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Local (New) FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony
A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out young pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says.


Entertainment Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him
Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.
Entertainment 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds
One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.


Offbeat Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons (New) Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

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YouNews Tuesday's Rainbow Tuesday's Rainbow
A few images of the rainbow as the sun set Tuesday evening.


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Local (New) Woodland principal takes deal in assault case
A man who was principal of a school in the Cowlitz County town of Woodland for 15 years agreed to a diversion deal to avoid prosecution on allegations he used excessive force against a 9-year-old special needs student.

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Sports Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Downtown workers rejoice! There's a new food truck pod in Westlake Park (New) Downtown workers rejoice! There's a new food truck pod in Westlake Park (Photo Gallery)
Starting today, a three-truck rotation pod will be serving Westlake Park all day long, seven days a week. After a successful test run of the 'food truck pod" concept in South Lake Union, the Downtown Seattle Association and partner BurgerNW has decided to give it a go in Westlake Park as well.
Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here The Egyptian Theater opens back up this weekend with screenings of their biggest hits (Video)
SIFF Cinema is throwing an Opening Celebration to not only honor the Egyptian – but all the local patrons who contributed to the funds to bring the old theatre back to life. The weekend’s schedule features the biggest movie hits in the Egyptian’s history.

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Home Ellis Island to open hospital for tours Ellis Island to open hospital for tours (Video)
The historic Ellis Island hospital complex, where 1.2 million immigrants received medical care between 1901 and 1954, is opening to the public next Wednesday for the first time in 60 years. (Sept.

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Viewfinder Bremerton to Seattle by water -- in 80 seconds Bremerton to Seattle by water -- in 80 seconds (Video)
SEATTLE, Wash. - On our way back to Seattle from Bremerton today we couldn't help notice how dramatic the fall clouds were. So I set up the camera in the back of my news car, pointing towards the stern of the M/V Kitsap. The video picks up about 15 minutes into the hour-long trip.
Weather Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest
If you've been following my blog here over the past few months, you've seen the forecasts that show a greater than average odds of a warmer-than-normal winter.

The forecasts were based on an expected El Nino event to develop this winter, along with warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.



Technology Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.
Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
Technology Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.
Technology Airlines look for an edge in weather-radar systems
As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.


Business U.S. construction spending down 0.8 percent
U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness.


Offbeat Harpist's mellow tones soothe gorillas at Minn. zoo
Now Tacheny, 57, a zoo volunteer, plays once a month for an appreciative audience that ambles down to the barrier as soon as Tacheny begins setting up her beautifully carved wooden harp. She's been doing it for nearly a decade.