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Senators: Some voter registration deadlines defy federal law

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:12:40 UT

Two Democratic senators say nine states are violating federal law with their mail-in voter registration deadlines for the November election, potentially disenfranchising thousands of people by blocking applications as many as three days earlier than other states. Charles Schumer of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to intervene and work with election officials in nine states to ensure compliance with the National Voting Rights Act. Four of the nine states with the earlier registration deadlines were previously required by a section of the Voting Rights Act to obtain U.S. Justice Department approval before changing voting procedures. Experts say the potential for voter confusion is high as courts block or strike down some provisions while upholding others. During the 2012 presidential election, at least 55,000 people in New York state were registered to vote after applying on the last possible day, according to data collected by the state Board of Elections and provided by Schumer's staff. During the state's March primary, voters in Phoenix had to wait hours to cast ballots after Maricopa County election officials opened just 60 polling stations — fewer than half of what is typical.



Statewide burn ban lifted, some restrictions in northeast

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:07:38 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials have lifted a statewide ban on outdoor burning on state-managed lands across Washington. However, the Department of Natural Resources said Friday that some restrictions remain in place for parts of northeast Washington and will continue through early October. Pile burning is prohibited in counties, including Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens. Individual campgrounds may continue to prohibit campfire burns.



Jets' Decker 'week to week' with partially torn rotator cuff

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:30:37 UT

The star wide receiver has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for at least Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that Decker will be "week to week" with the right shoulder injury. Decker, who has nine catches for a team-leading 194 yards and two touchdowns, said there was no precise moment he realized the injury had gotten worse against the Chiefs. Quincy Enunwa, who leads New York with 17 receptions, will likely see an increased role, as could undrafted rookie Robby Anderson, whose 264 yards receiving in the preseason was tops in the NFL. Enunwa was a sixth-round draft pick in 2014 who has worked his way from the practice squad as a rookie to being the Jets' No. 3 receiver. If he fills in at Decker's spot, he could see a lot of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman — a scenario that doesn't faze him. The Jets re-signed Jeremy Ross earlier this week, and they also have seventh-round draft pick Charone Peake as healthy receivers. LT Ryan Clady is questionable with a shoulder ailment, but Bowles said he will play Sunday. ...



Citizen check proposed for Washington voter registration

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:24:44 UT

(AP) — Legislation requiring Washington state residents to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency to get state driver's licenses so elections officials can ensure non-citizens are not trying to register to vote was proposed Friday by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Washington state is currently not in compliance with a 2005 federal law — known as REAL ID — that requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they're legally in the United States. Washington is the only state in the country that does not require proof of legal presence in the U.S. to get a standard state driver's license or ID and there is currently no way for elections officials to verify citizenship. [...] the state does offer, voluntarily and at an extra cost, enhanced driver's licenses and IDs that require proof of U.S. citizenship and are valid under the federal law.



Seaplane crashes into waters near Lopez Island, 4 rescued

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:10:07 UT

(AP) — Boaters rescued a male pilot and three passengers after their seaplane crashed in the waters off Lopez Island Friday morning. Company operations director, John Gowey, says the plane left from its dock at Seattle's South Lake Union for the 45-minute flight to the San Juan Islands.



APNewsBreak: Attorneys general cast doubt on Utah land push

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:01:04 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new legal analysis from a group of Western attorneys general casts doubt on many of the arguments Utah has put forward in its push to gain control of millions of acres of federal land. The Conference of Western Attorneys General, made up of the top law officers in 15 western states and three U.S. territories, voted 11-1 to approve the report at their annual meeting in Idaho this summer. The findings align with legal experts but contrast with the opinion of a team of outside lawyers hired by Utah who concluded last year that the state has some legitimate arguments to make and recommended Utah sue. Politicians can try to make a case before the public and Congress that their state has been treated unfairly, but the attorneys general group seems to be signaling that a court battle isn't the way to go, said John Leshy, a professor at University of California Hastings College of Law who was the Interior Department's top lawyer during the Clinton administration. The report also says that while newer, Western states may be at an economic disadvantage with large portions of their land under federal control, legal arguments that federal land ownership unconstitutionally keeps them from having Equal Footing and Equal Sovereignty with older, Eastern states are weak.



