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Local 911 calls from fatal Twisp wildfire: 'Send somebody fast' (New) 911 calls from fatal Twisp wildfire: 'Send somebody fast' (Photo Gallery) (Audio)
Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters.

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Local (New) 911 calls from fatal Twisp wildfire: 'Send somebody fast' (Photo Gallery) (Audio)
Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters.
Local (New) Suit: Western Hosp. staff ignored man choking on orange slice
Robert Kincaid, a patient suffering from schizophrenia, was lying on the floor in a dayroom at Western State Hospital, choking on a piece of orange for almost eight minutes before staff members stopped to help him, according to a federal lawsuit filed by his older brother.
Local (New) Meet Seattle's first computerized car-stacking parking garage (Photo Gallery)
A standard parking arrangement would have left space for just 10 cars at a brand-new building going up downtown, said building managers. In lieu of that, the developer installed a computerized Carmatrix system, which allows the building to park three times the number of cars in the same amount of space, with tenants operating it on their own.

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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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National & World Erika soaks Puerto Rico after 4 killed in Dominica (Photo Gallery)
Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico with rain and wind Friday after killing at least four people and causing devastating floods and mudslides in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where authorities said about 20 people were still missing.

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Sports Rodon, Eaton lead White Sox past Mariners, 4-2
Carlos Rodon took a shutout into the seventh inning, Adam Eaton had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night.
Sports Struggling Seager rested by Mariners
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the lineup for their game Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.

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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.
Technology What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day 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.

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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!

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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.
Technology Microsoft says Windows 10 now on 75 million devices
Microsoft said Wednesday that its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices - in just under a month since the operating system was released.

Business

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.

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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."