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2012 elections
4:12 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Nielsen says 51.4 million watched VP debate

NEW YORK — Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden wasn't quite the same television draw as Sarah Palin versus Biden four years ago.

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Arena deal
11:08 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Longshore Union challenging new Seattle NBA arena plan

The Longshore Union has announced its intent to file a legal challenge to the proposed basketball arena in the industrial area south of downtown Seattle.

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2012 elections
3:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads

Screen grab of the new ad by same-sex marriage foes.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has started running its first TV ads in the state.

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Ref. 74
11:02 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Nordstom backs same-sex marriage referendum

Picture of Nordstrom pulled from their Facebook page
Nordstrom

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Upscale department store chain Nordstrom Inc. has joined a number of Pacific Northwest businesses in expressing support for same-sex marriage.

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Marijuana policies
10:05 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Study: 240,000 arrested for having pot in Wash.; minorities hit hardest

A new study looks at how many people have been arrested for marijuana possession in Washington state over the past 25 years, and it's a big number: 240,000.

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Other News
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

WSU student survives 11-story fall

PULLMAN, Wash. — A Washington State University student has survived a fall from the 11th story of a dormitory building.

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2012 elections
3:23 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

McKenna, Inslee meeting for high-profile debate

Washington's candidates for governor are preparing to meet in their highest-profile debate.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will discuss the issues Thursday night in Seattle. The event will begin at 9 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the vice presidential debate.

The latest meeting of the candidates will air live on five Seattle-area television stations, along with several other stations in the region. A final debate will be held on October 16.

Marijuana legalization
11:27 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ex-DOJ officials pitch for marijuana initiative in new ad

"We know first hand that decades of marijuana arrests have failed to reduce use," Charlie Mandigo says in the ad.

The campaign to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales for those over 21 in Washington is launching a new television ad campaign Thursday featuring former federal law enforcement officials.

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Liquor privatization
4:23 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington liquor sales show continued strength

With liquor privatization came higher prices, but much greater availability.
Jake Ellison KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system.

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Killer whales
1:02 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets

In this photo taken Monday, the dorsal fin of an orca whale is seen as the animal swims in Puget Sound in view of the setting sun as seen from Seattle's West Seattle neighborhood.
The Associated Press

More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set.

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ultimate sports
10:28 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Update: Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15 from his special capsule above New Mexico.
The Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. ­– Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

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airport security
10:11 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Cancer patient asked to lift bandages at Seattle airport

A leukemia patient making what she calls an "end-of-life" trip to Hawaii says she was embarrassed by security agents at the Seattle airport who refused her request for a private pat-down and made her lift her shirt and pull back her bandages.

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Other News
4:38 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Man dies after live roach-eating contest in Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say the winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python.

The Broward County sheriff's office says in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death.

Airline problems
9:37 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines

The airline has been unable to check in passengers for any flight since 7:40 a.m. Monday.
Eric Prado Flickr

Company officials say a computer problem is causing significant delays for all Alaska Airlines flights.

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Food Safety
11:09 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tainted peanut butter confirmed in plant and Washington home

KevinElliottChi Flickr

The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

The FDA said Friday that Washington state health officials have also confirmed the presence of salmonella in a jar of the Trader Joe's peanut butter found in a victim's home.

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