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Defense secretary resigns, could signal U.S. government shakeup

Washington, D. C. - Speculation about a shakeup at the highest levels of the U.S. government security apparatus were rampant Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.

Tom Hanks among 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors recipients

Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin are the recipients of The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors, which were announced today.

Exploring sources of weed for Washington

Seattle - Washington has a weed shortage but this is not for lack of resources. Shortages here are mostly due to restrictions and a failure to try new sources.

Frontier Airlines pilot treats delayed passengers to pizza

Cheyenne - Passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver probably thought their trip could not get much worse after their plane was diverted to Wyoming because of bad weather.

Tiny dog rescued after saving family from burning home

Federal Way - Sometimes courage walks on four tiny feet and then barks. When a fire started in her home, that's what Chloe did — bark to alert her human family to the danger.

Last fuselage to be lifted from Montana river after derailment

Alberton - The last of three Boeing 737 fuselages that toppled into a Montana river after a train derailment was expected to be recovered Tuesday.

Washington rolls out their first recreational marijuana stores

Seattle - Recreational marijuana use will soon become a part of everyday life for residents of Washington, even more so than it already is. This legalization is transforming how we think about drugs using money and public opinion.

Giant Swiss bank to plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges

Washington - Worldwide banking giant Credit Suisse Group is expected to plead guilty Monday to criminal charges connected to efforts to enable high-income Americans avoid U.S. taxes.

Death toll rises to 33 in massive Washington mudslide

Arlington - The death toll from last week's massive mudslide that destroyed part of a rural Washington community rose Monday to 33, authorities said.

New standardized tests slated for 200,000 students in Washington

Approximately 200,000 students in the state of Washington will be taking the state’s newly revamped standardized test between now and early June.

Rangers extend manager Washington through 2015

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who twice led the American League team to the World Series and posted 370 wins over the past four seasons, has been given a one-year contract extension through 2015.

Airline finds corpse in wheel well

Washington - On Saturday, a man's body was found in the wheel well of a South African Airways aeroplane after it landed at Dulles International Airport in Washington, United States.

Interview: Dr. Justin Piasecki talks about his new skincare line Special

Gig Harbor - Dr. Justin Piasecki is a graduate of Stanford University with honors and he subsequently enrolled in Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee and he completed a five-year plastic surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin.

Long lines for first marijuana sales in Denver and ski country

Breckenridge - There were long lines in the Colorado mountains on New Year’s Day, and not just on the ski slopes. People were getting high without lifts. Hundreds bought marijuana at the Breckenridge Cannabis Club.

Washington stillbirths linked to drinking water

Two high periods of stillbirth rates in Washington, D.C. occurred in parallel with two spikes in lead levels in drinking water, according to a new study.

Hoquiam Washington to introduce 'Nirvana Day' in 2014

Hoquiam - The city of Hoquiam Washington has announced that April 10, 2014 will be "Nirvana Day" in celebration of the Washington rock band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Seattle man arrested for loving sandwich shop a little too much

Seattle - A man had a bizarre reaction after discovering his favorite sub sandwich shop was closed, which resulted in his subsequent arrest.

Op-Ed: Denver decides to make it less dangerous to buy pot

Denver - The city of Denver is preparing to become the marijuana capital of the U.S., working out some loose ends. Colorado and Washington voted to legalize

Op-Ed: Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Denver

Denver - The city of Denver is dropping a proposed rule against marijuana smoking on the front porch. Front yards and back yards are fine also.

Heartbreaking photos from tornado-ravaged Washington, Illinois

Washington - Illinois took the brunt of the tornado fury Sunday, as shown in five stunning photos taken in Washington, Illinois. Eight people are dead as a result of the tornadoes, and hundreds of buildings and homes were destroyed.

Union rejects Boeing contract, spurs talk of move

Seattle - Union workers employed by Boeing Company in the state of Washington rejected an eight-year contract extension that would have kept the behemoth aircraft company in that state.

