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Native American advocate Carl Moore sits next to Native American imagery painted along a walkway which leads from the Bountiful High School parking lot up to the football field Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah.
Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press

The Washington Legislature has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington.

Updated April 11, 2021 at 11:34 AM ET

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of "nuclear terrorism," raising regional tensions.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, stopped short of directly blaming anyone for the incident. Details remained few about what happened early Sunday morning at the facility, which initially was described as a blackout caused by the electrical grid feeding the site.

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate on Thursday to investigate the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the full court ruled that churches can be barred from reopening during the pandemic, threatening to further strain tensions between President Jair Bolsonaro and the judiciary.

The order by Justice Luis Roberto Barroso for a Senate probe came only minutes after the whole court upheld the power of local authorities to prevent churches and other houses of worship from opening.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference Nov. 30, 2020, in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Gov. Jay Inslee will announce Monday whether some counties in Washington state will have to roll back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan because of rising cases.

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, then-Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer answers questions during a news conference in Tacoma. Troyer was elected Pierce County sheriff in November.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

The Pierce County Council has chosen to hire former U.S. Attorney Brian Moran for an independent investigation of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s controversial confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier on his delivery route.

From top, a pine siskin, American goldfinch and Black-capped chickadee sit on a feeder in Fayston, Vt., in December 2008.
Toby Talbot / The Associated Press file

Six Washington residents have become ill in an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly pine siskins, state health officials said Monday.

Billy Frank Jr. poses at Frank's Landing on the Nisqually River near Olympia on June 29, 2012.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

A measure to honor the late Billy Frank Jr. with a statue at the U.S. Capitol cleared the Legislature Monday.

A Washington State Patrol official walks near evidence markers and a car with broken windows on Sept. 3, 2020, in Lacey at the scene where Michael Reinoehl was killed as investigators moved in to arrest him.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

A fugitive wanted in the highly-publicized killing of a right-wing demonstrator in Portland last summer probably fired first at police in Thurston County before they fatally shot him, investigators found.

Rena Priest, a member of the Lummi Nation and a Bellingham writer, has become the first Native American poet to serve as Washington state’s poet laureate.

Seattle City Council incumbent Kshama Sawant speaks Tuesday at an election night party with her supporters.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can go forward.

An EMT with the Seattle Fire Department gives the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a City of Seattle community COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

The Washington State Department of Health is investigating reports of people in the state who tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after they were fully vaccinated.

Charla Bear/KPLU

The union representing 7,000 Seattle Public Schools employees has ratified an agreement to bring elementary students back into the classroom for in-person instruction on April 5.

In this image taken from video provided by Roman Puzhlyakov, debris from a SpaceX rocket lights up the sky behind clouds over Vancouver, Wash. Thursday evening, March 25, 2021.
Roman Puzhlyakov / Via The Associated Press

Burning debris from a rocket lit up Pacific Northwest skies Thursday night, the National Weather Service in Seattle said. 

Students carry sack lunches as they walk through a hall, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday reduced the COVID-19 social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms in the state from 6 feet to 3 feet as more schools in the state begin to open up.

Noriko Nasu, a teacher who was attacked while walking through Seattle's Chinatown-International District, speaks Monday at a news conference at Renton City Hall. Nasu joined Gov. Jay Inslee and other leaders to denounce recent acts of violence and harassm
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was joined Monday by community leaders to decry what he called a “horrendous surge” of violence against Asian-Americans.

The Microsoft logo is displayed outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond on July 3, 2014.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Microsoft will begin bringing workers back to its global headquarters in Redmond on March 29 as the tech giant starts to reopen more facilities it largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.

KABUL, Afghanistan — State media reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived Sunday in Kabul on his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, amid swirling questions about how long American troops will remain in the country.

State-owned Radio and Television Afghanistan and popular TOLO Television reported Austin's arrival in Kabul from India. He was expected to meet with senior Afghan government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani.

In this Oct. 24, 2020, photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Wildlife officials in Washington state have said British Columbia and U.S. federal and state agencies will work together to track, trap and eradicate Asian giant hornets in the Pacific Northwest.

First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor.
Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times via AP

First lady Jill Biden arrived at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island late Tuesday morning, part of her tour of military bases to meet with service families.

First lady Jill Biden, right, is greeted by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and his wife, Trudi, as Biden arrives at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, on Monday. Biden is scheduled to tour a portion of the base and visit with military families on Tuesday.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

First lady Jill Biden arrived in Washington state Monday to tour military bases and meet with service families.

She was greeted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord airfield by Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi Inslee.

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

About 55,000 Washingtonians might have to pay back thousands of dollars in jobless benefits.

The halls inside Bothell High School stand empty Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Bothell.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that would waive some graduation requirements for individual students during a state of emergency, like the current coronavirus pandemic.

This image shows the 1956 painting "Immigrants admitted from all countries: 1820 to 1840—115,773" by Jacob Lawrence. The painting is panel 28 from a 30-panel series, "Struggle: From the History of the American People.” It had been missing for 60 years.
The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation/Artists Rights Society / Peabody Essex Museum via AP


A second panel from American artist Jacob Lawrence's sweeping series “Struggle: From the History of the American People" that has been hidden from public view for decades has been located, the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts announced Tuesday.

Sodas and other beverages fill a display cooler in a convenience store in Kent in October 2018.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

A tax proposal under debate by Washington state lawmakers could raise the price of soda, juice and sweetened coffee drinks.

In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport on Feb. 20, 2021. The Boeing 777 landed safely.
Chad Schnell / via AP

Boeing has recommended that airlines ground all 777s with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this weekend, and most carriers that fly those planes said they would temporarily pull them from service.

Seattle Parks and Recreation personnel work behind a makeshift barricade to clear debris from an encampment that was occupied by people lacking housing on Dec. 18, 2020, at Cal Anderson Park.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Seattle is paying $10,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who challenged a homeless encampment sweep at a city park last December.

The public can join in a test of the new ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system on Feb. 25 in King, Pierce and Thurston counties.
Emergency Management Division

The earthquake early warning system known as ShakeAlert will be capable of delivering alerts directly to wireless devices in Oregon on March 11 and to Washington state in May, completing the West Coast rollout, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday.

In this Feb. 2, 2021, photo, students wear masks as they work in a fourth-grade classroom, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington state is expanding COVID-19 testing options for many public schools and Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday more students should have access to in-person learning.

Washington Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, works at her desk on the otherwise empty Senate floor, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during a joint session of the Washington Legislature being held remotely.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Lawmakers in Washington state have proposed a measure that would prevent a driver’s license from being suspended if a person cannot pay or respond to a traffic ticket.

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht
Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht has fired a longtime detective for Facebook posts that mocked and endorsed violence against racial justice protesters.