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High School in Shoreline closed over threats to reopen

Dec. 11, 2019 9:56 PM EST

SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) — Classes and all after-school activities at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington, were canceled Wednesday after school officials received “multiple tips” about potential threats, according to the school’s website. The Seattle Times reports the school...

Council OKs creating regional homelessness authority

Dec. 11, 2019 7:16 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council in Seattle voted Wednesday to create a regional homelessness authority. The Seattle Times reports the plan will next go to the Seattle City Council for a vote, where council members may make changes. The plan would combine King County and Seattle...

Loss of Penny creates chance for Seattle's C.J. Prosise

Dec. 11, 2019 6:59 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — It only took a couple of weeks of seeing what the combo of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny could produce for the optimism over the Seattle Seahawks' postseason chances to rise. And in one play last week against the Los Angeles Rams, that one-two punch was gone. Penny went down with an...

Washington state OKs some of the nation's toughest OT rules

Dec. 11, 2019 6:09 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is adopting some of the nation's most aggressive overtime rules, restoring protections for hundreds of thousands of salaried workers and taking what supporters say is a crucial step toward rebuilding the middle class. The Department of Labor and Industries finalized the...

Farmers bump up harvest of problem elk north of Seattle

Dec. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Landowners in northwest Washington are harvesting elk at a faster pace than last year to reduce damage to farmland, according to a state Fish and Wildlife official. The Capital Press reports that since July 1, landowners or their hand-picked hunters have shot 22 elk, compared to...

Man charged with hate crime in attack on Sikh Uber driver

Dec. 11, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham man has been charged with a hate crime after an attack on an Uber driver who wears a turban and is a follower of the Sikh religion. KOMO-TV reports Grifin L. Sayers, 22, was charged this week in Whatcom County Superior Court with malicious harassment and assault....

King County approves money to improve courthouse security

Dec. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved $600,000 in emergency funding to improve security outside the courthouse in downtown Seattle. The action comes after assaults and other incidents on the streets and sidewalks just outside the King County Courthouse. KOMO reports that...

Police: 4 teens arrested after assaulting woman

Dec. 11, 2019 1:37 PM EST

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Four teens have been arrested on investigation of assault and hate-crime charges after authorities say they beat a legally blind, transgender woman who had pepper-sprayed them as she exited a Metro bus in Tukwila, Washington. The King County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was...

Washington state student inmates can now access the internet

Dec. 11, 2019 11:26 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Incarcerated students have access to the internet for the first time in Washington state allowing them to work toward earning computer coding certificates. KOMO-TV reported Tuesday that 10 students at the state Corrections Center for Women received their Tacoma Community College certificates...

Yakima County sees first vaping-related illness, 20 in state

Dec. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials in Washington state have announced the first case of vaping-related illness in Yakima County increasing the number of cases in the state to 20. The patient in his or her 20s was not identified, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported Tuesday. The common product in each of...