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Local Newborn Puget Sound killer whale presumed dead
A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said.
Local Lawsuit claims website aids child sex trafficking
The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children.

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Offbeat Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent contest Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent contest
The city of Pittsburgh has "won" Gawker.com's ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader's poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.
Offbeat Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar
One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.

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National & World 1 American released from N. Korea; local man still captive
American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

Sports

Sports Harvin not 'perfect,' happy for chance with Jets
The New York Jets' newest wide receiver doesn't deny he has had some issues. But he also wants to be judged from what he does starting now, not just his checkered past.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here 5 Tips for making the most of your trip to Kaua’i
For visitors, the secretive nature of Kaua’i can make it more difficult to navigate the jagged peaks, uncover the best red dirt road, and find the best Hawaiian version of ramen, called saiman. After spending a few days talking to the experts on the island, we've got the five most important things to know when planning your trip to Kaua’i.
Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Inside a wooden houseboat (Photo Gallery)
We're continuing our houseboat profiles - and this week it's all about combining elements of our state gem (wood!) in interior and exterior architecture. This particular floating home does it beautifully - and once again we find ourselves forgetting it's not a 'regular' house when looking through these pictures!

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Home Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west (Video)
Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.

Your Life, Your Style

Technology Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix
Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.

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Weather 70 degrees in October? No problem this year... 70 degrees in October? No problem this year...
A somewhat sunny and 72 degree day sounds fairly routine for Seattle... for early September, maybe even late August.

But October 19? Indeed, strange enough but then when you find out it's only tied for the third-warmest day this month, it's really something.

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Technology

Technology Apple reports record 39.3 million iPhone sales
Apple says it sold 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, or 16 percent more than a year ago, which is a record for the quarter. That's partly due to excitement over new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models that Apple began selling last month.
Technology Facebook unfriends federal drug agency
Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.

Business

Business Sales of existing U.S. homes rise in September
U.S. homes sold in September at their fastest clip this year, a sign that the housing market is shaking off a slowdown that began in the middle of 2013.
Business Unemployment rates fall in 31 states last month
Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.
Business New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans
Banks will get a break in easier rules for packaging and selling mortgage securities and fewer borrowers will have to make hefty down payments under actions taken by federal regulators.
Business Coke to slash costs as soda sales remain flat
Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.
Business McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

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