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Local Witnesses: Boater 'reeked' of alcohol after deadly July 4 crash
The operator of a boat that crashed into another boat in Commencement Bay on July 4, killing one person and injuring three, "reeked" of alcohol when rescuers pulled him from the water and several liquor bottles were in and around his boat after the crash, according to court documents released Tuesday.



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Local WSU names provost as interim president
Provost Daniel J. Bernardo was named interim president of Washington State University on Tuesday during a special meeting of the Pullman-based school's board of regents.

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National & World South Carolina Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal
The South Carolina Senate gave its final approval Tuesday to removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, but across the hall in the House, Republicans quietly sought a way to make a last stand to preserve some kind of symbol honoring their Southern ancestors at the Statehouse.


Sports PGA Grand Slam to move from Trump Course in Los Angeles PGA Grand Slam to move from Trump Course in Los Angeles
The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump's course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate's comments on Mexican immigrants.
Sports Report: Milwaukee NBA team could move to Seattle
When longtime Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl reached an agreement to sell the team for $550 million in April 2014, most assumed Seattle was out of the running for the NBA franchise. But according to a Monday report, that’s not necessarily the case.
Sports Mariners give up 19 hits in 12-5 loss to Tigers
Nick Castellanos hit a home run and drove in four runs to lead a 19-hit outburst from the Detroit Tigers in a 12-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

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Home Watch: Close call as ice cave collapses at Big Four Ice Caves Watch: Close call as ice cave collapses at Big Four Ice Caves (Video)
A group of tourists visited the Big Four Ice Caves near Granite Falls over the weekend. Several people were inside when part of an ice cave collapsed. Someone posted video of the collapse. No injuries were reported. Warning, the video does contain some obscenities.
Home Watch: University Link light rail train testing Watch: University Link light rail train testing
University Link light rail train testing from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo.

A light rail train makes a test run from Capitol Hill Station to the University of Washington Station as part of the first phase of train testing for the University Link light rail extension from downtown Seattle to UW.

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Technology Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time
After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings.
Consumer Prescription drugs can cause dizziness - here's what to do Prescription drugs can cause dizziness - here's what to do
Prescription drugs can have a variety of side effects – from dry mouth to anxiety – and much worse.
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded is a common side effect with many popular drugs, including many of the those taken by seniors.


Weather Miss Seattle's rain? This video might help... Miss Seattle's rain? This video might help... (Photo Gallery)
It's been 36 days since Seattle has had a day considered below normal…

36 days since we've last had significant rainfall…

23 days since we've last had a high below 70 degrees…

18 days since we've had a traditional cloudy day…

12 days in a row with highs above 80 degrees…

A record-tying 5 days in a row at 90 degrees…
Weather It's official: 73 percent of Seattleites DONE with this 90 degree heat It's official: 73 percent of Seattleites DONE with this 90 degree heat (Video)
It doesn't matter if it's a "dry heat" or that it might be even 15 degrees hotter somewhere else, as Seattle swelters to its record-tying fifth day in a row at 90 degrees or warmer on Sunday, a vast majority of Seattleites say they've had enough.

Seattle has been in the midst of a nearly year-and-a-half long warm spell, but it's been taken to the next level of late, with not only the hottest June on record by far but now July has started and we have yet to have a day under 90 degrees. The 92 degree reading Saturday was the hottest Independence Day on record here, and that includes 124 years of records. It's been 11 days since we've failed to reach 80 degrees, well on our way to a record there too.

Seattle's average high temperatures in the summer are in the mid-upper 70s and while days in the 80s and 90s do happen in summer, they are usually a few days here and there followed by more days in the 70s -- enough to where most don't need air conditioning. The result is that a vast majority of the region is not only sweating through the day, but sweating through the warm nights with little relief from any fans and nighttime breezes. It's the reality-show version of "Sleepless in Seattle."


Entertainment Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases
Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster criminal and civil claims being pursued by his accusers, their lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.


Technology Hacking Team company appears to get hacked
An Italian surveillance company known for selling malicious software used by police bodies and spy agencies appears to have succumbed to a damaging cyberattack that sent documents and invoices ricocheting across the Internet.
Technology Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions
Drones could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms: transmitting detailed information about crops to combines and sprayers, directing them very precisely to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals needed.
Technology Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'
Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.


Business Lack of new Greek proposals leaves eurozone leaders on edge
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras strode into a summit of eurozone leaders with a beaming smile Tuesday, but was met with anger when it became clear he had no written proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.
Business US job openings stay high, but actual hiring falters in May
Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind of increase in actual hiring.
Business US trade deficit widens in May as exports struggle
The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.