Development group proposes oil-rail terminal for Washington

SEATTLE — U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Mariners boost anti-bullying campaign ad for kids

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of students helping make an anti-bullying video at Safeco Field on Thursday were surprised by Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and Seattle rapper Macklemore.

Feds give Washington access to FBI database for pot background checks

After a yearlong effort, Washington state can have access to an FBI database when conducting nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses, the U.S. Justice Depart

After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.

Oregon judge says flashing headlights is free speech

MEDFORD (AP) — A Jackson County judge says flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about nearby law enforcement is protected as free speech under the Oregon Constitution.

UW neuroscientist’s toy wins prize to turn students on to science

When he was a child, Robijanto Soetedjo used to play with his electrically powered toys for a while and then, when he got bored, take them apart — much to the consternation of his parents.

Cause of blast at natural gas facility still unknown

A failed pressure vessel could be the source of the March 31 fire and explosion at a liquefied natural gas storage facility near Plymouth, Wash.

PDC ponders putting politician disclosures online

In a move that some government transparency watchdogs say is long overdue, the state Public Disclosure Commission is considering whether to post the personal financial affairs statements of elected officials and political candidates online.

Yakima back on list of fattest cities

YAKIMA — Uh-oh, Yakima. It’s happened again. And it’s even worse this time.

Sea-Tac Airport passengers warned about luggage thefts

SEATAC (AP) — Port of Seattle police are warning passengers to keep an eye on their luggage at Sea-Tac Airport. Spokesman Perry Cooper says thieves posing as passengers have been grabbing bags off luggage carousels. He says they watch for a bag that has gone around three or four times and take it. KIRO reports Port of Seattle police have increased patrols with uniformed and undercover officers.

Death toll in landslide rises to 33

EVERETT, WASH. — The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.

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New virtual tour guide available to B Reactor visitors

Visitors to Hanford's B Reactor have a virtual park ranger to help them learn about the history of the reactor and life in early Hanford as they visit it.

Restrictions on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass this month

YAKIMA — The Transportation Department says traffic on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will be reduced to a singled lane in each direction 24 hours a day next week (from 9 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Friday).

Three more areas proposed for Umatilla National Forest

KENNEWICK — Three additional areas of potential wilderness are proposed for the Umatilla National Forest in a draft long-term management plan discussed Friday night in Kennewick.

Storms not enough to lift Southern Oregon drought

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Early spring storms helped improve snowpacks and reservoir levels across Oregon, but not enough to lift drought concerns in the parched southern part of the state.

Rockies gray wolf numbers steady

A minimum of 1,691 wolves roamed the six-state region at the end of 2013, studies report.