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Local Poll: Competing gun measures have solid support Poll: Competing gun measures have solid support
Two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot both have enough support to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday that could indicate that many voters are confused about the measures involving background checks.
Local Prosecutor: No felony charges for attack on homeless men Prosecutor: No felony charges for attack on homeless men
No felony charges will be filed in an incident where two off-duty Seattle firefighters and a woman are accused of attacking two homeless men in separate attacks in Pioneer Square last month, King County prosecutors said Tuesday.
Local Public gets one-day chance to get hands on Google Glass Public gets one-day chance to get hands on Google Glass
The public had its first chance to buy a pair of Google Glass but for just one day Tuesday. Google made a limited supply available to anyone willing to plop down $1500 for the online only purchase. But be prepared for the backlash you could get by wearing them in public.

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Local Poll: Competing gun measures have solid support
Two competing gun initiatives on the November ballot both have enough support to pass, according to a poll released Tuesday that could indicate that many voters are confused about the measures involving background checks.
Local Prosecutor: No felony charges for attack on homeless men
No felony charges will be filed in an incident where two off-duty Seattle firefighters and a woman are accused of attacking two homeless men in separate attacks in Pioneer Square last month, King County prosecutors said Tuesday.
Local Public gets one-day chance to get hands on Google Glass
The public had its first chance to buy a pair of Google Glass but for just one day Tuesday. Google made a limited supply available to anyone willing to plop down $1500 for the online only purchase. But be prepared for the backlash you could get by wearing them in public.
Local Bonney Lake native, former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor
President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

Entertainment

Offbeat

Offbeat Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher(New) Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher
A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

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YouNews Blood Moon from Puyallup Blood Moon from Puyallup
This is what two sisters get up to late at night, even when they are at opposite ends of the Pacific Coast.

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Local & Regional

Local Questions for CenturyLink on statewide 911 outage
The Washington Emergency Management Division believes the 911 system is stable now, but it still wants assurances from CenturyLink there won't be a repeat of last week's statewide outage, Division Director Robert Ezelle said.

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Sports

Sports (New) Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat M's 5-0
Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.
Sports Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
Sports Mariners add run on replay, beat Rangers 7-1
Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory Monday night.
Sports Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here 5 of Seattle’s tastiest oyster bars 5 of Seattle’s tastiest oyster bars(Photo Gallery)
As the saying goes, it’s best to eat oysters in months that are spelled with an “R,” because that’s when the briny shellfish are tastiest. Since it's April, here are five places to enjoy the shellfish in Seattle, ranging from a quick bite at a fish market to a romantic affair at a modern restaurant.

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Your Life, Your Style

Healthworks DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

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Weather First of 4 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipses set for Monday night First of 4 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipses set for Monday night(Photo Gallery)
Our sunrises and sunsets are legendary around here, but how would you like to see all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth -- at the same time! And it doesn't even require a trip to outer space.

Instead, the moon is going to essentially turn into an astronomical version of a projection screen as we get the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses over the next two years.

Even though the moon will be in the Earth's shadow, it should appear a bit colorful, some shade of red or orange. That's from light around the edges of the Earth - essentially all the sunrises and sunsets at the moment - splashing on the lunar surface and faintly lighting up the moon, said Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
Weather Seattle's climate instantly cools 1.5 degrees -- but it's not any colder Seattle's climate instantly cools 1.5 degrees -- but it's not any colder
Temperature readings at Sea-Tac Airport -- Seattle's official reporting station -- have been reporting cooler temperatures of late, but don't worry, our climate hasn't undergone a sudden cooling event.

Instead, it seems the thermometer at Sea-Tac is finally back on track, reporting temperatures more realistic with respect to other nearby thermometers.

Entertainment

Entertainment Flavor Flav takes plea deal in Vegas battery case
Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.

Technology

Technology Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip
Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day - to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.
Technology Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace
Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.
Technology NASA OKs space station visit despite dead computer
NASA is pressing ahead with Monday's planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe.
Technology Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties
Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

Business

Business Homebuilder confidence edges up in April
U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land.
Business Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips
The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.

Offbeat 'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair
An Ohio man ordered to spend five hours at a street corner with a sign declaring he's a bully says his sentence was unfair and the judge who gave it to him ruined his life.
Offbeat Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty
The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.