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Washington justices unanimously reject Inslee recall effort

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected an effort to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
17 days ago

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against long-term care tax

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit that was filed by opponents of a mandatory payroll premium to fund Washington state’s recently delayed long-term care program.
18 days ago

Justice Dept. to appeal order voiding travel mask mandate

The Justice Department is filing an appeal seeking to overturn a judge’s order that voided the federal mask mandate on planes, trains, and travel hubs.
25 days ago

Biden set for first Pacific Northwest trip since election

President Joe Biden is stretching his legs this week with a rare overnight visit to the Pacific Northwest, heading to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.
26 days ago

Providence agrees to pay $22 million in medical fraud case

Providence Health & Services Washington has agreed to pay $22.6 million to resolve allegations that its Walla Walla hospital fraudulently billed federal health care programs.
1 month ago

Washington governor signs $17 billion transportation package

A nearly $17 billion, 16-year transportation revenue package that will pay for a variety of projects across the state was signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
2 months ago

Inslee OKs bills clarifying police reform laws in Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed two bills fixing parts of a sweeping package of police reform measures that lawmakers passed in the wake of 2020′s widespread racial justice protests.
2 months ago

Amazon to close all its bookstores in the US, UK

Amazon is confirming it’s closing all of its bookstores as well as its 4-star shops and pop up locations as it reworks its physical footprint.
2 months ago

Russia’s Putin announces military operation in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a military operation in Ukraine, warnings any attempt to interfere with the action would lead to "consequences they have never seen."
3 months ago

State House OKs open carry ban at school board meetings, ballot counting sites

The state House approved a bill this week that would ban open carrying of guns at ballot counting sites and school board meetings.
3 months ago

Washington insurance commissioner adopts credit scoring ban

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has adopted a rule prohibiting insurers from using credit scoring to set rates.
3 months ago

Starbucks says employees must get vaccine or test weekly

Starbucks says its U.S. workers must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement.
4 months ago

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are among the many noteworthy people who died in 2021.
5 months ago

Betty White dead at 99

Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99.
5 months ago

US children hospitalized with COVID in near-record numbers

The omicron-fueled surge that is sending COVID-19 cases rocketing in the U.S. is putting children in the hospital in close to record numbers, and experts lament that most of the youngsters are not vaccinated.
5 months ago

Tim Eyman assets to be sold to satisfy $5M million debt

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, found liable for violations of Washington’s campaign finance laws, is facing the court-ordered sale of his assets.
5 months ago

EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden’s vaccine mandates?

Tens of millions of workers across the U.S. are in limbo as federal courts have issued different rulings related to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for larger private companies, certain health care workers and federal government contractors.
5 months ago

Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but OKs clinics’ suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that Texas abortion providers can sue over the state’s ban on most abortions, but the justices are allowing the law to remain in effect. The court acted Friday, more than a month after hearing arguments over the law that makes abortion illegal after cardiac activity is detected in an embryo. That’s […]
5 months ago

FDA expands Pfizer COVID booster, opens extra dose to age 16

The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters, ruling that 16- and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.
5 months ago

Republican lawmaker to enter Washington secretary of state race

Republican state Sen. Keith Wagoner says he plans to challenge newly appointed Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs in next year’s election.
5 months ago

Omicron cases pop up in Canada

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus.
6 months ago

All 3 men charged in Arbery’s death convicted of murder

All three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting that became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice.
6 months ago

State lawmaker ill with COVID in El Salvador now in Florida

State Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale who was sickened with COVID-19 in El Salvador is now in stable condition at a Florida hospital after a medevac flight.
6 months ago

Boeing settles with victims of Ethiopia 737 MAX crash

Boeing reached a settlement with the victims' families from the March 2019 crash of one of its 737-MAX aircraft that claimed 157 lives.
6 months ago