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  • Officials: Couple busted with banned ivory at airport

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a couple was caught at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with more than three dozen pieces of ivory in their luggage when they returned from the Philippines. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials say the items were flagged during a security X-ray of their incoming baggage earlier this month. Officials say […]
  • Police identify driver in Oregon crash that killed 4

    YONCALLA, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified the wrong-way driver in a fiery, quadruple fatal crash in southwestern Oregon. Oregon State Police say a car driven by 65-year-old Gayle Ward of Vancouver, Washington, was southbound on Interstate 5 when it suddenly turned around and began driving north in the southbound lanes. The car collided almost […]
  • Mariners’ Dee Gordon has broken toe, joins Cano on DL

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon has joined Robinson Cano on the disabled list, just after taking over from the All-Star at second base. Seattle said Tuesday that Gordon hurt his right big toe on May 9 in Toronto and reinjured it Sunday. The DL stint is retroactive to Monday. Infielder Daniel […]
  • Lawsuit seeks to change how Army Corps regulates shorelines

    SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers over how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers built along shorelines across Puget Sound. Sound Action, Friends of The San Juans and the Washington Environmental Council want the Corps to better regulate so-called “shoreline armoring” projects. Such concrete or rock structures […]
  • Seattle’s Space Needle is getting a facelift

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s 56 year-old Space Needle is set to unveil a $100 million renovation next month against the backdrop of a booming tourism industry. The city and King County benefited from $7.4 billion of spending by a record 40 million visitors last year, according to Visit Seattle, a nonprofit advocacy group for the […]
  • Agencies warn of cougars following fatal attack on cyclist

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — Local and federal agencies are warning residents in western Washington and central Oregon to be on the lookout for cougars. The Bend Bulletin reports the Sunriver Police Department and the Bureau of Land Management both issued warnings Saturday after sightings of the animal were reported in Sunriver and a cougar attacked […]
  • Construction worker dies in fall at Sound Transit site

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a worker is dead after falling from light rail column at a Sound Transit construction site. KING-TV reports that the man was working on the light rail extension at State Route 520 and 148th Street in Bellevue early Tuesday when he fell about 40 feet. Sound […]
  • Avista to spend $165 million on smart meters

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane-based Avista will spend $165 million over the next two years on new smart meters for its electric and gas customers. The meters allow people to track their energy use within a 24-hour period and will help the utility more quickly respond to power outages. The Spokesman-Review says Avista’s 450,000 customers […]
  • Union vote set for some South Carolina Boeing workers

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Some employees at Boeing’s plant in South Carolina will soon vote on whether they want to join the International Association of Machinists union. The National Labor Relations Board ruled Monday that 178 flight readiness technicians and inspectors at the manufacturer’s North Charleston plant can vote May 31 on whether to join […]
  • KOMO-TV, aviation contractor to pay $40M to men in crash

    SEATTLE (AP) — KOMO-TV, its aviation contractor and the estate of the station’s late pilot will pay $40 million to two men who were injured when a news helicopter nose-dived off the station’s rooftop near Seattle’s Space Needle four years ago and crashed into their cars. The Seattle Times reports the settlement came in court […]
  • Hanford contractor earns $10M despite contamination spread

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Hanford environmental cleanup contractor has earned $9.9 million in incentive pay from the Department of Energy for its work at the nuclear reservation. The Tri-City Herald reported Monday the company would have gotten more had radioactive contamination not spread during demolition of the site’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. CH2M Hill Plateau […]
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    Pierce County commits to business incentives opposite Seattle head tax

    Just a week after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax, charging big businesses $275 per employee, Pierce County is doing the opposite.
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    When was last fatal cougar attack in the Northwest? See details of past attacks

    A cougar attacked two mountain bikers on Saturday near North Bend. Here's a timeline of past cougar attacks and sitings.
  • 3 killed in Vancouver vehicle crash identified

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Medical’s Examiner’s Office has identified three men killed in a vehicle crash in Vancouver. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 24-year-old Tabo Naveta, 27-year-old Akiki Kintin and 27-year-old Kenson Cheipot, all from Vancouver, died from injuries sustained in the May 11 crash. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office says all three […]
  • Ariana Kukors smith, olympic swimmer

    Ariana Kukors Smith sues USA Swimming for covering up alleged abuse

    Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith and her team filed a lawsuit in a California superior court against USA Swimming, and former coaches Sean Hutchison and Mark Schubert.

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