SpaceX's Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:45:58 UT

(AP) — If SpaceX founder Elon Musk's plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. The answer lies in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the comic series about the travels and travails of Earth's last surviving man. The name generated applause at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, where Musk provided elaborate details of his bold plans to fly scores of humans to Mars and set up a self-sustaining city with 1 million people, as big as San Jose, California. For the past decade, Musk has borrowed from science fiction and fantasy when naming his rockets, engines, capsules and other space doodads. [...] there are the two ocean platforms used for booster landings after liftoff: Just Read the Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You from Banks' 1988 novel The Player of Games. Shuttle prototype Enterprise was the exception, named after the "Star Trek" starship at fans' request. Orion, the hunter, is the spacecraft in which NASA plans to send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, most notably Mars.



Oregon to play Washington State in match of underperformers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:24:59 UT

Washington State defeated Oregon in double overtime last year, a game that ignited the Cougars' run to a 9-4 record and a bowl game victory over Miami. Quarterback Dakota Prukop was intercepted in the end zone on Oregon's final drive to kill a comeback attempt. Oregon has been slowed by injuries, with defensive end Jalen Jelks and defensive tackle Drayton Carlberg doubtful to play against the Cougars. Inexperience is also an issue, with 11 freshmen included on Oregon's offensive and defensive two-deep depth chart prior to Saturday's loss to Colorado. The Ducks do not talk about injuries, but Freeman suffered a leg injury two weeks ago against Nebraska and did not play in Oregon's loss to Colorado. Washington State junior running back Jamal Morrow was ejected in the second half of the Idaho game after officials ruled that he appeared to punch an Idaho defender at the end of a special teams play, an act that could have required Morrow to miss the first half of the Oregon game. Cougars kicker Erik Powell has missed all three of his field goal attempts this season.



Malls, stores consider new ways to protect shoppers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:23:44 UT

Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time. The recent attacks are "awful tragedies," and at the top of retailers' minds, said Lisa LaBruno, a senior vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association trade group. Shopper surveys done every April by the International Council of Shopping Centers show that people aren't interested in metal detectors or similar tactics, the trade association said. The mall group spent $2 million to develop terrorism training programs after the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S., and shopping centers have made more changes since then. Malls began working with the Homeland Security Department on plans for first responders enter the building to try to stop the shooter, rather than wait for backup as had been the practice. In the past two years, retailers and malls have offered enhanced training for workers — some use videos of active-shooter scenarios; others have store associates act out the parts. Kavanagh says Homeland Security officials are working with malls on testing cameras with facial recognition that can detect people with criminal records and also cameras that read license plates and send alerts if a criminal or someone on a terrorist watch is around. [...] he says measures like automatic scanning of license plates and faces in public spaces open up "questions of infringement on constitutional rights and potential abuse."



A's rally falls short in 3-2 loss to Mariners

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:59:42 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — The last-place Oakland Athletics fell just short of handing the Seattle Mariners a crushing loss to their playoff hopes. Mike Zunino delivered the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Seattle held on for a 3-2 victory over Oakland on Thursday night, keeping the Mariners on the edge of the AL wild-card chase. Seattle added a run in the eighth on a two-out single by Leonys Martin, a walk to Zunino and Ketel Marte's RBI single. Steve Cishek (4-6) came on to stifle an Oakland threat in the seventh with an inning-ending double play and added a perfect eighth. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on three consecutive singles before running themselves out of the inning. Kyle Seager reached on an infield single when Graveman couldn't find the handle on his two-out dribbler along the first-base line. Cishek relieved and enticed pinch-hitter Max Muncy into a ending double play grounder.



Orting parents sue school district over sex abuse claims

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:26:00 UT

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2d0nxvZ ) the girl's parents, who aren't being named to protect the identity of the child, say district employees were informed of the classmate's "propensity to act out sexually with her peers." The suit filed last week says the parents even notified the district before the abuse occurred that their daughter had post-traumatic stress disorder and was "susceptible to sexual abuse."



