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Local State asks judge for clarification in competency ruling
A lawyer for the state health services department has asked a federal judge to clarify or reconsider portions of her sweeping ruling that found that the state's practice of holding mentally ill people in jails for weeks or months while they await competency services was unconstitutional.
Local Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined
The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers - fish from Japanese waters - when it was spotted off the Oregon coast.

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Home Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction Rare 100-carat diamond up for auction (Video)
Sotheby's is preparing to auction a rare 100-carat emerald-cut diamond. The auction house says the diamond is expected to fetch as much as $25 million.
Home Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico Rare whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico
Researchers from the E/V Nautilus had quite a surprise Tuesday, when a curious sperm whale swam around their remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico. Cameras captured the encounter.

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Consumer Protect your pets year found from fleas Protect your pets year found from fleas
You're not the only one who's enjoying the warmer weather, so are the fleas that are on the lawn, at the park and maybe in your house. That's why you want to make sure your pets – both dogs and cats – are protected.
Consumer Top-rated cars and trucks for 2015 Top-rated cars and trucks for 2015
You've got to do your homework before you buy a car. You want to know the fuel economy, safety rating and reliability of the vehicles you’re considering. it's also important to take a test drive – a good long test drive – of those models.


Weather Weather blog: Hot, dry summer now the prohibitive favorite Weather blog: Hot, dry summer now the prohibitive favorite
Just like a song that has the same verse over... and over.... and over...

and over....

Here comes the fresh 90 day forecast from the NOAA's National Climate Prediction Center and the story...is the same. In fact, it might be even more declarative: May is going to be hot and dry. Late spring is going to be hot and dry.

The summer is going to be hot and dry.

The autumn will be... warm.


Entertainment Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty
Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors have demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."


Technology PC sales decline to lowest level in 6 years
Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the industry's ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.


Business Gauge of US economy rises 0.2 percent in March
An index designed to predict the future health of the economy slowly crept upward for the third straight month, a sign that the pace of growth has been weakening since the start of 2015.
Business Trade-off: Deal splits Democrats between business, labor
President Barack Obama pushed back Friday against Democrats who oppose a bipartisan accord on trade, dismissing their stand as a "ratification of the status quo" that would give countries like China a leg up on global commerce.
Business Citigroup slims down, boosts profits
Citigroup kept a lid on costs and that helped boost its bottom line last quarter. The big bank continues to slim down following the financial crisis.


Offbeat School for strippers shuttered after wild parties
If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion north of downtown Tampa might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.
Offbeat Cougar camps under house, shrugs off efforts to move him
A mountain lion certainly is acting like the Los Angeles celebrity he is: lounging under a home and refusing to be handled by wildlife officials who have used tennis balls, bean bags and prods in a failed attempt to dislodge the famous cat.