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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

Wash. school principal accused of student assault

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — Police in the southwest Washington community of Woodland have arrested an elementary school principal accused of using excessive force to restrain a mentally disabled third-grader…. …read more

DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site

RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites in preparation for filing legislation to overhaul the nation’s primary mining law…. …read more

Zoo's trained owl spooked, flies off

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park…. …read more

Bellevue cop fired over fellow cop's DUI stop

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The Bellevue Police Department has fired an officer who did not arrest a fellow officer in a drunken driving stop…. …read more

Seattle police prepare for May Day marchers

SEATTLE (AP) — After violence on May Day the past two years, Seattle police say they’re ready for marches this May 1…. …read more

Few volunteers needed at Oso mudslide

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Nearly a month after the mudslide hit Oso, hundreds of people are still searching for bodies and clearing debris, but few of them are volunteers…. …read more

Port Angeles pot grower would rather make movies

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Filmmaker Ryan Herring is growing pot in an effort to boost his production company…. …read more

Neighbors oppose planned pot farm near Tenino

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Green is everywhere in the Skookumchuck Valley, from the lush pastures grazed by cattle and horses to the forested hills that surround the rural community of mostly hobby farms just outside of Tenino…. …read more

Flowers blooming for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Most flower fields near Mount Vernon will be in full bloom this weekend as the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival continues through the month of April…. …read more

Washington auditor questions $17M spent for bridge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Washington auditor’s office questions $17 million of the $188 million the state spent on plans to build a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River before the project was aborted…. …read more

University in Bellingham too white, says president

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard says he’s being deliberately provocative when he says the university in Bellingham will have failed if it’s as white in the decades ahead as it is today…. …read more

Spokane taking over waste-to-energy plant

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane is taking over operation of the city incinerator that burns waste to generate electricity…. …read more

Man's body found in canal near Benton City

BENTON CITY, Wash. (AP) — The Benton County sheriff’s office suspects a man had been drinking and accidentally fell into an irrigation canal near Benton City…. …read more

2nd drive-through robbery this week in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For the second time this week an armed man has robbed a Spokane fast-food restaurant through the drive-up window…. …read more

Woman gets 10 years for trying to shoot husband

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Vancouver, Wash., woman who fetched a pistol and pointed it at her then-husband’s head after they disagreed during a divorce discussion has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison…. …read more

Wash. man charged with murder in aunt's death

SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Bellevue man accused of killing the 72-year-old aunt he lived with has been charged with second-degree murder…. …read more

Washington's Stringfellow pleads guilty to assault

SEATTLE (AP) — Suspended Washington wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow has pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault against Seahawks fans in separate incidents after the Super Bowl…. …read more

School district told to pay $1.3M in stabbing case

SEATTLE (AP) — Jurors have told the Snohomish, Wash., School District to pay $1.3 million for failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in October 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate…. …read more

NE Ore. prison on lockdown after inmate fight

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Corrections Department spokeswoman says a northeast Oregon prison is on lockdown after a fight involving two dozen inmates broke out Wednesday in a housing unit…. …read more

Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases…. …read more

Olympia port board continues small-city program

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A division of the Port of Olympia has reversed course and decided to leave in place a program that provides economic assistance to area communities…. …read more

Toddler falls from Seattle apartment window

SEATTLE (AP) — A 1-and-a-half-year-old girl was injured in a fall from the third-floor window of a Seattle apartment…. …read more

Boys shaken up in school bus crash near Marysville

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Two boys, 6 and 8, where checked at a hospital after their school bus rear-ended a semi-truck Wednesday morning at Marysville…. …read more