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Mexico tariff pull back boosts Washington apple industry prospects

After a full year of uncertainty surrounding Washington’s signature crop, growers finally got a container ship of good news this week as Mexico officials announced that they had eliminated their …

UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 7:06 a.m.

Murray says Trump’s action on infrastructure shows he’s in midst of tantrum; Newhouse blames Democrats for ‘partisan attacks’

President Donald Trump halted infrastructure talks with congressional Democrats on Wednesday, asserting he would not return to the table until they dropped their probe in the wake of the Mueller …

UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Felon convicted of carrying gun detected by TSA screeners

A felon convicted of carrying a loaded gun in Juneau has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Ex-Oregon football star stops armed student at Oregon school

A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured.

The tick-friendly Northwest

As the Palouse shrugs off the last gasps of winter weather, pedestrians and pet owners may have noticed an explosion of activity among that pernicious perennial parasite – the tick.

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Wolf’s comeback in U.S. triggers debate on protection levels

The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of …

UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Coast Guard: 2 more bodies found after Alaska planes crash

The bodies of two more people have been found after small sightseeing planes crashed in Alaska, the Coast Guard says.

Oldest Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98 in Oregon

World War II veteran Bob Maxwell, the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a …

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Canada’s new protections for orcas go a little further than new legislation in Washington state

Canada has adopted a suite of measures intended to improve orcas’ access to food by reducing commercial and recreational fishing for chinook salmon and quieting vessel noise and disturbance that …

Montana ranchers share the landscape with grizzlies

Ranching families are sharing the southwestern Montana landscape with grizzly bears, with some help from students. The Tom Miner Basin Association works on projects to promote places where livestock and …

National weather radar system upgrades are on track

Officials say an eight-year plan for a major upgrade to the nation’s weather radar stations to help predict dangerous storms and improve air traffic safety is on track at the …

Oregon teachers walk out in red to press for school funding

Tens of thousands of Oregon teachers dressed in red have left their classrooms to rally for more money for schools

Crew rescued after fishing boat catches fire, washes ashore

Officials say a fishing vessel from Washington state caught fire while at sea and washed ashore in Oregon still in flames.

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Gov. Inslee’s national climate plan calls for banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2030

The plan relies heavily on federal regulatory action to swiftly transition the U.S. away from fossil fuels in the transportation, electricity and building sectors. It calls for a phaseout of …

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

Federal authorities have started killing more California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border.

Former NFL player Ryan Leaf delivers speech in hometown

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has returned to his Montana hometown to deliver a speech about dealing with mental health and substance abuse.

Bald eagle died of lead poisoning in Montana’s Glacier Park

A bald eagle found dead in Montana’s Glacier National Park died of lead poisoning.

Alaskan halibut, caught by a century-old Seattle boat, provides a glimpse of Amazon’s strategy with Whole Foods

Whole Foods’ halibut deal opens a window into Amazon’s grocery strategy as it seeks to combine the defining characteristics of each brand, leverage its juggernaut Prime membership program and take …

Seattle college says student was among those killed by crane

A college freshman was among the four people killed when a construction crane fell from a building and crashed onto one of Seattle’s busiest streets, the university said Sunday. Seattle …

Hypodermic needles increasingly found among litter in Idaho

North Idaho litter increasingly includes hypodermic needles, posing a risk to pets, children and anyone well-meaning person who tries to dispose of the needles.

German woman injured in amphibious vehicle crash settles for $7M

A German woman injured in a crash in Seattle that killed five people will receive $7 million in a settlement reached in a civil suit against Ride the Ducks International …

Washington state lawmaker apologizes for nursing comments

A Washington state lawmaker who angered nurses by saying some may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals says she wishes she could reel that comment back …

Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag

An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued alleging she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in …

Seattle asking why Yakima inmates dropped off in city

The City of Seattle is asking Yakima County and state corrections officials why prisoners who had been released were dropped off underneath Interstate 5 downtown.

Washington and Idaho lawmakers weigh in on Mueller report

With the release Thursday of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election, Washington and Idaho legislators are weighing in on how to proceed.

UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019, 2 p.m.

American Airlines cancels Max flights through mid-August

American Airlines announced Sunday that it was canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The announcement made American the second …

UPDATED: Sun., April 7, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Body found in home of man who was an original Mouseketeer

Police in southern Oregon have found a body at the home of a missing man who was an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

Details emerge on family whose SUV plunged off Calif. cliff

Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a coroner’s …

Is Seattle ‘dying’? Crime rates tell a different story

Is Seattle a city in its final throes of life?

Washington, Colorado mellowing out after years of legal pot

When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. …