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Local Tacoma refinery fire spews huge column of black smoke (Photo Gallery)
A crude oil fire at the U.S. Oil and Refining Co. burned for almost two hours Wednesday, sending a plume of thick black smoke over the Port of Tacoma, but it didn't cause any injuries. One witness described the scene as "reminiscent of a Mount St. Helens explosion."

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Your Photos

YouNews Moon Images Moon Images
These high resolution images of the moon were taken on Saturday May 2nd, one day before the full moon. Taken with
a Meade LX6 (focal length of 1600mm) and a ZWO ASI120MC
video camera. Each image is a stack of 400 images taken from a video consisting of 2,000 frames.

Local & Regional

Local Community honors Idaho officer fatally shot on patrol (Photo Gallery)
Hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil for a veteran police officer who was shot and killed while patrolling a northern Idaho neighborhood, some traveling from out of state and others paying tribute to the sacrifice of a lawman they didn't know.

Around the World

National & World Detroit boy in basement: Stepmother put me there for 11 days
A boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to "shut up and be quiet" while investigators scoured the neighborhood searching for him last June.

Sports

Sports Mariners blow lead, lose to Angels on walkoff homer
Carlos Perez capped his major league debut with a game-ending homer in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their four-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Sports Cruz hits 14th HR, Hernandez pitches Mariners past Angels
Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 14th home run and Felix Hernandez won his fifth straight decision to start the season, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Monday night.

Seattle Refined

Top Video

Home Birds attack eagle in West Seattle Birds attack eagle in West Seattle (Video)
Our photographer spotted an eagle sitting on top of a building in West Seattle today. A bunch of birds tried their best to get the eagle to leave. The eagle held firm, even after one bird flew right into its head.

Your Life, Your Style

Technology The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels
Although much attention has been paid to autonomous vehicles being developed by Google and traditional car companies, one truck maker believes that automated tractor-trailers will be rolling along highways before self-driving cars are cruising around the suburbs.

Extras

Weather Full moon teams up with Space Needle for dramatic photographs Full moon teams up with Space Needle for dramatic photographs (Photo Gallery)
SEATTLE -- The full moon made quite the appearance Sunday night and local photographers were at the ready.

We received a few photos with the moon lined up with the Space Needle.

But the photographers didn't have to "luck" in the shot. Did you know there are tools out there to help you be ready for these kind of amazing photos?

Entertainment

Technology

Technology Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in U.S. for 1st time
Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.
Technology High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents
Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.
Technology Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers
Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.

Business

Business Survey: Hiring by U.S. businesses slows sharply in April
U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.
Business For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition
Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary.
Business Europe moves to help tech companies compete with U.S. giants
The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.

Offbeat

Offbeat Fries at the doorstep? Fast-food pushes into delivery
On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took a about a half hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.