SEATTLE — An Army deserter from Washington state who called Osama bin Laden “a beautiful man,” made statements supporting the Islamic State group and called for the death of American troops has been charged with illegally possessing firearms, including machine guns, federal prosecutors said...
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement.
OLYMPIA — An angry Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday blasted Republican senators for ousting Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, calling it a “scurrilous, underhanded and dishonest” political campaign of which they should be ashamed.
Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows defensive barricades they have erected and takes a joyride in a government vehicle.
CHENEY — The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Spokane has reopened after being closed to the public last weekend because of the situation at a refuge near Burns, Oregon.
State Rep. Luis Moscoso says he is optimistic about the chances for passing the Washington Voting Rights Act during this year's legislative session.
Date: 02/08/2016 | South County Politics
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will address the ousting of one cabinet member and the resigning of another at a news conference Monday morning.
Date: 02/08/2016 | The Petri Dish
Many in Washington believe that it's time to clear the air regarding climate change. Now environmental groups are currently proposing different approaches to do that. As the 2016 ballot season nears, voters may face multiple options of how best to tackle the challenge.
Date: 02/08/2016 | Business
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has often dealt big blows to presidents in their second term.Harry Truman was rebuked for claiming the power to seize strike-bound steel mills during the Korean War. Richard Nixon resigned shortly after the court ruled unanimously he must...
Date: 02/08/2016 | Nation & World
FLINT, Mich. — Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water.
Date: 02/07/2016 | Nation & World
Even when the Legislature adopts a plan that satisfies the state Superme Court's McCleary mandate and ends the reliance on local school levies, local voters will still be asked to approve levies and bonds that cover costs outside of teacher salaries and other parts of basic...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Editorials
Washington state's Clean Energy Fund shows that this corner of the nation is committed to developing the energy technologies needed by 21st-century industry. The state Legislature wisely voted last session to renew this critical initiative.But the fund is not without fierce...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary
In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half-dozen mentally decrepit justices would join "the roster of jurists who...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — In his final budget proposal, President Barack Obama is calling for a $10-a-barrel tax to discourage oil consumption, but it is just one example of a vision of government he likely will never be able to enact.
Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Guy Palumbo earned Democrats' support Saturday as their top pick to fill Executive Dave Somers' former seat on the Snohomish County Council.But it's up to county council members to make the final selection. State Rep. Hans Dunshee, who finished second to...
Date: 02/06/2016 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the...
Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Presidential campaign-watchers' ears perked up this week when the former lawyer of the so-called D.C. Madam revealed he'd filed a request that would allow him to release his client's phone records that he said "could be relevant" to the presidential...
Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World
The Pacific Northwest faces a growing surge of crude oil trains and barges, coupled with proposals for massive coal export terminals that will snarl traffic, delay freight and threaten the health of our communities. Recent action by Congress to lift a long-standing ban on oil exports is...
Date: 02/06/2016 | Commentary
OLYMPIA — Republican senators delivered a stunning political blow to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday by voting to fire Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.
MIAMI — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” and later devoted his life to exploring physics, the mind, and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida.
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is earning his reputation as a bare-knuckled presidential campaigner as new evidence emerged late this week of an effort to get Iowa GOP caucus voters to switch to him Monday night from retired surgeon Ben Carson.
State Sen. Marko Liias and other legislators have introduced three bills aimed at reducing student-loan debt.
Date: 02/05/2016 | South County Politics
WASHINGTON — Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million trying to sway Congress and executive agencies. The jump puts Amazon's lobbying efforts in the same league as other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook —...
Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country's economic meltdown, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Date: 02/05/2016 | Business Wire
Over the past five years, since Republicans won back control of the House, the Department of Veteran Affairs has been flogged publicly many times, often for allowing a mountain of backlogged disability compensation claims.
EVERETT — Hans Dunshee, a 20-year veteran of the state House, is facing spirited competition for an open seat on the Snohomish County Council.A key step in the appointment process comes to a head Saturday, when Democratic Party officers are prepared to pick three...
WASHINGTON — The Russian submarine fleet has returned to the North Atlantic with such gusto that NATO sub commanders are reporting “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War,” according to a top NATO admiral.
WASHINGTON — In mid-2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan, it made a prediction of sorts. Under the new policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector, the EPA said, coal use would decline and the use of natural gas and renewables would...
Proposal would affect small-scale brewers, distillers, vintners
One of the ideas behind the National Voter Registration Act in 1993, also known as "Motor Voter," was that it would allow people to register to vote when they applied for or renewed a driver's licenses. That remains, although it's not automatic because prospective voters...
Date: 02/05/2016 | Editorials
Quick, can you name the three countries that have no law providing for paid family leave?Hint: You are most likely reading this in one of them right now.
Date: 02/05/2016 | Web Monkey
DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders on Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment.
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released...
Now that the state Department of Transportation is on board with letting drivers use the I-405 express toll lanes for free at night and on weekends, the...
Date: 02/04/2016 | The Petri Dish
WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.
Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire
CONCORD, N.H. - Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions on Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his entire campaign.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday trumpeted the accomplishments of Washington’s aerospace industry the past century and declared “the sky’s the limit” in the years ahead.
Date: 02/04/2016 | Local News
WASHINGTON — First came an honor guard of Muslim Boy Scouts proudly carrying a U.S. flag. Then a rousing pledge of allegiance from hundreds of Muslim Americans. Then an introduction from a Muslim college student, wearing a hijab over her head, who wants to be a doctor.
Regardless of what one thinks of the future of newspapers and other print media, journalism in some form will — must — continue as a vital part of our society and democracy.And that requires journalists who are trained as much in journalism's responsibilities as...
Date: 02/04/2016 | Editorials
SEATTLE — The House Higher Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal that would make community and technical college tuition free for anyone who doesn’t already have a bachelor’s degree.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Additional security officers have been sent to national wildlife refuges in southern Oregon, northern California and Nevada amid the ongoing armed occupation of a sister refuge in southeastern Oregon that has caused tensions in the region and is showing no sign of ending...
OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed an acting secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services while a national search begins for a permanent leader.
OLYMPIA — A bill that would make it easier to charge police officers with crimes for improper use of deadly force received its first public hearing Wednesday, drawing testimony from many who argued that it’s too difficult to prosecute law enforcement for shooting people in Washington.
BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama, speaking in Baltimore County during his first visit to a U.S. mosque, urged voters to reject the "inexcusable political rhetoric" he said is emanating from the presidential campaign trail as he called on Americans to embrace a common...
Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women and prohibit employers from assigning less favorable employment opportunities to women because of their gender.
OLYMPIA — Washington’s Senate has passed a bill that would allow victims of sexual assault to get a permanent protection order against their attacker.Senate Bill 6157 passed the chamber on a unanimous, bipartisan vote Wednesday and now heads to the House for consideration.
OLYMPIA — The state Department of Ecology has released a new fish consumption rule that contains a more protective cancer risk rate.The new draft rule released Wednesday provides a foundation for the state’s efforts to reduce and control toxics in the environment.
EVERETT — Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has declined to file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot a suicidal man last year near Monroe.
Date: 02/03/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Tales of abuse of Washington's public records law are piling up in cities, counties, schools and other local government around the state.So, too, is the tab for taxpayers, compelling civic leaders to once again press lawmakers for help.But like
Date: 02/03/2016 | Local News
WASHINGTON — The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — Chipotle says the scope of a previously disclosed federal criminal investigation has widened beyond a single restaurant in California.
Date: 02/03/2016 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for damage done by December wind and rain storms, making federal assistance available in 10 Washington counties.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The jailed leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife preserve struck a defiant tone Tuesday while again urging four holdouts to leave, saying local residents should control the federally owned property and U.S. officials do not belong there.
OLYMPIA — State Rep. Graham Hunt, of Orting, announced his resignation from the Legislature on Tuesday after recent questions that he exaggerated his service in the military.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police identified a girl who has been missing since falling into the Pacific Ocean as Megan Owens, 17, of Marysville.Lt. Steve Mitchell says the girl was one of four youths climbing Monday at Cape Kiwanda in Tillamook County. She fell off...
SEATTLE — A state Senate committee on Tuesday discussed a bill proposed by students from Snohomish County that would move the start time for public schools one hour later next year.
EVERETT — A year and a half ago, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson convened the city's Streets Initiative Task Force to tackle homelessness and the associated problems of substance abuse, mental illness and street...
Mountlake Terrace officials have yet to set a timetable in the search for a new city manager.
Date: 02/02/2016 | South County Politics
OLYMPIA — There is an effort under way in the Legislature to figure out if artificial turf made with crumb rubber poses any risk to the health of those running around on it, especially children.
EVERETT — Naval Station Everett is participating in a training exercise Thursday and neighborhood residents may notice a higher level of activity, including the sounds of gunfire and explosives.
Discomfort regarding what goes on in public restrooms and locker rooms is understandable, as both involve things we'd rather do in the privacy of our homes.Lawmakers are acting more out of unfounded fears than simple discomfort, however, in seeking to nullify a rule recently...
Date: 02/02/2016 | Editorials
The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who had taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico,...
Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — Faced with reports of an unhappy and underpaid Washington State Patrol, lawmakers are trying to give patrol officers a pay raise and make other departmental upgrades to reverse an increasing shortage of troopers.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts congresswoman says police swarmed her home after she was the victim of the kind of bogus emergency call that she’s trying to combat.
Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — More than 200,000 people signed up for health insurance in Washington state during the open enrollment period that ended Sunday, officials said.
OLYMPIA — Washington state is among a handful of states this year where lawmakers are seeking to ban abortions sought because of the gender of a fetus, something abortion rights groups say is a veiled effort to expand restrictions to abortion in the state.
BEND, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers will have a chance to reconsider the merits of recording grand jury proceedings as the legislative session gets underway in February.
