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Washington state drivers given ‘X’ gender option on licenses

Nov. 14, 2019 11:15 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Drivers in Washington state now have a choice of being designated as M, F or X on their licenses. KOMO-TV reported Thursday that drivers can choose from three gender options when obtaining licenses and identification following a change by the state Department of Licensing. Officials...

Police captain arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation

Nov. 14, 2019 10:16 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Court records and police have confirmed that a Seattle Police Department captain has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation and has been placed on administrative leave. The Seattle Times reports Randal Woolery was booked shortly after midnight Thursday and was released less than...

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Nov. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal...

Marysville man fatally shot, woman arrested

Nov. 14, 2019 6:32 PM EST

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Marysville man was fatally shot and a woman has been arrested. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe says detectives responded to a report of a man accidentally shooting himself at a residence around midnight Thursday. She...

Fentanyl overdose kills Washington state Olympic athlete

Nov. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EST

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state medical examiners have confirmed that an Olympic discus thrower found dead in his hotel room in September died from a fentanyl overdose. KOMO-TV reports that Snohomish County medical examiners ruled that the death of 42-year-old Jarred Rome was an accident after...

Court upholds the first-come, first-served law for renters

Nov. 14, 2019 3:22 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Seattle law that requires landlords to publicize their criteria for prospective renters and accept the first qualified applicant. The Seattle Times reports that the court reversed a decision by a King County judge last year to...

Marijuana, hemp cross-pollination a budding conflict

Nov. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries...

Astria Health requests more time for reorganization plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:28 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state health care organization has requested additional time to file a reorganization plan to help efforts to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Astria Health filed a motion for a second extension Nov. 4 after being granted the first...

Carroll’s latest Seahawks proving to be resilient bunch

Nov. 14, 2019 2:24 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Quandre Diggs became part of the Seattle Seahawks less than a month ago. He has appeared in one game during that time. His only bond to the Seahawks before his arrival via trade from Detroit was a longstanding friendship with wide receiver Tyler Lockett. He has no lengthy history or...

Family issues statement in death of WSU fraternity member

Nov. 14, 2019 1:35 PM EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The family of a 19-year-old Washington State University student who died in a fraternity house this week has issued a statement. The family says Samuel Martinez of Bellevue, Washington, was a beautiful spark of light who moved through their lives too quickly. The statement reads:...