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Local Inslee signs overhaul of medical marijuana market Inslee signs overhaul of medical marijuana market
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law an overhaul of Washington's medical marijuana market that creates a voluntary database of patients and cracks down on unregulated dispensary sales.

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Local Inslee signs overhaul of medical marijuana market
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law an overhaul of Washington's medical marijuana market that creates a voluntary database of patients and cracks down on unregulated dispensary sales.

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Entertainment Dates announced for two '50 Shades' sequels Dates announced for two '50 Shades' sequels (Photo Gallery)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles in the sequels "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" on Valentine's weekends in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Universal Pictures announced Thursday.

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YouNews Prettiest flowers of all.. Prettiest flowers of all..
When Seattle finally comes out of the rainy (and sometimes ) snowy winter, it's time to check out one of the prettiest flower festivals around: the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Taken with Nikon D750, 50MM, F/1.

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Local Legislature adjourning Friday, returning in special session
The Legislature's 2015 regular session is scheduled to end Friday afternoon, two days ahead of schedule, but only because lawmakers are already set to return for a special session next week to finish their work on a two-year operating budget.

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Sports WNBA's Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested after fight
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an argument in the home they recently purchased together became physical.
Sports Happ, Mariners hold off Astros 3-2
J.A. Happ earned his first win with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night.

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Consumer Compare safety features when shopping for new car Compare safety features when shopping for new car
There's a lot to consider before you buy a new car.

Styling, fuel economy and reliability are important, but you really want to look at the safety features on each vehicle you're comparing. And that means doing more than just looking at crash test results.

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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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