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Local Year of legal marijuana nets state $70 million in pot taxes
Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.



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Sports A's burst M's bubble with 2-0 victory in Oakland
Rookie Kendall Graveman pitched seven innings to help hand Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss in Oakland in nearly seven years, as the Athletics beat the Mariners 2-0 on Saturday.
Sports Mariners hit 4 HRs in 9-5 win over A's
J.A. Happ acknowledged his frustration through a series of losses and no-decisions that had piled up since early May. He got a breather Friday night.

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Home Watch: University Link light rail train testing Watch: University Link light rail train testing
University Link light rail train testing from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo.

A light rail train makes a test run from Capitol Hill Station to the University of Washington Station as part of the first phase of train testing for the University Link light rail extension from downtown Seattle to UW.

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Technology Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas' Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'
Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.
Consumer Should you buy a mattress online? Should you buy a mattress online? (Video)
Consumer Reports latest tests of 38 queen size mattresses included a few that are sold primarily on the Internet: the Casper for $850 made of latex and memory foam and the foam Tuft and Needle Ten for $600.


Weather 4th of July doing good job in shaking rainy reputation in Seattle 4th of July doing good job in shaking rainy reputation in Seattle
As a child of the Northwest growing up, 4th of July for me always meant family fun while shivering a bit as the quick chill of the post-sunset marine breezes kicked in, occasional with rain.

Granted, a lot of those years were on the coast, not in Seattle proper, but Seattle does in fact have the distinction of the 4th of July being statistically the wettest day of the month. It's rained 34 times on Independence Day in the past 120 years -- yes, that's only 28 percent of the time as we're pretty squarely in our dry season, but just like how your parents remember walking to school in the snow uphill both ways -- never mind it was in May -- maybe my memory is more clouded than the skies have been?



Technology Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music
Some recording-technology experts say this super high-res format — known by its 192 kHz, 24-bit technical specs — is pricy digital overkill, an oversized "bit bucket" that contains sounds only dogs or dolphins can truly enjoy.


Business U.S. airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual
As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.
Business Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal
Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.


Offbeat Legal fight centers on recipes of 'M-A-S-H' hot dog eatery
Ownership of secret recipes and ingredients from an Ohio restaurant made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is at the center of a legal dispute between a grandson of the original owner and the current ownership group.