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Prison to go smoke-free after double-murderer said second-hand smoke would kill him

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:43:02 GMT

Even after his death sentence was commuted to life without parole, double murderer Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington suspected that the state of Missouri was still intent on killing him. At the prison in Cameron, the asthmatic Washington kept being paired with heavy smokers, despite doctor's orders that his quarters be smoke-free.

Road Trip: Eastern Washington comes to Seattle

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:23:11 GMT

With masses of millennials seeking a profusion of opportunities in urban living, Seattle came in a few years ago at No. 10 densest among the 50 largest cities in the U.S. It's grown since that 2014 finding, which showed nearly 8,000 people per square mile.

Nine-year-old can jumpstart a car and DRIVE

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:04:15 GMT

'That's what this flag is for': Pharrell gets down on BOTH knees as he hits out at Trump in front of thousands at Charlottesville unity concert, one month after violent white nationalist rally Sudanese bodybuilder gunman is paraded for the cameras and charged with murder after 'killing one woman and wounding six others in church rampage' before being taken down by a hero armed usher 'We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet': Trump extends travel ban to people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad Rise of the 180 second workout: Expert says just THREE MINUTES of high intensity exercise can be just as effective as half an hour at the gym School principal and former NHL draft pick, 52, dies in horrific jet ski crash leaving his daughter, four, fighting for her life Cannibal family 'confesses to killing and eating at least 30 people in Russia, where they kept human ... (more)

John's Notebook: What is "regular order"?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:35:10 GMT

In the latest health care debates, you've probably heard the term regular order. John McCain said the lack of regular order is why he's not supporting the most recent bill.

Field Reports: Washington proposes simpler fishing regulations - Sun, 24 Sep 2017 PST

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:02:58 GMT

Simplifying Washington's fishing regulations is the goal of 13 proposals that will be presented at public meetings across the state by Fish and Wildlife Department fish managers. Public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish will be discussed on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Pl.

Trudeau Government seeking to oust Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:44:04 GMT

Alongside Washington and Venezuela's elite, the Trudeau government is seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro. While Ottawa's campaign has recently grown, official Canada has long opposed the pro-poor, pro-working class Bolivarian Revolution, which has won 19 of 21 elections since 1998.

Sen. Murray asks Gov. Brown for toll voting privileges - Sat, 23 Sep 2017 PST

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:30:00 GMT

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., leaves the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. ORG XMIT: DCMC205 Another voice has joined the conversation about tolls on Portland-area freeways.

McCain's choice: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:17:06 GMT

In this Feb. 23, 2009, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens during remarks of the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

The face of the Tri-Cities is changing. New census survey tells how

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:51:34 GMT

Pasco remains Washington's fastest-growing city, according to census figures released this month. The results of the 12016 American Community Survey confirm the Tri-Cities is growing in numbers and contain a few surprises as well.

The Columbian: Primary election shift laudable

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:22:26 GMT

Eventually, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman might begin to feel like Sisyphus, constantly pushing a boulder up the hill only to have it roll back down. Yet, Wyman remains resolute in her effort to make the state's presidential primary more relevant, and now she might have a little help.

Trudeau shuffles his cabinet with 3 Toronto-area MPs getting big promotions

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:09:38 GMT

The Rideau Hall ceremony Tuesday afternoon put a new face on Trudeau's government with veterans John McCallum and StA©phane Dion leaving politics, rookie minister MaryAnn Mihychuk dumped, and three newcomers joining the cabinet table. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said changes were made to his cabinet in order to "put our best team forward in dealing with the important issues that matter to Canadians, whether it be the relationship with the United States, whether it be the relationship with China, whether it be how we engage with Europe."

Man who drove through Vancouver protesters told police he 'feared for his safety,' records show

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:41:50 GMT

A Portland man detained and then released after driving through a crowd of counter-protesters in Vancouver earlier this month told police he made a wrong turn that put him in their path and later sped away to stop them from damaging his truck. William Wilson told two officers that he wasn't trying to hit anyone and wasn't sure what to do when people started hitting his truck with rocks and other items, according to police reports released Friday by Vancouver police.

WSU president says no action to be taken against College Republicans - Fri, 22 Sep 2017 PST

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:18:58 GMT

In an email to state lawmakers Friday afternoon, Washington State University President Kirk Schulz indicated no actions will be taken to revoke the WSU College Republicans' status as a Registered Student Organization. Earlier this week, 12 western Washington lawmakers sent a letter to Schulz calling on the university to remove the official recognition of the WSU College Republicans as an RSO and remove any financial resources received by the club.

Why the Swarm of Earthquakes on Mount Rainier Are Making Many Nervous

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:06:59 GMT

The first earthquake on Mount Rainier ominously rumbled on September 11. There have been 23 earthquakes since, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 1.6. But the scientists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington are telling us not to worry. They claim that this kind of seismic activity is normal and often means nothing.

Washington cyberstalking law on thin ice after hearing

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:37:46 GMT

Washington's law against cyberstalking faces a dubious future after the state Attorney General's Office declined to defend its constitutionality during a federal court hearing. Lawyers for a retired Air Force major on Friday asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton to block the state from enforcing the law, saying their client has been threatened with prosecution for making online posts that criticize - but don't threaten - a community activist on Bainbridge Island.

Feds tell Wash. officials Russians tried to hack election

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:37:45 GMT

Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election. Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election.

How do you prepare for a nuclear attack without freaking everyone out? Hawaii's figuring it out

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:03:50 GMT

As North Korean missiles soar over the Pacific and seismographs keep vigil for tremors in the vicinity of Pyongyang, officials in Hawaii are doing what they must: preparing for the possibility of a nuclear attack. But it's a delicate task, especially when word gets out, as it did this week, about a "secret meeting" in which officials and legislators looked at slides on the likely impact of a nuclear blast "at various altitudes above" Pearl Harbor, as Honolulu Civil Beat reported.