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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

    oilrefineryWashington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out ambitious proposals to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher… Read More +

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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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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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