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Sultan of Oman pardons people jailed for 2011 protests

DUBAI (Reuters) - Oman's Sultan Qaboos has pardoned activists jailed for taking part in anti-government protests two years ago, media reported, his latest gesture to citizens worried about unemployment and inadequate pay.Full story

Local marine sends 'Thanks, Mom' for the cookies photo

Jim Stiles of Sultan, Wash., a regular photo contributor to the KING 5 News Facebook page, shared the attached photo on Friday. That’s his son, Staff Sergeant Jeff Stiles, who is a U.S. Marine serving in Afghanistan. Full story

Study: Tar sands oil carries no increased risk

Some environmentalists may be overstating fears about the corrosive effects of tar sands oil on pipelines like the one across northern New England, a new study published by the National Academy of Sciences says. Full story

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