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Impaired driver hits State trooper vehicle in Port Orchard

Jan. 19, 2021 8:21 AM EST

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A driver was arrested after rear-ending a Washington State Patrol vehicle early Sunday morning on Highway 16 near Tremont Street in Port Orchard. A 41-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of impairment after striking the state trooper’s car while traveling westbound on...

1 dead, 1 seriously injured in shooting in Tacoma

Jan. 19, 2021 7:54 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly double shooting in Tacoma Monday night that left one man dead and another fighting for his life. Police said a 20-year-old man came to a business on South Sprague Avenue in Tacoma just before 7:30 p.m. He said he was in a nearby car with another...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee outlined a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington governor wants to vaccinate 45K people a day

Jan. 18, 2021 8:36 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day. Inslee said while the goal is currently higher than the current allotment of vaccine...

12 arrested after blocking Interstate 5 lanes in Seattle

Jan. 18, 2021 5:33 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Twelve people were arrested and two vehicles were impounded Monday after protesters blocked Interstate 5 in Seattle, the Washington State Patrol reports. Troopers responded to the scene, in the northbound I-5 collector-distributor lanes near James Street, at about 12:30 p.m. after receiving...

Irate customer throws bottle at worker over mask mandate

Jan. 18, 2021 4:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Witnesses told deputies a man became “irate” over grocery store employees’ requests that he wear a mask, ultimately attacking an employee with a glass bottle, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. Once he is arrested, deputies will...

Ridership on Washington ferries plummeted in 2020

Jan. 18, 2021 3:51 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Ridership on vessels in the Washington State Ferries fleet plummeted in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials are looking ahead to more sailings and riders in 2021, including those between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. State Department of Transportation...

FBI: Louisiana man charged in Capitol spoke of returning

Jan. 18, 2021 3:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man charged in the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol had discussed returning to Washington around the presidential inauguration and bringing rifles, ammunition and body armor, federal authorities said in court records. A criminal complaint says Cody Connell of Vivian,...

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change. The 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found the state's salmon are “teetering on the brink...

InvestigateWest: Activists thwart fossil fuel projects

Jan. 18, 2021 1:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmentalists teamed with Native Americans, ranchers and even windsurfers to block nearly every effort over the past decade to export fossil fuels from the West Coast. And they claimed yet another major victory this month when a proposed coal-export terminal in Washington state was...