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Local Sunken freighter being raised from Tacoma waterway
Operations are under way to raise and remove the Helena Star, a former drug-smuggling freighter that sank at the old Mason Marine location in Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma last year.


Entertainment Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?


Offbeat Vandalism with a (cinnamon) twist? Vandalism with a (cinnamon) twist?(Video)
It's vandalsim with a twist. In this case maybe a cinnamon twist. Somebody's been pelting cars and smearing windows with sticky pastries in Hillsboro.

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Local Historic West Seattle movie theater facing money woes(Video)
The historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle has been entertaining movie fans for decades. But the theater could close its doors by the end of the year if some major upgrades can't be completed, employees said.

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National & World Wyoming cave with trove of fossil secrets to be excavated Wyoming cave with trove of fossil secrets to be excavated
For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.


Sports Colon overpowers Mariners in New York's 3-2 win Colon overpowers Mariners in New York's 3-2 win
SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon watched the line drive fall into the outfield grass and applauded. It was all Colon could do after his attempt to toss the first perfect game in New York Mets history was thwarted.
Sports DeGrom tames Mariners in Mets 3-1 victory
Jacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven impressive innings, Lucas Duda hit a mammoth home run and the New York Mets beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Tuesday night.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Behind-The-Scenes: The day before Nordstrom's Designer Preview Fashion Show(Photo Gallery)
The Nordstrom Designer Preview is tomorrow night, where high-end fashion designers showcase their Fall 2014 lines on a runway right here in Seattle. But before Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana adorn the models tomorrow night - they need to be unpacked.

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Technology FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless(New) FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless
It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.
Healthworks FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant
As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences.
Consumer Protecting electronics on vacation Protecting electronics on vacation(Video)
Vacation coming up? Chances are you'll be packing a lot of electronics like smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, GPS devices, cameras, iPod and speakers. They practically need their own suitcase! But if you are thinking of checking them as baggage think again.


Weather By the numbers: Wednesday's record rainfall(New) By the numbers: Wednesday's record rainfall(Video)
After the first three weeks of July began generally sunny and warm-to-hot, things changed in a hurry on July 23rd as a potent storm rolled through Western Washington, bringing a record amount of rainfall to the Puget Sound region.

Here are some of the statistics from the storm:
Weather Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine Northwest wildfires take 'shine' out of Midwestern sunshine
The wildfires raging across Washington, Oregon and Idaho are not only bringing a dense, smoky haze to much of the area just to the east of the Cascades, but its effects are being felt over 1,000 miles away across the Upper Midwest.

Jonathan Yuhas, a meteorologist with KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, noted that skies over Minnesota have taken a "frosty haze" to them ever since the wildfires have erupted here in the Northwest.



Technology Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that.
Technology Verizon launches rewards program with tracking
Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked.
Technology Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service
Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.


Business (New) Wal-Mart names new CEO of U.S. discount division
Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.


Offbeat California homeowners warned about brown lawns
Some homeowners following the state's new drought-conscious motto that brown is the new green are being warned by local governments that they could be slapped with fines because of those dried up lawns.