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December 1  |  
Droning onYou’d still have to tip: Although the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to sign off, Amazon is providing details on how its drone delivery service would work. Drones weighing about 55 pounds and flying below 400 feet would deliver packages up to 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less (Page A10).Amazon drones can’t do better than 30 minutes? If that’s the case, why doesn’t Amazon just contract with Domino’s Pizza?

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November 30  |  
Since you're not that kind of weasel: The fisher, a weasel-like creature that disappeared from Washington long ago, will soon return to the Evergreen State.

The fishers will live in the Cascade Range. Until now, nearly all the weasel-like creatures that relocated to the area were clustered in and around the south Lake Union area of Seattle.

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November 28  |  
Almost as sleepy as a Kmart on any day: Black Friday 2015 was a mere shadow of its former self, thanks in large part to the growing popularity of online shopping. The days of 5 a.m. stampedes when the stores open and fist fights over $199 flat-screen TVs appear to be over.

If the trend holds, Black Friday will disappear before we ever figure out precisely what the "black" means.

Make sure Biden tests the lights:...

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November 26  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Pardon me, please: President Obama, continuing a tradition started by President George H.W. Bush, pardoned two turkeys, "Honest" and "Abe," who will be sent to a Virginia farm to live.

Bush started the tradition but in his new book credits President Ford's pardon of President Nixon as his inspiration.

The naked and the sled: A month after Playboy announced it would stop...

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November 25  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
That's free with Prime, right? Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' commercial aeronautics company, Blue Origin, has successfully landed a rocket upright, a key step in developing reusable rockets that can deliver payloads and people into space. During the test flight, the New Shepard capsule was sent 62 miles high before falling back to earth and landing at 4 mph.

Good to know that if this...

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November 24  |  
Whole … you knowTurkey dinner on a Canlis budget: A basket of 20 common items used in Thanksgiving dinner cost $87.91 at Whole Foods versus $72.28 at Trader Joe’s, according to Bloomberg News (Page A9).The Buzz knows what a lot of Whole Foods shoppers will be thankful for come Thursday: That payday was Wednesday.

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November 23  |  
Lane pains

Lexuses? Lexi? The state Department of Transportation is making adjustments to the new HOT carpool toll lanes on I-405. Travel times have actually increased for the evening commute north of Bothell (Street Smarts, Page A3).

Among the potential fixes under consideration: actually limiting access on the so-called "Lexus Lanes" to Lexuses only.

The ones with cupholders, please: A developer has proposed building a...

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November 21  |  
You say diabeteeze, I say diabuetus: The sugar and corn industries have ended a bitter dispute over the corn guys' attempt to rebrand high-fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar" with an ad campaign that said "Your body can't tell the difference."

And they're right: Coronary disease feels the same no matter what you ate too much of to bring it on.

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November 20  |  
Talking turkeyChannel-surfing the vast cultural wasteland: On Food Network’s “Guy’s Big Bite,” host Guy Fieri is whipping up a Thanksgiving feast with turkey meatballs with fire-roasted green chiles (The Clicker, Page D6).We’re OK with nontraditional Thanksgiving food, but if we bite into a meatball and find one platinum blond hair from Fieri’s spiky head, we’re outta there.

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November 19  |  
Paging Irwin Mainway: A group called World Against Toys Causing Harm has issued a list of what it says are the 10 most dangerous toys. One of the toys is Poo-Dough, a Play-Doh-like substance that's supposed to look like excrement. The group says the stuff contains wheat gluten and could sicken kids with allergies.

Come to think of it, gluten-free goop that looks like excrement would be a good fit with gluten-free bread, which only tastes like...

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November 18  |  
Ask your doctor how it can help you: Citing rising costs and unrealistic patient expectations, the American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices.

Side effects of a prescription drug ad ban may include pharmaceutical-industry lobbyist expense account inflammation syndrome, and job losses for voice actors who can speak the words "Do not take this drug if you are pregnant" in...

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November 17  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Yo, C-3PO

Requiem for a 10-40 weight: A California tech company has built a 15-foot tall fighting robot, Mark II, and has challenged a 13-foot tall robot, Kuratas, built by a Japanese company to a fight, date and location to be determined.

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November 16  |  
Plays well with others: Owners of small businesses can learn much from a recent article in the New York Times titled "Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work," writes Everett Community College's Pat Sisneros.

Who knew that the "M" in "MBA" stands for Montessori?

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November 14  |  
Rules Trumped: Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday refused to back down from his epic rant against rival Ben Carson the night before, in which he condemned Carson as "pathological," mocked the retired neurosurgeon's religious conversion, and derided Iowa voters as "stupid".

It's starting to look like The Donald's candidacy could survive even if he ended his stump speeches by biting the head off a baby bunny.

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November 13  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Sorry aboot that: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will launch his 58-city "Purpose World Tour" in Seattle on March 9. Two of his new songs, "What Do You Mean" and "Sorry," are in the Top 5 on Billboards Hot 100 chart.

Fifty-eight cities to listen to Bieber sing about being sorry? The only time I want to listen to a Canadian tell me he's sorry is...

