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A grain ship sails the Columbia River at the Port of Kalama, where a Chinese-backed company wanted to build a methanol plant.

Officials in Washington state denied a key permit for a large proposed methanol plant Tuesday, saying the project that aims to send the chemical to China to be used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment would pump out too much pollution.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
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Losing Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman that alleged widespread election irregularities and fraud.

A Thurston County Sheriff’s Office police dog was shot twice after an armed driver led several police agencies on a chase along Interstate 5 Wednesday night.

A street is flooded by overflowing Issaquah Creek in Issaquah, Wash., as heavy rains pound the area Feb. 6, 2020. Rain storms are triggering flood warnings on rivers in Washington and Oregon.
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The Pacific Northwest is bracing for flooding and landslides, while the mountains will see heavy snow and possible avalanches on Tuesday and Wednesday as an atmospheric river collides with Washington and Oregon.

Capitol dome in Olympia in January 2020.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has activated up to 750 members of the National Guard to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus as the state Legislature prepares to convene its 105-day legislative session Monday.

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This year will be the first since at least 1980 there won’t be a count of people living outside in Seattle.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
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The violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday prompted sharp criticism of President Donald Trump by the Washington state congressional delegation, including from one leader who has been a staunch supporter.

Protesters stand outside the Governor's Mansion after getting through a perimeter fence, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Olympia, following a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
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Pro-Trump protesters broke through a gate at the Washington state governor’s mansion Wednesday afternoon, and dozens of people gathered on the lawn.

Fishing crew members wait their turn to have their belongings sprayed with disinfectant before being given a health screening as part of a new protocol to fight coronavirus before boarding Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Some fishermen in the North Pacific Ocean are on edge ahead of a traditionally fruitful winter fishing season, following a rough 2020 that saw catch rates fall below long-term averages.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation now says reinforcing 16 bridges to better withstand earthquakes would cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than once expected.

A federal judge Thursday declined to block Seattle officials from removing a homeless encampment from a city park.

Dr. Dakotah Lane, a member of the Lummi Nation, right, receives a COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Alyssa Lane, his cousin, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the Chinook Clinic on the Lummi Reservation, near Bellingham.
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Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington’s allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine will be cut by 40 percent next week - and other states are also seeing reductions.

The maker of Fisher Scones, which has been a favorite at the Washington State Fair for years, has been cited for more than 1,500 instances of overworking teenagers.

In this file photo from May, a small movie theater in Seattle is closed as a result of the pandemic. Gov. Jay Inslee announced loosened restrictions for movie theaters in first- and second-phased counties on Tuesday.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press (file)

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday didn't move any counties forward or backward in his four-phase COVID-19 reopening plan, but he did say more activities would be allowed throughout the state.

A Washington state ferry passes the Seattle Great Wheel as it approaches downtown Seattle from Elliott Bay, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press (file)

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's Waterfront Park has been closed and fenced off after officials discovered last Wednesday that a pier had shifted several inches, creating a gap between the pier and adjacent land.

A member of a cleaning crew wheels a cart toward a vehicle at the Life Care Center, where at least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked to the facility, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state health officials reported 13 new deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the state tally of fatalities to 67 – the highest in the country.

Also, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants as the state continues to grapple with containing the spread of COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the state's economy as businesses are forced to temporarily close and employees are laid off.

Mike Mastrian, Director of the Senate Radio and Television Gallery, cleans down the podium before a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a massive federal effort Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked Congress to speed emergency checks to Americans, enlisted the military for MASH-like hospitals and implored ordinary people to do their part by staying home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Sound Transit has removed its top safety officer as a result of a fatal 2017 train derailment.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children’s Hospital said Monday it believes a mold outbreak that has sickened seven patients, one fatally, since summer 2018 is linked to mold-related infections dating back nearly two decades.

Five children died from infections linked to Aspergillus mold in operating rooms at Children’s from 2001 to 2014, and two others became ill, Dr. Jeff Sperring, the hospital’s chief executive, said in a written statement.

Seattle Sounders celebrate Sunday after the team beat Toronto FC in the MLS Cup in Seattle. The Sounders won 3-1.
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Kelvin Leerdam scored his first career postseason goal on a deflected shot in the 57th minute, substitute Victor Rodriguez connected in the 76th and Raúl Ruidíaz added the capper in the 90th to give the Seattle Sounders a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday in the MLS Cup for their second title in four seasons.

In this June 27, 2012, file photo, water flows through the Bonneville Dam near Cascade, Ore. Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.
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THE DALLES, ORE. — Two Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.

The Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said Monday that the U.S. government violated a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River.

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PORTLAND (AP) — Federal highway officials have endorsed an accelerated timeline proposed by Oregon and Washington transportation officials that sets the two states on a fast track toward construction on a new Interstate 5 bridge by 2025.

This image is from a video by the state Department of Natural Resources, showing how a tsunami would affect the Washington coast after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

OLYMPIA — New videos show how a large earthquake could set off tsunamis hitting Washington state's outer coast within 15 minutes, and the Tacoma waterfront within two-and-a-half hours. 

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SEATTLE (AP) — Public Health — Seattle & King County officials say drug-related deaths have continued to increase in the county, with fatal overdoses involving methamphetamine and fentanyl on the rise.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Seven years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Inslee said Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, that he plans to pardon thousands of convictions for misdemeanor pot possession.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Gov. Jay inslee announced Friday that he will pardon thousands of people statewide who were previously convicted of low-level marijuana charges, an action that appears to be the first of its kind in the country.

In this Oct. 28, 2007 file photo, Nancy Wilson, left, and Terence Blanchard, right, perform during an all-star tribute concert for Herbie Hancock, in Los Angeles. Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Wilson has died at age 81.
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Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

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Updated 8:48 a.m. Monday Aug. 14 with number of arrests

Seattle police have arrested three men and confiscated weapons as dueling demonstrations converged in downtown Seattle Sunday afternoon.

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Cheers erupted from a crowd of protesters at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday after hearing that a federal judge in New York put a hold on part of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration.

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning legal U.S. residents and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also puts an indefinite hold on a program resettling Syrian refugees.

The judge prohibited the U.S. government from deporting travelers with valid visas covered by the Trump order.

Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in The Brady Bunch, has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.

Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

Family and friends had surrounded Henderson's hospital bedside, Pressman said.

Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.