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October 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Third lawsuit filed challenging denial of protection for wolverines

Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Another lawsuit has been filed challenging the government’s denial of federal protections for the wolverine. Thirteen advocacy groups and an ecologist were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Montana. It claims the government relied on “contorted” data when it declined protections for the species in August. An…

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October 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM

7-week-old baby orca missing, presumed dead

Associated Press and Seattle Times staff FRIDAY HARBOR — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said. The baby was the first known calf born since 2012 to a population of endangered orcas…

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October 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Most lanes on I-5 south near Northgate reopen; new problems near Boeing Field, Mercer Street

Update 8:43 a.m.: Traffic heading south into Seattle is finally getting past Northgate after a crash shut down multiple lanes this morning. One lane remains closed after Washington State Department of Transportation and state troopers cleaned up the mess left after a semi truck jack knifed and fuel spilled. But the State Patrol warns that the morning commute is fraught with…

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October 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Homeowners file wildfire claims against Washington state

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Dozens of central Washington homeowners have filed tort claims alleging that the state of Washington mishandled firefighting efforts during this summer’s Carlton Complex fire. KING-TV reports that the claims by 65 property owners target the agency that led the firefighting effort: the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Brewster lawyer Alex Thomason told…

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June 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Dorn asks relief from one part of No Child Left Behind law

If state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has his way, Washington schools won’t be sending out letters to parents in the fall saying their children’s schools are falling short of federal test-score requirements. Dorn has requested that schools be spared from that part of the No Child Left Behind Act for one year, calling it punitive. The state…

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June 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Friend: Body found near Mount Rainier is Karen Sykes

Corrected version A friend of well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes said Sunday he has received a call from the National Park Service confirming that the body found yesterday on the east side of Mount Rainier is Sykes. Don Geyer said he believes he is one of a handful of people who received the call. Geyer was on…

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March 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Two off-duty firefighters accused in attack on homeless man

Update |10:20 p.m.: An off-duty firefighter was stabbed when he and two companions started a fight Saturday night with a homeless man in Pioneer Square, according to information from Seattle police and fire officials. The firefighter was with another off-duty firefighter and a woman when they came across the homeless man sleeping on a memorial near First Avenue South…

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January 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

No injuries as shots fired in Central District

Seattle police, in a tweet,  report that shots were fired at 5:48 p.m. Monday at 23rd Avenue and East Spring Street in Seattle’s Central District.  No one was injured. The bullets hit four parked cars, a business and a house, police said. The suspects remain at large.  

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