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The Latest: New US travel ban blasted as like the original
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has “the same illegal motivations as the original.”
Ferguson on Thursday asked a federal judge to block the new order by ruling a temporary restraining order against the first ban to also to the revised executive order.
In the original lawsuit targeting the first ban, Ferguson said it was unconstitutional and hurt the state’s businesses and universities.
Ferguson says his message to Trump about the revised order is “not so fast” and that courts must decide the issue.
WASHINGTON SIKH SHOOTING
Police, FBI seek tips, offer reward in shooting of Sikh man
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Police in suburban Seattle and the FBI are asking for the public’s help in the shooting of a Sikh man who says the gunman told him to go back to his country.
Authorities said Thursday that they’re offering a $6,000 reward and have set up a phone line for tips: 253-856-5808. Police are investigating Friday’s shooting as a hate crime. The victim was struck in the arm.
Kent Police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner says they haven’t had reports of any similar incidents.
Police and the FBI haven’t identified a suspect but describe him as a 6-foot-tall white man with a medium build, dark hoodie, dark clothing and a mask covering the lower part of his face.
A suspect sketch shows the man with thick, dark eyebrows and brown eyes.
SEARCH WARRANT-ACLU CHALLENGE
ACLU challenges warrant for pipeline protest Facebook data
(Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com)
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a sheriff’s search warrant in northwestern Washington that seeks private Facebook data as part of an investigation into a Dakota Access oil pipeline protest.
The ACLU in Seattle filed the motion Wednesday to quash the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office warrant for private messages and other data on the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition Facebook page.
The Bellingham Herald reports the Feb. 11 demonstration led to a freeway backup after protesters stopped traffic on Interstate 5. The state patrol said the blockade led to a five-car rollover crash that injured one person. No arrests have been made.
The ACLU claims the warrant is overbroad and unconstitutional.
Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo says their purpose is to seek electronic data that relates to chaotic, disruptive and criminal behavior.
Seattle landlords sue over ‘first-come, first served’
SEATTLE (AP) — Some Seattle landlords are suing over the city’s new policy requiring them to choose among qualified renters on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Seattle Times reports the landlords say the policy violates their right to rent property in a nondiscriminatory manner to the people they choose at the price they choose.
Their King County Superior Court lawsuit, filed Thursday by the Pacific Legal Foundation, says the policy violates the state Constitution and seeks a permanent injunction to bar to the city from enforcing it.
The City Council adopted the first-come, first-served policy last August as part of an ordinance that also banned discrimination by landlords against renters who rely on alternative sources of income, such as veteran benefits and unemployment insurance.
RANCHING STANDOFF TRIAL-NEVADA
Defendant medical complaint interrupts Bundy standoff trial
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A medical complaint involving a defendant with a history of health problems briefly interrupted the Las Vegas trial of six men accused of wielding guns during an April 2014 armed standoff between followers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and federal agents.
Trial was suspended for two hours, but reconvened Thursday with Gregory Burleson back in the courtroom and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo back in the witness box.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said medics checked the 53-year-old Burleson in custody, and reported that his vital signs were normal but that he may have been dehydrated.
Burleson’s attorney, Terrence Jackson, had interrupted proceedings in front of the jury, telling the judge that his client needed immediate medical attention.
During the break, Jackson said his client has a history of seizures and thought he was having another.
PAUL ALLEN-UW DONATION
Paul Allen donates $40 million to UW computer science
(Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has announced he is giving $40 million to the University of Washington’s computer-science department.
The Seattle Times reports the Seattle billionaire made the announcement Thursday. Microsoft is giving another $10 million in Allen’s honor.
In response, the UW Board of Regents on Thursday raised the computer-science department to the status of a school, and named it the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering.
Allen told the newspaper the money would give the university “more resources, and scope, and ability to grow and keep up its climb to the top ranks of computer science” among the nation’s universities.
UW President Ana Mari Cauce said the donation “is tremendous generosity — but also, his name carries weight” in the computer science world.
1 dead in fire near Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — One person died and another was hospitalized after a fire at a home east of Yakima.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the blaze was reported at 5:54 a.m Thursday and the first fire units from stations in East Valley, Gleed, Yakima and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center arrived within seven minutes.
An investigation continues.
Nevada Democrat argues for cities to license public pot use
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Cities and counties in Nevada would have the authority to allow adults to use marijuana in public under a proposal legislators are considering.
State law currently confines the use of medical marijuana and recently legalized recreational marijuana to private homes.
Sen. Tick Segerblom says Nevada should give local governments the discretion to provide space where the tens of millions of tourists who visit Nevada annually could smoke or consume pot.
Lawmakers on a judicial panel considered his Senate Bill 236 on Thursday. The Las Vegas Democrat’s proposal would leave it up to the local governments to permit short or long-term pot consumption at casinos, clubs, outdoor events, massage parlors and other public places.
Nevada is one of eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. None currently allow its use at pot shops or anywhere else in public.
Legislature passes school levy bill sought by districts
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a measure delaying a deadline for a reduction in the amount of money school districts can collect through local property tax levies.
The House passed the measure addressing the so-called “levy cliff” on an 87-10 vote Thursday, just after the Senate passed the bill on a bipartisan 48-1 vote the night before. The measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
School districts had faced a reduction in the amount they can collect through local levies starting next year, but the measure passed by lawmakers pushes that deadline off until 2019. The levy issue is part of a broader discussion surrounding education funding, an issue for which the state is currently being held in contempt by the state Supreme Court.
Seattle school closed because of norovirus
SEATTLE (AP) — Students at a Seattle elementary school have been told to stay home because of norovirus.
KOMO reports John Muir Elementary students will stay home Thursday while crews clean the school. The district says the school will try and re-open Friday.
Health experts say the virus can be spread through direct with someone who has it. It can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces, food or drinks.
The district has not said how many students or faculty have become ill.
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