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YouNews House destroyed by tree House destroyed by tree
Cottonwood tree felled by today's windstorm destroyed home in Lynnwood. Occupants - fearing the intensity of storm - retreated safely to their basement just minutes before the tree fell. House is a total loss.

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National & World Obama renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of Alaska trip
President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of the president's historic visit to Alaska.

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Sports Miller's error costs Mariners in 6-5 loss to White Sox Miller's error costs Mariners in 6-5 loss to White Sox
With two outs in the ninth, shortstop Brad Miller just had to make a routine throw to first base. Instead, he committed his 15th error of the season, allowing the White Sox to force extra innings.
Sports Martins, Evans help Sounders take down rival Timbers 2-1
Obafemi Martins scored his 10th goal of the season in the opening minutes, Brad Evans converted a disputed penalty kick just before halftime and the Seattle Sounders beat the Portland Timbers 2-1 on Sunday.

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Home Sinlahekin Valley Fire Sinlahekin Valley Fire (Video)
Blue Lake on the northern edge of the Okanogan Complex fire in the Sinlahekin Valley Monday night.
Home Grizzly bear has fun rolling down hill Grizzly bear has fun rolling down hill (Video)
Visitors at Denali National Park in Alaska were treated to an unusual sight recently. A grizzly bear was spotted wandering along a hill. As visitors snapped pictures, the bear did something unexpected. It started rolling down the hill.

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Healthworks Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option
A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new technology.
Consumer Disaster kit should include financial documents Disaster kit should include financial documents
The recent wildfires should remind us that in an emergency you could be forced to leave your house in a hurry. What about all of those important documents you have scattered all around the house? You might not have time to run around looking for them.

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Weather How did Saturday's windstorm compare to Seattle's greats? (New) How did Saturday's windstorm compare to Seattle's greats?
Local meteorologists are still a bit in awe over the power of the storm Saturday that is likely the earliest windstorm on record in the Pacific Northwest -- by several weeks!

In tracking some of the peak gusts, I realized some of the gusts experienced Saturday were stronger in some spots than some of our greatest wind storms on record.
Weather Just how windy was it? Here's a list of peak gusts Just how windy was it? Here's a list of peak gusts (Photo Gallery)
The windstorm on Saturday will surely go into the record books for some of the strongest winds, if not strongest ever recorded in August.

Winds on the coast hit well over 60 mph, including Destruction Island clocking a peak gust of 87 mph! But even the inland areas were rocked, with a gust to 66 mph on Lopez Island, 70 mph at Whidbey Island NAS -- and 81 mph on a boat in the Rosario Strait!

In the city areas, Everett (Paine Field) had three separate gusts near 60 mph -- a 59, 60, and 61 mph gust! Tacoma wasn't too far behind at 54 mph, while Seattle (Sea-Tac) hit 46 mph. Although looking at the outage chart by Seattle City Light and the with the wide swath of power outages in the northern half of the city suggests wind speeds were greater there.

The National Weather Service has compiled this handy chart of peak winds across several sites in Western Washington:

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Technology What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day
You, your mom, your grandma and elementary school buddy Lawrence might have been some of the billion people who logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population.
Technology Pentagon funding new high-tech venture
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will announce Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.
Technology Angry Birds maker Rovio plans layoffs in restructuring
Popular mobile games maker Rovio Entertainment said Wednesday it plans to lay off up to 260 people, or about a third of its workforce, because the company took on "too many things" during the past few years.

Business

Business 3 reasons markets lost faith in China's economy, at a glance
For decades, Chinese economic policymakers have drawn praise for keeping their economy growing strongly through turbulence, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 and the worldwide financial tumult of 2008. But investors have begun to lose faith in Beijing's economic management.
Business The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar
The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

Offbeat

Offbeat Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper
This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."