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Local Local Everest teams will need to be helicoptered down (Video)
Climbing teams stuck on Mount Everest need a helicopter to bring them off the mountain after following a massive Earthquake in Nepal and a subsequent avalanche on the mountain, Seattle mountaineering companies said.

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YouNews Many Shades of Mt. Rainier (New) Many Shades of Mt. Rainier
Spectacular views of Mt. Rainier all weekend starting with
the magnificent sunset Saturday and swirling cloud formations
all day Sunday. Taken with a 200mm lens and a Nikon D3000 DSLR from my back yard.

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National & World How to help Nepal earthquake victims How to help Nepal earthquake victims
Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 2,500 people. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate online:

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Sports Mariners stumble in 8-5 loss to Twins
Eduardo Escobar hit a solo home run and six other Minnesota Twins drove in at least one run in a collective 8-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

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Home Watch: Cellphone cam catches stage collapse Watch: Cellphone cam catches stage collapse (Video)
A student's cellphone camera captured the moment that a stage collapsed during the end of a high school performance in central Indiana. More than a dozen people were hurt, one critically.
Home College kegger: University gets in on craft brew College kegger: University gets in on craft brew (Video)
Theres never been a shortage of beer on college campuses. But students at Cal Poly-Pomona are learning how to brew, serving their product to classmates, and hoping to land jobs in craft breweries when they graduate.

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Technology Bezos, Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race Bezos, Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race
An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart.
Consumer Trust your gut when choosing a vet Trust your gut when choosing a vet
There are lots of factors to consider when you choose a vet for your pet. Price is important. So is reputation. And location. But there's something else to consider: The feeling you get when you visit the place.

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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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Technology

Technology A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation (Photo Gallery)
This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with helmets and jockstraps affixed with long hooks.

Business

Business Durable goods orders up, but business investment falls again
Purchases of long-lasting manufactured goods in March jumped by the largest amount in eight months, but a closer look at the details reveals that businesses kept pruning their investment plans in the face of a softening U.S. economy.
Business Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns
PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

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