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WA worker vaccination increases ahead of mandate deadline

Sep. 28, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As a crucial deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate approaches, state data shows that vaccination numbers for Washington state workers subject to the requirement are about 20% higher than earlier this month. The Seattle Times...

The Latest: New Zealand to allow home isolation to travelers

Sep. 27, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels. Currently New Zealanders have to quarantine in hotels for two...

Washington trooper dies after contracting COVID-19 on trip

Sep. 26, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington State Patrol trooper who helped develop the agency's use of drones has died after a battle with COVID-19 contracted on duty, the state patrol said Sunday. Detective Eric Gunderson died Sunday surrounded by his family and friends, the patrol...

Anti-mask disruption halts council meeting in Walla Walla

Sep. 24, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A day after a school board meeting in Walla Walla, Washington was halted because of a person protesting COVID-19 mask requirements, a council meeting was shut down there by a large anti-mask crowd. On Wednesday, about 100 people packed into...

The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

Sep. 23, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise. In New South...

Eviction protections in Washington state extended to Oct. 31

Sep. 23, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday the state’s eviction protections will remain in place through the end of October because counties aren’t getting federal and state COVID-19 relief funds intended for rental assistance out fast enough ahead of the current...

Man refusing to wear mask disrupts school board meeting

Sep. 22, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Police were called to a Walla Walla School Board meeting on Tuesday when a man refused to wear a mask and disrupted the proceedings, officials said. The meeting Tuesday was halted and will resume in a virtual format next week, The...

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry., The protest Tuesday in Melbourne was aimed at a Victoria state...

USC faces Washington St in first game under Donte Williams

Sep. 16, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

Southern California is wounded. It's smarting after losing at home to Stanford, watching any College Football Playoff hopes evaporate, and finally dismissing Clay Helton as head coach after years of conjecture about his job security. The tonic for the Trojans could be a...

Staffing shortages cause canceled ferry sailings

Sep. 16, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Staffing shortages at Washington State Ferries resulted in 51 canceled sailings on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. A lack of Coast Guard-documented crew meant several ferries had to be taken out of service...