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Washington apple growers expect record crop

YAKIMA (AP) — Washington growers are expecting another record apple crop, saying this year’s harvest could be the largest ever.

Wildfire costs burn up prevention funds

It’s an unsettling trend: Wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent, and money to prevent and fight them continues to be scarce.

Signs of once-extinct fishers found all over Olympic Peninsula

Once locally extinct, fishers are bounding all over the Olympic Peninsula.

Suspects sought in Benton County triple homicide

Authorities continued Sunday looking for suspects in the deaths of two women and a man found in a cornfield in rural southeastern Benton County.

Payment fix announced for health exchange

People having trouble using the insurance bought through the Washington health exchange because of billing problems can now pay their insurance company directly.

Payment fix announced for state’s health exchange

SEATTLE (AP) — People having trouble using the insurance bought through the Washington health exchange because of billing problems can now pay their insurance company directly.

Portland man gets jail time for boat that sank in Columbia

KENNEWICK — A Portland man has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for abandoning a 41-foot wooden fishing boat that sank in the Columbia River near Finley and polluted the water.

Sockeye back in eye-opening numbers

BREWSTER, Wash. — Good luck in ocean conditions for the past several years is stoking a bonanza fishing season for Pacific salmon.

Franchise group files to block Seattle's $15 minimum-wage phase-in

The International Franchise Association has asked a federal judge to immediately block portions of Seattle’s $15 minimum-wage law, which treats local franchises as large businesses.

Winds spread wildfire outside Ellensburg to 8,400 acres

ELLENSBURG — The Snag Canyon fire grew only slightly Wednesday, but at day’s end authorities worried that rising winds could push the fire farther east overnight.

Hastings blasts Army Corps of Engineers deal on dams and pollution

A settlement reached by two federal agencies covering pollutants from Columbia and Snake River dams gives the Environmental Protection Agency unwarranted power, said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

Wildfire danger in Walla Walla, Southeastern Washington

SPOKANE (AP) — Forecasters are warning of wildfire danger today in Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon due to a combination of winds and low humidity.

Seattle artist sues over 'Angry Birds' pet toys

SEATTLE — A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" is suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name.

Lawsuit claims Franklin County jail inmates face inhumane, barbaric practices

Inmates at the Franklin County jail are routinely subjected to inhumane and barbaric practices, according to a lawsuit filed by a Seattle-based legal aid organization.

Counties say revised forest plan falls short of economic needs

Proposed revisions to the Blue Mountains National Forests Land Management Plan fall short of addressing the social and economic needs of Eastern Oregon, according to Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens.