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Local Seattle police respond to report of cake assault
Officers responding to an assault report at a north Seattle restaurant quickly got the facts: a man walked into a KFC, hurled a store-brand cake at employees, then walked out.

Entertainment

Entertainment Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat West Point cadet Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat West Point cadet
An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

Offbeat

Offbeat Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show (Photo Gallery)
It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

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YouNews Waiting their turn Waiting their turn
A Washington State Ferry waits its turn to dock at the Lopez Island Ferry Terminal as the sun rises over Mount Baker in the background.

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Local & Regional

Local Sen. Cantwell ties NFL tax status to Redskins name Sen. Cantwell ties NFL tax status to Redskins name
A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill.

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National & World Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security
HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.
National & World History books spark new Texas classroom battle
The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

Sports

Sports Mariners rout Angels, gain ground in playoff race
Mike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 on Tuesday night.
Sports Sounders win US Open Cup, beating Philadelphia
Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins led the Seattle Sounders to their fourth U.S. Open Cup title Tuesday night, scoring in overtime in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Sports Broncos, Seahawks top AP Pro32 before rematch
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos finished last season as the top two teams in the league. Heading into their Super Bowl rematch Sunday, that's where they are in the latest AP Pro32 rankings.

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Top Video

Home KOMO Town Hall Special: 'Guns in America' KOMO Town Hall Special: 'Guns in America' (Video)
Watch the town hall discussion KOMO-TV aired Sept. 12 from 8-9:30 p.m. that gave supporters and opponents of initiatives 591 and 594 the opportunity to debate their stances and answer questions posed by audience members, online viewers, radio listeners and submitted by email.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer Turning your old stuff into cash Turning your old stuff into cash (Video)
For many people, the idea of moving to a smaller home is overwhelming. Consumer Reports tells you how to get the most money for the stuff you no longer need.
Technology Self-driving cars now need a permit in California Self-driving cars now need a permit in California
Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

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Weather Just how hot would a warm Seattle autumn and winter be? Just how hot would a warm Seattle autumn and winter be?
We've all heard how it's been such a hot summer. And you've likely been reading about how the Pacific Northwest is expected to maintain a warmer than normal autumn and winter.

UW Atmospheric Sciences professor Cliff Mass just did an excellent blog post showing why we're expected to be so warm. In a nutshell, Mass says a persistent ridge of high pressure last fall that kept the storms away also keep the ocean from churning very much, which is needed to mix in some cooler water from the depths of the ocean.

Entertainment

Technology

Technology France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe
Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.
Technology Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?
On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones and Apple's new Watch, is backed by a host of big retailers, along with most major banks and credit card issuers, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Business

Business UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers
UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season — an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.
Business Anheuser-Busch 'disappointed' in NFL
Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league.

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