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SEATTLE (AP) - Starbucks has notified about 350 corporate employees in Seattle that they no longer have a job. News outlets report the layoffs Tuesday were expected in connection to a reorganization announced earlier this fall. CEO Kevin Johnson announced the layoffs to employees via email, saying the decision to terminate positions came "as a result of work that has been eliminated, de-prioritized or shifting ways of working within the company."

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) - A draft study of a proposed $2 billion methanol refining project in Kalama says the plant would drive down global greenhouse gas emissions by displacing coal-based methanol sources. The Daily News says the review released Tuesday by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County concludes the plant, which would produce methanol from natural gas, would displace dirtier coal-based methanol sources in China and result in net reductions in carbon emissions.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay nearly $7 million to settle claims by six men who say priests sexually abused them when they were children. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle Archdiocese admitted no wrongdoing as part of the latest settlements, all of which were paid within the past two months.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was fatally shot by a sex offender parolee she had briefly dated says the person who loaned him the gun should be prosecuted. Jill McCluskey made her comments in a tweet Tuesday. The 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey was killed on Oct. 22 by Melvin Rowland. University police chief Dale Brophy said previously that an acquaintance who let Rowland use a gun was cooperating with investigators and not facing charges.

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