SEATTLE — A police group in Washington state says it will oppose a bill that would make it easier to bring criminal charges against officers who kill someone in the line of duty.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Lawyers for the leader of the armed occupation at a national wildlife preserve in Oregon have appealed a judge’s decision to keep him in jail, while four holdouts remain holed up in the frozen high desert Monday, nearly a month after the standoff began.
OLYMPIA — A bill to repeal a rule allowing people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with drew a substantial crowd at its first and only public hearing last week.
A Lynnwood couple says work is threatening their tall timbers
EVERETT — A veteran analyst from the Snohomish County Council has accepted a job in the county's Public Works Department overseeing programs to manage storm runoff, flooding and water quality.Will Hall will bring 27 years of experience to his new role as director of
TACOMA — The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services says the town of Steilacoom has overcharged millions of dollars to provide sewer service to Western State Hospital and has filed a lawsuit.
OLYMPIA — The daughters of two late celebrities are seeking easier ways for family and friends to visit ailing elders, and have brought separate legislation to Washington state in memory of their fathers’ end-of-life struggles.
BURNS, Ore. — About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was shot and killed by police last week on U.S. Highway 395 north of Burns.
OLYMPIA — On the eve of a crucial deadline, Washington state’s Healthplanfinder system is back up after an unscheduled outage that impacted customers’ ability to select a health plan.
WASHINGTON — Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office.Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging...
EVERETT — Sheriff Ty Trenary has announced new pursuit policies for Snohomish County deputies, restricting the circumstances in which they can engage in high-speed chases.The changes go into effect Monday."We absolutely expect our pursuits will be cut...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Local News
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said it will not demote retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director, an incident stemming from an affair with his biographer."The Army completed...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was...
Five years ago, President Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His policy represented a bet that the democratic surge of the Arab Spring could lead to a stable political transition in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.Obama's...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists
According to a 2013 report from the Brookings Institution, the greater Seattle area is the 11th most innovative region in the U.S. Much of this is due to the proliferation of mobile devices and seamless connectivity of businesses and people that let Washington's technologists do what...
Of the 545 days my colleague Jason Rezaian spent in an Iranian prison, perhaps the most unusual was the time his captors let him watch "The Shawshank Redemption" on Iranian state television.The next day, a hulking man who was guarding Rezaian asked if he'd...
Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists
The past five years have been the most harrowing of my life. They were a struggle I never would have imagined for my family and me to experience. Nevertheless, it happened, and we are all stronger individuals and a more resilient family because of it.I was incarcerated at...
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Don Benton, a longtime Republican state senator from Vancouver, says he’ won’t seek re-election.
EVERETT — Starting Monday Feb. 1, visitors to Navy installations in the Northwest will not be able to use a standard Washington driver’s license for identification to gain admittance to the base.
Date: 01/30/2016 | Local News
BURNS, Ore. — BJ Soper has never supported the nearly monthlong occupation of a national wildlife refuge by armed anti-government activists. He sympathized with their frustrations about the federal government, but he thought calm negotiation was a better strategy.
BURNS, Ore. — Four people occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge held their position Saturday and posted live videos that reveal their hyper-vigilance against federal officials who they fear may try to move them out to end the month-long standoff.
A U.S. missile destroyer passed close to a tiny disputed island in the South China Sea late Friday in the Pentagon’s latest assertion of U.S. naval freedom despite growing territorial feuds there.
SEATTLE — Wildlife officials are worried possible development is contrary to the mission of a future overpass project that would allow wolverines to cross into habitat south of I-90.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident only for the past few years.
OLYMPIA — As the express toll lanes on I-405 enter their fifth month of operation, opinions remain split on whether they are making for speedier and easier commutes for most drivers.State transportation officials told a legislative panel Thursday that cars and buses...
Date: 01/30/2016 | Local News
DETROIT — Two years after federal agents raided his Detroit warehouse and found 1,000-plus human body parts, Grosse Pointe Park businessman Arthur Rathburn has been indicted on charges he ran an illegal cadaver business that involved dismembering bodies without consent and renting heads, arms and...
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama proposed a new rule Friday that would require every large company in America to report employees' pay based on race and gender, an effort to reduce longstanding pay inequities for women and minorities.The new policy, already drawing...
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal.While the U.S. Navy...
A year ago the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock to 3 minutes to midnight, responding to "entirely insufficient" global efforts to check nuclear weaponry and global warming or to address the risks inherent to...
Date: 01/30/2016 | Commentary
RINGSTED, Iowa — Lagging Republicans jostled for second place in their crowded field, while Hillary Clinton faced more email troubles Friday as the presidential contenders barreled toward a final weekend of campaigning before Iowa's crucial caucuses.Most of the...
Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World
EVERETT — It’s official: The Boeing Co. is making 747-8s for the U.S. president.The U.S. Air Force told Boeing on Friday to start preliminary work to replace two aging 747-200s used as Air Force One.
Date: 01/29/2016 | Local News