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Business
10:31 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Tribe's high-interest online lending venture booms

HELENA, Mont. — An Indian reservation in Montana may seem an unlikely place to borrow a quick $600.

But the Chippewa Cree tribe says its new online lending company has already given out more than 121,000 loans this year at interest rates that can reach a whopping 360 percent.

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Holiday spirit
2:33 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

California family answers girl's 'balloon mail' to Santa

AUBURN, Wash. — A 5-year-old girl sent a letter to Santa attached to two pink balloons, and it ended up in the hands of a California ranching family who say they'll make the girl's wishes come true.

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Law
10:18 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Longtime Alaska guide charged with smuggling mammoth fossil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska river guide has been accused of helping a client smuggle a 10,000-year-old mammoth fossil out of Alaska.

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Law and order
8:25 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle

In a photo released by Nike Inc., the Air Jordan XI, released in 1996, is shown. This month, Nike releases the 23rd edition ... amid pepper spray in Seattle.
Associated Press

Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday.

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Holiday spirit
9:44 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Aberdeen rallies around laid off diner workers with 'Grinch fund'

America's Diner on Google maps ( ... the reason for the little red dot).

ABERDEEN, Wash. — A regular customer at a shuttered Aberdeen diner that left 12 workers out of work has successfully led a fundraiser that collected nearly $17,000 to help them out.

Glenn Ludwig launched the "Grinch fund" after learning that the 12 workers at his favorite diner — America's Diner — were left jobless and without a paycheck since before Thanksgiving.

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Other News
9:23 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Cops: Drunk tried driving hurt deer to NY hospital

GREECE, N.Y. — Police say a drunken New York man struck a deer with his vehicle, then tried driving the injured animal to a nearby hospital — for humans.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Baby joins orcas in Puget Sound, raising their numbers to 89

New killer whale calf born to Jpod in December 2011.
Candace Emmons NOAA - NMFS Research Permit #781-1824.

A new baby orca was photographed Saturday in a pod that lives in Puget Sound.

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center posted a website photo Wednesday shot by scientist Candice Emmons.

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parking matters
9:18 am
Wed December 21, 2011

City of Spokane gives a gift instead of parking tickets

SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane parking enforcement will give out special tickets this year, but it’s not what you think.

It’s a courtesy parking ticket issued by the city of Spokane in conjunction with Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. The ticket gives extra time instead of a citation, and encourages the owner to move their vehicle.

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Budget crisis
4:43 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Gregoire signs budget, seeks timeline on more cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a plan to ease the state's $1.4 billion shortfall.

Gregoire signed a new budget Tuesday that uses a variety of cuts, transfers and delayed payments to save $480 million.

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Warships
12:11 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

3 aircraft carriers could be sharing Bremerton

Carrying some 5,000 sailors, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz docks for a port call in Hong Kong water in 2010.
Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. — Three aircraft carriers could end up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at the same time in the next couple of months.

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Law
12:02 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Lawsuit announced in Snohomish County falling-ice fatality

EVERETT, Wash. — A Tacoma law firm called a news conference Tuesday to announce a lawsuit in the death of Grace Tam, a Marysville girl killed by falling ice in July 2010 at the Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls.

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Business
2:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile

T-Mobile will not be bought by AT&T.
Flickr

AT&T ends its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom amid antitrust concerns, The Associated Press reports.

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Environment
11:29 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Eagle to be removed from critical habitat list in Washington

A bald eagle photographed near Bainbridge Island in 2008.
Karen Morris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Forest Practices Board plans to remove the bald eagle and peregrine falcon from the state critical habitat list to be consistent with federal and state endangered species laws.

The board will listen to testimony on the changes at hearing Jan. 3 in Olympia and Jan. 5 in Ellensburg.

Education
10:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Achievement gap among Seattle black students

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.

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Puget Sound history
10:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Famed Washington ferry Kalakala reportedly sold for $1

The Kalakala was towed back to Washington in 1998 with the idea it would be restored, but no one has yet come up with the money.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — The owner of the historic Washington ferry Kalakala says on his website the vessel has been sold for $1 to an anonymous buyer who promises to restore the vessel to its art deco glory.

No other details about the plans were posted on the Kalakala Website.

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