Northwest News

UN, Microsoft announce $5M partnership on human rights

GENEVA - Microsoft says it's contributing $5 million over five years to the U.N. human rights office, which the Geneva-based agency calls a "landmark partnership" that could prod other big private-sector donors to follow suit.

Father shocked after adult son accused of decapitating mom

ESTACADA, Ore. - A weeping father spoke in shock as he described his son who is accused of decapitating his mother on Mother's Day and bringing her head to a grocery store in rural Oregon.David Webb told The Associated Press that he "never foresaw a problem" before bursting into loud sobs during a phone interview.

Police: Stabber seemed to be carrying human head, body found

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Latest on the stabbing at Oregon grocery store by a man apparently carrying a human head (all times local):12:55 p.m.Police say a man suspected of stabbing an Oregon grocery employee while carrying what appeared to be a human head was in a "catatonic state" after he was subdued by other workers at the store.

Carroll says Seahawks considering Kaepernick as backup

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team is considering Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III as possible backup options to starting quarterback Russell Wilson.In an interview with KIRO-AM, Carroll was asked specifically about the pair of veteran quarterbacks who would seem to fit the style Seattle desires in Wilson's backup.

New infectious unit at Spokane hospital ready for patients

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new ward at a Spokane hospital is ready to handle patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of 10 hospitals in the country chosen by the federal government to host "special pathogens unit" for people with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. It could take patients from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska in the event of an outbreak.

Tacoma to appeal order that it pay $2M in Walmart dispute

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma plans to appeal after a federal judge last month ordered the city to pay $2 million to an investor group in a case involving development of a Walmart retail store.U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton ruled in April that city violated the due process rights of Allenmore Medical Investors by engaging in "irrational actions" in its effort to stop the company from getting a permit and building a Walmart store.

Another appeals court to weigh Trump's revised travel ban

SEATTLE - For the second time in a week, government lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban - and once again, they can expect plenty of questions about whether the ban was designed to discriminate against Muslims.

Human remains found in empty lot in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Police say construction workers stumbled across human remains in a Tacoma lot.The News Tribune reports ( ) the workers notified police about their findings in the 1700 block of South Visscher Street Thursday afternoon.Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says police have started an investigation and that's its unknown at this time how the person died, how long the remains have been there and whether the person was male or female.

Lawyer: Sheriff ID'd wrong man as would-be assassin

LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) - A man convicted of shooting a Washington state trooper in 2010 is seeking a new trial, saying another man confessed and that the trooper deliberately misidentified him.The wounded trooper, now a sheriff, adamantly denies it.Martin Jones is serving a 50-year sentence after being convicted of shooting Scott Johnson in Long Beach, a tourist town in Pacific County on the southwest Washington coast. Johnson is now the county sheriff.

Dad, baby die in Whatcom County crash; mom among injured

DEMING, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a father and his baby were killed in a three-vehicle crash on Mount Baker Highway and two others were seriously injured.Sgt. Mark Francis says the infant's mother was driving in a separate car from her husband and child and was one of two injured Sunday morning.