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Local Wash. state appliance recycler shuts down; 154 layoffs
An appliance recycling company that started in Snohomish County before expanding its services across the U.S. is shutting down its operations, laying off 154 employees in Everett and Bothell.



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Sports Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season
After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.

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Home Vehicles seem to 'levitate' at China intersection Vehicles seem to 'levitate' at China intersection
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Surveillance video out of China appeared to show three vehicles 'levitating' at a busy intersection in Xingtai, Hebei last week

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Consumer Preventing treadmill accidents Preventing treadmill accidents
It's estimated that about 24,000 Americans go to the hospital each year for treatment of treadmill injuries. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your chances of getting hurt.
Technology For some people, the older the cellphone, the better For some people, the older the cellphone, the better
Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry is pushing you to buy the latest smartphone. Yet some holdouts resist.


Weather How can planes land at Sea-Tac in the dense fog? Holograms! How can planes land at Sea-Tac in the dense fog? Holograms! (Video)
Scott's Note: This blog was originally published in 2013, but figured with the dense fog around this week, it was a good time to bring it back from the archives:

It is a marvel of human technology that in fog so dense that driving just 35 mph on a local Seattle street still has you straining to see that traffic light just a half-block away, a plane traveling well over 100 mph on final approach can not only find, but land with pinpoint accuracy on an invisible airport runway -- and still find its way back to the terminal.

In years past, the answer was just to divert inbound planes somewhere where it wasn't foggy and not allow outbound planes to leave until the fog lifted. But no more. Now Sea-Tac Airport, as many others across the globe, has an Instrument Landing System that helps transmit signals to help incoming planes find their way.
Weather New weather model predicts vivid sunsets before they happen New weather model predicts vivid sunsets before they happen (Photo Gallery)
Western Washington residents have been treated to some dramatic sunsets this year -- one of the many benefits of living in an area framed with dramatic mountains and shimmering waterways.

Most nights, they kind of sneak up on us - sure, a sunset happens every day but you need specific conditions for nature to put on a show-stopper. Yet when those conditions come together, it's 30 minutes of sheer beauty rarely matched anywhere else.

But what if you knew ahead of time the upcoming sunset was going to be worthy of a drive to your favorite vista point?



Technology Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping
For the first time, there's expected to be more people visiting retailers' web sites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day.


Business (New) European unemployment rate falls to near 4-year low
Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone economy has fallen to its lowest level in nearly four years, official figures showed Tuesday, in another positive sign for an economic region that has struggled to get people back to work for years.