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Groundwater turns up tons of contaminants

RICHLAND — Hanford workers removed more than 90 tons of contaminants from groundwater beneath the nuclear reservation in the fiscal year that just ended, surpassing the amount removed the year before.

Serial’ subject asks for release

BALTIMORE — Adnan Syed, the “Serial” podcast subject whose murder conviction was overturned this summer, is asking a judge to let him out of jail as he awaits a new trial.

Catholic health group hit with complaint over sterilization ban

The largest Roman Catholic health organization in the United States was accused in a federal complaint on Tuesday of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized.

Iraqi army’s elite force pauses advance

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq — An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Douglas PUD considers an extra year of rate hikes

EAST WENATCHEE — Two consecutive years of rate hikes, not just one, is the Douglas County PUD's latest proposal to weather what it's forecasting to be two consecutive years of low revenues.

Feds begin meeting tour on salmon-protection plans

WENATCHEE — The three federal agencies tasked with helping devise the latest plan to manage federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers launched a two-month roster of public-outreach presentations here Monday.

Ballots pouring into elections offices

NCW — County elections offices are counting ballots and if early return numbers are indication, we could be heading toward a record or near record turnout.

Pateros park to recognize Methow Indians

PATEROS — A tepee and a sculpture of a Methow Indian spearing salmon from a horse will likely be the features that draw people to yet-to-be-built Methow Monument in Pateros.

Hung jury in trial over landlady’s murder

EPHRATA — Jurors failed to reach a verdict Monday in the Grant County trial of Chad Gerrit Bennett, accused of stabbing his landlady to death two years ago.

Pumpkins and physics

Tieren Drolc, 9, Leavenworth, reacts as a pumpkin he tried launching across the playground at Osborn Elementary School in Leavenworth goes off course on Tuesday

Solid defense

It looks like a backhoe is putting up a pretty solid defense on Michael Nordt's jumpshot, but the machine is actually digging footings last week for the new Wenatchee Valley College Student Recreation Center. Nordt, 16, is being defended by Hayden McKenna, 16, at the college's outdoor basketball courts next to the construction site. The $6.2 million building should be finished next summer.

Eastside shooting UPDATE: ‘There is no danger to the public’

UPDATED 5:30 p.m., Tuesday: Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said those investigating do not believe there is a shooter at large. "There is no danger to the public," he said. However, he could not yet say whether he thought one of the two people who died was the shooter.

Man arrested after Peshastin school goes on lockdown

PESHASTIN — Students at the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School were in lockdown for about 45 minutes Monday morning after a man with a gun in his pocket created a disturbance at the school.

Badly wounded in Mosul want to get back in fight

BASHIQA, Iraq — Bleeding from the head after a mortar attack, a soldier was rushed by ambulance Sunday from the front lines of the battle for Mosul to a cluster of roadside field hospital tents several miles away.

Life Care to pay record $145 mln over Medicare fraud claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Life Care Centers of America Inc and its owner Forrest Preston agreed to pay $145 million to resolve federal lawsuits accusing one of the largest privately held U.S. nursing home chains of Medicare fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.