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Local Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey
A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the state in connection with a murder case.

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Local Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey
A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government's role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the state in connection with a murder case.
Local Washington students seem to find new tests more challenging
Preliminary results in Washington state from the new tests based on the Common Core learning standards show students are finding the new exams more challenging than the old state tests.
Local Coast Guard rescues 3 after boat runs aground
A Coast Guard helicopter crew has rescued three people after their 16-foot pleasure boat became disabled and ran aground on a small island near Cape Disappointment on the southwest Washington coast.

Entertainment

Entertainment District attorney declines to file charges against Diddy District attorney declines to file charges against Diddy
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Thursday to file felony charges against Sean "Diddy" Combs for a confrontation last month at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his son plays football.

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Local Quick-thinking deputy saves runaway UPS truck
A Whatcom County Sheriff's deputy is being credited with potentially saving a number of lives by preventing a runaway UPS delivery truck from smashing into other cars and people Tuesday afternoon.

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National & World Six pounds of meth mailed to Hawaii in toaster oven
Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth.
National & World Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash
Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year.

Sports

Sports Kazmir helps Athletics blank Mariners 4-0 Kazmir helps Athletics blank Mariners 4-0
Scott Kazmir pitched eight sparkling innings, Marcus Semien homered for the first time in nearly two months, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday night.
Sports Bird, rookies lead Storm past Shock 74-69
Sue Bird scored 17 points and rookies Jewell Loyd and Ramu Tokashiki combined for 25, including seven in the last three minutes as the Seattle Storm ended a five-game losing streak with a 74-69 win over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night.
Sports US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany
Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

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Home Watch: University Link light rail train testing Watch: University Link light rail train testing
University Link light rail train testing from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo.

A light rail train makes a test run from Capitol Hill Station to the University of Washington Station as part of the first phase of train testing for the University Link light rail extension from downtown Seattle to UW.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer Debt collectors garnish woman's account over someone else's parking tickets Debt collectors garnish woman's account over someone else's parking tickets (Video)
In December of 2004 Lia Young went to a local vehicle licensing agency to remove her name from the registration for her ex-boyfriend's old Jag. She kept the "Record of Sale" receipt proving she was no longer responsible. Two years later she discovered her ex had never changed the title to the vehicle.
Technology Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas' Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'
Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.
Consumer Smart apps for editing smartphone pictures Smart apps for editing smartphone pictures
Most of us now take pictures on our smartphones. Chances are you just point and shoot, but your phone probably has built-in software that lets you filter and edit your photos.

There are also some powerful apps that let you do advanced shooting and editing.

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Weather Would 'swamp' coolers work well on hot Seattle days? Would 'swamp' coolers work well on hot Seattle days?
As Seattle sweats through a summer that is giving signs of being among the hottest on record, those who have eschewed air conditioning (eh, it's only used 3 days a year!) or live in a place where air conditioning is not an easy option, such as high-rise condo buildings that don’t allow window units and won't work well with portable air conditioners, might now be wondering what their options are.

Some have said they tough it out with a fan in front of a bowl of ice, but that's probably getting old, especially at night as the heat stretches from days to weeks.

I've had a few people ask me if "swamp coolers" or the more technical "evaporative coolers" would work as an alternate. They're usually cheaper than an air conditioning unit, can be ordered online, and some are portable and can work in a small room, such as a bedroom, to survive the heat until September... or October. Or 2016.
Weather June doesn’t just break, but destroys several Seattle temperature records June doesn’t just break, but destroys several Seattle temperature records (Photo Gallery)
The year 1992 is remembered for a few things around here: It's when Microsoft unveiled Windows 3.1 (No more DOS!), grunge music was all the rage, the Seahawks tried their best to get the top draft pick with a 2-14 record (don't ask how it turned out)…

And it was a very toasty year, rewriting several warm weather records in Seattle.

But when the clock struck midnight Tuesday night*, almost all those records in the books got up, grabbed their stuff, and rode off into the sunset.

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Technology

Technology Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music
Some recording-technology experts say this super high-res format — known by its 192 kHz, 24-bit technical specs — is pricy digital overkill, an oversized "bit bucket" that contains sounds only dogs or dolphins can truly enjoy.

Business

Business U.S. unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat
U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.
Business Whole Foods apologizes for pricing problems
Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.
Business U.S. factory orders fell 1 percent in May
Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month.

Offbeat

Offbeat Legal fight centers on recipes of 'M-A-S-H' hot dog eatery
Ownership of secret recipes and ingredients from an Ohio restaurant made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is at the center of a legal dispute between a grandson of the original owner and the current ownership group.
Offbeat Privately owned Texas town drops 'Bikinis' name
Bikinis, Texas, is no more. The privately owned town in rural Gillespie County has reverted to Bankersmith, the name it had before it was bought by an Austin restaurateur whose chain requires waitresses to wear bikinis.