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Environment
8:41 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Valuable trees attacked in Seattle arboretum

Authorities say vandals have destroyed eight recently planted trees in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum.

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Business
12:54 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Facebook sets $28 to $35 price range for IPO

NEW YORK — Facebook has set a price range of $28 to $35 for its initial public offering of stock.

At the high end, this could raise as much as $11.8 billion. That's much higher than any other Internet IPO in the past, even Google Inc. in 2004.

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healthcare controversy
10:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Women sue McKenna over federal health care law

A lawsuit being filed against Attorney General Rob McKenna says his participation in legal action that seeks to overturn the new federal health care law threatens access to comprehensive coverage for women.

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Right to die
4:45 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

70 people die in Washington through lethal prescriptions

OLYMPIA, Wash. — At least 70 people died in Washington last year after requesting and taking a lethal prescription through Washington's Death with Dignity law, the Department of Health reported Wednesday.

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May Day protests
1:40 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mayor's home vandalized; emergency measures lifted; May Day fallout begins

A protester is struck druing May Day marches in Seattle.
Evan Hoover KPLU

With dozens of big, expensive windows smashed in downtown Seattle, eight arrests and reports that rocks were thrown through windows at Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's home last night, the fallout from yesterday's May Day rallies and protests is just beginning to take shape.

This morning the mayor announced that all emergency measures put in place to respond to the rolling violence and anti-capitalist protests that paralyzed downtown have been lifted.

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May Day protests
5:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Violent May Day protests in Seattle; Mayor signs emergency order; Businesses board up windows

Seattle police officers face off with demonstrators at First Avenue and Pike Street after confiscating a pole and making arrests.
Evan Hoover KPLU

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn evoked his emergency powers – during a day of violent protests and six arrests – ordering police to confiscate items from May Day protesters and revelers alike that could be used to damage property.

Some protesters dressed all in black used 3-inch thick sticks, which were disguised as flag poles, and tire irons to break windows in Seattle during rolling protests and marches that paralyzed downtown.

"The police officers will be approaching individuals who’ll be carrying items known to be weapons, confront them and ask them to peacefully give them up.  And if not peacefully given up, they will be confiscated," McGinn said at an afternoon press conference.

Around 4:30 p.m. officers arrested a handful of protesters after one policeman took a pole from a protester at First Avenue and Pike Street. That protester attempted to take the pole back and several others came to his aid, but officers made the arrests and pushed the others back. Both sides then faced off again in the street at the Pike Place Market until the demonstrators migrated back to Westlake Center.

(Photo gallery and videos after jump.)

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farm workers
4:35 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Wash. farm fined $1 million for using illegal immigrants

A Washington state organic farm has been fined $1 million for firing, then rehiring illegal immigrants following a federal audit.

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Crime
9:03 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Shoplifter pulls sword at Longview store

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A suspected shoplifter pulled a small sword on a security officer who tried to stop him at the same Fred Meyer store in Longview where a guard's ear was cut with a hatchet in December in another shoplifting confrontation.

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Seattle schools
5:20 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Anaheim superintendent Banda picked for Seattle schools

Updated

The Seattle School Board is asking Anaheim School Superintendent Jose Banda to lead the Seattle school district.

The district says Board President Michael DeBell contacted Banda Sunday night, and he expressed his willingness to take the job.

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State liqour law
5:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Seattle still waiting for state's vote to extend bar hours

Following objections from other cities, Seattle will have to wait a month to know if its efforts to extend bar hours beyond 2 a.m. can go forward.

Seattle officials have wanted to make last call later, arguing that law enforcement is burdened by a mass of drunks tumbling out of night clubs and bars.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Report: Hanford vessels fail to meet requirements

YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal audit has concluded that the Energy Department and a contractor building a nuclear plant at the Hanford reservation installed tanks that did not always meet requirements of a quality assurance program or the contract.

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Mysterious illness
12:43 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Hazmat response at Everest College in Everett

EVERETT, Wash. — Firefighters who responded to a report of a noxious odor at Everest College in Everett have taken 11 people to a hospital complaining of dizziness or headaches.

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Election 2012
8:46 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Wheat growers excluded from Spokane parade

SPOKANE, Wash. — Wheat may be king in the Palouse region, but don't look for its float at Spokane's annual Lilac Festival Parade.

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Food safety
3:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mad cow case found, but meat supply deemed safe

U.S. officials announced a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in California. It is only the fourth such case detected in the U.S. since the first case was identified in 2003.

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space exloration
3:40 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches

This computer-generated image provided by Planetary Resources, a group of high-tech tycoons that wants to mine nearby asteroids, shows a conceptual rendering of a spacecraft preparing to capture a water-rich, near-Earth asteroid.
The Associated Press

Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.

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