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Appeals Court opens door to more GM ignition switch lawsuits

A federal appeals court has decided that people injured in crashes caused by faulty General Motors Co. ignition switches can sue the company even if they were hurt before GM’s …


Washington to require ‘Not For Kids’ label on edible pot products

Washington officials say they plan to require a new “Not For Kids” label on edible marijuana products sold at the state’s legal pot shops.


Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.


Testing finds more elevated lead levels at Oregon university

Oregon Health & Science University has shut three more drinking fountains due to high lead levels.


Hanford company offers reforms to reduce exposure to vapors

The contractor that operates radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is proposing some reforms after dozens of workers reported becoming sick from chemical vapors associated with the …


‘CHiPs’ actor Erik Estrada becomes reserve officer in Idaho

The man famous for his many years as a motorcycle cop on the hit `80s TV series “CHiPs” is now a St. Anthony police reserve officer. Mayor Neils Thueson swore …


Five train cars derail in Texas, spilling chemical, injuring 2

Authorities say five train cars overturned outside of San Antonio, spilling about 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide and prompting a temporary evacuation.


Ban fireworks sales in Idaho, Boise fire chief says

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan is calling for lawmakers to ban the sale of fireworks in Idaho.


Oso landslide liability debated by state, Stillaguamish Tribe

The Stillaguamish Tribe is fighting off suggestions by the state Attorney General’s Office that it might face liability for the devastating Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighborhood and …


California gun control bills sent to governor

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic …


Cities must make roads safe for bicycles, appeals court rules

A Washington state appeals court has ruled cities must provide safe roadways for all traffic, including bicycles.


State regulators fine railroad transportation company

Washington state transportation safety regulators have fined a company that provides rides for railroad crews more than $170,000 for repeat safety violations.


Oil train moratorium sought by Washington Gov. Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee called for a moratorium on oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday afternoon.


Shawn Vestal: Safety upgrades for rail tank cars coming much too slowly

Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it …


GM announces largest Takata recall yet, says air bags are safe; NHTSA disagrees

General Motors announced its largest recall of Takata air bag inflators yet, but the nation’s biggest automaker says the parts are unique to its trucks and SUVs and don’t pose …


As boating season nears, marine deputies hit the water to tell boaters about safety rules

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Ebel spends most of his time talking to boaters about safety. But every so often Ebel, who’s a full-time marine deputy, sees something a …


Frozen food recall covers hundreds of items from many stores

Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem …


Fiat Chrysler recalls 500,000 Jeeps; air bags may not work

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about a half-million Jeep Wrangler SUVs worldwide because the driver’s air bag may not inflate in a crash.


One-third of autistic youngsters wander from safe places, study finds

MELVILLE, N.Y. – More than one-third of children and teenagers with autism wandered away from safe environments within the past 12 months, according to a Long Island doctor who can’t …


Man fined $100,000 for pointing laser at ferry wheelhouse

U.S. Coast Guard officials have fined a Washington man $100,000 for allegedly pointing a high-powered laser at the ship’s wheelhouse last October.


State Supreme Court will hear crude-by-rail case

The Washington state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case centered around proposed Grays Harbor crude-by-rail facilities, lawyers for the groups opposed to the facilities announced on Wednesday.


FAA begins early inspection of Allegiant Air operations

Federal safety officials are reviewing operations at Allegiant Air two years ahead of schedule, spurred by incidents including an aborted takeoff and a plane that landed low on fuel.


Alabama city passes transgender bathroom ordinance

People in an Alabama city who use public restrooms intended for a gender other than what is listed on their birth certificate will be punished under an ordinance officials passed …


School bus driver asked boy to move downed power line, police say

Police say a Pennsylvania school bus driver asked an 11-year-old student to get off the bus and move a downed, live power line.


Seattle test results show water is safe to drink, utility says

Officials with Seattle Public Utilities say testing at several homes has determined that the water is safe to drink following concerns over high lead levels.


NASCAR Driver Council to pay Tony Stewart $35,000 fine

Tony Stewart’s peers will pay the $35,000 fine NASCAR levied against the three-time champion for criticizing the series about a potential safety hazard during races.


Hanford workers pump leaked waste back into tank

Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

Montana’s Public Service Commission is giving its staff six months to complete a rail safety risk assessment and plan after a report criticized the agency for not having one.


Workers study cause of fluctuations in nuclear waste tank

Fluctuations inside a huge tank of radioactive waste are raising concerns on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, and workers are preparing to pump out the area of the …


Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power …