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Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.

Washington's 'Big Four Ice Caves' closed after collapse and death

One person is dead and five others injured after the partial collapse of Washington state's popular Big Four Ice Caves Monday night in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Marblemount.

Op-Ed: Tax-free marijuana for one day Special

Denver - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Thursday that means marijuana users will get a holiday from paying weed taxes, but it is only for one day.

Man sees Amber Alert, finds out he's babysitting abducted child

Renton - A couple in Washington accidentally wound up as part of a kidnapping investigation this week after they found out that the toddler they were babysitting had been kidnapped and was the subject of an Amber Alert asking for his safe return.

Op-Ed: 10 reasons why the Toronto Raptors will demolish the Wizards

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors square off against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and I predict the Raptors' offensive firepower will overwhelm Washington's disorganized defense. Raptors in five.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

Op-Ed: Cops threaten couple with $750,000 fine over missing dog flyer

Washington D.c. - Roger Horowitz and his wife Annemarie did what many of us do when we lose a pet. They posted flyers. Then they received a call from a D.C. police officer who allegedly said they would face a $750,000 fine if they didn't take the posters down.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

President Obama vetoed controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project

Washington D.c. - On February 24, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project. GOP lawmakers are unable to reverse his decision after a long battle with power struggles, interruptions, public protests, and legal challenges.

Dirty milky rain falls over Washington and Oregon

Residents of Washington and Oregon are cleaning up a strange white milky residue that fell from the sky during the last rain storm.

Unmanned drone recovered from White House grounds

Washington, D. C. - A drone aircraft found on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., prompted new concerns Monday about the quality of protection offered to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.

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.
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