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  • City mulls becoming ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

    REPUBLIC, Wash. (AP) — A Washington city is considering becoming a “sanctuary city” to shield itself from gun laws after its police chief says he won’t allow his department to enforce the regulations passed by voters under Initiative 1639, saying the new gun laws violate the Second Amendment. Initiative 1639 raises the age limit to […]
  • Necropsies reveal 2 more sea lions were shot

    SEATTLE (AP) — Necropsies on the carcasses of two California sea lions that recently washed up on the shores of the residential area of West Seattle both showed the mammals had been shot. A team of scientists performed the necropsies Thursday. The results confirmed that four of the five sea lions that washed ashore in […]
  • House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since […]
  • Washington state man charged with stabbing Montana man

    LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — A 24-year-old Washington state man is charged with stabbing a Montana man nearly a dozen times while the victim was on a walking path near Libby. Michael Borchardt Robertson of Yakima, Washington, is charged with attempted deliberate homicide for the attack on Doug Crum of Libby on Nov. 11. Officials say […]
  • Man who raped dying woman gets less than 3 years in prison

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A 20-year-old Washington state man was sentenced Thursday to less than three years in prison for raping a high school student as she died from a drug overdose and texting semi-nude photos of her. Superior Court Judge Linda Krese said Thursday she could not sentence Brian Varela to more than 2 […]
  • Norvell lifts No. 3 Gonzaga over Texas A&M 94-71

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 22 points, Rui Hachimura added 18, and No. 3 Gonzaga beat Texas A&M 94-71 on Thursday night. Brandon Clarke had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (3-0), which won its first three games for the eighth consecutive season. Savion Flagg scored 18 points and T.J. Starks […]
  • Alaska Airlines announces service to Everett airport

    SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines says it expects service to and from the Everett airport in Washington state to begin in February pending final federal government approval. KOMO-TV reports the Seattle-based airline is planning to offer 18 non-stop flights from Everett to eight cities along the West Coast, including Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los […]
  • Wilson caps Seattle’s rally past Green Bay for 27-24 win

    SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seattle Seahawks’ 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. In a key matchup in the race for the two NFC wild-card spots, Seattle (5-5) snapped a two-game […]
  • NRA sues to block new Washington gun-control measure

    SEATTLE (AP) — Gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association on Thursday sued to block a new, voter-approved gun control measure from taking effect in Washington state. Initiative 1639 passed last week with 60 percent of the vote. It bars the sale of semi-automatic rifles to people under 21 and to people who don’t […]
  • Blake Martinez, Bashaud Breeland active for Packers

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will have linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback Bashaud Breeland available Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Martinez had been listed as questionable on the final injury report with an ankle injury and Breeland was questionable with a groin injury. Breeland’s availability was especially important after the Packers ruled […]