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  • Magnitude-4.0 Quake Near Seabeck

    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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  • Angels Beat Mariners 5-0

    mariners logo5The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

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BlackBerry to Lay Off 40% of Its Global Workforce

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_8af3f95a99.jpgDenis Doyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- As thousands line up for Apple's brand new iPhone Friday, BlackBerry, once a leading mobile phone company, announced that it will lay off over 4,500 employees -- approximately 40 percent of its workforce. After reporting a surprise billion-dollar second-quarter loss, the company's stock fell more than 20 percent. Blackberry said in a statement it expects to report quarterly revenue of $1.6 billion compared with $3.04 billion that was expected.

"The latest new from Blackberry is yet another indication that the company desperately needs to find a new owner, the only hope for a turnaround," Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst of Moorhead Insights, told ABC News. "They were late with mobile touch, a modern mobile operating system and an app store, and don't have the cash or the time to go after it alone."

The news, which was reported earlier this week by the Wall Street Journal, comes after a series of bad quarters for the company. While the company released its new 5-inch Z30 smartphone this week and its new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January, it has been struggling to keep pace with other phone makers. In the last quarter the company only shipped 2.7 million of its new BlackBerry 10 devices. Contrast that with Apple, which analysts expect could sell six million iPhones just this weekend.

The Wall Street Journal also reported last month that Blackberry's board was looking at alternatives for the company by November, including a possible sale. BlackBerry plans to release its once-popular BlackBerry Messenger or BBM for the iPhone and Android this weekend.

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