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  • County offers email alerts when restaurants close

    If you are heading out to try a new restaurant, you probably check the online reviews or ask friends what they think.  But do you check inspection records? Now you can, at least in Pierce County.  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will even send you emails, letting you know if a restaurant closes for food safety violations. Health departments do not always close restaurants because someone has gotten sick after eating there.  A restaurant can be shut down if they […]

  • Russians protest government corruption

    Demonstrators in Monday’s opposition protests across Russia say they are fed up with endemic corruption among officials. An Associated Press reporter has counted more than 200 people arrested by police at an unsanctioned opposition rally in St. Petersburg. About 1,000 people had gathered Monday in the city’s Mars Field park for a protest that was part of a nationwide wave of demonstrations called for by Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure. Russian police say Navalny himself was arrested Monday […]

  • Midwestern students get free summer lunches

    An Indiana school district is taking an usual approach to fighting child hunger.  All summer long, they are loading up a school bus with hot lunches and taking them straight to neighborhoods. The school district has a lot of kids on the free or reduced-cost lunch program, and administrators say once school is out, some of the families have a hard time paying for groceries.  That’s where the “Bus Stop Cafe” comes in. “We’ve got neighborhoods where we’re serving up […]

  • Jeep connected to deadly Issaquah hit-and-run found

    An SUV believed to be connected to a deadly hit-and-run over Memorial Day weekend in Issaquah has been found. 

  • Copper River salmon arrives in Seattle

    Friday morning, chefs, photographers, and even reporters gathered on the tarmac at Sea-Tac, eagerly waiting for an Alaska Airlines flight to touch down. The cargo? 22,000lbs of fish. But this is no ordinary fish. These salmon were caught on Alaska’s Copper River.  It’s the 10th largest river in the United States, according to, and experts say the tough conditions create an especially delicious fish that is notably high in omega-3 fatty acids. Adult salmon live in the ocean, but […]

  • WikiLeaks founder no longer facing rape investigation

    Sweden’s top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday that Marianne Ny “has decided to discontinue the investigation.” Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors wanted him to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women. He has been in the Ecuadorian embassy ever since, fearing that if […]

  • Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell dead at 52

    According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52. In a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit.  Just hours before that announcement, Cornell’s twitter account sent out a picture of the Fox Theater marquee, advertising Wednesday’s sold-out Soundgarden show. Detroit police say Cornell’s wife called a family friend and asked him to check on her husband at […]

  • Seattle City Council to discuss sweetened drink tax proposal

    Seattle City Council is still debating Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to tax artificially sweetened drinks, and use the money to pay for education. The Council Finance Committee will host a discussion at 9:30 on May 17th, talking about the impact this tax could have on small businesses, and the potential health results. The committee will also look at how similar taxes have impacted other cities. If you would like to share your thoughts on the proposal, the committee is allowing […]

  • Pacific cleanup project to start ahead of schedule

    A Dutch foundation called The Ocean Cleanup says they hope to start cleaning plastic out of the Pacific ocean two years ahead of schedule. The foundation is developing a clean-up system right now that uses ocean currents to sweep floating plastic into special screens.   A press release from the company says new technology means that the screens can be deployed in sections, rather than one big barrier, which means the foundation can start testing their system by the end of this […]

  • Lower your insurance rates by raising your credit score

    Miss a car payment?  A few late credit card fees? Before you know it, you could have bad credit. It can make your life miserable, and much more expensive.  A new study by says it can even raise your insurance rates!  In some cases, bad credit can almost triple your insurance rates.  Even having “average” credit scores, instead of “good” scores, can increase your homeowner’s insurance rate by about 37% in Washington state. Experts say insurance companies use credit scores […]