Washington's Initiative 522 to label GM foods defeated

Washington - Washington's Initiative 522 was thrown out after 54.8 percent of the state's voters opposed labeling of genetically modified foods while 45.2 percent voted in favor of the labeling.

Mile High City backing off on stopping public marijuana smoking

Denver - From the moment voters approved the legalization of marijuana last year, the Colorado government has sought to make it difficult for cannabis users to light up.

Marijuana support at new high

Denver - A clear majority of Americans now favor legalization of marijuana. A Gallup Poll reported by NBC said 58 percent favored making weed legal, as the state of Colorado and Washington have already done.

Report: Miriam Carey was fleeing on foot when shot by police

Washington - USA Today has reported that the unarmed, mentally disturbed woman shot last week in Washington, DC, had exited her car and was attempting to flee on foot when she was shot by police.

SA embassy unveiled Nelson Mandela statue in Washington, DC

Washington - A nine foot (three meter) statue of Nelson Mandela, with his fist raised as it was when he walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man on February 11, 1990, has been unveiled outside South Africa's embassy in Washington, DC on Saturday.

Identity of Navy Yard shooter released

One of the gunman that took part in today's shooting at Washington Navy Yard has been identified as Aaron Alexis by officials.

12 dead in Washington Navy Yard shooting

A shooting at a Washington Navy Yard has left 12 dead, and 10 wounded, according to the Associated Press, with the Navy reporting several fatalities as well. One of the shooters is reportedly dead while two suspects are still at large.

Op-Ed: Economics Paper - U.S. national debt is really $70 trillion

San Diego - Is the United States national debt $17 trillion, $70 trillion or $222 trillion? That is the question on many observers' minds. Either way, economists of the Austrian persuasion concur that something has to be done.

Washington State releases regulations for legal marijuana

A little over a month ago, the Washington State Liquor Control Board released an initial draft of the regulations and restrictions that will govern the newly legal marijuana industry in Washington State.
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A U.S. flag is seen among the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washin...
A U.S. flag is seen among the debris and destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
Drivers cross the 520 floating bridge.
Drivers cross the 520 floating bridge.
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We stopped at a few Rest Areas today as we motored across Washington state. This is not our usual pr...
We stopped at a few Rest Areas today as we motored across Washington state. This is not our usual practice but all things considered, it seemed wise. Oh well, the stops provided picture taking opportunities.
Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor in Westport  Washington
Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington
Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor in Westport  Washington
Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington
Washington Irving s two most famous tales   The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  & Rip Van Winkle
Washington Irving's two most famous tales, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" & Rip Van Winkle
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Rudd & Tatum
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The N Reactor at the Hanford site  along the Columbia River. The twin KE and KW reactors can be seen...
The N Reactor at the Hanford site, along the Columbia River. The twin KE and KW reactors can be seen in the immediate background, with the B Reactor in the distance. Photo taken in January 1960.
U.S. Dept. of Energy
The marketing material for Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
The marketing material for Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Forei...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
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Pacific Ocean
Bills tight end Scott Chandler in the end zone after hauling in his second touchdown of the game
Bills tight end Scott Chandler in the end zone after hauling in his second touchdown of the game
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Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker in  The Great Debaters
Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker in 'The Great Debaters'
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Pacific Ocean
A car is seen inside a destroyed business window front among the destruction caused by a tornado tha...
A car is seen inside a destroyed business window front among the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 18, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
Photo of the White House
Photo of the White House
A pesticides sign in Manito Park in Spokane  WA
A pesticides sign in Manito Park in Spokane, WA
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A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Was...
A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois
With permission by Reuters / Jim Young
Sen. Ted Cruz  R-Texas  “filibuster” on Capitol Hill in Washington  ends after 21 hours  19 minu...
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, “filibuster” on Capitol Hill in Washington, ends after 21 hours, 19 minutes (Sept. 24, 2013)
Senate TV photo
A sea lion in Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor - Westport  Washington
A sea lion in Westhaven Cove at Grays Harbor - Westport, Washington