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Boeing Dreamliner
2:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Boeing: Battery fix tests to wrap up within 2 weeks

A pilot waves to bystanders while taxiing after landing a Boeing 787 flight test jet following a test flight Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Boeing Field, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Boeing said Friday that it expects to finish testing its battery fix for the 787 within two weeks. Then it will be up to the Federal Aviation Administration to decide when the planes fly again.

Boeing is testing several changes to the plane's lithium-ion battery aimed at preventing overheating and fire _ conditions that led to the global fleet of 787s being grounded for the past two months.

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Tsunami Debris
12:37 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Workers ready to remove tsunami dock from Wash. coast

Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock Friday Dec. 21, 2012 that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach near Forks Tuesday.
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Associated Press

Workers are waitingin Forks for better weather to start removing a 65-foot long dock that washed ashore on the Washington coast from the Japanese tsunami.

A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Keeley Belva, said Friday work could start over the weekend if weather, tides and safety considerations are favorable.

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Boeing Dreamliner
11:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Boeing: Commercial 787 flights to restart in weeks

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, center, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Friday, March 15, 2013.
Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

Boeing executives say commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets will resume "within weeks, not months" with a third of safety tests already completed.

They said Friday they had not pinpointed the causes of the two battery problems that resulted in the global grounding of the technologically advanced Dreamliner planes.

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Marijuana
4:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

U.N. official urges U.S. to fight Wash. marijuana laws

Associated Press

The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge the decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Washington and Colorado.

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Higgs boson
11:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Physicists now confident they found 'God particle'

FILE - This undated image made available by CERN shows a typical candidate event including two high-energy photons whose energy (depicted by red towers) is measured in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter.
CERN Associated Press

The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.

Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

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health
10:06 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

5-organ transplant patient becomes a mother

Fatema Al Ansari of Qatar, left, holds her baby Alkadi Alhayal, as her husband Khalifa Alhayal, right, looks on during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky Associated Press

A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.

Fatema Al Ansari, 26, said Wednesday she was overjoyed after giving birth by cesarean section Feb. 26. She held the sleeping child at a gathering with reporters Wednesday at the same hospital, Jackson Memorial, where she had transplant surgery in 2007. 

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House OKs 'Washington Dream Act'

Alan Cordova Flickr

The Washington House of Representatives has approved a measure giving young illegal immigrants eligibility to state college financial aid.

The House approved the so-called "Washington Dream Act" on a bipartisan 77-20 vote. They amended the bill on the floor to open college aid to all young illegal immigrants.

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Law
4:47 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Immigrant groups sue border agencies, allege mistreatment

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent keeps watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas.
Eric Gay Associated Press

Immigrant advocacy groups have filed nearly a dozen complaints and lawsuits against U.S. Customs and Border Protection across the country, claiming federal agents and officers mistreated and discriminated against illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.

The groups alleged Wednesday that officers at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., were complicit in sending a 4-year-old American girl to Guatemala without giving her parents a chance to retrieve her. Officers also detained a naturalized citizen who had been working with farmworkers in New York, kept women in cold detention cells in Texas and lied on an arrest report that led to an illegal immigrant's detention in Washington state, the advocacy groups said.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

State Senate seeks to safeguard workers' Facebook passwords

Timur Emek DAPD

Washington state senators are looking to safeguard the social media passwords of workers and job applicants.

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Papal Conclave
11:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Gregorio Borgia Associated Press

Jorge Bergiglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

Looking stunned, Francis shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals needed to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Seattle Port Commission gives itself sevenfold pay raise

The heavy lift ship Zhenhua 23 delivers three 267-foot tall cranes to a Port of Seattle terminal Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Chris Grygiel Associated Press

Port of Seattle commissioners voted Tuesday for a sevenfold pay raise to $42,000 a year, about the same as a Washington state legislator.

Port spokesman Jason Kelly says Commission President Tom Albro proposed the pay hike to make the job more attractive to applicants. The vote ties commission salaries to the pay of state lawmakers.

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Politics
11:01 am
Wed March 13, 2013

State Senate passes Inslee's climate bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee testifies before the House Environment Committee on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

The Washington state Senate has advanced a measure championed by Gov. Jay Inslee to study the best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the measure passed Wednesday, an outside consultant would review both Washington state's ongoing efforts to cut carbon emissions and similar endeavors elsewhere. It would then report back to the governor and legislative leaders.

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Politics
10:04 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Gov. Inslee disappointed with fate of gun bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to a joint session of the Washington Legislature, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, shortly after being sworn in as Governor, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Gov. Inslee disappointed with fate of gun bill Gov. Jay Inslee says he is disappointed that a proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales has stalled, but says he'll continue making phone calls on the issue.

After the issue locked up the House for much of the day Tuesday, the bill ultimately was not brought out for a vote and its sponsors conceded they could not get majority support for the measure, even with a proposed referendum clause that would have allowed the public to vote on the measure.

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Politics
9:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bill to expand background checks for gun sales fail in House

M Glasgow Flickr

A proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales has failed in the state House.

Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle said Tuesday night he was unable to corral the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill through the chamber. Pedersen says he was disappointed by the result, coming even after he agreed to add a referendum clause to the bill.

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Business
2:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787's batteries

All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off for the company's first non-stop flight from San Jose to Tokyo at the San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

Federal regulators have approved a Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, although extensive testing will be needed before the planes can fly passengers again.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday the plan includes a redesign of the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, better insulation of the battery's eight cells and the addition of a new containment and venting system.

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