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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1998, file photo, Mary Kay Letourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, of cancer. The former suburban Seattle teacher was arrested in 1997 after she became pregnant with Vili Fualaau's child. She later pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool, File)

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

Jul. 8, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him in a case that drew international headlines, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told multiple news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday of cancer. He did not immediately...

Feds unseal 2018 indictment charging Kazakh man in hacks

Jul. 7, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two weeks after a cyber-security firm released the identity of an alleged hacker from Kazakhstan, federal authorities in Seattle on Tuesday unsealed a 2018 indictment charging the man with an array of computer crimes. Andrey Turchin, known in hacking circles as “fxmsp,” and his...

Businesses to turn away customers without masks amid virus

Jul. 7, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Businesses in Washington are now required to refuse service to customers who don’t wear facial coverings, under a statewide order that took effect Tuesday and was issued in response to a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases. Inslee announced the new mandate last week....

Confederate memorial owners undeterred by recent removals

Jul. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) — The recent destruction of memorials to Confederate leaders since the death of George Floyd hasn't deterred the operators of a park visible from Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, Washington. A community conversation about the tribute has repeatedly resurfaced since Jefferson Davis...

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager, second right, and teammates wear masks as they walk on the field at baseball practice Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seager looks to be example for younger teammates in Seattle

Jul. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — When the games start, Kyle Seager doesn’t intend to be wearing a mask all the time. For now, in the early days of summer camp for the Seattle Mariners, the veteran third baseman has it on all the time. At the plate. In the field. It’s not enjoyable. But for him it’s...

Boaters flag down authorities to a crashed seaplane near Powderhorn Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene on Sunday, July 5, 2020, south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The downed plane can be seen in the right side of the image. Two people died in a plane crash Sunday over Lake Coeur d’Alene Sunday, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office told the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Investigators are checking initial reports that there were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes, the sheriff's office said in a statement Sunday night. (Stephanie Hammett/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Bodies of 6 of 8 Idaho plane collision victims recovered

Jul. 7, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Searchers recovered the bodies of six of the eight people killed when two airplanes collided over a scenic mountain lake in Idaho, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Specialized divers were searching the bottom of Lake Coeur d'Alene for the remaining two...

FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, a grizzly bear at the Woodland Park Zoo waits for a salmon to be tossed to him in Seattle. The federal government on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Feds scrap plans to reintroduce grizzlies to North Cascades

Jul. 7, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday decided to scrap plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt told a meeting of community members in Omak, Washington, that his agency will not conduct the...

Virus sickens 21 at Mount Vernon nursing home

Jul. 7, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A Mount Vernon nursing home is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among residents and employees, Skagit County health officials said . So far, 21 residents and employees at Mira Vista Care Center have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Skagit Valley Herald reported. The...

Paid parking returns to Seattle following break due to virus

Jul. 7, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will reinstitute paid parking on city streets as businesses continue to reopen during the COVID-19 outbreak. KOMO reports that starting July 13, all metered street parking areas will begin at the base 50 cents/hour rate, which is the minimum rate allowed by city law. In addition,...

21-year-old man dies from fireworks explosion

Jul. 7, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has died from injuries sustained from a firework explosion on the Fourth of July. The Everett Herald reports Marysville firefighters and police were called to 51st Avenue NE around 11:50 p.m. Saturday. The Marysville man had significant injuries to this upper...