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Rooster hitches ride with owner to job site

Kim Lancaster's drive to work took her 112 miles over sometimes-rough roads. When she reached her job site along the Columbia River in central Washington, she discovered she had inadvertently taken her rooster to work. As an archaeologist for the Cascadia Conservation District, she walked the site at the Stemilt ...

Horse stuck in mud winds up rescuing self

A fire chief says a horse that got stuck in the mud of a runoff pond on Washington's Key Peninsula ended up rescuing himself, with a little help from a guide. The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/noBmAw ) that owners of the property first tried to free the horse themselves on ...

Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers

The owner of Hawaii's largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii's Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state. Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Las Vegas-based Stephens Media. The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai ...

2nd-in-command named acting US attorney in Seattle

Annette Hayes has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, following the resignation of Jenny Durkan. Durkan's last day in office was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys picked Hayes — her second-in-command — to fill in pending the confirmation of a ...

Federal grant to boost air travel out of Yakima

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell says the Yakima Airport will receive a $290,000 grant to boost travel service to Seattle and establish a new flight to Portland. Cantwell says the money comes from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. The grant is being matched by the City of Yakima. ...

Inslee: More needed to prevent oil train explosion

Citing deadly risks associated with increasing volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said the state and federal governments need to take swift action to prevent and respond to oil spills. The governor likened an oil train explosion to "a bomb" going off, and said ...

In this Nov. 13, 2002 photo, an Amazon employee sorts through orders ready to be shipped from its Coffeyville, Kan., warehouse. A Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce executive on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, that the Seattle-based online retailer plans to close the facility in February, part of a move to have its distribution centers closer to the bulk of its customers. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Brian Corn)

Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. The Seattle-based company said it regularly evaluates its network to ensure the business is placing fulfillment centers as close to customers ...

Cause of large Seattle fire undetermined

The Seattle Fire Department says the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Asko metal finishing plant in the city's Fremont neighborhood remains undetermined. Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the loss from Tuesday's fire is likely in the millions of dollars, but the exact amount will be up to insurance ...

Army drops murder charges over Iraqi boys' deaths

The Army has dropped murder charges against a soldier in the shooting of two unarmed Iraqi boys during a blown reconnaissance mission in 2007, but he still faces prosecution on allegations that he obstructed the investigation and threatened a journalist's wife. The murder charges were dropped against Sgt. 1st Class ...

Gonzaga pays $400K in student death

Gonzaga University has paid $400,000 to the family of Christopher Gormley, a student from Everett who died on a kayak trip organized by the school. The 18-year-old Gormley was one of seven people on a kayak trip to Rock Lake in Whitman County on April 1, 2012. The city of ...

College students train as Chelan firefighters

Strict state and federal regulations are making it "harder and harder" to get qualified volunteer firefighters, says the chief of Chelan County Fire District 1. To improve that situation, Mike Burnett and fire district officials have organized a two-year college program locally that trains volunteers to work for the district, ...

Work starting on 40-story Seattle apartment tower

A developer is starting construction on a 40-story building in downtown Seattle that will hold about 400 apartments. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports (http://bit.ly/ZrPsya) the city issued a land use permit last week to Equity Residential for the apartment tower. The project at 204 Pine Street is located ...

Seattle police accused of wasting $1M on overtime

A Seattle police oversight office says the department wasted more than $1 million on loosely controlled overtime last year as officers trained to comply with a Justice Department agreement to curb excessive force. Office of Professional Accountability Director Pierce Murphy reported Tuesday the spending produced little of value. The Seattle ...

Utility pulls plug on Puget Sound tidal power plan

A utility has pulled the plug on a project that would have tested generating electricity from tidal waters flowing in and out of Puget Sound. The Snohomish County Public Utility District said Tuesday that it can't move forward with putting two turbines under water off the west shore of Whidbey ...

3rd recent death at Snohomish County Jail

A woman found hanging in her cell at the Snohomish County Jail is the third death since the end of July at the jail in Everett. The medical examiner's office ruled that Monday's death of 33-year-old Crystal Hollaway of Everett was a suicide. The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1xBxyHc ) the ...

Bellingham council may replace Columbus Day

The Bellingham City Council will consider an ordinance to celebrate Coast Salish Day instead of Columbus Day. The proposal comes from council member Roxanne Murphy, a member of the Nooksack tribe who says Columbus Day is hurtful for many Native Americans. The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1uBbPhj ) the Bellingham council ...

Seattle police: 2 vehicles hit girl, drive off

Seattle police say two vehicles struck and seriously injured a 10-year-old girl as she crossed a street in south Seattle. Witnesses say both vehicles drove off as they tended to the child. Detective Patrick Michaud said the girl was taken Tuesday evening to Harborview Medical Center. A report on her ...

Grenade found in Belfair, Wash., trash bin

The Mason County sheriff's office says Habitat for Humanity workers in Belfair, Washington, found a World War II-era grenade in a large trash bin next to their building. The Washington State Patrol bomb squad responded Tuesday and confirmed it was a real "pineapple-style fragmentation grenade." The sheriff's office says the ...

A firefighter briefly goes without his helmet as he prepares to put on a mask while hosing down a building on fire Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. No injuries were reported in the fire, which sent flames bursting through the roof of the building and created a large plume of smoke visible from downtown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Large fire burns, releases chemicals in Seattle

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building in the city's Fremont neighborhood began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a ...

Draft water rules tied to fish consumption out

The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday released a draft rule that updates contentious water quality standards partly tied to how much fish people eat. Under the federal Clean Water Act, rivers and other water bodies must be clean enough so people can safely eat fish from those waters. The ...

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