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Local Immigrant advocate: Many left out by Obama action (New) Immigrant advocate: Many left out by Obama action
One day after President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration, advocates and immigrants gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Friday to highlight those left out.

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Local (New) Immigrant advocate: Many left out by Obama action
One day after President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration, advocates and immigrants gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Friday to highlight those left out.
Crime Charges: Man stole $100K of electronics from former employer
Thanks to an internal miscommunication, a former employee was able to use his ID badge to steal more than $100,000 worth of electronics from St. Joseph Hospital and other Franciscan Health System locations over the span of three months, according to charges filed Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Local Recall Roulette: Gambling with product safety (Video)
Nearly every day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall alert about products that could cause property damage, serious injury and even death. Yet, a joint Problem Solver investigation with ABC News finds most recall warnings never reach consumers.

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Offbeat 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks
Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he's learned the hard way that tippler's truism: "It's always 5 o'clock somewhere."

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Local Prison sentence for stealing Aussie couple's bikes
A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing bicycles from an Australian couple when they stopped in Mount Vernon last summer on a cross-continent trek.

Around the World

National & World (New) $139 million deal in LA teacher semen cookies case
The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous counts of lewd conduct against his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.
National & World Worker charged in glass-in-Big Mac case wins $437,000
A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

Sports

Sports Art Thiel: Freshman mistakes for Huskies staff
Huskies fans still retching over Washington’s one-point loss in Arizona Saturday are overlooking a silver lining: Coach Chris Petersen is not on the list of possible successors to the fired Will Muschamp at Florida.
Sports AP: Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup
The tax haven of Bermuda has been picked over San Diego to host the 2017 America's Cup, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Sports FIFA to review World Cup corruption report
FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Check out this honeycomb treehouse in Woodinville (Photo Gallery)
Do you watch Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet? The show is hosted by Fall City WA's own Pete Nelson, who travels the county building tree-houses for people. An upcoming episode takes him within his own state, were a local Woodinville couple wanted a treehouse that resembled a honeycomb.

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Technology Amusement parks challenged by high-tech home entertainment Amusement parks challenged by high-tech home entertainment
Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days. They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun - real life fun.
Consumer Watch out for charity scams Watch out for charity scams
Charity appeals have already started and you can expect lots of mailings and lots of phone calls between now and the end of the year. Most are legit. Some are not. You've got to do your homeworks before you make a donation.

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Weather New long range forecast maps: Still chugging along for warmer/drier winter New long range forecast maps: Still chugging along for warmer/drier winter
El Nino may be struggling to keep a foothold in the Pacific Ocean, but the long range forecasts from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center are still sticking with their consistent theme of increased odds of a warmer and drier winter.

So far, the maps have been relatively accurate. At least in Seattle we are running counter to November's forecast from last month that was saying warmer than normal -- with the chilly nights of late we're trending about a degree cooler than normal, although really that cold pattern went away about five days ago and chilly air has been trapped at the surface with the inversion -- the atmosphere just above ground level has been fairly warm.

Entertainment

Entertainment Putting Oscar on the block
'Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.
Entertainment Thai students detained at 'Hunger Games' opening
Police detained three students Thursday at the opening of the latest "Hunger Games" movie in Thailand, where opponents of May's military coup have adopted the film's three-finger salute as a sign of defiance.

Technology

Technology Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide
Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website.
Technology Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search
Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market.
Technology How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road
A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact?
Technology Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet
Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet.
Technology Giant solar plant lags in early production
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.

Business

Business Study: CEOs in 10 big mergers to get $430 million
This year's flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.
Business Colorado pot credit union could open next year
Colorado has granted a charter for the first financial institution to serve the state's cash-only marijuana industry. But action by the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Reserve is needed, and pot's still illegal under federal law.
Business Grocery chain's Christmas ad stirs tears, outrage (Video)
Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth. The scene is the unlikely backdrop for a holiday commercial that has many Britons reaching for hankies - and others demanding it be pulled from the air.
Business China unexpectedly cuts rates to support economy
China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.

Offbeat

Offbeat TSA: Ice skates OK on plane; fake saw stays home (Photo Gallery)
The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday displayed thousands of items confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items are no-nos.
Offbeat Ireland's gay bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse
He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon.
Offbeat Peruvian frog juice drinkers laud health benefits
Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.