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1 killed in Sammamish crash

Jul. 16, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed in a head-on crash involving a semitruck and another car in Sammamish, Washington. KOMO reports the crash happened along State Route 202 around 5 a.m. Tuesday. A car driven by a Renton man in his 60s was heading east went it went into a curve in...

New measles case confirmed in Seattle nurse

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say a new case of measles has been confirmed in a Seattle nurse. KOMO-TV reported Monday that Seattle Children's Hospital officials say the nurse contracted the disease from a patient who was being treated for measles at the facility. The hospital says the patient was in...

No charges yet for man who confessed to killing and recanted

Jul. 16, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors say they are not filing charges at this time against a man who allegedly confessed to killing his former neighbor in 2009 but then recanted the confession. The Olympian reported Monday that any charges related to Nancy Moyer's death will not be filed until the...

Man dies after going overboard tug off Nome coast

Jul. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 56-year-old Washington state man died after he fell overboard from a tug towing a barge off the Nome coast. Troopers say David Whitemarsh fell from the tug July 4 while the vessel was towing a barge into the Port of Nome. According to troopers,...

Group suggests enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

Jul. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington's San Juan Islands for orcas retired from theme parks. Leaders of the Whale Sanctuary Project said a cordoned-off bay or cove...

Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban

Jul. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's tax on wealthy households is unconstitutional, but so is the state law banning Seattle and other Washington cities from taxing net income. In doing so, the Court of Appeals declared void a 35-year-old ban enacted by the...

Trio of first-timers headline WNBA All-Star reserves

Jul. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diamond DeShields, Erica Wheeler and Odyssey Sims will make their All-Star debuts this month after the trio was selected Monday for the game in Las Vegas. DeShields will be joined in the July 27 game by two of her Chicago Sky teammates. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley also were...

Man killed at Washington immigration jail shot many times

Jul. 15, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner's office said Monday that Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon...

Engineers find structural risks in Skagit County Courthouse

Jul. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An engineering firm has found severe structural problems that would put a nearly 100-year-old courthouse in Washington state at risk if an earthquake hit. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Sunday that a report by the Davido Consulting Group identified several "significant seismic...

Hearing starts to determine if youth will be tried as adult

Jul. 15, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A long-delayed hearing has started to determine if the youth charged with shooting four classmates at Freeman High School will be tried as an adult. The hearing for Caleb Sharpe began Monday in Spokane. He is accused of opening fire in a hallway in 2017, killing student Sam Strahan...