Tribal casino sports betting bill advances in WA Legislature

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to allow Washington tribal casinos to offer betting on sports events is moving forward in the Legislature. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Monday approved House Bill 2638 without amendment and sent it…

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

Police in New Orleans say a woman was struck and killed by a parade float as the city celebrated Mardi Gras. News outlets report witnesses say the woman tried to cross between a tandem float, which has two sections that are connected in the middle. She reportedly tripped over the hitch connecting the two sections and was run over by the back half of the float. The accident happened Wednesday night during the Krewe of Nyx parade. The rest of the floats in the parade were diverted after the collision. The woman hasn't been identified. Mardi Gras is Feb. 25. 

2 former cruise ship passengers with virus die in Japan

Japan's Health Ministry says two passengers taken off the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess after being infected with the new virus have died, becoming the first fatalities from the vessel. The ministry says both were Japanese in their 80s and had preexisting diseases. The Diamond Princess has started letting passengers who tested negative for the virus off the ship, and the process will continue through Friday. An infectious diseases expert has criticized the quarantine on the ship, calling it chaotic with overlaps of clean and contaminated zones. 

Woman shot to death on I-82 identified

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — The Yakima County coroner's office has identified the victim of a fatal drive-by shooting Saturday as 35-year-old Maria Elena Luna-Corona. Luna-Corona was reportedly identified using fingerprint recognition, according to a coroner's office news release Tuesday. "The…