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December 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Wind fells tree, killing homeless man in tent in Southern Oregon

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Authorities in Southern Oregon say high wind toppled a tree Thursday that killed a homeless man sleeping in a tent along the Pacific Crest Trail. The Medford Mail Tribune reported the man’s son called authorities about 5:30 a.m. The Jackson County sheriff’s office said 40-year-old Phillip Crosby complained of difficulty breathing and died…

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December 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Justices: Agencies must explain records redaction

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says agencies must give a brief explanation when they decide to withhold or redact records requested under the Public Records Act. The 5-4 opinion came Thursday in a case involving the city of Lakewood. A man named David Koenig had sought records relating to instances where police officers had…

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December 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Man suspected of stabbing woman in Belltown arrested

A 38-year-old man suspected of stabbing and robbing a woman in Belltown earlier this month was arrested Tuesday night, Seattle police said. The victim ran into a business near Fourth Ave and Lenora Street around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and told employees she had just been robbed and stabbed, police said. Employees called 911 and the 31-year-old woman was…

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December 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Man threatens customers, torches sign at Roosevelt shop

Seattle police say a man set fire to a sandwich board at a Roosevelt coffee shop and threatened to burn the business down. Witnesses told police the man put some cloth on top of the sign outside the shop in the 6400 block of 12th Avenue Northeast around 1:30 p.m. Monday and lit it with a lighter. He kept flicking the lighter…

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December 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Police: Felon killed former Tacoma lawmaker in jealous rage

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A convicted Alaska felon with a history of assaulting women was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an assistant state prosecutor in Barrow. Ronald Fischer, 47, was arraigned in the death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in the country’s northernmost community. In a charging document, North Slope…

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December 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

High winds blow ship from Bellingham mooring

The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — Winds gusting as high as 67 mph broke a ship free of its mooring Tuesday morning in Bellingham. A nearby worker told The Bellingham Herald it sounded like rifle shots as some of the cleats on the dock gave way. Shortly after noon, two tugs pushed the 650-foot Horizon Fairbanks back to…

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December 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Former Tacoma legislator Brian Sullivan shot and killed in Alaska

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A former Washington state representative working as an assistant district attorney in Alaska was killed Monday night in a shooting. KTUU-TV reports 48-year-old Brian Sullivan died Monday night in a shooting at a home in Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States. North Slope Borough officials say a man was taken into…

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December 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Washington justices to consider warrantless searches

The Associated Press Washington’s Supreme Court has agreed to review a decades-old law that investigators have used to secretly obtain private bank, phone, email and other records without showing probable cause — the standard that would normally be required to get a warrant for the information. At issue are little-known “special inquiry judge” proceedings —confidential hearings in…

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December 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Hospital: Pharmacy error led to patient’s death in Oregon

The Associated Press PORTLAND — An Oregon hospital says last week’s death of a patient who was given the wrong medication occurred because of the error of a hospital pharmacy worker who inadvertently filled an IV bag with the wrong drug. The mistake was one of several revealed Monday by the St. Charles Health System that led…

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