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Fire alarm delivered with newspaper

VANCOUVER — A woman delivering newspapers early Wednesday discovered a fire at a Vancouver house and helped the family safely escape.

Invention turns cellphone into microscope

OLYMPIA — A 23-year-old Olympia man who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Washington is finding a market for his invention — lenses that turn your cellphone into a microscope.

Obama visiting Oso mudslide today

OSO — President Obama plans to visit the Oso mudslide today to meet with victim families and first responders one month after a hillside gave way and buried about three dozen homes.

Volunteers provide help like no other at mudslide

Just before dark on the drizzling day, the long line of trucks came back. Windshield wipers clicking, headlights beaming, there were firetrucks, aid cars, flatbed trucks with bulldozers and dump trucks. Dozens of them moved slowly along Highway 530 from the mudslide to the Oso Fire Department.

Pinpointing elk collision hot spots on Highway 20

MOUNT VERNON — The State Patrol, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Transportation are trying to get better data about elk vs. car collisions on Highway 20.

Healthy jump in statewide insurance coverage

SEATTLE — Nearly 325,000 people have enrolled in individual insurance plans in Washington, marking the first time in four years that group has grown significantly, according to figures released Wednesday by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
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Tri-Cities house fire

A Richland firefighter sprays smoldering areas Tuesday on the back porch of a house in Pasco. One person was home but was not hurt, officials said. The fire damaged the interior, the attic and a nearby garage. Thirty-five firefighters from Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and Walla Walla Fire District 5 helped fight the blaze.

School district told to pay $1.3M in stabbing case

SEATTLE — Jurors have told the Snohomish School District to pay $1.3 million for negligence in failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.
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Death toll in mudslide hits 39

EVERETT — The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday.

Poll finds conflict over gun initiatives

OLYMPIA — Washington voters appear confused about a pair of contradictory gun initiatives that will be on the November ballot and could approve both this fall, a new survey suggests.

Woman fined $768 for taking dog

An Okanogan County woman who says she rescued a junkyard dog from deplorable conditions in December must pay a $768 court fine and serve 100 hours at area animal shelters.