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Swedish Medical Center nurses and other workers picket outside the hospital's campus in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle as they began a three-day strike Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, over staffing levels, wages and other issues. The hospital system closed two of its seven emergency departments and brought in replacement workers in response to the strike. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

Strike by Seattle nurses, staff closes emergency rooms

Jan. 28, 2020 5:28 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other employees at a Seattle hospital system began a three-day strike over staffing levels, wages and other issues Tuesday, forcing administrators to close two emergency departments and spend millions to bring in replacement workers from around the country. The...

Suspect charged in Seattle shooting that killed 1, injured 7

Jan. 28, 2020 4:33 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington man was charged after police suspected he is one of the three people allegedly involved in a shooting in downtown Seattle. Jamel Jackson, 21, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in the shooting that killed one and injured seven others last week, The Seattle Times...

High volume leads to payout delay in family leave program

Jan. 28, 2020 4:30 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials with Washington state's new paid family leave law are warning of delays in payouts of the weekly benefits due to the high volume of people applying since the law took effect at the start of the month. Within the first three weeks of the program going live, more than 22,000...

Autopsy planned for woman found dead in Washington state

Jan. 28, 2020 4:29 PM EST

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — An autopsy is planned to help determine the cause of death of a woman found dead inside her Washington state home, authorities said. Tessa West, 25, was discovered Saturday by her roommate, Tri-City Herald reported Monday. West may have died days before she was found, Kennewick...

Coco Gauff of the U.S. makes a forehand return to compatriot Sofia Kenin during their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup

Jan. 28, 2020 4:17 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP) — Teenager Coco Gauff was included in the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time on Tuesday, joining the likes of Serena Williams for a qualifying series against Latvia next week. The 15-year-old Gauff is set to become the second youngest American to play in the competition behind...

Gonzaga's longest serving president, Bernard Coughlin, dies

Jan. 28, 2020 3:50 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The longest serving president in the history of Gonzaga University has died. The Rev. Bernard J. Coughlin, who is credited with saving the Spokane, Washington, institution from financial collapse, died Tuesday at 97. The school announced that Coughlin arrived at Gonzaga in 1974, when...

Lieutenant governor, immigrant activists win JFK awards

Jan. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Washington state's lieutenant governor and the founders of an immigrant rights group have been named winners of this year's John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Freedom for Immigrants founders Christina Mansfield and Christina Fialho will be presented with...

File - In this Nov. 18, 2019 photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Bills to allow sports betting at Indian casinos in Washington state, including events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, have been introduced in the Legislature. Sports betting is expanding in the United States following a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed for it to be legalized in every state. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Bills in Washington Legislature to allow sports betting

Jan. 28, 2020 3:29 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Bills to allow sports betting at Indian casinos in Washington state, including events like the Super Bowl and the World Series, have been introduced in the Legislature. The bills would allow owners of the 29 Indian casinos in the state to open Las Vegas-style sports books. However, a...

Senate makes tweaks to workplace conduct rules

Jan. 28, 2020 3:11 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — While the Washington Senate will continue to automatically release full investigative reports on sexual harassment or discrimination by senators, other types of workplace complaints against lawmakers might not automatically be sent out by the secretary of the Senate, under an update...

Bremerton detective resigns following theft accusation

Jan. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A 15-year veteran detective with the police department in Bremerton, Washington, has resigned amid theft allegations during a 2019 drug investigation. KOMO reports Det. Jeffrey Inklebarger was part of a team serving a drug search warrant at a home on Feb. 26 when the theft occurred....