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U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years.

Prison escapee’s body may be buried by county

NEW YORK -- No members of prison escapee Richard Matt’s family have met a deadline to claim his body and he may now be buried by the New York county where he was gunned down by a federal agent after nearly three weeks on the run, officials said on Wednesday.

IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch

VIENNA — The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss one of the biggest sticking points that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.

Crowds count down to pot legalization

PORTLAND — Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalization movement spread to a fourth U.S. state.

Safety is high priority in putting out Paradise Fire

ABERDEEN — Olympic National Park officials said firefighters are particularly concerned about the area around Paradise Creek on the flanks of Pelton Peak as they continue working to contain the Paradise Fire, which has now claimed more than 1,000 acres.

Fire teams start to head home

WENATCHEE — Fire teams on the Sleepy Hollow Fire switched from attack to mop-up and recovery mode Wednesday, and some started to head home or to other fires.

More fireworks stands close due to fire danger

WENATCHEE — More fireworks stands are closing as a result of widespread fireworks bans, tinder-dry fire conditions, and some outward community concern for fire safety.

Scammers go after PUD customers Tuesday

WENATCHEE — Scammers, using caller ID to confuse customers, threatened to shut off power to Chelan County PUD customers on Tuesday if they did not immediately pay for overdue bills.

Guilty plea in Cashmere pallet arson

WENATCHEE — A 17-year-old high school student pleaded guilty Tuesday to setting the fire that destroyed more than 7,000 wood pallets at Blue Star Growers in Cashmere.
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Shaun Kelly, paramedic for Cascade Medical Center, was recently awarded Paramedic of the Year by the Greater Wenatchee EMS Council.