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Local As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled
Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.



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YouNews Changes on the way Changes on the way
The cloud bands around Mt. Rainier are a sure sign of changing weather conditions. These images of Mt. Rainier were taken Thursday evening around 7:30pm with a Nikon D3000
and a 200mm telephoto lens. The dark spots on the 1st image is flock of birds (not dirt on the lens).

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Sports Seager, Gutierrez homer in M's 2-0 win over White Sox
Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez both had three hits and a homer and Taijuan Walker allowed three hits before leaving with an injury in the seventh inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Friday night.

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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 Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug
Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.
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.


Weather Move over Mt. Rainier, wildfire smoke creates its own lenticular cloud Move over Mt. Rainier, wildfire smoke creates its own lenticular cloud (Photo Gallery)
The "hat cloud" -- officially known as a lenticular cloud -- is a fairly common sight around here on Mt. Rainier. Locals know it's a fairly good indicator it's about to rain in the next day or so.

But you don't always need the state's largest mountain to create the cloud. Sometimes, other clouds can do the trick!

The photo above was taken by Michael Bendtson in Wenatchee of the smoke plume from the Wolverine Fire in the Entiat Valley. But note on the top of the left cloud is a bit of a hat -- a lenticular cloud!



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 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 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."