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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:56:17 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:49:09 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.

US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:48:09 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations -- leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:55:25 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:43:38 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off.


No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:43:36 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro.

UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:43:39 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.

Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:38:21 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.

2 dead in explosion, fire at Oklahoma oil rig
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:21:55 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Oklahoma officials say two people have died of injuries suffered during an explosion and fire at an oil rig in the southeastern corner of the state.

Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:10:17 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion.

Dog accidentally shoots Wyoming man
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:10 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man.

Weird weather: Anchorage ski areas have to make their own snow
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:31 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.


China arrests US aid worker in N. Korean border town
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:44:38 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.

Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:53:02 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said.


8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:46:06 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:31:04 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Stephen Colbert is dead.


Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:16:15 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:31:04 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.

Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:01:05 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:01:05 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states.

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:01:05 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:46:05 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:01:07 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:16:04 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results.

Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:31:03 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector.

Sony faces shattered relationships after N. Korea cyberattack
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:27:48 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
The cyberattack has disrupted the web of executive, business and talent relationships that stitches together Sony's core moviemaking operation.


Spy's release from Cuba closes book on a game that ex-CIA boss calls ‘a draw’
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:09:15 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo's story is a chapter in a spy-versus-spy drama between the United States and Cuba that played on long after the end of the Cold War and years after Cuba ceased to be a serious threat to the United States.


Ports dispute means French fry rationing, spud airlifts in Japan
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:50:55 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
McDonald's began limiting French fry servings at its 3,200 Japanese stores to the smallest of the usual three sizes, blaming a shortage of processed potatoes from the United States.

‘Prison Houdini’ set to make his first legal escape
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:57:24 PST
From seattletimes.nwsource
The man dubbed Florida's "prison Houdini" kept escaping instead of simply serving his original four-year sentence, turning it into nearly a life sentence.


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