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Video of gaming Seattle officer discussing shooting removed

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:41:33 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — After an online outcry, a Seattle Police Department video in which an officer playing a video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed from social media. [...] a video posted Wednesday in which Sgt. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's video-game character just walked around rather than firing any shots.



Eco-group billboard blitz to greet Interior chief in Montana

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:34:34 UT

(AP) — Environmental groups plan to crash the homecoming in Montana next week of President Donald Trump's Interior Department secretary with billboards, television ads and speeches to pressure him on issues from national monuments to sage grouse. Television ads will air during the conference telling him to leave alone a conservation plan by the Obama administration and 11 Western states to protect the sage grouse, an imperiled bird. Eleven governors, their staffs, lobbyists, business representatives and special interest groups will meet in the resort town near Glacier National Park on topics that include the Endangered Species Act, forest management and ties with Canada. Supporters of the Trump administration's plans to review and possibly loosen existing land and wildlife protections are dismayed by the heavy investment that environmentalists are making to confront Zinke on his home turf.



It's time for No. 1 pick Fultz to turn 76ers into winners

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:27:03 UT

The No. 1 overall pick in this NBA draft has become an instant fan favorite before signing his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington has gone on late-night TV and boasted of his love of Philly cheesesteaks, made a social media connection with franchise player Joel Embiid and dazzled on draft night with a pair of orange sneakers made of the same leather used to make NBA game balls. Long the league laughingstock, it's the Sixers' turn to clap back, with Embiid and Ben Simmons poking fun on Twitter at Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar. [...] Simmons and Embiid need to be healthy. Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with foot injuries, was placed on minutes restrictions in 2016-17 and was banned from playing both games of back-to-back contests. The start of the season and training camp and the month of September are really going to be important for us to allow those guys to feel each other and the coaching staff to be able to truly see it on the court. The Sixers have long needed a veteran both in the locker room and to help lead on the court. To think that you're going to go into a season with a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and Joel Embiid, as much as we love him and see how special he is, the reality is those three players have played a cumulative 31 NBA games, Brown said. [...] holding a locker room, growing those guys, helping them navigate NBA life and NBA games is a very powerful message when it comes from a player.



Ledecky, Plum, Barnhill among finalists for Honda Award

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:23:06 UT

Plum set the NCAA basketball scoring record at Washington. Stanford's Inky Ajanaku (volleyball); West Virginia's Kadeisha Buchanan (soccer); Florida's Alex McMurtry (gymnastics); Delaware's Greta Nauck (field hockey); Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (cross country); Maryland's Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse); Arizona State's Monica Vaughn (golf); Georgia's Kendell Williams (heptathlon); Florida's Belinda Woolcock (tennis).



Nevada's on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:49:03 UT

The licensees could include as many as 25 medical dispensaries in the Las Vegas area and four others in Reno that already have medical retail licenses and local business licenses, "as long as the inventory they sell as retail meets the packaging and labeling requirements in the emergency regulation we will have adopted Monday," state Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said. Distributor licenses allow pot to be moved between locations and are different than retail licenses. "Because the application review process isn't complete, we can't say with certainty which businesses will be licensed," Klapstein said.



Private consultant indicted in Oregon energy scandal

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:48:34 UT

(AP) — A private consultant in Oregon was indicted this week in connection with a widening corruption scandal that already has ensnared a former Oregon Department of Energy manager. The indictment listed 29 witnesses, including state officials, tax credit recipients, project developers, accountants and others. Shain was previously indicted in August 2016 on charges of forging documents to improperly obtain nearly $12 million in energy tax credits to support the construction of solar arrays at Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology.



Deal reached to not mandate biology test for graduation

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:43:33 UT

Under the deal announced Thursday, students in the class of 2017 and beyond would be allowed to earn a high school diploma without meeting Washington's testing requirements in biology, the News Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2szcJzf ). Other seniors who failed standardized tests in English language arts and mathematics also could get a diploma under the new agreement, though those students would have to file an appeal to show they're proficient in those subjects.



Court: Washington trooper right to make Oregon traffic stop

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:05:31 UT

(AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a drunken driver who contends a Washington trooper acted beyond his jurisdiction when he stopped him in Oregon in 2011. According to court documents, the trooper began following James Keller's speeding car in Washington — just north of the Interstate Bridge — and pulled him over in Oregon.



Twin City Foods to close plant in Washington

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:26:11 UT

(AP) — Frozen vegetable processor Twin City Foods plans to close its packaging plant in Stanwood, impacting as many as 85 employees. Sue Casteel, corporate human resources manager, says some employees will be transferred to plants in Pasco or Ellensburg, some will retire and assistance will be offered to any who are laid off.



Palouse Falls State Park temporarily closes during fire

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:11:45 UT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Officials say Palouse Falls State Park in eastern Washington was temporarily closed during a fire that burned through wildlands north of the park. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2rZOADc ) that the fire started Wednesday and seemed to begin to die down until winds caused it to grow again. Franklin County Fire Districts and Adams County Fire District brought the fire under control Thursday. The state park, which features beautiful waterfalls, was evacuated during the incident. As of Thursday, there was no estimate of the size of the fire available. ___ Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com



Tacoma jury awards $2.9M in man's killing by son

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:21:35 UT

(AP) — A jury in Tacoma has found Washington state responsible in the death of a Tacoma man whose son killed him nine months after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. Attorneys for the state argued that the younger Meline showed signs of stability prior to his release, and that the father's slaying wasn't foreseeable. Records revealed during the trial, however, showed that psychiatrists at the hospital believed Jonathan was still dangerous, not ready for release into the community and likely to harm others.



