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Local Washington billionaire jailed for contempt of court
A federal judge ordered the founder of a Montana mountain resort for the ultra-rich back to jail, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a Mexican resort.
Local Seattle City Council confirms new fire chief
About three weeks after his first day on the job, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the hire of Seattle's new fire chief Monday afternoon.

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National & World NY's Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente
Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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Sports Cruz leads Mariners to wild 11-10 win against Rangers
Austin Jackson singled in the tying run in the ninth inning, Nelson Cruz followed with a two-out single for his fifth RBI of the game, and the Seattle Mariners overcame a pair of five-run deficits to beat the Texas Rangers 11-10 on Sunday.

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Home Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction (Video)
Sotheby's is preparing to auction a rare 100-carat emerald-cut diamond. The auction house says the diamond is expected to fetch as much as $25 million.
Home Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico
Researchers from the E/V Nautilus had quite a surprise Tuesday, when a curious sperm whale swam around their remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico. Cameras captured the encounter.

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Technology Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security
United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.
Consumer Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes
This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

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Weather Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (Photo Gallery)
The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington.

Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia.

The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest.

First up, to get an idea of just how much smoke is in the atmosphere, look at this visible satellite image taken on April 14 of the southeastern Siberia area where the wildfires got out of control:


Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Where did the smoke go? This graphic is a model trajectory tracing back the air pattern across the Pacific Ocean over the past week. Note the air from the wildfires makes somewhat of a bee line toward Seattle (with a brief stop for a loop-de-loop in the central Pacific:)



Amazingly the smoke is still quite intense when it gets here -- check out this high-resolution satellite image from Saturday and note the haze over Washington and British Columbia:

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Entertainment 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition
"Furious 7" might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but the high-octane action movie maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak.

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