Author: The Associated Press

Gray whale washes ashore west of Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A gray whale carcass washed ashore on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle on Tuesday. The whale appeared to be an adult and had been dead for a while, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and…

Earthquake rattles Washington state, followed by aftershock

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Three Lakes area of Washington state.That was followed minutes later by a 3.5 magnitude aftershock near the city of Monroe, some 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Seattle.The initial temblor was recorded at 2:51 a.m. Friday.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Boeing to pay $100 million to crash families, communities

Boeing says it's providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people. The company said Wednesday that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers.

Man rescued after 800-foot cliff fall at Crater Lake

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) - A man has been rescued after falling 800 feet down the sheer walls of Crater Lake National Park, the caldera of a dormant volcano in southern Oregon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man to safety Monday afternoon, according to a release from the agency.

Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command

The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command , which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information.The contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

Final Four teams begin preparations for semis in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Final Four teams have begun their preparations in Arizona for the last three games of March Madness.South Carolina, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Oregon are in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale ahead of two semifinal games on Saturday.Players and coaches are meeting with reporters on Thursday to talk about what's ahead.