Author: Associated Press

Official: Police officer dies in Everett incident

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Snohomish County official said in a statement he is mourning the death of a police officer hours after police said officers were responding to a significant incident Friday afternoon north of Seattle in Everett. The…

CDC: Many healthy Americans can take a break from masks

Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for communities where…

WA Redistricting Commission to pay fines, legal costs

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s redistricting commission will pay fines and legal costs of more than $137,000 to settle two lawsuits filed by government transparency watchdogs after last year’s redistricting talks ended in a display of chaos and deception. The…

CDC to significantly ease pandemic mask guidelines Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will significantly loosen federal mask-wearing guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission on Friday, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning most Americans will no longer be advised to wear masks in indoor…

Jury meets for 2nd day in trial of cops in Floyd killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors resumed deliberations Thursday in the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights when he was pinned to the ground for 9 1/2 minutes as fellow Officer Derek Chauvin pressed…

Biden hits Russia with new sanctions, says Putin ‘chose’ war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ordered broad new sanctions targeting Russia on Thursday after its invasion of Ukraine, declaring that Russian leader Vladimir Putin “chose this war” and his country will bear the consequences. The sanctions target Russian banks, oligarchs and…

Bill to help disabled OR students won't pass this session

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A measure that sought to help students with disabilities get an adequate public education in Oregon won’t advance during this year’s Legislature. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports state Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin said she received a call from Gov.…

Union bill dies, WA legislative staffers stage sick-out

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Scores of Democratic staffers in the Washington Legislature staged a “sick-out” Wednesday after a bill that would have allowed them to unionize failed to advance. KUOW reports the work stoppage put majority Democrats in the Legislature — who…