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Trump adviser says ‘nobody likes’ family separation policy

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families.

Start your engines: It’s the Tieton Grand Prix

Teams of racers from as far as California and Arizona gathered Saturday in Tieton for the city’s annual Grand Prix, which saw 25 teams race handcrafted motor vehicles along main thoroughfares.

Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.

Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

Not long after her father went missing during the Korean War, Carol Elkin spotted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in downtown Chicago and did what any kid might do when coming face to face with the nation’s most famous soldier: She asked him to bring her dad home.

DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different.

Amazon’s Alexa is now at home in new subdivisions, hotels

Amazon is working with homebuilders and hoteliers to make its smart speaker and artificial-intelligence system a part of everyday life for new customers. The company has put its engineers to work behind the scenes to make implementation easier, seeing wide market opportunities.

Afghan bomber kills 18, Taliban rejects cease-fire extension

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday cease-fire. The Taliban later rejected an extension to the cease-fire.

Rescue ships dock in Spain as migrant debate roils Europe

Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the perilous Mediterranean only to become the latest pawn in Europe’s battle over immigration.

Fentanyl becoming potent problem in Skagit County

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

With 10 overdose deaths in Skagit County this year – at least six of which the Skagit County Coroner’s Office suspects may be fentanyl-related – the drug wreaking havoc throughout the country seems to have found a foothold here.