Zunino's HR spurs Seattle past A's, 3-2

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:18:08 UT

Zunino delivered the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Seattle held on for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night, keeping the Mariners on the edge of the AL wild-card chase. Seattle added a run in the eighth on a two-out single by Leonys Martin, a walk to Zunino and Ketel Marte's RBI single. Steve Cishek (4-6) came on to stifle an Oakland threat in the seventh with an inning-ending double play and added a perfect eighth. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on three consecutive singles before running themselves out of the inning. Kyle Seager reached on an infield single when Kendall Graveman couldn't find the handle on his two-out dribbler along the first-base line. Cishek relieved and enticed pinch-hitter Max Muncy into an ending double play grounder. Over his last four starts, Miranda has held opposing batters hitless in eight consecutive at-bats with runners in scoring position.



Ex-juvenile home official sentenced for sex with resident

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:04:22 UT

(AP) — A former administrator at a home for juvenile felony offenders in Richland charged with having sexual contact with an 18-year-old resident has been sentenced to six months in jail. The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2cFS9lH ) that 39-year-old Mindi Stoker was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to attempted assault and custodial sexual misconduct.



Mariners 3, Athletics 2

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:14:05 UT

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Thursday's Scores

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:47:35 UT

PREP FOOTBALLAuburn Mountainview 33, Thomas Jefferson 15 Central Valley 49, Rogers (Spokane) 0 Chiawana 54, Kennewick 7 Graham-Kapowsin 47, Arlington 6 Lewis and Clark 44, North Central 26 Mt. Rainier 24, Kent Meridian 18 Sunnyside 12, Davis 7 Todd Beamer 34, Auburn Riverside 7



Seahawks not expecting another slop-fest from Fitz, Jets

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:02:31 UT

The Jets get the chance to prove they're more like the well-oiled offense that rolled up 493 yards in a 37-31 win at Buffalo two weeks ago than the mistake-prone unit that struggled in a 24-3 loss at Kansas City last Sunday. "Very impressive so far," Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said of New York. Despite spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee last Sunday against San Francisco, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to start against New York. Jets coach Todd Bowles doesn't anticipate Wilson changing his style of play in light of the injuries, with New York expecting the Seahawks star to still try to make plays with his arm and feet. New York's receiving group is a bit banged up heading into the game, with Decker uncertain to play with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice. Marshall was a full participant, but is still dealing with knee and foot ailments, while rookie Jalin Marshall will be sidelined a few weeks with a torn labrum. The Jets were one of the most efficient teams in the league last season in the red zone, ranking third overall (66.04 percent) on TDs inside the opponent's 20-yard line. [...] Michael showed he can handle taking on the load last week against San Francisco rushing for 106 yards — his second career 100-yard game — and scoring the first two touchdowns of his career.



High school in border town closed after explosion

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:59:25 UT

(AP) — Officials say a high school near the Canadian border will remain closed for an undetermined length of time after an electrical explosion caused damage and briefly knocked out power to 600 customers. North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Division Chief Henry Hollander says the incident occurred in a mechanical room with electrical breakers and equipment for the building's fire-suppression system and district-wide internet services.



FBI mum on case of Montana woman found dead in car trunk

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:59:19 UT

(AP) — The FBI is awaiting lab results before releasing any more information about the death of a woman who reported being kidnapped at a Montana rest stop and spending hours in the trunk of her car. Before she died, Maze reportedly called her family and said she had been attacked at a rest stop and stuffed into the trunk.



Police: KKK fliers left on lawns and driveways in Ellensburg

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:12:49 UT

Police say the fliers were left in rock-filled bags that appeared to be thrown on to resident's lawns and driveways at random. The flier covered topics from a desire to maintain America as a nation governed by whites to opposition to abortion and support for state sovereignty.



Winning numbers drawn in 'Match 4' game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:08:03 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Washington Lottery's "Match 4" game were: 10-19-22-23 (ten, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-three)