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Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Three Democratic electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge to support their party’s nominee.

Man dies after police use Taser to stun him

Authorities say a 56-year-old man died after police used a Taser to stun him during his arrest following a car chase and standoff west of Richland.

Shutdown delays start of flights in Everett, Washington

Alaska Airlines says it will delay the start of commercial passenger service at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, by at least three weeks due to the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

Supreme Court rejects coach’s appeal over prayer, for now

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a former Seattle-area football coach who lost his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.

Decade of heavy storms has helped Northwest glaciers, but don’t expect that to last, studies show

A first-of-its-kind survey shows just how much the region’s glaciers have melted over the past decades as the climate warms. It also shows how changes in atmospheric patterns may have masked how bad it could get.

Man dies after struggle with Richland police

A man died and several police officers were hurt after a call to intervene in a domestic violence incident in Richland led to a violent struggle.

Women’s March of the Palouse preaches equality for all

Inclusivity was one of the main themes of the Women’s March of the Palouse on Saturday as women, men and children marched to and gathered at Moscow’s East Side Park to preach equality and justice.

Boeing overhauls quality controls: more high-tech tracking but fewer inspectors

Boeing has begun a sweeping transformation of its quality system, including the use of “smart” tools and automation. It will also eliminate thousands of quality checks as no longer necessary. Boeing has told the union it will cut about 450 quality inspector positions this year and potentially a similar number next year.

State Democrats decry Schultz idea to run as independent in 2020

News that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run for president as an independent isn’t sitting well with the top Democratic official in his home state.

Tshisekedi declared Congo’s president, but runner-up revolts

Congo’s election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only legitimate president.”

Yakima recycling options narrow as business cuts back

Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.

Man pleads guilty to 15 charges related to poaching ring

A man implicated in a massive Pacific Northwest poaching ring has pleaded guilty to 15 charges related to illegally hunting big game with dogs and leaving the corpses to rot.

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

The Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday and found itself coping with an ideological split and an abbreviated route due to the government shutdown.

Man kills polar bear outside animals’ normal habitat

A man from northeast Alaska said he fatally shot a polar bear that had strayed far south of the animal’s usual habitat.

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon.

Measles cases hit 19 with more suspected in SW Washington

Officials say the number of confirmed measles cases in southwestern Washington has increased to 19 with seven more cases suspected.

Recordings: Mother reported concerns before daughter killed in Utah

The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was killed in October by an ex-boyfriend can be heard telling campus police that she was worried for her daughter’s safety in audio recordings released Thursday.

Youth can make difference now, Intel’s 2018 Young Scientist honoree tells students at Mead High STEM Night

Students and parents gathered for the annual STEM Night at Mead High School last week to learn more about what the district is doing in STEM and to hear from Dhruvik Parikh, a Washington native who received the 2018 Young Scientist award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

Blessed with a balance sheet that allows for sweeping gestures, Redmond tech giant Microsoft is responding to the region’s widening affordability gap with a $500 million pledge to address homelessness and develop affordable housing across the Puget Sound region.

The Who’s symphonic Moving On! tour coming to Seattle’s T-Mobile Park

Led by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the British rock giants play the Mariners’ newly renamed home on Oct. 19.