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October 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Suit over fatal Wash. ice cave collapse dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a Washington state ice cave collapse that killed an 11-year-old girl in 2010. Grace Tam was killed as she posed for a picture the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Her parents, John Tam and Tamami Okauchi, sued the National Forest Service, saying it…

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April 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Ex-Kirkland man gets 2 1/2 years for ripping off charity

A former Kirkland man who embezzled more than $112,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise was sentenced today to 30 months in prison. A U.S. District Court judge also sentenced Randall Morrison to three years of supervised release and $112,220 in restitution for wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Morrison, 50, was treasurer of the nonprofit, which solicits…

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March 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hundreds gather to “stand up for religious freedom” and protest health mandate

Several hundred people gathered in front of Seattle’s federal courthouse around noon today to protest provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare mandate that they said requires employers to pay for contraception and abortions regardless of the employer’s religious affiliations or concerns of conscience. The protest was one of 140 held in cities across the country, according…

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November 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Judge rejects effort to withhold Ref. 71 signatures

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle on Tuesday rejected a motion by Protect Marriage Washington to block public release of Referendum 71 petitions while they appeal an earlier ruling by him that the public is entitled to the records. Settle had ruled in October that Protect Marriage Washington had provided no compelling evidence of threats or harassment…

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