Washington files lawsuit against online company

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s attorney general is suing a Philadelphia-based online company that he says used deceptive marketing tactics on millions of customers across the country…. …read more

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Coast Guard cutter crew rescues 2 people, dog near Westport

Coast Guard Boat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, Wash., rescued two people and a dog in the water near the entrance to Westport, Wash., Saturday.

Sea Lion crew safely recovered the 52-year-old man, 50-year-old woman, and their dog, treating them for signs of hypothermia while transporting them to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

The crew of the Sea Lion, while on a routine patrol, discovered the two people and dog clinging to their overturned 22-foot vessel. The Sea Lion crew notified Sector Columbia River watchstanders and launched their small boat to recover the individuals. The Sea Lion remained on scene to monitor the overturned vessel and ensure the safety of boaters in the area while Station Grays Harbor launched to tow the overturned vessel into port.

“A big Bravo Zulu to the alert crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion,” said Mark Dobney, a command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “This case illustrates the importance of having proper safety equipment and communications devices while at sea. Without the excellent professionalism of the Sea Lion crew, these survivors may not have been found.”

A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor recovered the overturned vessel and towed it into the harbor.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 12 to 16 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

The survivors were reported to be wearing their lifejackets. Despite signs of hypothermia, no injuries were reported and emergency medical services were declined.

Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized vessel near Long Beach

Coast Guard Boat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

A Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew rescued two people from a capsized vessel near Long Beach, Wash., Sunday.

The two people were safely recovered by the Motor Life Boat crew and taken back to Station Cape Disappointment with no medical concerns.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report from Pacific County dispatch stating that a 21-foot pleasure craft was disabled off Long Beach. Sector watchstanders contacted the crew of the disabled vessel and determined that the vessel was taking on water and they could not keep up with flooding, at which point they were advised to don lifejackets. Sector Columbia River directed the launch of the MLB crew and an Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew in response.

The MLB crew arrived on scene to find the vessel capsized. A 46-year-old man and a 52-year-old man from the capsized vessel were quickly located nearby by the MLB crew.

“This case illustrates the importance of having lifejackets and other life saving emergency equipment aboard a vessel while boating in the Pacific Northwest,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operation specialist at Sector Columbia River. “Weather and sea states can be unpredictable and it is best to ensure you are prepared for any type of emergency situation.”

The pleasure craft reportedly sank with no signs of pollution and is not a hazard to navigation.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 18 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

By By GENE JOHNSON SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s elected prosecutor says he’s dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law…. …read more

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Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific

By By JEFF BARNARD A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming…. …read more

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Just in time for fall: New section of SR 502 set to open to traffic

Drivers and residents along State Route 502 who have been patient through all of the construction activities will soon be rewarded with a brand new stretch of paved road just before the construction season gives way to the rainy season. …read more

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Totem pole to explain why sun shines in Sequim

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is donating a totem pole to the new City Hall in Sequim (skwim)…. …read more

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Sex offender suspected of Arlington voyeurism

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Police say a man suspected of peeping into a girl’s window at Arlington is a 51-year-old Level 3 sex offender with a prior conviction for voyeurism…. …read more

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Big fence to protect Skagit farm from elk herd

BIRDSVIEW, Wash. (AP) — More than two miles of fencing over 6 feet high is being installed at a cattle breeding farm near the Skagit River in an attempt to prevent elk from barging in and eating the cattle feed…. …read more

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9 missile silos near Spokane held nuclear bombs

By By TOM SOWA SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Back in 1961 the U.S. Air Force, without any attempt at secrecy or stealth, hauled nine long-range ballistic missiles by truck from California to Eastern Washington…. …read more

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