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Open House seat draws a big crowd

OTHELLO, Wash. — A rare open U.S. House seat in central Washington has exposed deep divisions within the GOP, with Main Street Republicans pitted against archconservative candidates in the run-up to the Aug. 5 primary.

Forecast of cooler, damp weather fuels optimism in fire fight

Wildfires continued to rage in Central Washington on Sunday, but damper weather and slower winds helped firefighters in their efforts to contain blazes that have charred hundreds of thousands of acres and left people picking up pieces of their lives.

Previously unconfirmed wolves kill calf in Wallowa County

Wolves are responsible for killing a domestic calf on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northern Wallowa County, according to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Scientists unlock bread wheat’s genetic secrets

Scientists announced Thursday they are approaching a milestone in man’s ability to improve bread wheat.

State laws on drinking, boating are similar to drinking, driving

In Washington, it’s illegal to consume alcohol while operating a boat.

Licensed pot grow sites pass halfway mark

The state’s nascent recreational marijuana industry appears to have passed a milestone last week.

Massive wildfire burns homes, leads to evacuations

SPOKANE — A large, wind-whipped wildfire in rural north-central Washington destroyed an estimated 100 homes, forced the evacuation of a small town and cut power to most of the scenic Methow Valley.

Kennewick man, young stepsons rescued at Juniper Dunes

A Kennewick man and his young stepsons walked for miles in the stifling heat Wednesday after their car sank into the sand at the Juniper Dunes Wilderness in eastern Franklin County.

Oregon governor debate to be streamed live

A debate between Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson will be live-streamed at www.eastoregonian.com from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Friday courtesy of KATU and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Obama plans whirlwind fundraising trip to Seattle

President Obama plans another political visit to Seattle next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree.

Feds address concerns about migrant kids coming to JBLM

If hundreds of migrant children from Central America come to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), they would not mingle with the communities at the base or surrounding areas, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) told local officials during a conference call Wednesday.

Microsoft laying off 18,000 worldwide

Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its history Thursday as CEO Satya Nadella said the company will cut 18,000 jobs — about 14 percent of the company’s workforce — over the next year.

Man starts fire using ‘blowtorch’ to kill spider

SEATTLE — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.

Jackpot year for cherries in Washington

QUINCY — Farming can be a little like gambling. Sometimes a farmer or grower comes up snake eyes, the victim of bad weather or a bad market. But sometimes they hit the jackpot.

Wildfires prompt state of emergency declaration

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires that threaten several hundred homes.