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Local Poll: Majority of voters support gun background check measure
A new poll released this week shows most Washington state voters support a ballot measure requiring universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, but that same survey suggests that undecided voters could swing the outcome of a rival gun initiative.

Entertainment

Entertainment Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout
Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.

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Local State high court shifts burden to prosecution in rape cases
Reversing what it called "incorrect and harmful" earlier rulings, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday the state cannot put the burden on rape defendants to prove that an alleged victim consented.

Around the World

National & World Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4 Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4
A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.
National & World Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead
Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday.

Sports

Sports Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7
Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
Sports Seahawks expected to start Coyle at LB
Undrafted rookie Brock Coyle is expected to start at middle linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks this week against Oakland.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Sponsored: How to be the coolest Mom ever: Win tickets to a One Direction concert! (Photo Gallery) (Video)
One of the world’s most popular young bands is coming to Seattle on July 15, 2015 and we’re giving you a chance to be the coolest mom ever by winning a pair of tickets to see Zayn, Niall, Harry, Louis and Liam, live and in person at Century Link Field.

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Home Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west (Video)
Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer The reality of outlet malls The reality of outlet malls (Video)
We're spending more than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top $42 billion this year, according to the trade publication Value Retail News. Consumer Reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of almost 16,000 subscribers, and can help you bag the best bargains.
Technology WhatsApp founders own nearly $9 billion in Facebook stock WhatsApp founders own nearly $9 billion in Facebook stock
WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.
Microsoft Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking
Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

Extras

Weather Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature
I just got back from a recent trip to Denver last week and it amazed me that my flight down there was about 35 minutes shorter than the flight coming home.

The pilot on the return trip had mentioned we were running into over 100 mph head winds on the way home and it got me to thinking: You know, you can look these things up ahead of time and get a general idea if your flight is destined to zoom to your destination like a Ferrari, or putter along like 4 cylinder compact.

Entertainment

Entertainment Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight had a traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket but may remain in a Las Vegas jail at least through the weekend following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case.

Technology

Technology Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots
The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.
Technology Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

Business

Business U.S. economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in 3rd quarter
The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.
Business FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula
Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

Offbeat

Offbeat Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13
A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.