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Businesses to turn away customers without masks amid virus

Jul. 7, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Businesses in Washington are now required to refuse service to customers who don’t wear facial coverings, under a statewide order that took effect Tuesday and was issued in response to a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. Inslee announced the new mandate last week....

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, workers at an orchard pull on equipment as they prepare to thin apple trees in Yakima, Wash. While the coronavirus pandemic at first pounded the greater Seattle area, the epicenter has now moved east across the Cascade Range. Washington is seeing rising cases of COVID-19, driven in large part by increasing numbers in Yakima, Benton, Franklin and Spokane counties, the largest communities in eastern Washington. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Surge in state COVID-19 cases driven by eastern Washington

Jul. 3, 2020 11:44 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...

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...

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...

Seattle Police finish their sweep Wednesday, July 1, 2020, on the north end of Cal Anderson Park, sweeping everyone off the grounds.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Seattle police forcibly clear 'lawless' protest zone

Jul. 1, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Wearing helmets and wielding batons and rifles, Seattle police turned out in force at dawn Wednesday in the city’s “occupied” protest zone after the mayor ordered it cleared following two recent fatal shootings. Officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder on several streets...

Court invalidates governor's transportation budget vetoes

Jul. 1, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee overstepped his authority with a series of one-sentence vetoes in last year’s transportation budget. The Herald of Everett reported Tuesday that the decision — a win for the Democratic-led Legislature that filed suit...

Washington state court hears arguments over car-tab tax cuts

Jul. 1, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court heard arguments about whether a voter-approved car-tab tax cut was legal or if its ballot title misled voters. The state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee suspended some projects and shuffled budgets as if the tax reduction will take effect, but...

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 heckled off stage during Tri-Cities appearance

Jun. 30, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was heckled and had to cut short his speech Tuesday on battling the coronavirus pandemic in Eastern Washington. Speaking outdoors at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Inslee was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers as he urged residents to wear masks to prevent...

Workers collect and stack the coffins of people that have been recently cremated amid the new coronavirus pandemic, at the La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The coffins are collected, destroyed, and processed by a company specialized in organic waste. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The Latest: Charges possible after Philippines parade, dance

Jun. 28, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say authorities in a central village may face criminal or administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance amid a strict coronavirus lockdown. Mayor Edgar Labella of Cebu city said officials of Basak village have been ordered to explain why the...

An employee takes the fingerprints of a woman who died from the new coronavirus before her remains are cremated at La Recoleta crematorium in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 27, 2020. The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday the highest number of deaths in Chile since the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worse to come

Jun. 28, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday -- 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases -- and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come....