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Seattle police chief to step down after guiding reforms

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who helped reform the department after federal officials found officers were too quick to use force against minorities, will step down at the end of the year, the mayor said Monday.

Roiled by claims, Alabama Senate race goes off the rails

Republican Roy Moore’s supposedly smooth ride to the U.S. Senate has become an off-color demolition derby since he was hit with decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenagers.

At least one protester killed amid Honduras election unrest

At least one opposition protester died in shootings overnight in Honduras after the country announced a curfew and suspended some constitutional rights in the face of unrest over a disputed election in which both candidates have claimed victory.

Officials: Presidential hopeful arrives in Egypt from UAE

An Egyptian presidential hopeful living in the United Arab Emirates arrived in Cairo on Saturday, airport officials said, just days after he announced his plans to run for president in the country’s 2018 elections.

Colville tribal members consider name change

A group of eastern Washington tribes is considering a name change to reclaim their indigenous identity.

Administrative punishment meted out for pilots who drew giant phallus over Okanogan

Two U.S. Navy aviators responsible for skydrawing a phallic symbol over Okanogan County on Nov. 16 have received administrative punishment, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Record low turnout for November election

Nearly two-thirds of Washington voters sat out the Nov. 7 election, setting a new low mark for turnout.

Oregon police seize pounds of heroin, cocaine from vehicle

Two Washington state residents face felony drug possession and delivery charges after Oregon State Police seized 6.6 pounds of heroin and 2.2 pounds of cocaine from a vehicle they were in.

Swipe your card at the pump? Scammers have a new way to steal from you

If you use a debit card to fill up your gas tank, police are warning you to stop.

Pot belly pigs and rabbits die in barn fire near Bellingham

Authorities say two pot belly pigs and four rabbits died in a barn fire northeast of Bellingham.

Protests rise as vote count in Honduras drags on

Protests were growing in Honduras on Thursday as incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez emerged with a growing lead for re-election following a reported computer glitch that shut down vote counting for several hours.

Caregivers name rescued sea turtle ‘Turkey’

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has named an endangered sea turtle rescued on a Washington state beach “Turkey” because it was found around Thanksgiving.

Panel: Washington governor should not approve oil terminal

A state energy panel has voted to recommend that a massive oil-by-rail terminal proposed along the Columbia River in Washington state be denied.

Washington state sues Uber over data breach cover-up

Washington state is suing the ride-hailing company Uber, saying it broke state law when it failed to notify more than 10,000 drivers in the state that their personal information was accessed as part of a major data breach.

State trying videoconferencing for mental competency tests

A Washington state county sheriff’s department says it will now use videoconferencing to do mental competency evaluations at the jail.

Senate order bans all firearms from public gallery

All firearms will be banned from the public galleries above the Washington Senate floor once the legislative session begins in January, under an order issued Monday by Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib.

Man who had life sentence commuted now facing murder charge

A man who had a previous life sentence commuted by the Washington state governor is now facing a new murder charge.

High winds, possible landslides threaten Western Washington

Western Washington is on the watch for high winds and potential landslides.

Leftist challenger leads in Honduras presidential vote count

Early results from Honduras’ presidential election Monday showed leftist challenger Salvador Nasralla with a surprise lead over incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Honduran president likely to be re-elected in disputed vote

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a conservative U.S. ally, appeared likely to win a second term on Sunday despite opposition claims that his re-election is an unconstitutional power grab.