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Local Idaho university employee faces backlash over big game hunting
Officials with Idaho State University are distancing themselves from one of their accountants who is being criticized for posting photos of large animals she has killed while legally hunting in South Africa.

Entertainment

Entertainment Say it isn't so! Kermit and Miss Piggy split (New) Say it isn't so! Kermit and Miss Piggy split
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who have been on-again, off-again over the years, have now called it quits. But they're vowing to remain professional on their new prime-time comedy, "The Muppets," premiering Sept. 22 on ABC.

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YouNews Up! Up! And away! Up! Up! And away!
When I saw this dramatic cloud to the north, it reminded me of smoke, rising in billows until it hits the jet stream, then it's pulled hundreds of miles east. I had to capture it quickly. Within minutes the effect had faded.

Local & Regional

Local EPA: Withhold permit for huge oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver
Environmentalists opposed to the construction of the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver say it could be a "game-changer" that two federal agencies have recently expressed concerns about the project.
Local Ex-worker sues Safeway over leering customer
A former Safeway employee has filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain saying she was forced to quit because a customer repeatedly stared at her breasts and made vulgar comments.

Around the World

National & World Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded
A shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake, and then spilled onto the streets outside early Tuesday, left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said. It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.
National & World Cranes fall on homes in Netherlands, 1 survivor rescued
Rescuers pulled a survivor from under the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened on Monday shortly after two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city toppled onto a row of buildings, a fire department spokesman said.

Sports

Sports Cruz hits 30th homer, Mariners beat Rockies 8-7
Felix Hernandez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nelson Cruz homered in a fourth consecutive game to reach 30 for the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Monday night.

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Top Video

Home Orcas pop out of water close to coast Orcas pop out of water close to coast
Whale watchers on an island in southern British Columbia got quite a treat. A pod of orcas popped out of the water very close to shore.

Your Life, Your Style

Consumer An app for Alzheimer's? An app for Alzheimer's?
It seems like there is an app for everything. A new one called Gray Matters delivers reliable information each day about dementia and encourages behavior that may reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
Consumer Answering phone brings jail threat Answering phone brings jail threat (Video)
After what just happened, Barbara Berg feels kind of like the garden she waters every day - soaked. A company called her out of the blue about and said she owed $4,995 for an unpaid bill. It didn't add up- but Berg and her husband are in the process of buying property.

Extras

Weather Time lapse videos show off beauty, power of nature Time lapse videos show off beauty, power of nature (Video)
West coast photographers have been busy getting great videos of the power and beauty of nature lately, so it's a perfect time to feature a few in the blog.

This first one (above) is from Arizona storm chaser Mike Olbinski, who spent quite a bit of time traversing the Midwest and Desert Southwest compiling the video for his film, which has over 45,000 images.

I suggest playing the video full screen on 4k resolution if you've got the bandwidth for it. It's amazing.

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Technology

Technology Review: Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor
With Windows 10, everyone gets along. There are still separate desktop and tablet modes, but you largely stick with one or the other depending on whether you have a keyboard.
Technology Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras
Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung.
Technology Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means
Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

Business

Business U.S. factory orders advance 1.8 percent in June
Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, and a key category that reflects business investment plans posted a modest rise. But the gains weren't robust enough to suggest that the sluggish manufacturing sector is mounting a significant turnaround.
Business Freddie Mac posts $4.2 billion profit in 2nd quarter
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.
Business Leath insurer Aetna tops 2nd quarter profit forecasts
Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a $35 billion acquisition.

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