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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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Kmart Reminder: Only 100 Shopping Days Before Christmas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_3429f3000b.jpgTim Boyle/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- It's Christmas in September. Kmart says it's never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping, which is likely why the discounter has already started running ads on TV. Yup, even before the second weekend of the NFL season and baseball still three weeks away from the playoffs, it's already that special time of year again, at least on television.

The Kmart commercial that began airing last Monday features a giant gingerbread man stalking an office worker.  The message: "Don't let the holidays sneak up on you.  Shop early with Kmart free layaway.…Kmart.  Get in, get more Christmas."

While the layaway plan is popular, viewers were still pretty upset about seeing a Christmas-themed ad during the summer and registered their complaints on Kmart's Facebook page. However, the store, which can hardly afford bad publicity given its sales slumps of recent years, may be onto something.  According to the National Retail Federation, 18 percent of consumers either start holiday shopping before or during September.

In case you're wondering, Kmart aired its first holiday ad last year on Oct. 28.

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