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Feds seek prison for rural Washington pot growers

By By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS and GENE JOHNSON SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is plowing ahead with licensing people to grow and sell recreational pot, but a federal trial scheduled to begin Monday in Spokane suggests not all is hunky-dory with weed…. …read more

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Tribal fishing activist Billy Frank Jr. dies

By By GENE JOHNSON and PHUONG LE SEATTLE (AP) — Billy Frank Jr., the tribal fisherman who led the Northwest “fish wars” that helped restore fishing rights for American Indians four decades ago, has died at age 83…. …read more

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Muddy wasteland awaits Obama visit to mudslide

By By GENE JOHNSON 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

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Unclear Washington landslide lawsuits could win

By By GENE JOHNSON SEATTLE (AP) — The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the “potential for a large catastrophic failure” of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another noted plainly that it “poses a significant risk to human lives and private property.”… …read more

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Court OKs $57M verdict for WA home-care workers

By By Gene Johnson SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly upheld a $57 million verdict against the state in a case brought by workers who care for severely disabled people. But the justices declined to give the workers pre-judgment interest – throwing out an additional $39 million awarded by a lower court judge…. …read more

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Man charged in Syria plot returning to California

By By GENE JOHNSON SEATTLE (AP) — A man who prosecutors say spoke of bombing the Los Angeles subway system and joining Islamic extremists in Syria is returning to California to face a terrorism-related charge after his arrest near the Canadian border…. …read more

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