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Local Heads up commuters: Obama to visit Seattle Friday
President Obama is coming to Seattle Friday afternoon to attend an event for Senator Patty Murray and the Washington State Democratic Party and a DNC event at Seattle's Westin Hotel.
Local (New) In Oregon visit, Obama will find grief but also resentment
When President Barack Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher. But he will also find another deeply held emotion - seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions.



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Aurora and moonrise above the Sanpoil October 3rd. Still smoky here from the fires. Metal sculpture at Keller park early Sunday morning.

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Local Inslee orders another rewrite of clean-water rules
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday directed state officials take another stab at updating clean-water rules, as the state races to finalize a plan before the federal government intervenes.
Local Massive Hanford downwinders case is closing
A long-running federal court lawsuit filed by people who contend their health was damaged by radioactive emissions from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is finally ending.

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National & World Video: California officers ignored dying man's distress
A police video ordered released by a California judge shows officers repeatedly ignoring signs of medical distress in a man they suspected of being a drug dealer, even telling a 911 dispatcher to ignore calls from his family for help.


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Car sales are up, and Americans now have one-trillion dollars in outstanding car loans and leases.
Technology Tokyo auto show to highlight 'smart' green cars Tokyo auto show to highlight 'smart' green cars (Photo Gallery)
The Tokyo Motor Show, opening to the public Oct. 30 at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall, will be packed with futuristic eye-catching vehicles that drive themselves, offer online information in dazzling ways and are so green they are zero-emissions.


Weather State's drought could spell early end to autumn leaves displays State's drought could spell early end to autumn leaves displays (Photo Gallery)
So in driving around town this September, it seemed to my untrained eye that the autumn leaves were turning earlier than usual, with some trees already golden brown or red and half empty. Could it be a by-product of the hot summer?

I asked some experts at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens and it turns out it's yes and no.

First of all, according to Dr. Sarah Reichard, the director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, there are some tree species around here that are typical "early shedders" of their leaves in September, like Red Maples and Vine Maples -- probably a lot of what I was seeing.


Entertainment Brad Paisley: 'God bless the Ashley Madison website hack'
When Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the Country Music Association Awards in November, they'll have a wealth of material for their jokes - and for that, Paisley is thankful for the Ashley Madison hack and presidential contenders.


Technology Amazon challenges Etsy with Handmade at Amazon
Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season.


Business Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent
Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.