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National & World Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

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National & World Users to change passwords following health care site security flaw
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Local Truck slams into McDonald's patio; 4 to hospital
Police in Longview, Wash., say a pickup truck that ran a red light collided with two other vehicles and then ran up onto a fence surrounding an outdoor eating area at a McDonald's restaurant. The pickup driver, a woman seated at an outdoor restaurant table and two others were taken to a hospital.
Local (New) Last flyable B-29 'superfort' to visit Seattle
In June, the only B-29 in existence that still flies, will be visiting Seattle and other cities in the state, offering people a close up look at the Boeing built plane that helped end World War II.

One of 1,100 produced at the Renton plant, Fifi is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), and makes a stop in June at the Museum of Flight.

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Entertainment Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise
When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.

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Offbeat Homesick for prison, man robs bank and waits for cops Homesick for prison, man robs bank and waits for cops
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason: He was homesick for prison.

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Local (New) Oregon rules leave pot test labs with little oversight
The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise - marijuana testing - but leaves it virtually unregulated.

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National & World (New) Documents detail another delayed GM recall
General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.
National & World Hawaiian corn is genetically engineered crop flash point
You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.
National & World Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested(Photo Gallery)
The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

Sports

Sports Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba
The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Roundup: Easter specials
Not interested in hosting a huge family event at your house this Easter? We get it. Cooking, cleaning, hosting - no thanks. Luckily there are tons of restauarnts and bars out there who will not only be open on Easter Sunday, but are cooking up special menus just for you and your loved ones.

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Healthworks DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Consumer Cheap phone service Cheap phone service(Video)
The average bill for phone, Internet and TV runs more than $150 a month, according to market research firm, the Mintel Group. One way to trim your costs is to cut the cord and switch to a phone service that delivers calls via the Internet. Consumer Reports recommends a phone service called Ooma.

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Weather Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle Long range forecasts maintain hot summer forecast for Seattle(Photo Gallery)
The monthly updates to the long-range seasonal forecasts came out this week and I'm not sure who is cheering louder: those who like hot summers in the West or those in New England and the Midwest who are now being given above-average odds for a warm winter this year after a current "winter" that is still bringing several inches of snow in mid-April.

(In fact, Marquette, Mich. reported low temperatures below zero on Wednesday morning. Yes, April 16th!!!)

For just the 30 day May forecast, forecasts paint a moderately strong signal that the month will be warmer than average, and a fairly decent signal that it will also be drier than average.

(Key: Brown is warmer than average, blue is cooler than average on the temperature map. For rainfall, brown means drier than normal while green means higher odds of wetter than normal conditions.)

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Technology

Technology 5 features an Amazon phone might offer
Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year.
Technology Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

Business

Business Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.
Business Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.
Business Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much trouble people are in."

Offbeat

Offbeat More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets(Photo Gallery)
A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.
Offbeat Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher
A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.