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5:01 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Behind cute face, a cold-blooded killer: Study finds cats kill billions of animals

Emma looks out from her cage at a pet trade show in Dresden, Germany.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 4:00 pm

Maybe that New Zealand environmentalist we told you about — the one who wanted to rid the country of cats because of all the birds they kill — was on to something: A new study published in journal Nature Communications found that cats are some of the most efficient and successful killers.

In all, the study found, cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year.

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3:43 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts Considering Lifting Ban On Gay Scouts, Leaders

In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.
Philip Hall / Enterprise-Journal AP

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:35 pm

The Boy Scouts of America are considering lifting a national ban on gay scouts and leaders, the organizations spokesman announced.

USA Today reports:

"If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting at their scheduled meeting next week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts' decade's old national policy banning homosexuals.

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5:38 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Gong ringers count-off for homeless population

One Night Count keeps track of the number of homeless people in King County.
Ed Yourdon Creative Commons

Over 2,000 people sleep outside in the cold according to One Night Count which tracks King County’s homeless population. Outside Seattle City Hall today, many involved with the count struck a gong for every homeless person found during this year's count.

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4:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Women soldiers reflect on new army career options

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:53 pm


JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Pentagon's decision to allow women in combat roles has some female soldiers rethinking their career trajectories.


Army Spc. Heidi Olson received a Purple Heart last year for shrapnel injuries she got during a foot patrol in Afghanistan. She feels she's earned the right to call herself a combat medic.


"Originally as a female, I wasn't allowed to be titled as a combat medic," Olson says. "It was a 'health care specialist.'"

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Transportation
11:20 am
Wed January 23, 2013

State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries

WSDOT

State lawmakers may reconsider the law that requires new ferries to be built in Washington.

An audit suggested ferries could be built cheaper at shipyards out of state.

The Daily Herald reports the audit is the subject of a legislative hearing Wednesday in Olympia. The audit cost $1.2 million and took a year to complete.

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5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

PEW report: Reinventing libraries

Inside Seattle Public Library.
marusin

Are you the person with a neat pile of library books on your bedside table? Or maybe you're a screen person with electronic copies of the latest e-books. Whether your preference is traditional print or digital, a new report says libraries won't be giving up the old for the new but that doesn't mean they won't add some bells and whistles.

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Pets
3:53 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Survey says: We're pet people in the Northwest

Pete Hopkins Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:03 pm

People in the Northwest are among the most likely in the nation to have pets. That's according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the top 10 for pet-owning households – with Oregon at No. 4, Washington at No. 6 and Idaho at No. 9.

Tom Meyer is a veterinarian in Vancouver, Wash. and sits on the board of the national vet group. He says it's not clear why the Northwest ranks so high, though rural states tend to have greater rates of pet ownership than more urban ones.

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2:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Dear Abby' dies; Pauline Phillips was adviser to millions

Pauline Phillips — Dear Abby — in 2001.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:52 am

Pauline Phillips, known to millions of advice-seekers around the world as the original "Dear Abby," has died. She was 94.

The company that syndicates Dear Abby says on its website that she "died Wednesday ... in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."

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12:28 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Search for victims lives on after suspected serial killer's suicide

Israel Keyes
FBI

SPOKANE, Wash. - Last month , a suspected serial killer from Washington killed himself in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. Israel Keyes’ suicide abruptly halted progress into uncovering one of the widest-ranging serial killing sprees in the U.S.

Now, the FBI is trying to piece together exactly what he did. As Jessica Robinson reports, investigators are struggling to connect seemingly random dots that they hope will lead them to other victims.

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Beer
2:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Breweries must share 'Budweiser' name, British court rules

A glass of Czech Budweiser beer is seen at the the Budejovicky Budvar brewery in southern Bohemia. Britain's highest court has ruled that the "Budweiser" name must be shared by two companies.
Michal Cizek AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:54 am

The word "Budweiser" will continue to mean two different things in Britain, where the brand name has been a bone of contention for more than a decade. The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled against Anheuser-Busch InBev's request to stop Czech brewery Budvar from selling beer under the Budweiser name.

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Facebook
2:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Facebook Unveils Graph Search, Adding A New 'Pillar' To Services

A sample search of Facebook's new Graph Search feature shows users' photographs. The company says users can also look for music.
Facebook

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:48 am

Users of Facebook will soon have a new search tool at their disposal, the leaders of the company announced Tuesday during a live event. The new Graph Search feature will let those on Facebook sift through photos, people, places, and business pages.

The new search ability will join Facebook users' newsfeed and timeline as "pillars" of their experience, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who predicted Graph Search would become an "amazing resource."

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Facebook
11:23 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Facebook unveils new social search feature "graph search"

CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces “graph search" at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday.
The Associated Press

MENLO PARK, Calif. — If you've ever wanted to know the most popular TV shows among your Facebook friends who are doctors, or wanted to see all the photos any of your friends have taken in Paris, the world's biggest online social network has the answer.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature on Tuesday in Facebook's first staged event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters since its May initial public offering.

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4:34 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

We can all agree baby pandas are cute. But why?

Tai Shan and his mother, Mei Xiang, enjoy frozen fruit treats at the National Zoo in 2006.
Avie Schneider NPR

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:05 am

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. Fans crowded around the exhibit, their camera lenses extended, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub. If they're lucky and actually do see the 16-pound panda (his Chinese name means "Little Gift"), there'll be much oooing and aaahing.

You'd have to be heartless not to agree that pandas, especially the youngest of them, are as cute as all get-out. Right? But why?

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3:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Kickstarter pledges topped $320M in 2012; Site names year's top projects

The MaKey MaKey invention kit includes a plan for making a "banana piano," helping the Kickstarter project make it to the site's best-of-2012 list. Kickstarter says 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million in 2012.
Kickstarter

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:54 pm

Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded inventors and entrepreneurs with online investors, fully funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says that in total, more than 2.2 million people pledged a total of nearly $320 million. For the year, 17 projects raised more than $1 million.

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10:11 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Mudslides continue to plague rail traffic north of Seattle

"With the steep slopes on one side and water on the other, we know that debris is going to roll downhill," says BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas of the rail corridor between Seattle and Everett. "And unfortunately, we're caught at the bottom with the shovel."
Zargoman photo Flickr

Mudslides continue to shut down train tracks, and halt passenger rail traffic north of Seattle.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says tracks between Seattle and Everett have been shut down for passenger trains 95 percent of the time since Thanksgiving. 

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