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Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery

Sep. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican immigrant who was nearly deported after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer forged a document in his case brought about change by suing over the misconduct. Ignacio Lanuza's lawsuit helped prompt a criminal investigation that sent the lawyer to jail, established legal...

Assault charge dismissed against former Super Bowl MVP

Aug. 30, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A misdemeanor assault charge against former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien has been dropped. A judge in Washington state on Friday dismissed the fourth-degree assault charge involving Rypien's wife, KREM-TV reported . A report by Spokane Officer Todd Brownlee said Rypien acknowledged...

Man gets life for 1998 killing after confessions met doubt

Aug. 23, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the father of an 18-year-old video store clerk spoke to her confessed killer, a slide show flashed on a monitor in a Montana courtroom Friday: the young woman smiling with a fish dangling from a pole, laughing with her brother perched atop a boulder and posing in a formal dress...

The Latest: Man gets life in 1998 killing of video clerk

Aug. 23, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Montana man who admitted killing a teenage clerk at a video store in 1998. (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A Montana man whose confessions to a 1998 murder were initially met with disbelief has been sentenced to life in prison. State District Judge...

Man's confessions in 1998 murder met doubt, now faces life

Aug. 22, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More than 17 years after he slashed the throat of a teenage clerk while robbing a Montana video store, Zachary O'Neill says guilt overcame him and he tried to tell authorities. But it was another three years after he first confessed in a psychiatric hospital, and later to sheriff's...

4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters

Aug. 19, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in a rural Washington state area bordering Canada have been killed by state hunters, prompting protests from environmental groups. The four wolves were part of a pack that originally had seven members and attacked cows,...

The Latest: Man says boy cursed at him over anthem flap

Aug. 6, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an alleged attack over the national anthem (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Court documents say a man accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Montana rodeo told a sheriff's deputy that the boy cursed at him when he asked the teenager to take off his hat during the...

Lawsuit filed to stop Washington state from killing wolves

Aug. 1, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to prevent the state of Washington from killing more wolves from a pack that is preying on cattle. The Maryland-based Center for a Humane Economy filed the suit in King County Superior Court, contending too many wolves have been killed as a way to...

Man pleads guilty in brutal 1998 killing of Montana teen

Jul. 23, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of crimes that remained unsolved for two decades — the brutal murder of an 18-year-old video store clerk and the rape and attempted murder of a newspaper carrier. Zachary David O'Neill, 39, entered his guilty pleas in state...