Damaging winds topple trees, 300K lose power in Northwest

U.S. 12/20/18, 19:47

More than 300,000 households and businesses lost power Thursday as strong winds took down trees and power lines, blew over shipping containers and tore off part of a clock tower's exterior in western Washington.At their peak Thursday, gusts reached 74 mph (120 kph) along the coast, near 60 mph (96 ...

Big NFL Week 16 of inter-conference matchups

Football 12/20/18, 16:23

For inter-conference matchups in the penultimate week of the season, the NFL couldn't have done much better. Pittsburgh at New Orleans, Houston at Philadelphia, Kansas City at Seattle, and Washington at Tennessee all have significant playoff implications.Not a bad way to head into the final two weekends."I think the message ...

Jesuits: No priests suspected of abuse will go to Gonzaga

U.S. 12/19/18, 14:32

Jesuit leaders say no priest credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor will ever be sent to Gonzaga University after a report this week that at least 20 clergy members facing sexual abuse allegations were allowed to live out their lives at the campus in Washington state.The revelation comes amid ...

Update: Homes being inspected following twister

U.S. 12/19/18, 14:14

The Latest on a tornado that damaged homes in Washington state (all times local):11:05 a.m.Crews are inspecting hundreds of homes in a community west of Seattle where a rare tornado caused "a lot of chaos" but no serious injuries.The twister touched down Tuesday afternoon in Port Orchard, Washington. Local fire ...

Crews assess damage from Washington state tornado

U.S. 12/19/18, 10:59

A National Weather Service storm damage survey team is heading to a town west of Seattle where a strong tornado blew through a neighborhood.The rare twister touched down Tuesday in Port Orchard, Washington. It damaged several homes and toppling trees.There were no immediate reports of injuries.The National Weather Service crew ...

Lin’s big 4th quarter leads Hawks past Wizards, 118-110

Basketball 12/18/18, 23:46

Jeremy Lin and the Atlanta Hawks expected John Wall's inevitable scoring burst that came in the third quarter.Lin had an even stronger response in the fourth.The veteran guard scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period and the Hawks overcame Bradley Beal's 29 points for a 118-110 victory ...

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

Business 12/18/18, 20:12

Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday.Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed ...

Rare tornado damages homes in Washington state

U.S. 12/18/18, 20:07

A rare tornado touched down in a Seattle suburb on Tuesday, damaging several homes and toppling trees, authorities said.Based on radar imagery and video evidence, a tornado touched down south of Port Orchard shortly before 2 p.m., said Brent Bower, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.There were no ...

Groups: US must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

U.S. 12/18/18, 15:39

The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday as they threatened a lawsuit.The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and the Washington state-based Wild Fish Conservancy notified President Donald ...

Eastern Washington beats Maine 50-19 in FCS semifinals

Football 12/15/18, 18:47

This wasn't the first time that Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere threw seven touchdowns in a game. Or even the second.But both those were in high school.Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as Eastern Washington beat Maine 50-19 in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, to advance to the ...

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China’s policies

China 12/14/18, 15:48

By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures that govern other major industrial nations.Canada's arrest of a top Chinese technology executive at the request of the United States ...

Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget

Enviroment 12/13/18, 15:50

Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a new capital gains tax and an increase in business taxes on services as part of his next two-year budget proposal that looks to increase spending on the state's mental health system and the environment, including efforts to help the state's struggling orca population.After rolling ...

Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case

Health 12/12/18, 16:27

After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating her order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved a settlement that is designed to ensure that people get help before entering the criminal justice system.U.S. District Judge Marsha ...

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

Science 12/12/18, 14:28

High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle. That's the finding of a study on later school start times.Teenagers wore activity monitors to discover whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also ...

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

U.S. 12/12/18, 14:26

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and ...

Wildlife bridge in Washington state helps animals avoid car collisions

U.S. 12/12/18, 01:14

Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it. "Everything from an elk ...

Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health

Health 12/11/18, 17:25

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled on Tuesday his budget and policy plans for fixing the state's struggling mental health system in the coming years.Inslee said at a news conference in Burien that he wants to change the system from being "crisis-based" to one that focuses on prevention by providing mental ...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

U.S. 12/07/18, 18:28

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to ...

Top Pac-12 quarterback? Easy. Minshew is panel’s choice

Sports 12/06/18, 12:20

There's no question at quarterback: Washington State's Gardner Minshew II leads the way in the Pac-12.Minshew, a graduate transfer who leads the nation with an average of 373.1 passing yards per game, was the unanimous choice for first-team quarterback on The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, selected by a panel of ...

Hachimura’s shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79

Sports 12/06/18, 01:25

Rui Hachimura's short jumper with half a second left lifted top-ranked Gonzaga to an 81-79 win over in-state rival Washington on Wednesday night.Hachimura had 26 points for Gonzaga (9-0), which has won 12 of its past 13 games against the Huskies.Washington missed a halfcourt shot as the final buzzer sounded.Gonzaga ...

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