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  • Local Man Accused Of Diverting Mason County River

    riverbedThe state attorney general's office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit. William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor… Read More +

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  • Inslee Looks To Election For Climate Allies

    oilrefineryWashington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out ambitious proposals to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher… Read More +

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  • Seattle Picks Up 2015 Option On Iwakuma

    Iwakumajune10The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance. Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA.

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Fed Sparks Broad Losses on Wall Street

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_a9a1cad704.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- When the head of the Federal Reserve speaks, the markets listen. Stocks tanked on what they heard from the Central Bank this time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 190 points Monday, after trading down by more than 200 points. The blue chips index finished the session at 15,738.79. The Nasdaq Composite gave up 47 points to close at 4,051.43. The S&P 500 lost 18 points for the session, ending at 1,774.20.

The Central Bank has decided to continue to taper its economic stimulus programs by an additional $10 billion dollars as the economy continues to improve.  The bond-buying had helped push stocks to record levels last year.

It was Ben Bernanke's last official act as Fed chairman.  Janet Yellen will take over as chairwoman on Saturday.

Shares of Facebook are up close to 7 percent in after-hours trading after reporting better-than-expected earnings.
 
In 2013, the social network earned $7.87 billion, an increase of 55 percent year-over-year. Net income for the year was $1.50 billion. The company reported that for December 2013, an average of 757 million daily active users (DAUs) logged on to Facebook, an increase of 22 percent year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 556 million on average for December 2013, an increase of 49 percent year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 945 million as of December 31, 2013, an increase of 39 percent year-over-year.

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