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Local (New) Judge: Yakima city council elections must change
A U.S. District Judge says the city of Yakima must change its city council elections to comply with the Voting Rights Act, finding that Latino residents do not have proper participation.

Entertainment

Entertainment NFL, rapper MIA reach Super Bowl settlement (New) NFL, rapper MIA reach Super Bowl settlement
An attorney for M.I.A. says his client and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion dollar dispute over the Sri Lankan rapper's flash of the middle finger during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna.
Entertainment Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal
A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit - not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him.

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YouNews Orca Cloud (New) Orca Cloud
Only in the San Juan Islands can you find an Orca in the clouds.........

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Local & Regional

Local Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people
A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.
Local Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website
The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.

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Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here The best Hawks gear from Etsy (Photo Gallery)
Seattle's love for the Hawks knows no bounds - so it isn't that surprising that a bunch of our more creative locals have taken to Etsy with their Hawks gear. We bet you have a Seahawks T-shirt, but do you have a Hawks wreath? Or tennis shoes? What about boot cuffs or a baby spit-up towel? We thought not.
Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Hugs for Ghana - in Snohomish
There seems to be something in the Washington water affecting our teenage boys. Last week we told you about 17-year-old Henry Miller from Deming, who started his own raw honey business. Today we bring you the story of 16-year-old Michael Bervell, whose desire to connect with his parent's homeland prompted him to create Hugs for Ghana, a charity out of Snohomish raising money to benefit Ghanaian youth.

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Your Life, Your Style

Technology Gadget Watch: Get ready for the thermal selfie Gadget Watch: Get ready for the thermal selfie
Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.
Consumer Consumer Reports urges certain people to stop eating tuna Consumer Reports urges certain people to stop eating tuna (Video)
Eating fish can be a great choice. It's an excellent, low-fat source of protein and other nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, which may help protect your heart, and if you're pregnant, boost your baby's brain development. But there's a catch. Some seafood contains high levels of a form of mercury called methylmercury. Mercury can damage the brain, and it can damage the nervous system, especially when that exposure occurs in the womb.

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Weather The science behind the smell of rain The science behind the smell of rain
Ever notice there's a distinct smell right after it starts raining?

It's most noticeable when it's been dry for a long while and the shower is fairly heavy. My wife, who grew up in Arizona, referred to this as the "wet rock" smell and there is some truth to it as it's rock that's among the main culprits for giving off the smell.

Entertainment

Technology

Technology Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists
SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.
Technology No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook
At a time when just about everyone and their mother is intent on publicizing the newest generation's early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children's photos off the Internet.
Technology Government wants to make cars talk to each other
The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Business

Business McDonald's names new US president again
McDonald's named a new president for its struggling U.S. division on Friday, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.
Business Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

Offbeat

Offbeat Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to the Pacific coast.