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Local Poll: Majority of voters support gun background check measure (New) Poll: Majority of voters support gun background check measure
A new poll released this week shows most Washington state voters support a ballot measure requiring universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, but that same survey suggests that undecided voters could swing the outcome of a rival gun initiative.
Local Oregon, Alaska now ground zero in legal marijuana fight Oregon, Alaska now ground zero in legal marijuana fight
From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

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Local (New) Poll: Majority of voters support gun background check measure
A new poll released this week shows most Washington state voters support a ballot measure requiring universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, but that same survey suggests that undecided voters could swing the outcome of a rival gun initiative.
Local Oregon, Alaska now ground zero in legal marijuana fight
From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.
Microsoft (New) Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking
Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.
National & World Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

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Offbeat

Offbeat Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13 Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13
A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.

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Local Starbucks to baristas: Don't put a ring on it (Video)
Seattle-based Starbucks is telling baristas and other retail employees to refrain from wearing almost all jewelry, including engagement rings, while at work. The coffee giant says it is adhering to federal food safety guidelines, as it amps up food offerings at thousands of stores over the next five years.

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Sports Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7 Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7
Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
Sports Seahawks expected to start Coyle at LB
Undrafted rookie Brock Coyle is expected to start at middle linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks this week against Oakland.

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Home Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west Hawaii hit by winds, rain as Ana veers west (Video)
Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.

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Consumer Sometimes, it pays to pay more Sometimes, it pays to pay more
Price and quality don't always go hand-and-hand. Sometimes, inexpensive products are as good as or better than their more expensive counterparts. But that's not always the case.
Consumer Catch Caddy: Does it work? Catch Caddy: Does it work? (Video)
Promoters of the Catch Caddy tout an ultra-flexible, one-size-fits-all design that fits between the front seats and console of most cars. It resembles a large, open, plastic envelope-style clutch bag without the flap.

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Weather Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature Flight taking longer than normal? Blame Mother Nature
I just got back from a recent trip to Denver last week and it amazed me that my flight down there was about 35 minutes shorter than the flight coming home.

The pilot on the return trip had mentioned we were running into over 100 mph head winds on the way home and it got me to thinking: You know, you can look these things up ahead of time and get a general idea if your flight is destined to zoom to your destination like a Ferrari, or putter along like 4 cylinder compact.

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Technology

Technology Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots
The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.
Technology Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

Business

Business Small business divided over minimum wage votes
Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.
Business Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying
The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels.
Business Amazon opens 3 logistics centers in Poland
Ahead of Christmas, popular U.S. online retailer Amazon has opened three logistics centers in western Poland, completing a network that covers the European market.

Offbeat

Offbeat Ha-ha! Finland comic win's world's funniest competition
The winner of the Funniest Person in the World competition is a brown-haired, slightly rotund stand-up comic from Finland who boasts he has hit on the perfect solution to the planet's international monetary woes.