Bacteria-warning changes could lead to more health advisories at Oregon beaches

Six advisories were issued last summer on Oregon beaches, and 13 in 2014.

Homicide victim identified as Pasco teen

The teen killed in a Pasco shooting near the cable bridge has been identified as George Garcia Thacker, a former student at New Horizons High School.

Former chief files $4M claim against Spokane

Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has filed a $4 million claim against the city, contending that due process was violated in his termination.

Razor clam digs on ocean beaches postponed due to toxins

Washington shellfish managers have postponed the fall start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches. They say toxin levels in the clams are too high.

Gun activists protest Obama visit to Oregon killing site

Holding signs saying the president was not welcome, more than 200 gun-rights activists protested Barack Obama's visit on Friday to Oregon to meet with the families of victims of last week's campus killings.

Oregon's oldest death row inmate asks governor for clemency

Lawyers for Oregon's oldest death row inmate are making a last-ditch appeal to allow their client to spend his final days in hospice instead of in prison as he dies from severe chronic pulmonary disease.

High court reverses decision granting water rights to Yelm

The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the state to grant new water rights to the city of Yelm to serve its growing population, a ruling that has broad implications across the state.

Equipment malfunction causes explosion at Washington dam

Utility officials say an electrical equipment malfunction caused an explosion at a hydroelectric dam on Washington's Columbia River that injured six workers.

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Obama focusing on condolences, not gun laws, in Oregon visit

President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms are popular.

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Seattle tunnel delays could cost state $78M

The Washington State Department of Transportation says it expects to lose $78 million because of the two-year stall of tunnel-boring machine Bertha, according to a letter from the state project team to insurers.

State rolls out new rules on pot pesticides

Washington state announced new rules for pesticide testing in pot as the first product liability lawsuit was filed against the pot industry in Colorado over pesticide use.

Senate Democrats preparing legislative package to curb guns

Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation's toll of firearms deaths.

Sheriff: Man shoots roommate after mistaking him for raccoon

Officials with the King County Sheriff's Office say a man shot his roommate after mistaking him for a raccoon at their home outside Seattle.

Haggen puts additional Northwest stores on for-sale list

Grocery chain Haggen has added six more stores in the Northwest to its list of those it would like to sell.

Sleeping Idaho hunter wakes up to black bear biting his head

A hunter asleep in the remote Idaho wilderness woke up when he felt something tugging on his hair. Then he heard the black bear breathing.