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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

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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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July New Home Sales Fall 13.4%

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_c95733ebab.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New home sales plunged 13.4 percent in July to an annualized pace of 394,000 units -- the biggest decline in sales since May of 2010. “The drop was consistent across all regions of the country so it's pretty pervasive and I think it was basically the result of the rise in interest rates,” said David Crowe, chief economist at the National Associate of Home Builders.

“Buyers took a breather,” Crowe said. “They stepped back from the market when they saw interest rates go up.”

Economists polled by Bloomberg were looking for new home sales to fall 2 percent to an annualized pace of 487,000 units. Despite the dramatic dip last month, Crowe believes the downturn is temporary because housing prices are going up and jobs are returning.

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