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  • Man Gets 4 Months For Poaching Geoducks

    geoducks basketA Port Orchard man has been sentenced to four months in prison after illegally harvesting 300 pounds of geoduck from the Olympia area and dumping them near Port Orchard. The Olympian reports the conviction of 27-year-old Matthew R. Petersen on… Read More +

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  • BNSF Cleaning Up Diesel Spill In Pasco

    oilspillWashington's Department of Ecology says BNSF Railway worked quickly to contain a diesel spill on tracks near the Pasco and McNary dam near the Columbia River. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says a BNSF freight train bound from Pasco to Seattle struck… Read More +

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  • 4 Homers Propel Mariners Over Astros 10-5

    marinersSDustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots in a seven-run fourth inning as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Ackley homered in the third and eighth innings for his second career multihomer game for the Mariners, who entered the day one game back for the second AL wild card spot.

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Crisis in Syria Driving Up the Price of Oil

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_625c380ecc.jpgComstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before the U.S. takes any of its presumed military action against Syria, the oil markets are already reacting, and not in a positive way for consumers. Fears that the Middle East could become destabilized and block the flow of oil sent the price of crude up to $109 a barrel Tuesday, an 18-month-high.

Prices actually began their upward movement during the past three months over fears that the Syrian conflict would spread outside its borders along with the current turmoil in Egypt, following the ouster of the country's Islamist president in early July.

A possible military strike against Syria wouldn't necessarily target its limited oil fields. However, industry analysts are worried that big oil producers Iran and Iraq could be affected, creating a shortfall of supplies that would further drive up the cost of crude and send prices at the pump in the U.S. soaring, at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, Libya, another oil supplier, has been hit lately by protesters stopping oil production in some of its fields. Political turmoil between the government and Islamic militants has also put Libya in a state of flux.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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