6.9 Earthquake Off Northern California Coast

Posted by Steve Herman on March 10, 2014

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there was no danger of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka.

Sheriff’s and fire officials in Humboldt County, which …

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Judge Sides With DHS On Sending Oregon Girl To Mexico

Posted by Jeremy Scott on March 6, 2014

SALEM — A decision by the Oregon Department of Human Services to award custody of a 6-year-old Oregon girl to her biological father in Mexico has been upheld by a Marion County judge.  The girl will be sent across the border to live with her dad, who’s a former convicted felon.

The ruling comes after Governor John Kitzhaber and state legislators …

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Minimum Wage Increase Supporters Pack Hearing

Posted by Steve Herman on March 6, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) – A public hearing on Seattle’s minimum wage drew a crowd estimated at about 700 people Wednesday night, many of them red-shirted advocates of a move to increase the city’s minimum to $15 an hour.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/pOBNZ3 ) the joint hearing before Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee and the Seattle City Council was an …

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Man Named Green Gets Washington’s First Marijuana License

Posted by Steve Herman on March 4, 2014

SEATTLE — Washington state’s first legal marijuana license is going to a guy named Green.

Sean Green, a medical marijuana dispensary operator from Spokane, is due to be issued a producer-processor license under the state’s recreational pot law at the Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia on Wednesday morning.

Green is the chief executive of Spokane’s Kouchlock Productions — a company named …

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Putin Cools Tensions in Ukraine, Kerry in Kiev

Posted by Associated Press on March 4, 2014

President Vladimir Putin answers journalists’ questions  at the Novo-Ogaryov presidential residence outside Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Tuesday that Russia has no intention “to fight the Ukrainian people” but reserved the right to use force.

As …

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