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September 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Paul Allen gives another $6.6 million to fight Ebola outbreak

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday that he is donating another $6.6 million to help stem the spread of Ebola in West Africa. A $3.6 million grant will be used to distribute 50,000 protection kits in Liberia. The kits, which will be airlifted by UPS, are designed to protect healthy people from contracting the virus…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: donations, Ebola, Paul Allen Foundation

September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics, Seattle Police Department | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

September 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

2 with severe burns after boat engine explodes

PORT ORCHARD (AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman were hospitalized with severe burns after a boat engine exploded near Blake Island Sunday evening. KOMO reports several people were aboard the boat when a mechanical malfunction in the engine caused it to backfire, triggering a small explosion. Authorities were alerted just before 5 p.m. of…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Blake Island, boat, explosion

September 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose. Trinity didn’t appear to have traveled far after being spotted Sunday in the garage that holds the snake’s cage. Jittery neighbors with small pets and children went on alert after the…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: boa, captured, escaped

September 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Leavenworth fire throwing up lots of smoke

The Wenatchee World (MCT) LEAVENWORTH — Fire crews and helicopters were trying to tame a human-caused wildfire burning in brush and timber near the mouth of Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth Sunday morning. No homes or businesses were threatened by the newly named Tumwater Fire, reported at 10:42 p.m. Saturday. About 10 to 15 acres had burned by…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Leavenworth, smoke, wildfire

September 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Two police cars crash into one another in downtown Seattle

Two Seattle police cars crashed into one another en route to a call in downtown Seattle early Sunday afternoon. One of the police cars was pushed by the impact under the back end of a tour bus parked at the curbside beside the Roosevelt Hotel. Neither officer appeared to be seriously injured in the crash. But one, whose airbag…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: crash, downtown, no injuries

September 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Pleasure boat runs aground in Pleasant Harbor near Brinnon, Jefferson County

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are working to prevent a potential diesel fuel spill from a 65-foot pleasure boat that ran aground near Pleasant Harbor near Brinnon in Jefferson County early Sunday morning At 2:30 a.m, Coast Guard sent an alert that the pleasure craft Avalon was aground in Pleasant Harbor. The…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Brinnon, diesel spill, Jefferson County

September 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

The Associated Press Public-health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In a news release, Public Health-Seattle & King County officials say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease — likely outside the United States — was contagious when he or she was at the airport….

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: airport, exposure, measles

September 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Big wildfire poses problem for Washington deer

WINTHROP (AP) — State biologists are worried about how deer are going to survive this winter in the Methow Valley, where the largest wildfire in Washington history blackened 400 square miles. The lightning-sparked Carlton Complex fire destroyed hundreds of homes after it started in July. It also left little for deer to eat. KING-TV reports that the…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: deer, forage, wildfire

September 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Green Lake closed to swimming for people and pets

Green Lake is closed to swimming, due to high levels of toxins in the algae. Neither people nor pets should swim, wade or play in the lake, public health officials announced Friday. Contact with the toxins in the water can cause a rash and irritate the eyes, nose and mouth, officials say. If accidental contact occurs,…

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