All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Washington’

Misty Upham Died of Blunt-Force Injuries, Shows Autopsy

Misty Upham, the 32-year-old actress who went missing in early October, died of blunt force injuries to the head and torso. According to a Seattle Times report the cause of death was announced this week by the King County, Washington Medical Examiner’s Office. Upham was reported missing by her family on October 6. She was last seen on October 5 …

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Shaylee Chuckulnaskit: Third Shooting Victim Dies

A third victim from the Washington state high school shooting has died. According to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, passed away on Friday, raising the number of casualties from the shooting to four. “Today at 4:45 p.m. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, known affectionately as Shay to her family and friends, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Center …

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Misty Upham: Search For Missing Actress Continues

The search for Misty Upham, the 32-year-old actress who went missing last week, is continuing. Police in the Seattle, Washington suburb of Auburn told The Seattle Times that they are “concerned” about Upham’s disappearance but that the incident is not being considered suspicious. Upham was reported missing on October 6. She was last seen on October 5 walking away from …

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Google Shopping Express Becomes Google Express, Expands

Google announced that it has changed the name of Google Shopping Express to just Google Express, is expanding it into more cities, and that it now includes more retail partners. Google Shopping Express was first introduced early last year as a local delivery service enabling people to get same-day delivery on some items. It initially launched in San Francisco with …

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Bill & Melinda Gates Donate $1M to Gun Control Initiative

Bill and Melinda Gates have both offered up $500,000 to The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, “a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations working together to forge commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence.” The main common sense solution that alliance is fighting for is to make background checks mandatory for private sellers – for example those operating at gun shows …

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Facebook Emotion Experiment Prompts Senator’s Letter To FTC

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Facebook’s controversial emotion experiment, seeking to have the commission examine the ordeal. “I come from the technology world, and I understand that social media companies are looking for ways to extract value from the information willingly provided by their huge customer base,” said Warner. “I don’t …

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Cannabis Zombies in Colorado Held at Bay

For decades, small groups have tried to convince average Americans of a few simple facts about marijuana. They spoke to anyone who would listen about how no one ever overdosed on marijuana. They tirelessly campaigned against the mistaken notion that Reefer Madness was a documentary. They produced one scholarly paper after another showing that marijuana was medicine, and that it …

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North Bend Explosion Destroys Businesses

An early-morning explosion in North Bend, Washington leveled businesses and destroyed property in the surrounding neighborhood today. According to a Seattle Times report the explosion is suspected to have been caused by natural gas. A strip mall near the explosion was almost completely leveled, destroying businesses including a pizza restaurant, a barber shop, a dance studio, and offices. Further out …

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Mudslide Death Toll In Washington Rises To 37

The March 22 mudslide that happened in the Cascade foothills of Washington state continues to devastate. After a heavy rain, the hillside collapsed above Stillaguamish River. It has recently been reported that the official death count has risen to 37 after search representatives located another person amidst the mud and debris. Tragically, nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble …

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Amazon To Open Another Fulfillment Center In Washington

Amazon began its life in Washington state in 1994. Since then, the online retailer has set up shop in numerous states and countries around the world. Now the retailer is returning home bringing with it jobs and a new warehouse. Amazon announced this morning that it will be opening a new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kent, Washington this year. …

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Alyssa Mastromonaco Leaving Obama Staff

The Associated Press tell us that President Obama’s deputy chief of staff for operations, Alyssa Mastromonaco, is officially resigning from the White House. Mastromonaco was in charge of most of Obama’s schedule, the White House’s staffing as well as his event planning. She’s one of his longest standing partners– she was one of his first staff members when he moved …

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Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen Visit Washington, D.C.

Actor Ben Affleck took a trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo. Affleck spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of the region. The Argo actor and director was accompanied by Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy for the Congo; Roger Meece, former U.S. ambassador to Congo; and Dr. Raymond Gilpin, the National Defense …

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Gov. Jay Inslee Halts Death Penalty In Washington

Washington governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that while he’s in office, he will be suspending the use of the death penalty. “There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment,” Inslee said during a press conference. “There are too many flaws in this system.” Inslee hopes that his bringing capital punishment to a halt will allow the state to …

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Mary Kay Letourneau: Scandalous Ex-Teacher Arrested, Again

Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher arrested in 1997 for sleeping with her sixth grade student, is in trouble yet again. The fifty-one-year-old was arrested Monday morning in Seattle, Wash., for “failing to appear in court for a suspended driver’s license case.” According to Julie Murphy, the state’s spokeswoman for King County Adult and Juvenile Detention & Community Corrections, Letourneau was …

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$11.50 Minimum Wage For D.C. In 2016

In the fight to raise America’s minimum wage, no one was probably betting on the state of Maryland to lead the way. In the nation’s capital, the D.C. Council voted to raise the local minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $11.50 per hour. The measure is expected to be approved by Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray. There was concern that …

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Chris Brown Must Return to Rehab After Breaking Mom’s Car Window

