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Local Record rainfall, 680 lightning strikes as July storm hits Record rainfall, 680 lightning strikes as July storm hits
An "unseasonably strong" storm system is invading Washington state, increasing the risk of flash flooding and new wildfires in parts of Eastern Washington and bringing heavy rain to parts of Western Washington, the National Weather Service says.
Local Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes(Video)
The historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle has been entertaining movie fans for decades. But the theater could close its doors by the end of the year if some major upgrades can't be completed, employees said.

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Local Record rainfall, 680 lightning strikes as July storm hits
An "unseasonably strong" storm system is invading Washington state, increasing the risk of flash flooding and new wildfires in parts of Eastern Washington and bringing heavy rain to parts of Western Washington, the National Weather Service says.
Local Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes(Video)
The historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle has been entertaining movie fans for decades. But the theater could close its doors by the end of the year if some major upgrades can't be completed, employees said.
Local African Americans, homeless arrested most for pot in Seattle
An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Entertainment

Entertainment Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?

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Offbeat Vandalism with a (cinnamon) twist? Vandalism with a (cinnamon) twist?(Video)
It's vandalsim with a twist. In this case maybe a cinnamon twist. Somebody's been pelting cars and smearing windows with sticky pastries in Hillsboro.

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National & World Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.
National & World Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands(Photo Gallery)
Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.

Sports

Sports Colon overpowers Mariners in New York's 3-2 win Colon overpowers Mariners in New York's 3-2 win
SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon watched the line drive fall into the outfield grass and applauded. It was all Colon could do after his attempt to toss the first perfect game in New York Mets history was thwarted.
Sports DeGrom tames Mariners in Mets 3-1 victory
Jacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven impressive innings, Lucas Duda hit a mammoth home run and the New York Mets beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Tuesday night.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Behind-The-Scenes: The day before Nordstrom's Designer Preview Fashion Show(Photo Gallery)
The Nordstrom Designer Preview is tomorrow night, where high-end fashion designers showcase their Fall 2014 lines on a runway right here in Seattle. But before Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana adorn the models tomorrow night - they need to be unpacked.

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Consumer Protecting electronics on vacation Protecting electronics on vacation(Video)
Vacation coming up? Chances are you'll be packing a lot of electronics like smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, GPS devices, cameras, iPod and speakers. They practically need their own suitcase! But if you are thinking of checking them as baggage think again.
Technology Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that.
Healthworks FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant
As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences.
Consumer Drain FX: Does it work? Drain FX: Does it work?
Lots of products promise to clear your pipes without having to call a plumber. But even though they contain harsh chemicals, Consumer Reports tests have shown most aren't that effective.

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Weather Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine
The wildfires raging across Washington, Oregon and Idaho are not only bringing a dense, smoky haze to much of the area just to the east of the Cascades, but its effects are being felt over 1,000 miles away across the Upper Midwest.

Jonathan Yuhas, a meteorologist with KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, noted that skies over Minnesota have taken a "frosty haze" to them ever since the wildfires have erupted here in the Northwest.
Viewfinder Carlton Complex fire cuts through Pateros Carlton Complex fire cuts through Pateros(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The Carlton Complex fire cut right through the heart of Pateros late Thursday night. Residents had just minutes to grab what they could and evacuate as flames came over the hill.

Lindsay Cohen and I made drove into Pateros early Friday morning, as did many of those who had to flee the night before.

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Technology

Technology Verizon launches rewards program with tracking
Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked.
Technology Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service
Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.
Technology After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell
Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

Business

Business Retail trade group reduces annual sales forecast
The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.
Business Women business owners face gender gap, report says
Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.
Business Trump: D.C. hotel will be among world's best
Donald Trump says his new hotel in the Old Post Office building in downtown Washington "will be one of the fine ... and maybe the finest" hotels in the world.
Business Delta Air Lines 2nd quarter profit rises 17 percent
Delta Air Lines Inc. said Wednesday that second-quarter earnings rose 17 percent, topping analysts' expectations, as passengers flew more miles at higher average fares and fuel spending declined.

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Offbeat California homeowners warned about brown lawns
Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.