Inslee: More needed to prevent oil train explosion

By By PHUONG LE SEATTLE (AP) — 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…. …read more

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Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers

By By CATHY BUSSEWITZ HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of Hawaii’s largest newspaper has bought two daily publications on Hawaii’s Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state…. …read more

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Cause of large Seattle fire undetermined

SEATTLE (AP) — 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…. …read more

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Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that is expected to affect hundreds of workers…. …read more

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Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Apprehends fleeing Domestic Violence Suspect

Pacific County Sheriff's Office

Pacific County’sK9 “Ciko” tracked down a man accused of domestic violence who ran from police in Chinook this week. Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us at about 3:50 PM Wednesday, the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call from a female stating that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The female caller advised the communications center that she was bleeding and believed that her ribs were broken. The caller also provided a name of the suspect and a physical description of the suspect, as he had fled the scene.

Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the address that the caller was located at, in the 800 block of Bussone Lane. While responding to the scene, the deputies spotted the suspect in question a block away from the original address. Upon seeing the deputies, the suspect fled on foot through several backyards and over fences. One of the deputies responding, deployed the Sheriff’s Office apprehension K-9 “Ciko”, to locate the suspect. K-9 “Ciko” tracked the suspect and successfully located the suspect hiding in a neighboring back yard. The suspect, identified as Darrin P. Nichols, age 24 of Chinook, was taken into custody after suffering a small bite wound.

Nichols was transported to the Pacific County Jail where he was booked on charges of Domestic Violence Assault in the 2nd degree, Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree and Malicious Mischief. Nichols is being held on $30,000.00 bail.

Army drops murder charges over Iraqi boys' deaths

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — 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…. …read more

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16-year-old boy arrested in Spokane Valley arsons

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of a Spokane Valley arson spree…. …read more

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College students train as Chelan firefighters

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — With regulations making it harder to use volunteer firefighters, Chelan County Fire District 1 in Wenatchee has found a way to boost its workforce while helping students start their careers…. …read more

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Ex-Marine who caught jumper among Carnegie Heroes

By By JOE MANDAK PITTSBURGH (AP) — A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game was among 21 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission…. …read more

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Work starting on 40-story Seattle apartment tower

SEATTLE (AP) — A developer is starting construction on a 40-story building in downtown Seattle that will hold about 400 apartments…. …read more

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