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Local Gov. Jay Inslee, thousands of teachers rally at Capitol (New) Gov. Jay Inslee, thousands of teachers rally at Capitol
Thousands of teachers and their supporters crowded the steps of the Washington state Capitol's legislative building for a rally Saturday morning to call for teacher pay raises, smaller class sizes and less standardized testing.

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Local (New) Gov. Jay Inslee, thousands of teachers rally at Capitol
Thousands of teachers and their supporters crowded the steps of the Washington state Capitol's legislative building for a rally Saturday morning to call for teacher pay raises, smaller class sizes and less standardized testing.
National & World US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.

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YouNews Prettiest flowers of all.. Prettiest flowers of all..
When Seattle finally comes out of the rainy (and sometimes ) snowy winter, it's time to check out one of the prettiest flower festivals around: the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Taken with Nikon D750, 50MM, F/1.

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Sports Hernandez dominant, Cruz goes deep as M's beat Twins 2-0
Felix Hernandez tossed a five-hitter for his first complete game victory since August 2012, and Nelson Cruz gave him all the offense he needed with his major league leading ninth home run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday night.

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Home Watch: Cellphone cam catches stage collapse Watch: Cellphone cam catches stage collapse (Video)
A student's cellphone camera captured the moment that a stage collapsed during the end of a high school performance in central Indiana. More than a dozen people were hurt, one critically.
Home College kegger: University gets in on craft brew College kegger: University gets in on craft brew (Video)
Theres never been a shortage of beer on college campuses. But students at Cal Poly-Pomona are learning how to brew, serving their product to classmates, and hoping to land jobs in craft breweries when they graduate.

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Consumer Trust your gut when choosing a vet Trust your gut when choosing a vet
There are lots of factors to consider when you choose a vet for your pet. Price is important. So is reputation. And location. But there's something else to consider: The feeling you get when you visit the place.

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Weather Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red Smoke from Siberian wildfires turns Northwestern sunsets a fiery red (Photo Gallery)
The scenes have almost felt like they're out of Hollywood imagination -- brilliant red sunrises and sunsets the last couple of days around Western Washington.

Why so red? It's a byproduct of the massive wildfires that recently burned a large area in Siberia.

The atmospheric winds are aligned this week to carry the smoke across the Pacific Ocean and into the Pacific Northwest.

First up, to get an idea of just how much smoke is in the atmosphere, look at this visible satellite image taken on April 14 of the southeastern Siberia area where the wildfires got out of control:


Credit: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Where did the smoke go? This graphic is a model trajectory tracing back the air pattern across the Pacific Ocean over the past week. Note the air from the wildfires makes somewhat of a bee line toward Seattle (with a brief stop for a loop-de-loop in the central Pacific:)



Amazingly the smoke is still quite intense when it gets here -- check out this high-resolution satellite image from Saturday and note the haze over Washington and British Columbia:

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Entertainment Dates announced for two '50 Shades' sequels (Photo Gallery)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles in the sequels "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" on Valentine's weekends in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Universal Pictures announced Thursday.

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Technology A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation (Photo Gallery)
This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with helmets and jockstraps affixed with long hooks.

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Business Durable goods orders up, but business investment falls again
Purchases of long-lasting manufactured goods in March jumped by the largest amount in eight months, but a closer look at the details reveals that businesses kept pruning their investment plans in the face of a softening U.S. economy.
Business Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns
PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

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