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November 12  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Wagons, ho! Popularity has gotten the better of Portland, Oregon, the hipster land of craft beer, kale and man buns. Rising rents have driven out many of those who created its quirkiness, forcing them to move elsewhere.

Judging by the increase in sales of quinoa and composting toilets, we think migrant Portlandians have set up an enclave in Gold Bar.

Here's the drone with your pint: A proposed

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November 11  |  
Mmm, Juicy Fruit: Workers armed with powerful steam cleaners washed away some 1 million bits of chewing gum Tuesday at Seattle's ickiest tourist attraction, the "gum wall" at Pike Place Market.

It's a good thing the cleaning crews obliterated the gummy mess, because if all that DNA went to a landfill, archaeologists in the year 2525 might assume they've discovered a mass grave site.

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November 10  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
I've got a 9 o'clock meeting: While Volkswagen figures out how to fix the fraudulent emission controls on nearly a half-million VWs and Audis in the U.S., it is offering owners of the cars a $500 gift card and a $500 voucher good at VW dealers.

One suggestion: Use the dealership voucher to hire a VW executive to come and push your Jetta from home to work so you don't have to start the...

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November 9  |  
Someone's got the Mondays: President Barack Obama must have heaved a heavy sigh when he looked at his appointment calendar this morning and saw that he is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he is said to dislike. Netanyahu reportedly feels the same way about Obama.

The fake smiles at this photo op will be so rigid that both men will look like they just returned from their weekly Botox treatments.

Somebody had to do it: A writer at...

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November 7  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Channel-surfing the vast cultural wasteland: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" tonight.

In the interests of fairness, NBC has offered the other Republican candidates time on its other shows. Ben Carson will play the soft-spoken but nutty neighbor on "Truth Be Told." Marco Rubio joins Team Gwen on...

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November 6  |  
Archaeology ain't brain surgery: Republican presidential front-runner (sorry, Donald) Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the Biblical figure Joseph to store grain.

Somebody needs to tell Dr. Carson that Erich ("Chariots of the Gods") von Däniken is a Swiss citizen and therefore ineligible to serve as his chief science adviser.

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November 5  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
"Just when I thought I was out..." Less than three months after leaving his long-running "Daily Show," Jon Stewart has signed a deal with HBO to provide "short-form digital content" focused on current events for HBO's subscription video service.

We're surprised he lasted this long. Stewart's got three months of pent-up Donald Trump jokes that he's...

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November 4  |  
It won't arrive in a brown box: Online retail behemoth Amazon has decided to go pre-Internet and open a brick-and-mortar bookstore, in Seattle's University Village. "We hope this is not our only one. But we'll see," an Amazon official said.

Guests will enjoy an authentic bookstore experience. Docents in period costumes will explain how bookstores functioned. And actors will portray various bookstore characters, including:

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November 3  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Send up a Crate & Barrel catalog: The crew of the International Space Station celebrated the craft's 15th year in orbit. But the milestone also means that NASA and its partners have some maintenance work to do to keep the station in orbit until 2024.

NASA can probably wait on painting the exterior, but the IKEA cabinets are looking a little dated. And if you pull up the...

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November 2  |  
And another thing: Get off my lawn: Advice columnist John Rosemond's bone to pick with parents this week is when moms and dads ask their kids where they'd like to sit in restaurants. Then the parents read the menus to their tots and ask them what they'd like to eat.

The Buzz sees an easy way to avoid this: Don't take your kids to the Early-Bird Special.

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October 31  |  
Peeved at CNBC over this week's debate, the Republican National Committee has severed its partnership with NBC News for a debate set for February. Meanwhile, GOP campaigns are set to meet Sunday to air grievances about the debates and suggest changes.

One possible change: All future debates will be moderated by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Donald Trump's hair colorist.

Quick! boil water: Stuck in hideous morning rush hour traffic on I-5 on...

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October 30  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Here, I made hot chocolate on my camp stove: Retail exports say outdoor supplier REI isn't really taking a great risk by closing on Black Friday.

Its customers shop elsewhere that day. They'll be the ones running ahead of slower shoppers, rappelling from the rafters of big box stores and setting up camp the night before.

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October 29  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Just to be safe, don't stand too close: Republican president candidate Donald Trump, who has slipped to second place in Iowa polls, pleaded for support and seemed mystified as to why he doesn't do better with evangelical Christians. "I am a great Christian," Trump told a rally in Sioux City.

That Trump, R-Pharisee, wasn't immediately struck down by lightning was offered...

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October 28  |  
But Really Expensive Inside: Outdoors retail giant REI says it will close its 143 stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and will pay its employees to go outside on Black Friday.

Outdoor recreation on a blustery, rainy late-November day in Western Washington? The 5 a.m. stampede for doorbuster deals on 43-inch flat screen TVs at Wal-Mart suddenly doesn't sound so awful.

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October 27  |  Jon Bauer, Herald staff
Is there a bacon patch yet? Scientists with the World Health Organization have reviewed 800 studies from the past 20 years and have determined that diets loaded with bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat, itself, is probably carcinogenic, too.

The problem now for the U.S. Surgeon General is figuring out how to keep the warning label from slipping...

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