Firefighter Gabriel Downes sprints to Engine 31 to respond to an emergency. He’s the driver on this rig. The station is one of the busiest in the city. Built in 1973 on Northgate Way, it’s known as the “Cancer House” because of the illnesses there.  (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
Firefighter Gabriel Downes sprints to Engine 31 to respond to an emergency. He's the driver on this rig. The station is one of the busiest in the city. Built in 1973 on Northgate Way, it's known as the "Cancer House" because of the illnesses there. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
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Is Station 31 making Seattle firefighters sick? Study hopes to find answers about ‘Cancer House’

For years, firefighters at the Seattle Fire Department’s Station 31 have believed they were contracting cancer at an unusually high rate. A study by the Fred Hutchinson center will determine whether they are being diagnosed at higher rates than other Seattle firefighters.

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Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the star, which is only 10 million years...