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Dive teams recover bodies of man, woman from Lake Washington

Aug. 14, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state dive teams have recovered the bodies of a man and woman who drowned last weekend in Lake Washington, which straddles Seattle and Bellevue. Police said the King County Medical Examiner is working to identify the two to determine if they are the same people who went missing...

Human remains found in southern Washington identified

Aug. 14, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — One of two sets of human remains found in southern Washington state last week has been identified as a 25-year-old California man who went missing last year. The Yakima Herald reports Josiah Michael “Jo” Hilderbrand was identified through dental records, Yakima County...

Car theft suspect steals Renton police vehicle

Aug. 14, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Renton Police Department says one person has been detained after a Renton police car was stolen Thursday afternoon. KOMO-TV reports several agencies helped search for the vehicle after it was reported stolen shortly after 1:30 p.m. Renton police say officers saw a potential auto...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Seattle to build 600 new units to house chronically homeless

Aug. 13, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will invest approximately $60 million through 2021 to quickly build housing for people who are chronically homeless, city leaders announced Wednesday. The investment by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration is the most the city has ever spent in a single year on permanent...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks to pass during a practice drill at NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

'Let Russ Cook?' Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with that

Aug. 13, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The phrase has become popular among Seattle Seahawks fans on social media, almost to the point of becoming a rallying cry: “Let Russ Cook.” It’s in reference to letting Russell Wilson have more control and more opportunity to run the Seahawks offense the way he...

Inslee visits Brewster, latest COVID-19 hot spot in state

Aug. 13, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Okanogan County on Thursday, site of the latest hot spot in a coronavirus pandemic that has hit the counties of central Washington state. Lightly-populated Okanogan County now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 900 confirmed cases...

State sees decrease in initial, total jobless benefit claims

Aug. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state saw a decrease in both new weekly and total claims for unemployment benefits. Nearly 1.3 million people have filed claims for unemployment since early March when the pandemic job losses began, and more than 996,000 people who filed initial claims have been paid. To...

Justices overturn $2.9M award to Yakima nurses for unpaid OT

Aug. 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly overturned a decision awarding $2.9 million to home care and hospice nurses in Yakima who said they were pressured to work unpaid overtime and miss meal breaks. In a 5-4 ruling Thursday, the court said it didn't condone the behavior of now-shuttered...

Police dog shot and killed, suspect injured in Tacoma

Aug. 13, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Tacoma, Washington, police dog was killed and a murder suspect was wounded as police exchanged gunfire with the fleeing man. KOMO reports a Tacoma police officer spotted a car about 1:20 a.m. Thursday with a driver suspected in a murder that had occurred Wednesday...