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July 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Police: Idaho 5-year-old accidentally shoots, kills playmate

The Associated Press CHUBBUCK, Idaho — A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home. Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The hospital confirmed later in…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Man sentenced to 10 years for torching Capitol Hill nightclub

The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal arson charge this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Musab Mohammed Masmari, 30, pleaded guilty in May to first-degree arson after the case was transferred from King County Superior…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Seattle city attorney issues statement on SPD pot-ticket case

In the wake of news stories about a Seattle police officer under investigation for writing 80 percent of the tickets this year for using marijuana in public, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today issued a statement outlining his position on enforcement of the ban. In some cases, the officer added a notation to the tickets requesting…

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July 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Ferries chief: Full service to return Saturday

Washington State Ferries will have a sufficient fleet of vessels to return all routes to normal capacity Saturday, interim director Capt. George Capacci said this morning. The ferry system, which carries 60,000 people a day, currently faces what Capacci called the unprecedented situation of having four boats out of service — following Tuesday’s power loss aboard…

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July 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Police: Idaho Man yells ‘Taze me;’ officers comply

The Associated Press TWIN FALLS, Idaho — An Idaho man who authorities say refused police commands and taunted police by telling them to use a stun gun on him got exactly that. The Times-News reports that 23-year-old Michael K. Brubaker of Twin Falls earlier this week pleaded not guilty to resisting or obstructing officers and battery on…

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July 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Cougar fatally injures a horse north of Spokane

The Associated Press DEER LAKE, Wash. — Wildlife officers are hunting a cougar that fatally attacked a horse near Deer Lake, about 30 miles north of Spokane. State Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor said the horse suffered severe front leg injuries Tuesday and had to be euthanized. Taylor told The Spokesman-Review a tracker with hounds was called…

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July 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Spokane: Give panhandlers
‘real change,’ not money

The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The city of Spokane is launching a month-long campaign Thursday asking people not to give money to panhandlers. Instead, the “Give Real Change” program wants to redirect donations to agencies with recovery services that help get panhandlers off the street, such as the Union Gospel Mission, Goodwill and the Salvation Army. KXLY…

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July 31, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Thursday Memo: More ferry woes … Officer Overzealous … Seafair planes and hydroplanes

Water world: Planning to travel by ferry today or Friday? Check to make sure your boat is still running and plan for some long delays. The ferries have canceled international service Thursday and Friday on the run between Anacortes and Sidney, British Columbia. One-man pot patrol: One Seattle Police officer is responsible for…

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July 31, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., ferry canceled for today, Friday

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Ferry riders can expect long waits on some Puget Sound routes as the ferry system shuffles boats and changes schedules in response to vessel problems. The ferry Tacoma has been out of service for repairs since Tuesday when it lost power on the busy Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. A ferry was shifted from the…

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July 31, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Searchers find no sign of missing Oregon woman

The Associated Press MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — It’s been a week since 38-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee disappeared, and searchers are running out of leads. Newberg-Dundee Police say searchers in the air and on the Willamette River looked without success Wednesday for an oil sheen that may have indicated a car in the water. Searchers also checked roads…

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