Washington eviction moratorium extended through Dec. 31

The moratorium, in place since March and extended a few times, was to expire next week.

ACLU sues over state suspending licenses due to unpaid fines

The organization argues the system unconstitutionally favors wealthier people.

  • Oct 8, 2020
FILE - This on Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a mountain wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

Research indicates there will be enough snow in the mountains for them despite warming temperatures.

  • Oct 8, 2020
FILE - This on Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a mountain wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)
University of Washington (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Coronavirus cases in UW student outbreak top 200

It is still unknown if anyone was hospitalized or has experienced severe symptoms.

University of Washington (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Washington gubernatorial candidates Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, left, and Loren Culp, a Republican, right, are shown on a monitor in a video control room at the studios of TVW, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., as they take part in a debate. Due to concerns over COVID-19, each candidate took part in the debate from individual rooms separate from moderators. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, Culp joust on COVID, climate, crime in feisty debate

In their only televised match-up, the two gubernatorial candidates differed on pretty much everything.

Washington gubernatorial candidates Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, left, and Loren Culp, a Republican, right, are shown on a monitor in a video control room at the studios of TVW, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., as they take part in a debate. Due to concerns over COVID-19, each candidate took part in the debate from individual rooms separate from moderators. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jay Inslee (left) and Loren Culp

Watch the debate: Gov. Jay Inslee vs. challenger Loren Culp

The candidates for Washington governor faced off for the only time before the Nov. 3 election.

Jay Inslee (left) and Loren Culp

DOJ lawyer in Seattle: ‘America deserves better’ than Barr

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dion made the remark in a letter published in The Seattle Times.

  • Oct 7, 2020
FILE - A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is investigating its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Government probes Microsoft’s plan to hire more Black people

The U.S. Labor Dept. is asking the company to prove it’s not making illegal race-based decisions.

  • Oct 7, 2020
FILE - A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is investigating its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Police arrest 16 protesters in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area

Several buildings in the area were spray-painted with anti-police graffiti.

  • Oct 4, 2020

Nurses at Yakima hospital file complaint over conditions

The complaint says staffing and sanitation practices are putting people at risk during the pandemic.

  • Oct 2, 2020

Bellingham man’s date with Canadian girlfriend was spendy

Turns out he was in violation of Canada’s Quarantine Act.

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash. FILE - This Dec. 30, 2019 photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows a dead Asian giant hornet in a lab in Olympia, Wash. It is the world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the insect has a sting that could be fatal to some humans. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Three more Asian giant hornets found in Whatcom County

Twelve sights of the “murder hornets” have now been reported in the county since 2019.

  • Sep 30, 2020
FILE - In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash. FILE - This Dec. 30, 2019 photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows a dead Asian giant hornet in a lab in Olympia, Wash. It is the world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the insect has a sting that could be fatal to some humans. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)
Mindi Wirth, who heads a group called Parents for Safe Schools that is seeking to overturn a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lynnwood, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

The referendum marks the first time in the U.S. that such a decision will be decided by voters.

Mindi Wirth, who heads a group called Parents for Safe Schools that is seeking to overturn a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lynnwood, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Man charged after brawl on Seattle-bound plane

A passenger helped subdue the man, who demanded to speak to the captain and claimed he had a bomb.

  • Sep 26, 2020

Another new orca baby born to J pod — the second this month

Three weeks ago, Tahlequah, who in 2018 carried her dead calf for 17 days, gave birth to a male calf.

  • Sep 25, 2020

Inslee: Washington is being targeted by phishing campaign

Officials said they haven’t seen any attempts to exploit the state’s election infrastructure.

  • Sep 25, 2020

Seattle protests lead to arrests, probe into officer conduct

Thirteen people were arrested, and a cop is on paid leave after running over a protester with his bike.

  • Sep 24, 2020
Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire

Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire

The Hood Canal man pleaded guilty for his role in the 2018 Maple Fire on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Sep 24, 2020
Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire
Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto of policing cuts

Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto of policing cuts

“Divestment from a broken policing model … is the needed course of action,” the council president says.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto of policing cuts

Oak Harbor tour boat operator aids in Deception Pass rescue

“He was just in a really bad spot. He shouldn’t have been out there.”