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News Photos: More amazing cosplay at Day 2 of Sakura-Con Photos: More amazing cosplay at Day 2 of Sakura-Con
Day 2 of Sakura-Con, the annual anime convention held at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle, continued to impress yesterday with thousands of dedicated fans and intricate costumes.

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News Photos: More amazing cosplay at Day 2 of Sakura-Con
Day 2 of Sakura-Con, the annual anime convention held at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle, continued to impress yesterday with thousands of dedicated fans and intricate costumes.
Local GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon
The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.
Sports 49ers' fans unhappy: New BART trains bear Seahawks colors
San Francisco is soon getting new trains for the region's Bay Area Rapid Transit system, but some 49ers fans are not pleased that the trains' interiors are decked out in Seattle Seahawks colors.

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Local Fecal bacteria threatens Puget Sound beaches (Video)
The State Department of Health has closed shellfish harvesting in parts of Vaughan Bay in Peirce County because of dangerous bacteria found in the water. As a result 14 other beaches across Puget Sound are now threatened due to fecal bacteria found in the water.
Local Wash. dairy farmers welcome higher milk prices
With milk prices steadily rising in recent months, Whatcom County dairy farmers are finding themselves in the unusual position of earning enough to rebuild savings accounts and pay back loans from the years of lean times.

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National & World Boston race makes room for those affected by bombs(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.
National & World Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules
With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

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Sports Mariners swept by Marlins, drop sixth straight Mariners swept by Marlins, drop sixth straight
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
Sports Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters.
Sports Three ejected after Pirates brawl with Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Jackson High School product Travis Snider were ejected Sunday after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale brawl.
Sports Alvarez pitches Marlins past Mariners, 7-0
Henderson Alvarez won for the first time since his no-hitter to end the 2013 season, pitching a two-hitter to help the Miami Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Saturday.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Roundup: Easter specials
Not interested in hosting a huge family event at your house this Easter? We get it. Cooking, cleaning, hosting - no thanks. Luckily there are tons of restauarnts and bars out there who will not only be open on Easter Sunday, but are cooking up special menus just for you and your loved ones.

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Healthworks DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

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Weather Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle(Photo Gallery)
The monthly updates to the long-range seasonal forecasts came out this week and I'm not sure who is cheering louder: those who like hot summers in the West or those in New England and the Midwest who are now being given above-average odds for a warm winter this year after a current "winter" that is still bringing several inches of snow in mid-April.

(In fact, Marquette, Mich. reported low temperatures below zero on Wednesday morning. Yes, April 16th!!!)

For just the 30 day May forecast, forecasts paint a moderately strong signal that the month will be warmer than average, and a fairly decent signal that it will also be drier than average.

(Key: Brown is warmer than average, blue is cooler than average on the temperature map. For rainfall, brown means drier than normal while green means higher odds of wetter than normal conditions.)

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Entertainment Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise
When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.

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Technology 5 features an Amazon phone might offer
Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year.
Technology Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

Business

Business Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.
Business Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

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Offbeat Homesick for prison, man robs bank and waits for cops
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason: He was homesick for prison.
Offbeat More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets(Photo Gallery)
A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.