Obama declares ban on oil, gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared a large swath of southwest Alaska's coast off-limits to oil and gas drilling, saying energy development in the region could endanger an environmentally sensitive waterway and imperil vital fisheries.

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

Agriculture officials said Tuesday they've found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there's no immediate public health concern.

Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays

Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

US Sen. Murray aims to tackle No Child Left Behind

Former preschool teacher U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wants to rescue the so-called No Child Left Behind Law in her new role as ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee.

State: OK to restart digging of Bertha tunnel access pit

State transportation officials gave Seattle Tunnel Partners the OK on Tuesday to resume excavation on a pit being dug to reach and repair Bertha, the broken tunneling machine.

Inslee proposes carbon taxes, $12B in roads spending

After two years of watching gas-tax increases tank in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed Tuesday to take a new approach: Charge major polluters for the right to emit carbon.

Three poachers net 377 fish at Banks Lake

Three men illegally using gillnets caught 376 whitefish and a trout from Banks Lake before being apprehended on Dec. 8 by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police.

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State, 3M, prisons to profit from license plate requirements

Each year, Washington motorists flood state government with complaints about having to buy new license plates every seven years.

Audit: Washington state cybersecurity must improve

Tests done earlier this year at five state agencies show Washington state needs to improve compliance with security standards to guard against cyberattacks, an audit released Monday found.

Oregon man arraigned on child porn charges

An Oregon man pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges alleging he produced child pornography for more than a decade and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with kids.

'Ow! Christmas tree': man assaulted by decoration

Lane County sheriff's officers have arrested a 24-year-old Oregon man after the man's male roommate reported he'd been assaulted with a giant Christmas decoration.

Oregon pulls plug on 4 highway 'safety corridors'

The Oregon Department of Transportation has decommissioned four "safety corridors" this year after a decrease in crashes.

Sentence: 60 days for pumpkin-hurling rampage

An Oregon man whose post-Halloween rampage included road rage and pumpkin hurling has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Driver accused of fleeing with man on car who died

Police in Springfield, Oregon, believe a driver hit a pedestrian and fled with him on top of her car, carrying the man for 11 blocks before removing him and leaving him in the street to die.

Monitor: Seattle police making progress on reforms

From new training programs to better record-keeping, the Seattle Police Department is making good strides toward reform, according to the court-appointed monitor for the efforts.