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Ex-foster child sues DSHS, alleging long list of horrors

A 20-year-old Tacoma woman who contends she was subjected to an odyssey of horror as a foster child has sued the state of Washington for $5 million. The plaintiff, identified as S.R., says she suffered “physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, neglect and exposure to intolerable living conditions” during her four years in foster care, according to her lawsuit, which was filed April 7 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Most won’t sweat income tax deadline, poll finds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One in four Americans waited until the end of tax season to file their returns and a majority think they pay about the right amount in federal taxes, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll released Monday, a day before the tax deadline.

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‘Perfect solar storm’ could have caused chaos on Earth

LOS ANGELES — You may not have known it, but Earth barely missed the “perfect solar storm” that could have smashed into our magnetic field and wreaked havoc with our satellite systems, electronics and power systems, potentially causing trillions of dollars in damage, according to data from NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft.