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Thai soldier kills at least 16 people, holes up in mall

BANGKOK (AP) — A soldier shot multiple people in northeastern Thailand on Saturday, killing at least 16, and was holed up in a popular shopping mall, an emergency worker said. Noppadol Sirijanya, a member of the Sawang Metta Tham Rescue…

Gov. Inslee issues emergency declaration for 19 counties

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday for 19 Washington counties because of significant winter weather that is forecast to continue through this weekend. “These storms caused injuries, significant power outages, evacuations, road damage, temporary…

EPA announces $2.2 million grant for drinking water program

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities. The funds are provided through EPA’s new…

Seattle treatment center closing doors after 30 years

SEATTLE (AP) — Roxanne White was in a “very desperate and very broken place” when she first came to Thunderbird Treatment Center in 2002. White, who is Nez Perce, Yakama, A’aninin (Gros Ventre) and Nooksack, was grappling with addiction and…

The big lesson from the Bezos hack: Anyone can be a target

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You may not think you’re in the same league as JeffNationa Bezos when it comes to being a hacking target. Probably not, but you — and just about anyone else, potentially including senior U.S. government figures…

State challenges extensive spending by bankrupt Tim Eyman

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Tim Eyman, saying Eyman’s assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. Eyman’s…

Officials: Jet fuel lands on playground near Los Angeles

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Jet fuel dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an elementary school playground Tuesday, fire officials said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters assessed 17 children and nine adults…

Democrat Cory Booker drops out of the presidential race

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Democrat Cory Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the December primary debate. Booker announced Monday that he was ending a campaign whose message of unity and love…

Homelessness among issues to watch in Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, with lawmakers set to adjust the state budget and tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state. About 10,000 people in the state…

Pelosi: House moving to send impeachment to Senate next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to send articles of impeachment to the Senate ending Democrats’ blockade of President Donald Trump’s Senate trial. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues,…

US officials: 'Highly likely' Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials said Thursday it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a…

Coast Guard boat capsizes in Oregon; all 4 crew rescued

ASTORIA, Oregon. (AP) - All four Coast Guard crew members are doing well after their boat capsized in heavy wakes near Oregon and they had to be rescued. TV station KOIN reports the 25-foot boat capsized Saturday near Pier 39…

Oil refinery cancels portion of Washington state project

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — County commissioners in Washington state have settled a legal battle with an oil refinery and environmental groups arguing against plans to produce xylenes for shipment overseas. The Skagit County Board of Commissioners signed the agreement…

Man at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor sentenced for knife assault

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A man living at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was sentenced to nine years in prison for stabbing his wife's boyfriend. The Kitsap Sun reports Masson Warwick Manson pleaded guilty in November to two counts of second-degree assault…

Deputy’s memorial service held in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A public memorial service was held Monday for fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Cooper Dyson in the Tacoma Dome. KOMO-TV reports the service was preceded by a street procession that began at 11 a.m. at Joint…

Washington snowpack low, similar to 2015 drought year

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s snowpack is less than a year ago and officials say it’s similar to the start of 2015, the state’s last big drought. The Capital Press reports the statewide snowpack is 47% of normal. It was…

Oregon fines Organic Valley $26K for dumping milk into river

(AP) - The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a creamery for river water pollution caused by dumping milk. The Statesman Journal reported Friday that the $26,574 fine was levied against Organic Valley for dumping by its McMinnville Creamery.…