CHEHALIS — A teen who says her father taught her how to play basketball attended his funeral and helped lead her Chehalis high school team to a prep girls’ basketball state championship — all in the same day. The funeral for 58-year-old James Spencer was at 11 a.m. last Saturday in the southwest Washington town of Toledo. Tipoff for the state 2A girls’ championship was at 5 p.m. that day in Yakima, about 150 miles away.
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN — Crystal Mountain Ski Resort says an avalanche triggered by a ski patrol explosive has damaged part of a chair lift. No one was hurt. The resort was closed when the snow slide was set off late Monday afternoon.
SEATTLE — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.
EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont High School Principal Lance Noell said he was surprised by the reaction he got when he apologized to his teaching staff about the extended pass times required for students to hike the quarter mile between classes at Sterling Intermediate School and the high school undergoing remodel.
KUALA LUMPUR — Authorities are expanding their search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane to the Malacca Strait, far from its last confirmed location, the airline said today, injecting new mystery into an investigation that so far has failed to come up with any answers.
KIEV, Ukraine — The Crimean parliament voted today that the Black Sea peninsula will declare itself an independent state if its residents agree to split off from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum.