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2 Wash. men accused of hauling 45 pounds of pot

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police in southern Oregon have arrested two Washington state men accused of hauling about 45 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of hashish as they drove north on Interstate 5…. …read more

Western officials discuss taking land from feds

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials from nine Western states say it’s time they take control of federal lands within their borders…. …read more

Widow seeks $7 million after deadly Wash. mudslide

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The lawyer for a woman whose husband died in the deadly Washington state mudslide says her client has filed claims seeking a total of $7 million from Washington state and Snohomish County…. …read more

Boeing to give California workers $47M in back pay

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Boeing Co. will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits…. …read more

2 Seattle K-9 siblings track suspects

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say two K-9 crime-busting siblings tracked down suspects in two different cases within hours of each other…. …read more

Truck slams into McDonald's patio; 4 to hospital

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Police in Longview, Wash., say a pickup truck that ran a red light collided with two other vehicles and then slammed into an outdoor eating area at a McDonald’s restaurant. Four people were taken to a hospital, including one person who had been in the outdoor patio…. …read more

Proposed timber sale near slide deferred

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposed time sale near the site of last month’s deadly mudslide has been deferred…. …read more

Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company’s total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date…. …read more

Big wave warning for Washington clam diggers

SEATTLE (AP) — Clam diggers on the Washington coast this weekend should be alert for big waves…. …read more

AP NewsBreak: State rejects Hanford proposal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Friday rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to amend a federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site…. …read more

Muddy wasteland awaits Obama visit to mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled visit the scene of Washington state’s devastating mudslide Tuesday. He’ll find a haunting wasteland of shattered timber and deep muck, dotted here with the wreckage of a pickup truck, and there with young girl’s flip-flop…. …read more

Sherpa guides on Seattle team killed on Everest

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-based guiding service says five Nepalese guides on its climbing team are among those who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest…. …read more

High winds uproot, damage 14 trees in Tacoma park

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — High winds damaged or uprooted at least 14 trees Thursday night in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma…. …read more

Public art tribute to Moxee's hop-growing history

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — New public art in Moxee combines the Yakima Valley town’s history of growing hops and Indian heritage…. …read more

Pe Ell town marshal resigns after DUI arrest

PE ELL, Wash. (AP) — The newly hired Pe Ell town marshal who was accused of drunken driving in the patrol car has resigned…. …read more

Deputy denies tipping off Everett bikini baristas

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of tipping off bikini baristas to undercover officers when he worked as a Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant pleaded not guilty Thursday in Everett to charges of promoting prostitution and official misconduct…. …read more

Mysterious humming sound at times in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Some Olympia residents say they have been awakened in the overnight hours by a mysterious humming sound…. …read more

Oregon oil trains carried 11M barrels in 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Reports to the state show the volume of oil hauled on railroads in Oregon increased last year to more than 11 million barrels…. …read more

Asparagus harvest off to good start in Washington

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — If you’re driving through Mid-Columbia farmland, look closely at the fields. Chances are good you’ll spot asparagus spears pushing up to the light…. …read more

Urine sample request in Port Angeles only a prank

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Port Angeles School District is telling students not to bring urine samples to school…. …read more

Minister accused of abuse reported in Spokane-area

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota…. …read more

Cloudy weekend forecast for Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters expect a mostly cloudy weekend across Washington with a chance of rain at times, especially in Western Washington, while Eastern Washington will be more breezy…. …read more

Seattle man stabbed by 2 intruders

SEATTLE (AP) — A man was stabbed early Friday by two intruders who forced their way into his West Seattle apartment…. …read more

Pedestrian killed in Puyallup, Wash.

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Police in Puyallup, Wash., say a car dealership employee who was crossing a street in a crosswalk was struck and killed by a car that also jumped a curb, hit a sign and struck several vehicles in the dealership’s parking lot…. …read more

Wash. police investigate alleged abduction

MILTON, Wash. (AP) — Police in Milton, Wash., say a 19-year-old woman has reported she was abducted from a check-cashing store and held captive for two days before she managed to jump into a stranger’s car at a fast-food drive-thru and plead for help…. …read more