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    quake91714A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia… Read More +

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  • Everett Optometrist Arrested On Molestation Charges

    obrien-courtEverett police say an optometrist molested a 10-year-old girl during an examination, and detectives suspect there may be more victims. Police spokesman Aaron Snell says 33-year-old John P. O'Brien of Bellevue was arrested on suspicion of first-degree child molestation on Tuesday… Read More +

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  • Mariners Rout Angels 13-2

    mariners newsMike Zunino's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning as the Seattle Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the Los Angeles Angels 13-2 Tuesday night. The Mariners haven't been to the postseason since 2001, when they won 116 games under manager Lou Piniella and tied the major league mark set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

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Forever 21 Under Fire for Cutting Employee Hours, Health Insurance

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3293288f10.jpgOliver Morris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forever 21 is experiencing some adverse reactions through social media after telling its employees in a letter that the clothing retailer would be cutting hours for some full-time employees to avoid any obligation to provide health plans for them under the Affordable Care Act.

Critics are reacting to the employee memo that was reportedly leaked online.  The document informed employees that it would cut "a number of full-time non-managment positions," including "full-time Stock Associates, Store Maintenance Associates, Accessory Specialists and Cashiers."  According to the letter, these employees, having been demoted to part-time, would be limited to working no more than 29.5 hours.

The Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 employees in the company to provide coverage for those who work 30 or more hours each week.

The employee memo, posted last week on Facebook, also told employees that, as of Aug. 31, Forever 21 will no longer provide medical, dental, vision or other voluntary plan coverage, and that the former full-time workers will not accrue paid time off.

Critics have flocked to the company's Facebook page in the last week with comments scolding them for shifting its full-time employees to part-time.  According to MarketWatch, Forever 21 has responded to the backlash saying that less than 1 percent of its U.S. employees will be impacted by the shift.  It also denied making the decision based on the controversial health care law.

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