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Gay rights
3:29 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Wash. House committee approves gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A measure to legalize same-sex marriage has passed a House committee, and the Senate is expected to vote on its companion bill as early as Wednesday.

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Medical Marijuana
1:52 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

42 Wash. lawmakers ask DEA to reclassify marijuana

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than three dozen Washington state lawmakers are asking the federal government to reclassify marijuana.

In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday, the lawmakers said they supported Gov. Chris Gregoire's previous request on the issue. Reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug would allow it to be prescribed by doctors and handled by pharmacists.

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Transportation
8:45 am
Mon January 30, 2012

AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.49

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.49.

That's up 2 cents in a week and 7 cents in a month. It's 6 cents higher than the national average.

Some metro prices from Monday's AAA survey: Bellingham $3.62, Bremerton $3.54, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.56, Tacoma $3.54, Olympia $3.55, Vancouver $3.53, Yakima $3.61, Tri-Cities $3.29, Spokane $3.18.

health
8:42 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Snohomish County trying to slow whooping cough

EVERETT, Wash. — Snohomish County health officials are trying to slow the spread of whooping cough by offering free vaccinations to low-income adults at risk of contracting the disease.

The Daily Herald reports about 450 doses will be available from the health district Saturday in Everett and Marysville.

Snohomish County typically has 24 to 45 cases of whooping cough a year. So far it already has 51.

Japanese Tsunami
8:39 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Japanese official inspects Neah Bay flotsam

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An official from the Japanese consulate in Seattle has visited the home of a Port Angeles man to inspect a large black float he found near Neah Bay to determine if it's some of the first debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March.

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Barefoot Bandit
12:32 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Colton Harris-Moore sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison

A federal judge on Friday sentenced "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.

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Environment lawsuit
3:36 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups sue over Navy sonar use off Northwest coast

Conservationists and Native American tribes have filed a lawsuit over the Navy's expanded use of sonar in training exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, saying the noise can harass and kill whales and other marine life.

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Art theft
1:45 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Eugene sculptor flattered by Olympia art heist

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Eugene artist Jud Turner says it was an uncomfortable compliment to have his sculpture stolen from an Olympia gallery.

He told The Register-Guard it was slightly flattering and slightly alarming to have his piece taken from the Matter Gallery.

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Washington State Legislature
1:23 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Wash. eyes $1B stimulus plan to aid construction

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers are looking at a $1 billion stimulus package to help create construction jobs.

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Airline news
1:04 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Prayers are fine, but Alaska Airlines retiring meal tray prayer cards

After 30 years of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals, Alaska Airlines is retiring the prayer cards from meal trays.

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Global Health
4:40 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Gates calls for more money for ag research

Joseph Dzindwa checks his hybrid maize crop in Catandica, Mozambique, earlier this year.
The Associated Press

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Bill Gates says high tech approaches to agriculture are an important tool for fighting hunger.

Gates released his fourth annual letter Tuesday, detailing the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest charitable foundation.

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Sports
9:32 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Jon Kitna hopes to coach at high school in Tacoma, Wash.

Jon Kitna talks about his life inside and outside of the NFL with his wife Jennifer in 2007.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — After 15 years as an NFL quarterback, Jon Kitna hopes to return to his old high school in Tacoma as a coach.

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Lost on Mount Rainier
4:09 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Update: No sign of missing campers, climbers on Mt Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Despite a break in the weather, there's still no sign of four campers and climbers who have been missing for a week on Mount Rainier.

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Gay rights
3:21 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Washington state has the votes to legalize gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gay marriage proponents urged their supporters not to become complacent following news the Legislature has enough votes to make Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Environment
3:11 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Arctic ribbon seal spotted in Seattle

In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries, an adult, male ribbon seal sits on an ice flow in Russian's Ozernoy Gulf in the summer of 2005, just prior to capture.
The Associated Press

A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted in the Seattle area thousands of miles away.

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