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Iran says U.S. failing to live up to nuke deal commitments - Fri, 21 Jul 2017 PST

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:47:06 GMT

A senior Iranian official is accusing the United States of not living up to its side of the nuclear agreement that Washington and five other world powers signed with Tehran, saying it is trying "scare off" foreign companies from doing business with the Islamic Republic. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi says his country "maintains its right to react" to the alleged bad U.S. behavior.

Tougher distracted driving law to take effect in Washington

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:02:50 GMT

Washington drivers will have to put down their phones or else face tougher penalties under a new distracted driving law that takes effect this weekend. Texting or holding a phone to your ear is already against the law in the state, but the new measure now prohibits anything else that requires drivers to hold their electronic devices - including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets - while behind the wheel.

The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:24:17 GMT

An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their regulation.

O.J. Simpson likely to be freed on October 1

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:24:16 GMT

Washington, July 21 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson was granted parole and may leave a Nevada prison as early as October after serving nine years for kidnapping and robbery. A four-person parole board in Nevada voted unanimously on Thursday to release Simpson, who led a group of five into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to rob sports memorabilia that he claimed were his at gunpoint 10 years ago.

GOP Must Start Governing And Stop Squandering Its Majority

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:43:23 GMT

If the Republican Party does not work with both haste and determination to both heal and define itself, the Trump era might well be described as epoch of squandered opportunity. It's not that the Republican Party hasn't changed since its inception in 1856 and the failed presidential candidate of John C. Fremont.

A Glossary of Things the Trump Presidency Has Ruined for DC

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:22:51 GMT

Thursday marks six months since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Congratulations! We made it! Only three years and six months until his first term expires.

Washingtonians still want a capital gains tax to fund public education, NPI poll confirms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:58:48 GMT

A majority of Washingtonians remain supportive of levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy to ensure our state meets its paramount duty of providing an amply funded education for all children residing within its borders, the Northwest Progressive Institute's most recent statewide survey has confirmed. 57% of likely 2018 Washington voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling at the end of last month said they support a capital gains tax to fund education, with 44% expressing strong support.

Why a road trip across Washington?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:36:01 GMT

Since last November's election, it's seemed more important than ever to get outside Puget Sound's blue bubble. Political divisions have made it harder to connect with one another across the state.

Police log - July 20, 2017

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:15:29 GMT

An arrest is merely an accusation. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Washington is nation's hot spot as temperature sets sights on century mark

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:22:32 GMT

Washington has a legitimate shot at hitting 100 degrees Thursday as the most intense portion of a week-long heat wave begins. Temperatures could approach the triple digits Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well.

Ste. Michelle looks back on 50 years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:38:21 GMT

One of Washington's foremost estates, Chateau Ste. Michelle, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, a landmark that is as much a testament to the on-going success of winemaking in the state as the winery's own survival believes its CEO.

Trade gap snags U.S., China talks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:02:19 GMT

Trucks move shipping containers last week at a port in China's Shandong province. U.S. commerce chief Wilbur Ross complained to China's negotiator Wednesday that imports from China have grown much faster than U.S. exports to China.

Republican incompetence jeopardizing 2017-2019 capital budget for Washington State

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:38:49 GMT

State legislators may have been able to avoid a state government shutdown by passing an operating budget on June 30th, but they are only hours away from facing the consequences of failing to pass a 2017-2019 capital budget, which will include layoffs, project delays, and the continued denial of an amply funded public education to hundreds of thousands of young Washingtonians. A day remains before the clock runs out on the third consecutive special session of the Washington State Legislature, which was necessitated by Senate Republicans' refusal to seriously negotiate an operating budget with House Democrats until a week prior to the end of the fiscal biennium.

Washington Rep. Dave Reichert speaks at a Chelan fire station on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:19:53 GMT

Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., lone Republican member of Congress from the Puget Sound area. Three Democratic challengers are already in the field.

Drip, drip, drip of Russia revelations

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:04:58 GMT

It's like watching a drip coffeemaker slowly fill a cup. The constant drip of information is leading to the inescapable conclusion there was a cup full of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, something many seasoned politicians really didn't want to believe at first.

Report: Neglect at Washington state disabled facilities

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:24:53 GMT

In this undated photo provided by Disability Rights Washington, Yakima Valley School is shown in Yakima, Wash. A new report by Disability Rights Washington released Wednesday, July 19, 2017 says that people living in four state-run communities for the developmentally disabled, including Yakima Valley School, have suffered neglect and abuse.

Iran's presidents says his country will 'stand up to' the US

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:35:34 GMT

Iran's president says his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that America imposes on the Islamic Republic. Hassan Rouhani says that if Washington, under any pretext, imposes new sanctions against Iran, "we will stand up to the United States."