Washington tornado up roots trees, sends them onto homes

SEATTLE (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Shelton, Washington. KOMO-television reports the tornado on Friday night had winds up to 100 mph (161 kph). The tornado started on land and traveled more than a half mile before moving over the waters of Pickering Passage and becoming a waterspout. It dissipated after moving over the water.

Severe vaping-related illness confirmed in Western Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle and King County Public Health says a teenager has received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping. County health officials said Wednesday that the teen was hospitalized in August with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Officials say he was treated in the intensive care unit, released from the hospital five days later and is now recovering.

Washington woman pleads not guilty to strangling, dismembering her mother

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A 23-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to killing and dismembering her mother. Amara J. Lundy, entered the plea Tuesday for the charge of first-degree murder, The Olympian reports . Lundy is accused of strangling and dismembering her mother, then leaving body parts at dumpsters and trash cans around northwest Olympia. She is being held without bail at the Thurston County Jail.

3 millions gallons of sewage spills into Puget Sound, closing beaches

SEATTLE (AP) - Alki Beach in West Seattle and other Puget Sound beaches are closed after millions of gallons of sewage flowed into the water. The Washington state Department of Ecology says early Friday the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant released an estimated 3 million gallons of untreated sewage over about 27 minutes, after backup pumping systems failed during power disruptions.

Magnitude 3.0 earthquake strikes Washington in same area as Friday quake

MONROE, Wash. (AP) - A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck in the same area as Friday's 4.6 quake that was felt across the Puget Sound region. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake northeast of Seattle near Monroe happened Wednesday at 4:43 p.m. The quake struck at a depth of 16 miles (26 kilometers). Friday's quake was roughly 13.5 miles deep and the USGS said it received reports of people feeling the shaking from Vancouver to near Wenatchee, Washington.

Washington state considers taxing drivers by the mile

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Transportation officials are considering replacing Washington state's gas tax to a system that would charge drivers by the mile. The News Tribune reported Wednesday that the state Transportation Commission is expected to vote in December on tax recommendations to give the state Legislature.

Man charged for triple stabbing in downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - A 29-year-old man has been charged with assault after three people were stabbed in Seattle Tuesday. The Seattle Times reports Christopher Morisette was charged Thursday with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a man with a knife wound to the neck was discharged Thursday. Gregg says another man who was stabbed in the back also was treated at the hospital.

Man drowns attempting to rescue pet pig from Wenatchee River

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Police say a 45-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue a pet pig that had fallen into the Wenatchee River. KOMO-TV reports the man was floating down the river on an inflatable tube with his adult son and the pig Sunday evening, when the pig fell into the river near the Sleepy Hollow Bridge, according to Sgt. Ken Sisson with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. Sisson says the man jumped into the water but immediately began to struggle to stay afloat.

Washington man accused of killing wife with laced ice cream

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man accused of killing his wife by poisoning her ice cream has been charged again. The Spokesman-Review reports 58-year-old David Pettis pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court. According to court documents, authorities allege David Pettis gave ice cream laced with a lethal dose of pain medication to Peggy Pettis at their home in Cheney in June 2018. Pettis and his attorney declined to comment.

1 dead, 5 infected by mold that halted Seattle Children's Hospital surgeries

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Children's hospital has revealed that one patient has died and five others have been infected by a potentially dangerous mold that has forced the medical center to close all of its main operating rooms. The hospital disclosed the infections and death to The Seattle Times Tuesday in response to follow-up questions regarding the closures of four operating rooms on its main Seattle campus May 18 because of Aspergillus mold and of the remaining 10 operating rooms May 24.

Crews moving patients stuck at hospital in power outage

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say fire crews are working to move patients at a suburban Seattle hospital after a power outage stranded them on upper floors. Renton Fire says at about 6 p.m. Wednesday numerous patients who are unable to move on their own were stranded and that some were stuck in elevators at Valley Medical Center in Renton. Fire officials say crews were working to get patients to the ground floor of the hospital.

Apple announces plan to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - Apple officials say the company plans to add 2,000 software and hardware jobs in Seattle in the next five years with 200 jobs by the end of this year. The Seattle Times reports officials made the announcement at a news conference Monday with Mayor Jenny Durken. Apple is leasing space in two 12-story buildings nearing completion one block from the core Amazon campus in the city's South Lake Union neighborhood.

Tribal casino may be coming to Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The Colville Tribes have bought land just outside Pasco, Washington, that could be used for a casino and other economic development projects.The Tri-City Herald reports the 184 acres purchased are in Franklin County just north of Pasco.

AG seeks more sex crime charges against southeast Washington judge

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - The Washington state attorney general's office wants to file more sex crime charges against a judge because investigators say they've identified a third victim. The Lewiston Tribune reports Scott D. Gallina, an Asotin County Superior Court judge, has already been charged with second-degree rape, indecent liberties and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.

$7.5M award upheld for Spokane crash that paralyzed woman

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Appellate judges in Washington state are upholding a $7.5-million jury award for a woman paralyzed in a motorcycle crash. Madelynn Tapken was on a motorcycle with Conrad Malinak in 2011 when they crashed at a fork in the road south of Spokane. County employees testified at a trial that there were no warning signs about the maximum safe speed for the curve. The lawsuit alleged a bush blocked Malinak's view of the sharpness of the curve.

Judge rejects federal challenge to Hanford workers comp law

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge in Yakima has rejected the Trump administration's challenge to a Washington state law making it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to win workers compensation benefits.

4 climbers stranded for days near Mount Rainier summit have been rescued

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) - A helicopter has rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak for several days.The National Park Service said in a statement they were suffering from exposure and being transported to local hospitals. Rescuers took advantage Thursday morning of a break in bad weather that had stymied earlier attempts to reach the climbers.