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In this photo taken on Friday, June 26, 2020, Natasha Scott, right, provides flyer information about the Peacekeeper Society to Patricia Randall, center, and Floraine Gardee, left, during a drive-thru distribution of food and emergency supplies at Harrah City Hall in Harrah, Wash., during the coronavirus pandemic. (Amanda Ray/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

Surge in state COVID-19 cases driven by eastern Washington

Jul. 3, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cirio Hernandez Hernandez was thinning apple trees on a June morning in Yakima, grabbing a fistful of tiny apples and knocking off all but one that was left to grow to a marketable size. It wasn't the Yakima Valley's hot temperatures, or the strenuous work, that was causing him...

Seattle police subpoena photos, video of protests from media

Jul. 3, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department has gone to court to gain access to unpublished media images from the May 30 protests as part of an investigation to identify who allegedly helped set police vehicles on fire and stole firearms from them. The Seattle Times reports the SPD is demanding the...

Amid virus fight, campaign season brings ethical quandaries

Jul. 3, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Candidates in the November election who already hold office are grappling with a thorny question: where does the coronavirus stop and the campaign begin? In Montana, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s actions helped keep the state’s infection rate from the COVID-19...

Police officers gather in front of a Seattle police precinct being cleaned and opened Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks. Seattle police showed up in force earlier in the day at the

Seattle police arrest 10 as protests continue

Jul. 3, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say they made more arrests Thursday night and Friday morning as demonstrations continue after authorities cleared the city's “occupied” protest zone earlier this week. In a statement police say they arrested seven people early Friday near the site of the former...

Yakama Nation to continue appeal against mining expansion

Jul. 3, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that the Yakama Nation can move forward with its lawsuit to halt the expansion of a gravel mining project that they say could disrupt a tribal cultural and burial site. The court ruled Thursday that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the...

Woman pleads not guilty to attempted murder of man

Jul. 3, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview woman charged with attempted murder in the shooting of her boyfriend entered a not guilty plea Thursday. Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies said Eden Taylor called 911 on June 15 to report that she had shot her boyfriend in the arm and leg, The Daily News reported....

Human remains found near Mount Rainier National Park

Jul. 3, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An investigation is underway after human remains were discovered near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. KIRO-TV reports Pierce County sheriff’s deputies said loggers found what appeared to be human bones Thursday morning in a remote site on private land above the...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Columbia Basin College campus in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday June 30, 2020 about the spread of the coronavirus in Benton and Franklin counties. (Jennifer King/The Tri-City Herald via AP)

Inslee expands virus mask order for businesses statewide

Jul. 2, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that because of an increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection, starting next week, bar seating will no longer be permitted for counties currently in Phase 3 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan and businesses statewide will not be able to serve customers...

Canada high court dismisses Indigenous appeal of pipeline

Jul. 2, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday dismissed an appeal from British Columbia First Nations against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast The court dismissed the appeal from the Squamish Nation,...