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  • Man Rescued From Fall At High Steel Bridge

    steelbridgerescue A hiker who fell down a steep embankment beneath Washington state's highest bridge was hoisted to safety in a dramatic rescue operation Tuesday. A Special Operations Rescue Team from several Mason County agencies found the 25-year-old Bremerton man under High Steel… Read More +

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  • Thurston County Fair Opens Wednesday

    tcfairThe 2014 Thurston County Fair is Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. Plan to enjoy the food, fun, history, and heritage at the County's signature summer event. The 2014 theme is "Fun for the Whole Herd!”  Admission to the fair… Read More +

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  • Mariners Over Indians 5-2

    mariners logo NewHisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. He is 5-0 outside Seattle this season. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle's four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6).

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Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Toyota Sudden Acceleration Trial

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_e5c25b7d93.jpgTED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening arguments were heard Thursday in the first wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota regarding the automaker's sudden acceleration issue, which spurred the recall of millions of vehicles. The case was brought by the family of Noriko Uno, who says the 66-year-old died in 2009 when her Toyota Camry accelerated out of control and crashed. 

They claim the automaker did not install a mechanism to override the accelerator if it and the brake were pressed at the same time.

"Just imagine for 35 seconds being strapped to a rocket, knowing you can't stop it," the family's attorney, Garo Mardirossian, said during his opening statement in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday.

He is asking the jury to award the victim's family $20 million.

Vincent Galvin, an attorney representing Toyota, argued that Uno had health problems -- including diabetes -- that played a role in her death.

"The evidence will be ladies and gentlemen that this is a case of simple driver's error," Galvin said during his opening remarks.

Toyota said in a statement, "We are confident the evidence will show that a break override system would not have prevented this accident and that there was no defect in Mrs. Uno's vehicle."

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