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WA worker vaccination increases ahead of mandate deadline

Sep. 28, 2021 19:28 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...

Rape trial of ex-judge to move ahead after judge reassigned

Sep. 28, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — The delayed trial of a former judge in southeastern Washington charged with rape and other crimes will now move forward with the initial judge assigned to the case. According to an order signed last week and filed in Asotin County Superior Court,...

Joneses and Miller sweep major WNBA awards

Sep. 28, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones led a sweep of three major WNBA awards for Connecticut, earning MVP honors hours before the Sun opened their best-of-five playoff series against Chicago on Tuesday. She averaged 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots to...

Tacoma woman admits torching Seattle police cars in protest

Sep. 28, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Tacoma woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to torching five Seattle police vehicles during racial justice protests and rioting that followed the killing of George Floyd last year. Margaret Aislinn Channon, 26, was arrested nearly two weeks after she was caught...

Man who sexually exploited teens sentenced to 20 years

Sep. 28, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) — A southwest Washington man who pleaded guilty in a scheme in which he enticed and pressured teens into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Joshua Punt, of Ridgefield, pleaded guilty...

3 former WSU frat members plead guilty to alcohol charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Three former Washington State University fraternity members have been sentenced to eight months of probation after they pleaded guilty to supplying liquor to a minor on the same night a 19-year-old freshman died of alcohol poisoning at an initiation event. ...

NFL urges players, team staff to report COVID-19 symptoms

Sep. 28, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

The NFL is stressing the importance of symptom reporting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a video featuring coaches Pete Carroll, Andy Reid, John Harbaugh and Ron Rivera. “It is vital for all players, coaches and other personnel to understand and report symptoms...

Islanders enter season with Cup hopes, new arena set to open

Sep. 28, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

Barry Trotz knows the feeling of raising the Stanley Cup along with the failed journeys it sometimes takes to get there. Now he is trying to recapture that magic with the New York Islanders. Trotz goes into his fourth season as Islanders coach with...

Seattle Council OKs rule for 6 months' notice of rent hikes

Sep. 28, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle landlords must soon provide six months’ notice of rent hikes and, in some cases, pay tenants who move following a large rent increase. The Seattle City Council approved two bills on Monday. They are the latest of new landlord-tenant regulations...

American siblings return home after China lifts exit ban

Sep. 28, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two American siblings have returned home after China lifted an exit ban following Canada’s release of a top Chinese tech executive who had been wanted in the U.S. on fraud charges. The State Department said Cynthia and Victor Liu returned to the U.S....