Giant 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Spokane this weekend

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:50:36 UT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — What's billed as the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the nation takes over the streets of downtown Spokane this weekend. Hoopfest will draw more than 25,000 players and some 200,000 spectators for its Saturday and Sunday run. One new feature this year is a game between former players for the University of Washington and former players for Gonzaga. That game is Friday night.



State warns of wildfire danger

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:32:57 UT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — State officials are warning about increased wildfire danger in all of Eastern Washington through the weekend. The state Department of Natural Resources says increasing winds, higher temperatures and lower humidity are expected to heighten the risk of wildfires. The increased danger is expected to last until Tuesday.



Washington seeks to overturn tribe's fuel tax exemption

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:43:24 UT

(AP) — Washington state is asking the nation's highest court to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that exempted the Yakama Nation from paying state taxes on out-of-state fuel delivered to the reservation. The tribe is a sovereign government and is exempted from state sales, cigarette and gas taxes on the reservation.



Cano HRs twice, Moore wins debut as Mariners top Tigers 9-6

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:21:28 UT

Cano hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, Moore pitched seven effective innings to win in his big league debut, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Detroit Tigers 9-6 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. "The home runs hurt us," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. The 23-year-old right-hander, a second-round pick in 2015 out of Oregon State, struck out four and walked none. Povse, called up from Double-A on Sunday, allowed a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera and an RBI single to Justin Upton. Norris allowed five runs on five hits in six innings as the Tigers lost their season-high sixth straight. Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk and Danny Valencia worked a one-out walk. Ben Gamel followed with a two-run double to right-center, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. The Tigers pulled within 5-3 in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Jose Iglesias and a run-scoring single by Kinsler. [...] we win more games, that's what we represent. Felix Hernandez (2-2, 4.73) is expected to be activated from the DL (right shoulder inflammation) and start the series opener against Houston.



Mariners 9, Tigers 6

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:29:29 UT

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The Latest: Butler trade, freshmen picks highlight NBA draft

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:51:31 UT

The Philadelphia 76ers did what everyone expected, and picked Markelle Fultz with the first pick of Thursday night's NBA draft. Derrick White, who went to the Spurs, and Josh Hart, who went to the Lakers, had to wait until the last two picks of round number one to hear their names called. [...] remember Kris Jenkins, who hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Villanova to the championship in 2016? The Jazz made deals with the Nuggets and Lakers, though Utah's biggest offseason issue will be trying to keep free agent Gordon Hayward from jetting out of town. There were other notable trades earlier in the week before the draft began, including Atlanta sending Dwight Howard to Charlotte and the Lakers clearing cap room by shipping D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn. [...] the biggest blockbuster came earlier this week when the Celtics traded the first overall pick to the Sixers, who used it to get Markelle Fultz. In an interview on ESPN, Calipari insisted "It's not broken," and said being selected in the NBA draft is the equivalent of putting a player on a so-called lifetime scholarship. Not a single senior was selected in the first 28 picks, but that record-setting drought ended with a pair of four-year players going back-to-back. More than two dozen picks into Thursday night's NBA draft and not one senior has been selected. The 14 lottery picks in Thursday night's NBA draft have been made, and there were three Wildcats selected. The NCAA has never really liked it, and earlier this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the system as it's currently constructed — where players can enter the draft after a year of college — is "not working for anyone." The Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and their 16th pick to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the TimberWolves' seventh pick, two people told The Associated Press. In the NBA draft's first unscripted moment, the Boston Celtics took Jayson Tatu



Blazers trade up to get Gonzaga's Zach Collins

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:33:00 UT

Portland, which had three first-round picks going into Thursday night's NBA draft, dealt the No. 15 and No. 20 picks to the Sacramento Kings for the No. 10 pick, center Zach Collins out of Gonzaga. The 7-footer, who played off the bench in his lone season with the Bulldogs, averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. For the draft at the Barclays Center in New York, he paid homage to his hometown with a blazer lining and shoes decorated with "Las Vegas" prints. The NBA's youngest roster dipped 11 games below .500 with a 120-113 overtime loss at Detroit on Feb. 28. [...] upon his arrival, Nurkic developed chemistry with backcourt duo Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, going on to average 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 20 games with the Blazers. Nurkic sustained a non-displaced right leg fibular fracture and missed the final seven games of the regular season but returned for about 15 minutes in Game 3 of the Blazers' playoff series against the Warriors.



Ivan Puhich, veteran jockey agent, dies at 89

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:37:01 UT

Ivan Puhich, veteran jockey agent, dies at 89 (AP) — Ivan Puhich, a jockey's agent who represented such riders as Kentucky Derby winner Mario Gutierrez, has died. Puhich enlisted in the Marine Corps following the outbreak of World War II and saw combat in the South Pacific and later in China. Following the war, he returned to base in San Diego and obtained permission from his commanding officer to take leave so he could attend the 1948 Kentucky Derby.



Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily Game' game

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:13:11 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Washington Lottery's "Daily Game" game were: 0-7-9 (zero, seven, nine)