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October 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Body in Ore. may belong to teen imitating ‘Into the Wild’ film

The Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Remains found by a hunter this month in the rugged outback of southeast Oregon appear to be those of an Oklahoma teenager who went missing last year after telling his parents he wanted to test himself against the wilderness, like in the movie “Into the Wild.” Harney County Sheriff…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Dustin Self

October 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Diesel-bearing barge adrift off Arctic Slope in heavy seas

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska  — U.S. and Canadian authorities are monitoring a barge carrying nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that’s drifting in the Beaufort Sea. The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday the 134-foot barge broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm earlier this week. Canadian aircraft located the barge drifting west…



October 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Owner pleads guilty to abandoning vessel in Tacoma

The Associated Press TACOMA — The owner of a vessel that sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway last year has pleaded guilty to abandoning a derelict vessel and discharging pollution into state waters. The Washington State Attorney General’s Office says Stephen Mason was sentenced on Thursday to 20 days of confinement and two years of probation. He…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Helena Star, Hylebos Waterway

October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

After Oregon shopping trip, little bear to undergo rehab in Lynnwood

The Associated Press ASHLAND, Ore. — Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store got a surprise when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. There was no sign of its mother. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday the bear has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, for rehabilitation. Director Jennifer…


Comments | More in General news, Weird news | Topics: Ashland, Ore.

October 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Puyallup woman pleads guilty to setting her own home afire

The Associated Press TACOMA — A 38-year-old Puyallup woman who told firefighters how she dropped her young son to safety before escaping a house fire herself has admitted setting the fire and making a false insurance claim. The News Tribune reports that Melinda Sayers pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree arson and the insurance offense in the April…


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October 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Circuit court temporarily halts gay marriages in Alaska

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska on Wednesday. With the decision, the federal appeals court in San Francisco has allowed the state until Friday to get a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. If that stay isn’t issued, the federal court action…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: 9th Circuit, gay marriage

October 14, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Strippers sue to keep Pierce Co. from releasing their names

The Associated Press A group of strippers is suing Pierce County, saying they don’t want officials to release their business licenses — and their real identities — under a public records request. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Tuesday on behalf of about 70 dancers and managers at a strip club called…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Dreamgirls at Fox's

October 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Idaho governor won’t appeal; ban on gay marriage ends Wednesday

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s most recent decision to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday. Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage…


Comments | Topics: 9th Circuit, Supreme Court

October 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Snohomish man guilty in Clark County home-invasion robbery

The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian A Snohomish man was found guilty Wednesday of 16 felony charges connected to his role as a lookout in a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, Clark County. During the robbery, a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen. Jarrod A. Wiebe, 27, was charged in Clark County Superior Court with…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Jarrod A. Wiebe, Larry C. Kyle, Regan C. Davis

September 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Judge tosses out suit over Washington’s fish-consumption rate

The Associated Press A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit related to how much fish people eat in Washington — and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume. Conservation and commercial fishing groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last fall, saying the agency has for too long let state officials underestimate fish consumption, resulting in…


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