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered Chris Brown to return to rehab. The ruling came Wednesday, after Judge James R. Brandlin read reports of Brown’s latest transgressions. The Grammy-winning recording artist was kicked out of a residential treatment facility when he threw a rock at his mom’s car window on November 10. This followed a family therapy …

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Indiana Recovering from Tornado Damage

Indiana was one of several midwestern states hit by tornadoes Sunday, and Governor Mike Pence has taken a helicopter tour of Hoosier communities that were hardest hit by the severe weather. Wide swaths of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin saw scores of tornadoes touch down, leaving at least 6 dead. Pence is scheduled to survey Kokomo, …

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High School Football Giant Tony Picard Blazes Through Tackles

There is a new “The Fridge” in town, and hopefully you (or your high school kid) will be spared the job of trying to stop him. Tony Picard of White Swan High School in Yakima, Washington is the school’s dream come true– and every opposing team’s nightmare. Tony Picard actually already surpasses the size of William “Refrigerator” Perry of the …

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HealthCare.gov Aims to Sign Up 4 of 5 Americans

The Washington Post reported today that the Affordable Care Act’s primary website, HealthCare.gov, will be capable of getting 80 percent of Americans on an insurance plan, but that still leaves 20 percent who will remain without insurance. According to the best-case scenario from the Obama administration, those 20 percent will be unable to purchase insurance online because of either their …

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Virtual Kidnapping Scam Targets U.S. Immigrants

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, four individuals were arrested in connection with a virtual kidnapping scam. The scam targeted immigrants in the United States, specifically in areas surrounding Washington, D.C., due to the significant number of immigrants located there, who have traveled from Central America. They often do not have any form of communication with their relatives who are also …

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Tsunami Debris Still Headed to US, Just No Island

UPDATE: Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist, said this with regard to clarifications from the NOAA about the reports of a “Texas-sized” island: “Following the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan a tremendous quantity of debris washed into the Pacific and began heading toward North America. While this debris was initially a solid mass, NOAA is right to indicate that …

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Food Stamps: Benefits Cut By $5 Billion

An automatic cut to the food stamp program–known as SNAP–will go into effect today after the temporary expansion from a 2009 stimulus expires, meaning about 47 million people will need to dramatically alter their food budgets. The program may see more cuts over the next several years as well, as lawmakers intend to tighten restrictions on who can qualify. House …

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Boeing 777X Aircraft to be Built in Multiple Locales

Since its inception in the 1910’s, Boeing airplanes have been designed, engineered, and constructed in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Over the years, Boeing has established factories in several other locations in order to produce more parts, but the design, engineering, and overall construction has always been conducted at the Seattle-area warehouse. However, times are a-changin’. In an internal …

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Brandon Meriweather Says He Wants to End Other Players’ Careers

Step aside Ndamukong Suh–there’s another player who is being declared the dirtiest, and it isn’t the Detroit Lions defensive tackle this time. Instead, Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is being called the dirtiest player around, something he isn’t attempting to hide. Meriweather found himself under fire on Monday after he said he wanted to injure other players to the point …

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NSA Washington March Draws Hundreds of Protestors

Hundreds of anti-NSA protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to take part in the “Stop Watching Us” rally. The people marched in front of the Capitol to protest the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of American citizens. Several White House politicians were in attendance at the rally that the ACLU called the “biggest protest yet against NSA spying.” Representative …

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NSA Washington March Calls for Reducing Spying

Reuters and CNN reported today on an anti-NSA march that took place in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of protesters turned out for the march, many carrying signs that bore slogans like “Thank You, Edward Snowden,” “Stop Mass Spying” and “Unplug Big Brother.” Although the Capitol Police were asked, they declined to give an estimate on attendance; …

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PETA Recommends New Washington Redskins Logo

(image) Even Obama says he would “think about changing” the team name of the Washington Redskins, as it offends Native Americans, “a sizable group of people”. “I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” the president told The Associated Press on October 4th in the White …

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Truckers Ride for the Constitution Event Will Begin Friday

First it was on. Then it was off. Now it’s back on again. No, we aren’t talking about Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (pretty sure that relationship is still over)–we’re taking about the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” protest that is heading to Washington. Congress has their shutdown, and now a bunch of truckers are planning a D.C. shutdown of …

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Redskins Name Change: Owner Writes a Letter to Fans

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has previously said that he wouldn’t change the name of his team, a stance he upheld in a letter he sent out today. The Redskins owner has been under pressure from numerous groups and individuals, including President Barack Obama, to change the name of the Washington, D.C. team to something less racially offensive. The push …

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Betty White Becomes Wax, Joins the Madame Tussauds Museum

Nearly everyone knows the world’s favorite “Golden Girl” Betty White. However, most people probably aren’t aware that she has a twin – a wax figure twin, that is. Actress and comedian, Betty White received the prestigious honor of joining the celebrity wax figure collection at the famous Madame Tussauds museum in Washington, D.C. Madame Tussauds is one of the most …

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