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August 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Body found on Mount St. Helens is that of missing Japanese tourist

STEVENSON,  Skamania County (AP) — The Skamania County sheriff’s office says human remains found earlier this month on Mount St. Helens have been identified as those of a 27-year-old Japanese hiker reported missing last November after indicating he planned to climb the southwest Washington volcano. Undersheriff Dave Cox said Monday that the Clark County Medical Examiner’s…

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August 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Oregon says no to coal terminal on Columbia River

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia. The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing. An Australian company, Ambre Energy, proposed to…

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August 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Lynnwood man held in N. Korea visited by Swedish diplomats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea has visited a detained Lynnwood man at a labor camp. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Wednesday this week’s visit was the 12th by Swedish representatives since Kenneth Bae was arrested in November 2012. He is serving 15 years of hard labor for alleged hostile…

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August 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Car of missing Everett woman, 89, found with body inside

Everett police say they located the car belonging to a missing 89-year-old Everett woman in bushes off 12th Street Northeast in Lake Stevens on Tuesday. A body was inside the car, a 1987 Chevy Nova, but it has not yet been identified, according to a news release from the police department. Ethel A. O’Neil has been missing…

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August 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Mom accused in deadly attack on kids smiles, winks at plea hearing

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a Washington state mother accused of drowning her 2-year-old and cutting the throat of her teen daughter recounted the attack and said the “baby didn’t suffer as she fell asleep in the water,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday. The document was released as a Clatsop County…

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August 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

University of Oregon president suddenly quits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson stepped down Wednesday effective almost immediately after just two years on the job. In a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Lillis, Gottfredson cited a desire to spend more time with family. He did not give a reason for the suddenness of his departure. His…

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August 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Gas-line break follows water-main break in Bellevue

BELLEVUE (AP) — A water-main break in Bellevue’s Eastgate neighborhood was followed Wednesday by a break in a natural-gas line at the same location. City utilities spokeswoman Wendy Hairfield says a crew from Puget Sound Energy shut off the gas so water crews could fix the 6-inch line. Twenty-two homes were without water, with service expected…

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August 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Urgent evacuation notice issued in latest wildfire

LEAVENWORTH (AP) — Officials fighting a new wildfire complex on a northeast Washington Indian reservation have issued an urgent evacuation notice for about 20 homes. The Devil’s Elbow Complex of four wildfires was detected Sunday on the Colville Reservation. Officials say it was likely ignited by weekend lightning. It has burned across about 900 acres or…

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August 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

No bail for mother accused of killing daughter, 2

PORTLAND (AP) — A Washington woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her teenage daughter at a Oregon coast resort said nothing and frequently looked down during her first court appearance Monday. The Daily Astorian reports 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Klickitat County, appeared in court via a video link from the Clatsop…

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