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The Latest: Microsoft: US workers must be fully vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft says employees must be fully vaccinated to enter the company’s U.S. offices and other worksites, starting next month. The tech giant told employees Tuesday it will require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors, and any guests...

Microsoft to require US employees to be fully vaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft has reversed course and will now require employees to be fully vaccinated to enter the company’s U.S. offices and other worksites, starting next month. The Redmond-based tech giant told employees Tuesday it will “require proof of...

Bail set at $3M in killings of 2 men near Moses Lake

Aug. 04, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Moses Lake man has had bail set at $3 million in connection with the shooting deaths of two Moses Lake men on Saturday. Noe Pena had his first appearance in Grant County Superior Court this week on investigation of two counts of second-degree...

Smoke, ash, heat and drought hurting Washington agriculture

Aug. 04, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — It’s been a tough summer for agriculture across Washington state. Crops like berries have struggled under record heat and drought. Now, some worry about how smoke in August could stunt the growth of some crops should the haze intensify and linger,...

Hall-bound Hutchinson helped raise the profile of NFL guards

Aug. 04, 2021 03:23 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The realization he could make a living in the NFL didn't actually dawn on Steve Hutchinson until his final year at Michigan, when he learned his status as a widely projected first-round draft pick. As soon as the Seattle Seahawks made good on that...

Seattle mayoral primary sets up fight between liberal camps

Aug. 04, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Seattle’s mayoral primary on Tuesday set up a choice between candidates representing the political divide between activist-left residents and more moderate progressives in one of the nation’s most liberal cities. Bruce Harrell, a former City...

Community honors slain Washington detective

Aug. 03, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement and first responder vehicles lined up at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on Tuesday for a procession to honor Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Brown, who was shot to death while doing surveillance work. ...

WA sees 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 in recent days

Aug. 03, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has seen an average of 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 over the past four days, and health officials said Tuesday they are concerned about not only a rise in cases but hospitalizations due to the highly contagious delta variant. ...

How to chop remodeling costs when wood prices are high

Aug. 03, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

Wood costs have skyrocketed over the last year, leaving would-be home renovators to choose between waiting in price purgatory or moving forward and possibly overpaying. Lumber mills incorrectly predicted that the housing market would crumble under the weight of the...

Gourde excited for chance in Seattle even with start delayed

Aug. 03, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After winning two straight Stanley Cup titles, Yanni Gourde has one of the more impressive resumes among the players selected by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL expansion draft. But instead of being one of Seattle’s top forwards to start the team's first...