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March 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Officials warn of possible measles exposure in San Juan County

A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with measles and may have exposed others to the virus at three San Juan County sites, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Others at the following sites may have been exposed: Cask and Schooner: March 21 from 3:45 p.m. to midnight, March 22 from 3:45 p.m. to…

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March 31, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Franciscan patients’ info may have been compromised

Franciscan Medical Group (FMG) is sending letters to more than 8,000 patients whose personal information may have been compromised, the Tacoma-based medical group announced. Officials were notified Jan. 27 that “phishing” emails were sent to a small group of FMG employees who responded to the emails thinking they were legitimate requests from Catholic Health Initiatives, FMG’s…

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March 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Police: Heavy rainfall thwarted arson at construction site

Investigators believe the weekend’s heavy rainfall prevented an arson at a Central District construction site, according to the Seattle Police Department. Officers responded to a development near 21st Avenue East and East Fir Street after a work crew found two Molotov cocktails had been thrown through the window of a home under construction. Only one broke…

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March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Sheriff’s Office releases identities of missing mudslide victims

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit Monday  afternoon released a list of 22 people missing in the Oso mudslide. Detectives reviewed each case based on available information and conversations with family members, the sheriff’s office said. Anyone who should not be on this list is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at…

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March 31, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Amtrak alters schedule for Empire Builder trains

Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger trains, which travel daily between Seattle and Chicago, will operate on a modified schedule, affecting passengers to and from Seattle, because of increasing congestion from oil freight, Amtrak has announced. The modified schedule starts April 15, with most of the change affecting passengers between Seattle or Portland and St. Paul, Minn. Eastbound…

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March 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Medical examiner releases identities of 18 mudslide victims

The official number of people who died in the mudslide in Snohomish County has risen to 24. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office Monday afternoon released the identities of 18 of the 24 victims whose bodies have been received by the office. The victims’ families were contacted prior to the release of the list. The Medical…

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March 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Man pepper-sprays police then barricades self in trailer

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m. | The man who reportedly pepper-sprayed two UW police officers then barricaded himself in a trailer has surrendered to police, SPD said. ORIGINAL POST | Seattle police SWAT officers and hostage negotiators have surrounded a trailer parked near the University of Washington in an attempt to arrest a man who reportedly…

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March 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Gov. Jay Inslee seeks ‘major disaster’ status for mudslide

By Seattle Times staff reporter Kyung M. Song WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday asked the federal government to declare the Snohomish County mudslide a “major disaster,” which would qualify victims for direct federal aid for housing, unemployment and other losses. Inslee’s request to President Obama comes nine days after the devastation that has killed at…

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March 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Supervisor: 4 to 6 remains found on east side of mudslide each day

Searchers on the east side of the Snohomish County mudslide are finding human remains four to six times each day, Steve Harris, a division supervisor  for the incident command post in Darrington said at a news conference this morning. In some instances, only partial remains are being recovered, making identification an issue. “It is correct to say…

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March 31, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Anglers protest fishing regulations at Rockport

ROCKPORT (AP) — A row of anglers cast their lines into the Skagit River at Rockport to protest regulations that prevent them from catching steelhead. No fish were caught in Saturday’s protest. There were no hooks. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the group also carried signs that said, “Catch and release is not a crime”…

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