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Audit
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Auditor: Wash. State Parks Must Improve

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues.

That was the finding of a report issued Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office.

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Crime
3:12 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Oregon Man Gets 30 Years In Christmas Bomb Plot

A Nov. 27, 2010 file photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Mohamud.
AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb a crowded holiday event in Portland's town square in 2010.

Mohamed Mohamud was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland in the plot that actually was an FBI sting.

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Space Travel
1:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NASA Picks Boeing And SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts

In this undated image provided by NASA, astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center.
AP Photo/NASA

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

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Global Health
11:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gates Foundation To Spend $50 Million On Ebola Response

Health workers in protective gear leave after carrying the body of a woman that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.
AP Photo

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, in addition to the $10 million the foundation has already committed.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.

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Erosion
4:02 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved An Initial 68 Feet From River's Edge

FILE - This April, 2014 file photo provided by Olympic National Park shows the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a log cabin on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington.
AP Photo/Olympic National Park Service, File

A historic chalet has been moved 68 feet away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.

Officials with Olympic National Park said Tuesday that contractors are expected to complete the relocation of the Enchanted Valley chalet over the next few days.

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Erosion
11:15 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Mules Moving Historic Lodge In Olympic National Park

This photo taken on March 12, 2014 and released by the Olympic National Park Service, shows a log cabin teeters on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington.
AP Photo/Olympic National Park Service

Olympic National Park says a house-mover is putting all the animals and equipment in place to pull a historic lodge away from the eroding edge of a river in the Enchanted Valley.

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Gun Control
2:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Bill Gates, Wife Donate $1 Million To Wash. Gun Background Check Initiative

FILE - Bill and Melinda Gates attend the Millennium Development Goals event, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at U.N. headquarters.
Mary Altaffer AP Photo

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million.

The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign was given Friday but not made public until Monday, when it posted on the state's Public Disclosure Commission website.

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Coal Export
4:24 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon Agency Rejects Coal Terminal On The Columbia River

Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.

The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing. It's also a win for Washington state, said Kimberly Larsen with the group Climate Solutions.

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Wildfire Danger
2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Even Campfires At Washington Campgrounds Banned Through September

Plumes of smoke rise from the Devil's Elbow Complex fire on the Colville Indian Reservation.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires.

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Wildfire Damage
11:52 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Wash. Gov. Seeks Federal Aid For Wildfire Victims

A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration to deal with devastating wildfires in eastern Washington.

A declaration would provide federal assistance to help families, business owners and local governments recover from the wildfires.

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Boat Woes
10:57 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Washington Ferries To Be Back To Normal Saturday

The Washington state ferry boat "Cathlamet" sails with Mount Rainier in the background, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, near Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound.

Capt. George Capacci says that will be made possible by the return of the ferry Wenatchee, which has been in drydock in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Aerospace
12:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In South Carolina, Not Washington

Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.

The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state. The 787-10 is still being designed and Boeing expects to start final assembly of the first planes in 2017.

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Obituary
12:19 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies

File image
Barry Sweet AP Photo

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning.

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Layoffs
6:22 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area

Robert Scoble flickr

Microsoft says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs in what observers are calling the company's largest layoff ever. The news came in an e-mail from CEO Satya Nadella.

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Marijuana Banking
4:11 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking

This July 1, 2014, photo shows packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle" during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.

The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report on their dealings with marijuana-related businesses without running afoul of federal money-laundering laws.

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