SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Health 04/22/19, 17:00

The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity.They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains kayakers and passengers on ...

Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying

U.S. 04/22/19, 15:24

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents.The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea, of Spokane Valley, and three other men proposing to confront leftists with ...

Back to the Earth: Washington set to allow human composting

Enviroment 04/22/19, 11:28

Washington is set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated process of decomposition that turns a body into soil in a matter of weeks.The bill legalizing the process, sometimes referred to as human composting, has passed the Legislature and ...

New evidence gets mistrial in Montana senator’s nephew death

U.S. 04/20/19, 22:07

The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of a Spokane man charged with killing the nephew of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper reported.Court records show a sheriff's detective found a text message in the case ...

Washington state lawmaker’s comments raise ire of nurses

Health 04/20/19, 18:33

A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals.State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place, Washington, made the comments this week ...

Washington set to be 1st state with long-term care benefit

U.S. 04/18/19, 11:46

Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for daily assistance.The measure creates a ...

Deputy killer was half-brother of man who shot Oregon chief

U.S. 04/16/19, 13:59

A gunman who authorities say shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in rural Washington state was the half-brother of a man who killed an Oregon police chief eight years ago.Brian Butts, 33, was shot to death Sunday by law enforcement officers as he emerged wet and dirty from woods following ...

Bauer, Ramirez help Indians hold off Mariners for 6-4 win

Baseball 04/16/19, 01:02

Trevor Bauer allowed one run while pitching into the seventh inning, slumping Jose Ramirez hit his first homer of the season and the Cleveland Indians held on late for a 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.Cleveland rebounded from being swept last weekend by Kansas City thanks to ...

Hurricanes rout Caps 5-0 in 1st home playoff game since ’09

Sports 04/15/19, 21:26

Rookie forward Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist, Petr Mrazek earned his fourth career postseason shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes won their first home playoff game in a decade, routing the Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night.Dougie Hamilton also scored two goals, Brock McGinn had a late goal ...

Charges dropped against woman accused of assaulting Conway

U.S. 04/15/19, 08:39

Prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against a Maryland woman who was charged with assaulting White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a confrontation last year at a restaurant in a Washington suburb. A trial for Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, 63, of Chevy Chase, was scheduled to start Monday morning in Montgomery County, ...

How measles is making a return in New York and elsewhere

Sports 04/09/19, 21:23

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community.The city took the unusual step amid a surge of 285 measles cases in the city since September, most in one densely ...

Fans mourn grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain 25 years after death

Entertainment 04/05/19, 15:28

On the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, dozens of people are leaving flowers, candles and written messages at a Seattle park near the house where the music icon killed himself.Cobain's band, Nirvana, rose to global fame amid the city's grunge rock years of the early 1990s. The frontman died ...

Former Rachel Dolezal in deal to avoid felony welfare fraud

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:39

A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud.Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May.Investigators ...

Update: Jury rules murder-suicide in cliff deaths

U.S. 04/04/19, 19:37

The Latest on a coroner's inquest into the deaths of a family whose SUV went off a Northern California cliff (all times local): 5:05 p.m. A coroner's jury ruled Thursday that two women killed themselves and their six adopted children when they drove off a Northern California cliff last year. FILE - In ...

Feds support tribe’s push for only whale hunt in mainland US

U.S. 04/04/19, 15:57

Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced its ...

Motel 6 agrees to pay $12 million to settle lawsuit

Business 04/04/19, 15:44

The national chain Motel 6 agreed Thursday to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Washington state claiming names of hotel guests were improperly provided to immigration officials for two years, the state attorney general said.The information led to targeted investigations by U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, ...

Washington wolf census finds more packs, breeding pairs

U.S. 04/04/19, 14:26

The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday.The state has a minimum of 126 wolves in 27 packs with 15 successful breeding pairs, defined as male ...

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