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Crimea Annexation
7:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:46 am

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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Religious Objections
7:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:12 pm

There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.

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Oso Tragedy
4:44 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:30 am

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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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Oso Mudslide
4:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

More Bodies Found In Mudslide Debris

The mudslide resulted in flooding of the Stillaguamish River east of the slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Officials believe the Oso mudslide has killed at least 24 people, although eight bodies found have not been recovered, according to Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots in a briefing Tuesday evening.

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Oso Mudslide
1:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk

Slide area map posted outside Darrington grocery store.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

With the death toll expected to rise from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide near Oso, Snohomish County officials and emergency planners are starting to field hard questions about permitting home construction in a known landslide zone.

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Oso Devastation
12:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Residents And Reporters Show The Human Face Of Washington’s Mudslide Via Social Media

A hand-lettered sign outside Darrington's grocery store thanks rescue workers.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

As the search continues through the debris for the dozens who have been reported as missing, people on the ground — reporters, politicians, volunteers and others — have shared their impressions from the catastrophic scene.

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Oso Mudslide
10:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Expected To Rise As Rain Complicates Search Efforts

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots addresses the press about the mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

The official current death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 14, but is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field Tuesday.

"We're expecting that number to go up throughout the day," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

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Electronic Surveillance
4:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:42 pm

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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Religious Objections
12:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:23 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Oso Mudslide
6:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Death Toll Rises From Oso Mudslide, Search Continues For Missing People

Governor Jay Inslee talks with Darrington resident Pete Selvig at Darrington's City Hall Monday evening.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph reports from a Darrington Town Hall meeting on Monday night and gets reactions from local residents.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports on Governor Jay Inslee's plan to open up the Mountain Loop Highway in place of state Route 530.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports from the Darrington Library about the death of retired librarian Linda McPherson in Saturday's mudslide.

The search for survivors of a deadly mudslide near Oso grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll rose to at least 14.

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Crimea Controversy
6:40 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

President Obama and other leaders met in The Hague. Clockwise from bottom left: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:02 am

Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.

President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of Russia's actions in Crimea, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."

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Tech Entrepreneur
3:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Meet Seattle's New Startup Liaison: Rebecca Lovell

Flickr Photo/craterdweller (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Rebecca Lovell, City of Seattle's new Startup Liaison, about her goals for Seattle's tech community.

Oso Landslide
10:21 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mudslide Witness: There Were 'Belongings All Over The Road'

A house is seen destroyed in the mud on state Route 530 next to mile marker 37 on Sunday, March 23, 2014, the day after a giant landslide occurred near Oso, Washington.
Credit AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson, Pool

Search and rescue crews enter their third day after the 1-square-mile mudslide wiped out dozens of homes in Oso — a town of about 200 people between Arlington and Darrington in Snohomish County.

As of Monday morning, officials said they have recovered eight bodies and will continue to search for dozens of people still missing.

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Ukraine Pullout
4:17 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis

President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:12 am

Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. The decision comes as President Obama arrived in the Netherlands on Monday for a summit of the G-7 group of industrialized nations that is certain to focus on discussion of the international crisis.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said Monday that the Defense Ministry has been ordered to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Crimea to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

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Nuclear Waste
4:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Washington State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

View inside the space between the two walls of Tank AY-102 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:37 am

The state of Washington has ordered the federal government to start pumping out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at Hanford by September 1.

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