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Weather roundup
2:09 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Winter weather hits region hard: heavy rains, mudslides, street flooding

Seattle pedestrians had to jump from here to there at some street corners as the rains fell hard this morning.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Forecasters say the wet and windy weather with mountain snow will continue this week in Washington, but there may be a lull on Thanksgiving Day. The current deluge so far has resulted in a few mudslides, street flooding and a state trooper’s car being smashed.

The National Weather Service says a series of Pacific storms are aiming to hit the Northwest every day or two.

Getting around

The morning commute around Seattle was tough, but the commute home today may be a bit easier.

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Environment
11:08 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Tsunami debris reported closer to Washington coast

The latest projection by NOAA of where the tsunami debris might be.

EVERETT, Wash. — A Seattle oceanographer who has been tracking debris from the Japanese tsunami says a huge debris field, hundreds of miles across, is about 400 miles off the Washington coast.

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Same-sex marriage
12:38 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Seattle City Hall to host same-sex weddings on Sunday, Dec. 9

Eight municipal judges are donating their time to marry couples between noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, three days after Referendum 74 takes effect.
Andreas Levers Flickr

Seattle City Hall will open for several hours for wedding ceremonies on the Sunday after Washington state's new law allowing gay marriage takes effect.

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2012 Elections
10:18 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Latin American leaders call for review of US legal pot votes

Mexican Army soldiers custody the entrance of a clandestine tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California's border with Mexico in Tijuana two years ago.Big questions in Latin America follow U.S. elections.
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY – Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

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2012 Elections
6:17 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Jay Inslee elected governor of Washington; McKenna concedes defeat

Jay Inslee
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Jay Inslee elected governor of Washington as Rob McKenna concedes.

Inslee secured victory in Washington's close race for governor Friday, vowing to focus his administration on jump-starting the state's economy. He thanked opponent Rob McKenna for what he described as a gracious conversation Friday night in which the Republican conceded the race.

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2012 Elections
6:10 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

McKenna concedes defeat in Washington governor's race

Republican candidate for Washington governor Rob McKenna concedes election. He is shown here Tuesday night with his wife.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is conceding defeat.

Campaign manager Randy Pepple told reporters Friday night that McKenna called Democrat Jay Inslee to congratulate him. Inslee had steadily held a 51 percent advantage in the race as ballots were counted this week.

The decision brings to end one of the most watched, most expensive gubernatorial races in the country. The two candidates and outside political groups raised and spent some $40 million in the race.

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City news
9:56 am
Fri November 9, 2012

State may ban some octopus hunting near Seattle

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department says it will consider banning octopus hunting near popular Seattle beaches and possibly other areas of Puget Sound where divers enjoy watching the animals.

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City news
9:42 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Owls attack! People being 'swooped' in Seattle-area parks

“It felt like a sharp tearing, stinging, feeling in the back,” Celina Calado told KING. She been attacked on Bridle Trail near Kirkland.
Matthew Paulson Flickr

Barred owls have been swooping down on people in Seattle-area parks.

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2012 Elections
7:21 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Same-sex marriage backers declare win; Feds expected to battle legal pot

"The Department of Justice's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," read identical statements issued by the U.S. attorney's offices in Denver and Seattle.
Kathleen Ann Flickr

Washington joined Colorado in voting to become the first states to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but people shouldn't expect to be able to buy a bag of legitimate weed any time soon.

Nor should they expect the law to go into effect with out a fight with federal law agencies, said Sam Kamin, professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“My gut feeling is that the federal government won’t currently tolerate the commercial recreational sale of marijuana, that is they will not allow it to be regulated like alcohol. That just seems a bridge too far,” he said.

Complete I-502 story.

Same-sex marriage backers say they've won

Washington United for Marriage has declared victory in the same-sex marriage referendum.

“This is a clear win,” the group's campaign manager Zach Silk said in a press release.

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earthquake
9:26 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Magnitude 6.3 quake off Canada's west coast

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck off the west coast of Canada but no damages have been reported and no tsunami warning has been issued.

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Crime
7:52 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Canadian who flew pot into US gets 10 years

A helicopter pilot from Armstrong, British Columbia, who flew loads of marijuana into the United States from Canada has been sentenced in federal court in Seattle to 10 years in prison.

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2012 elections
7:06 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Results still unclear for Wash. charter initiative

More ballots have been counted, but the results are still unclear for Washington's charter schools initiative. The measure is narrowly passing, but hundreds of thousands of votes have yet to be counted.

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2012 Elections
3:04 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Partners in crime? New state laws challenge fed’s marijuana stance

Will new marijuana legalization laws in Washington and Colorado force the federal government to rethink its stance on the drug?
Paul Evans Flickr

First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people.

Colorado and Washington have become the first states to allow pot for recreational use.

Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than a costly, failed U.S. drug war now have their chance to prove it.

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Marijuana legalization
9:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Feds expected to battle Washington, Colorado over legal marijuana

"The Department of Justice's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," read identical statements issued by the U.S. attorney's offices in Denver and Seattle.
The Associated Press

Washington joined Colorado in voting to become the first states to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but people shouldn't expect to be able to buy a bag of legitimate weed any time soon.

Nor should they expect the law to go into effect with out a fight with federal law agencies, said Sam Kamin, professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“My gut feeling is that the federal government won’t currently tolerate the commercial recreational sale of marijuana, that is they will not allow it to be regulated like alcohol. That just seems a bridge too far,” he said.

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2012 elections
9:34 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Seattle voters approve $290 million seawall

Seattle voters have approved a $290 million, 30-year bond measure to rebuild the seawall along the downtown waterfront on Elliott Bay.

And King County voters have approved a $119 million, six-year renewal of a levy to pay for fingerprint processing system for law enforcement. The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/RPHYiZ ) the two measures will increase property taxes on a $360,000 home in Seattle by $68 a year. The seawall is a necessary part of the project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel and renovated Seattle waterfront. 

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