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520 Bridge Tolling
11:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Traffic slowly returning to 520 toll bridge

The 520 floating bridge, including the western high rise, where the bridge passes near the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle as it heads over Lake Washington.
Associated Press

The Washington Transportation Department says drivers are gradually returning to the Highway 520 floating bridge since tolling was imposed in late December.

Tolling spokeswoman Patty Michaud said Friday the bridge that handled about 100,000 vehicles a day now typically handles 60,000 to 65,000. Traffic had dropped by nearly half when tolling went into effect.

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Washington State Legislature
4:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Most new money in transpo budget would go to 520

OLYMPIA, Wash. — House Transportation leaders are unveiling their proposed supplemental transportation budget with $770 million in new spending, most of it pegged to the 520 bridge replacement project.

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Tech news
10:25 am
Thu February 16, 2012

MSN adds new feature to take Internet's pulse - targets young users

A screen grab from the new MSN service that creates 'news snacking' primarily for young people used to getting information through their mobile devices.

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is hooking up MSN.com with a hipper sidekick to broaden its appeal and stay on top of the Internet's hottest topics.

The trend-tracking service, called "msnNOW," tunes into the buzz by sifting through millions of Internet searches and links circulating among the hordes on Facebook and Twitter. The chatter is then distilled into the equivalent of a digital water cooler — a place where people can go to keep in touch without taking up a lot of their time.

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Whale hunting
9:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

'Whale wars' lawsuit in Seattle federal court

The Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 shoots its water cannons at the Sea Shepherd crew on a inflatable boat on Feb. 12 during an encounter by the whalers and anti-whaling activists in the Antarctic Sea.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society AP

A federal court hearing is scheduled for today in Seattle on a lawsuit filed by Japanese whale hunters against the Friday Harbor, Wash., based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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Business
9:45 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Amazon buys office tower space in downtown Seattle

A downtown Seattle property owner says Amazon.com has agreed to buy three blocks where it could build three office towers.

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Budget crisis
2:43 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Legislature edges closer to budget solution for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republicans and Democrats are merging closer on tax policy as they begin to formulate solutions on the state's budget shortfall.

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Washington State Legislature
4:43 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Penn State scandal spurring changes in Washington

Joe Paterno was fired for a scandal state lawmakers hope to avoid here.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The sex abuse scandal at Penn State University is spurring changes in Washington state.

Washington senators voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a plan that requires officials at higher education institutions to report suspected child abuse to authorities or to state's social services agency.

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Crime
12:20 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Prosecutors target Amanda Knox again; family not worried

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October in Seattle.
Associated Press

Amanda Knox and her family say they're not worried about a decision by Italian prosecutors to appeal her acquittal on charges of killing her roommate in 2007.

Earlier today, Italian prosecutors appealed to Italy's highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of Seattleite Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.

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Gay rights
12:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Gregoire signs same-sex marriage bill - Washington 7th in nation

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the nation's seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

It's a historic moment, but same-sex couples can't walk down the aisle just yet.

The law takes effect June 7, but opponents are already mounting challenges on multiple fronts.

Opponents planned to file a challenge Monday that could put the law on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.

Gay rights
8:11 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law on today.

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Boating incident
8:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Crabber missing off Whidbey Island

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A crab fisherman is missing from a 32-foot boat that was found empty with its motor running off Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.

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Global Health
1:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

'Three Cups of Tea' and 'deceit' has international aid in hot spotlight

Attorneys who accuse Greg Mortenson of defrauding readers in his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" say his case is no different from that of James Frey, who admitted on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that he lied in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces."

That lawsuit ended in a settlement that offered refunds to buyers of the book.

The high profile fight over Mortenson’s book and questions about his work has aid agencies worried, said KPLU’s global health and development writer Tom Paulson.

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Contagion
4:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

192 sickened so far after cheerleading tournament in Everett

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state Health Department spokesman says there have been 192 reports of illness among people who attended a state cheerleading tournament last weekend in Everett.

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Legalizing marijuana
1:40 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Marijuana legalization to be decided by Washington voters

Backers of the measure said it would allow the state to regulate marijuana use, raise money through taxes on marijuana and would squeeze the powerful drug cartels controlling the black market.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers said Thursday that an initiative to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana will be decided by voters.

If passed, Initiative 502 would make Washington the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and would place it at odds with federal law, which bans marijuana use of all kinds.

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Home loans
11:15 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Washington's share of mortgage settlement: $648 million

Washington's share of a $25 billion national settlement with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders will be about $648 million.

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