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Local Supreme Court upholds deal on tribal gas stations (New) Supreme Court upholds deal on tribal gas stations
The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling in a long-running lawsuit by non-tribal gas station owners challenging gas tax compacts negotiated in the past decade between the state and Indian tribes.

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Local (New) Supreme Court upholds deal on tribal gas stations
The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling in a long-running lawsuit by non-tribal gas station owners challenging gas tax compacts negotiated in the past decade between the state and Indian tribes.
Local 'Cougar nation' remembers WSU President Elson Floyd (Photo Gallery)
Everyone in Washington state seemed to be part of the "Cougar Nation" on Wednesday as students, politicians, alumni, faculty and staff gathered at Washington State University to remember university President Elson Floyd, who died in June.
Local UW Bothell profs, ex-student make rare math discovery
Two mathematics professors and one of their former students at the University of Washington Bothell have discovered a rare geometry pattern that could have applications in crystallography or self-assembling nanomachines.

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Offbeat

Offbeat Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper 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."

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YouNews Rainier Sunset Monday Evening Rainier Sunset Monday Evening
After 4 days of smoke filled sky the air finally cleared enough to see Mt. Rainier and a spectacular sunset. Taken
with a Nikon D3000 and 50-200mm telephoto lens.

Local & Regional

Local AP sues over access to FBI records about fake news story
The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a Washington state suspect's computer

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Sports

Sports Hernandez, Cruz lead Mariners past A's 8-2 Hernandez, Cruz lead Mariners past A's 8-2
Realistically, the Seattle Mariners would need to be far closer to a playoff berth for Nelson Cruz to be in consideration for American League MVP.
Sports Jackson's 2-run single gives Mariners 6-5 win over A's
Austin Jackson's bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth inning capped Seattle's comeback from a five-run deficit and led the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

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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.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer Clearing mail alert confusion: Is your mortgage or privacy at risk?  Clearing mail alert confusion: Is your mortgage or privacy at risk? (Video)
When someone you don't know sends an email about your federal tax information, it's understandable that you'd be cautious. It's equally understandable that you'd question an unsolicited letter from lawyers talking about trustee changes at your mortgage company. KOMO viewers contacted the Problem Solvers- with questions about both.
Technology Angry Birds maker Rovio plans layoffs in restructuring 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.

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Weather Seattle hit 90 more often than Chicago, Boston this summer Seattle hit 90 more often than Chicago, Boston this summer
When you think of a place to go to experience 90 degrees in the summertime, Seattle isn't likely to be one of the first few choices….or first several choices…or maybe even a thought at all. On average, Seattle gets about two 90 degree or warmer days a year; maybe three.

This year, we had that quota filled before Independence Day. In fact, Seattle's had so many 90 degree days that we're ahead of some other cities in the U.S. with more of a reputation of summer heat.
Weather Astronaut gets some amazing photos of unusual red sprites above thunderstorms Astronaut gets some amazing photos of unusual red sprites above thunderstorms
Sprites are rare and beautiful -- and a bit difficult to spot from the ground as they occur atop thunderstorms. But when you're 249 miles up in space, you get a much better viewing angle to these fairly recently discovered events.

These red spikes of light stretched about 60 miles high into the atmosphere. According to NASA, "sprites are major electrical discharges, but they are not lightning in the usual sense. Instead, they are a cold plasma phenomenon without the extremely hot temperatures of lightning that we see underneath thunderstorms. Red sprites are more like the discharge of a fluorescent tube. Bursts of sprite energy are thought to occur during most large thunderstorm events."

Entertainment

Entertainment Review: 'We Are Your Friends' an entertaining musical romp
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, "We Are Your Friends" is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.

Technology

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.
Technology AP Poll: No digital divide among black, white millennials
A new poll finds African-American millennials say they are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically.
Technology Google heads down new path with 'OnHub' wireless router
Google is making a Wi-Fi router as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more of its online advertising.

Business

Business (New) U.S. 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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