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Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
Local (New) Nuclear waste tank OK'd to keep leaking for 1 year
A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site.

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Local Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat
Federal biologists say the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and southern Oregon is a key threat to salmon in danger of extinction.

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Sports Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge (New) Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.
Sports Mariners season a success after reaching 87 wins
Lloyd McClendon's words after wrapping up his first season as manager in Seattle laid the foundation that just being in postseason contention until the final day won't be acceptable for the Mariners going forward.

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Home Ellis Island to open hospital for tours Ellis Island to open hospital for tours (Video)
The historic Ellis Island hospital complex, where 1.2 million immigrants received medical care between 1901 and 1954, is opening to the public next Wednesday for the first time in 60 years. (Sept.

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Technology Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.
Healthworks Viagra ads target women for 1st time Viagra ads target women for 1st time
The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

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Weather Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest
If you've been following my blog here over the past few months, you've seen the forecasts that show a greater than average odds of a warmer-than-normal winter.

The forecasts were based on an expected El Nino event to develop this winter, along with warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.
Weather Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon
This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.

Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.

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Technology Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.
Technology Airlines look for an edge in weather-radar systems
As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.
Technology A Closer Look: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag
As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory.
Technology Government takes on the Internet
Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?
Technology Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules
A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from disrupting communities and more established industries.

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Business Contracts to buy US homes slide in August
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.
Business US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August
Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

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Offbeat Harpist's mellow tones soothe gorillas at Minn. zoo
Now Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative audience that ambles down to the barrier as soon as Tacheny begins setting up her beautifully carved wooden harp. She's been doing it for nearly a decade.