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The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, listens to testimony on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Shea, whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed

Lawmaker called 'domestic terrorist' won't seek reelection

May. 15, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” will not seek reelection. The Spokesman-Review reports that Matt Shea did not file a petition of candidacy for his state House seat on Friday, the...

Sherman Jenne, a cashier at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Burien, Wash., takes part in a protest outside the store against Fred Meyer's parent company Kroger, Friday, May 15, 2020, that was organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Kroger officials have said they are ending the additional $2 hourly

Kroger offers Fred Meyer workers extra pay after outcry

May. 15, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kroger, the parent company of grocer Fred Meyer, announced Friday that it will provide “thank you" payments to hourly employees after a union outcry over the company ending a $2 per hour pay bump it implemented in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. The United Food and...

In this April 30, 2020 photo, a sign indicates that the new Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., which is owned by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, is closed. Hundreds of tribal casinos across the country have voluntarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, in many cases taking away a tribe's primary source of revenue used to operate tribal government and social programs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Shutdown of tribal casinos deals blow to Indian Country

May. 10, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When the Kalispel Tribe of Indians closed its casino as the coronavirus took hold in Washington state, it essentially shut down its economy. That difficult choice has played out nationwide as some 500 Native American casinos have voluntarily closed during the pandemic, often taking...

In this Dec. 30, 2019, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a dead Asian giant hornet is photographed in a lab in Olympia, Wash. The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state and entomologists are making plans to wipe it out. Dubbed the

'Murder Hornets,' with sting that can kill, land in US

May. 4, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch killer dubbed the "Murder Hornet" with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out. The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some people, is just now...

This photo provided by Washington Trust Bank, shows Jack Heath, CEO of Washington Trust Bank. (Dean Davis/Washington Trust Bank via AP)

Insider Q&A: Jack Heath of Washington Trust Bank

May. 3, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Banks both large and small have had to dramatically adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. They've closed branches as customers fall behind on their debts and small businesses that were fine in February find themselves in dire straits. Washington Trust Bank is an over century-old family-owned...

People wear face masks to protect against the new coronavirus as they walk through a public park in Beijing, Saturday, May 2, 2020. China, where the pandemic began in December, reported one new infection and no deaths in the 24 hours through midnight Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China has just 2 new cases

May. 2, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Hundreds protest Oregon's stay-at-home order. —...