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  • Inclement Weather Makes A Long Night For PUD3 Linemen

    PUD3 2014JAfter a full day of rainfall which totaled over an inch-and-a-half, and included wind gusts over 30MPH, some areas of Mason County were left in the dark.  Rainwater soaked delicate electrical equipment, and sent flooded-out critters scrambling up power lines to escape the wet. Linemen for Mason PUD3 were themselves… Read More +

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  • Police Monitor Bellevue Mall Protest; No Arrests

    die-inPolice kept a close eye on about 30 people who staged a protest inside the Bellevue Square Mall during a busy holiday shopping time Saturday, but made no arrests. The group protested the recent killings of unarmed black men by police. They chanted and staged a "die-in" in the mall's center courtyard.

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  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

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File Your Taxes Early to Avoid Thieves Snatching Your Refund

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_e9ec1f00b1.jpgcabania/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you haven't started working on your tax returns yet, you may want to get going -- tax thieves could claim your refund before you do if they have your Social Security number and other information. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service issued billions of dollars of tax refunds to thieves.

"They have computers and they come up with fake ID numbers and they file tax returns and they create phony W-2 forms," says Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, explaining how criminals get away with it. McCormally says refunds go out before all the documents are checked.

"The IRS will not even see your W-2 form until long after it has sent you your refund. It doesn't get that from Social Security until the summertime," he points out.

If somebody does manage to snatch your refund, McCormally says "it can take a year to get things straightened out."

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