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2 Spokane cops shoot, kill man they were trying to arrest

Sep. 25, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police say two Spokane officers shot a man to death Thursday afternoon while trying to arrest him. Police went to a motel to arrest the man, who was suspected on Monday of breaking into his ex’s residence and firing a weapon, and on Wednesday assaulting that person, among...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Two companies that do work at the former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Hanford contractors agree to pay $58 million fine for fraud

Sep. 23, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two companies that do work at a former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday afternoon announced the settlement...

Tree on power line apparent start for Washington State fire

Sep. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including over 100 homes in Malden alone. A burned tree found...

Inslee broke law by bringing apples to fire-ravaged areas

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thought it would be a nice gesture to bring some apples from his own tree when he visited communities ravaged by wildfire last week. Instead he was breaking the law. By bringing apples from trees growing at the governor’s mansion in Olympia, Inslee...

High winds and wildfires reduce nation's largest apple crop

Sep. 16, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington's apple crop will be up to 10% smaller than expected because wildfires and extreme windstorms have battered orchards in recent weeks, the Washington Apple Commission said Wednesday. Washington supplies 65% of the nation's fresh apple crop each year, and the commission in...

Alaska Airlines resumes flights with new smoke protocols

Sep. 15, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines has resumed flights in and out of Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington with new wildfire smoke protocols. Airline officials halted flights in those and some smaller airports in both states because of wildfires in the West that have been creating thick smoke and haze....

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

In a photo provided by Christian Gallagher, a street in West Linn, Ore., is shrouded by smoke from wildfires, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (Christian Gallagher via AP)

Latest: 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires

Sep. 10, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 5:25 p.m. SALEM, Ore. -- Authorities in Oregon now say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires. The latest figures from Thursday evening come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That’s over...

This photo taken from the home of Russ Casler in Salem, Ore., shows the smoke-darkened sky well before sunset, around 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Strong winds and high temperatures continued to fuel catastrophic fires in many parts of Oregon on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to flee from their homes and making for poor air quality throughout the West. Huge wildfires also continued to grow in neighboring Washington state. (Russ Casler via AP)

High alert: Deadly Northwest fires burn hundreds of homes

Sep. 10, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) — Deadly windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning it could be the greatest loss of life and property from wildfire in state history. The blazes from the top of the state to the California border...

A helicopter flies over fires burning on a ridge in Sumner, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning:

Okanogan sheriff: Wildfire kills child, injures parents

Sep. 9, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 1-year-old boy has died after his family was apparently overrun by flames while trying to flee a giant wildfire burning in northeastern Washington state, Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said Wednesday. The child's injured parents were discovered Wednesday morning in the area of...