower vases: Do they work? (Video)
Fresh cut flowers add color and beauty to your surroundings but unless you're buying flowers to take home where you have vases- finding the proper container to place your petals can pose a thorny challenge. Collapsible, plastic, reusable vases are supposed to solve that problem. They look like flat plastic cut-outs and are about the thickness of a sheet of construction paper. How well do they hold up? How much can they hold? And what are they made of?

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Weather Why you don't see Eastern Wash. wildfire plumes until the afternoon Why you don't see Eastern Wash. wildfire plumes until the afternoon (Photo Gallery)
Local social media posts have been perking up each afternoon noting tall plumes of clouds over the Cascades. What you're seeing are smoke and the "pyrocumulus" clouds created by the wildfires burning in Eastern Washington. The heat from the fires is its own engine for creating rising air that cools and condenses into clouds.

But why don't we normally see those clouds over here until the afternoon?

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Technology Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky '3-D pen'
- 3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things.
Technology Twitter's 2nd quarter results soar, stock flies high
The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

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Business U.S. stocks slump as earnings disappoint
U.S. stocks slumped Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
Business Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors
In an election-year rebuttal to Republicans, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes.

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Offbeat Yes! Former WWE champ catches suspected burglar
A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.