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Yakima youngsters mix Legos, science

YAKIMA — Most K-2 students wouldn’t dare go into a school library in an empty school on a sunny summer morning — much less to learn about Isaac Newton.

Salmon dying in overheated rivers

SEATTLE — In a quiet, green pool off the Lower Columbia River, upstream from the Bonneville Dam, dozens of sickly sockeye salmon spend their final days.

Fire in Yakima likely killed orchard trees; homes spared

YAKIMA — A Sunday night brush fire in Yakima damaged dozens of fruit trees that are not expected to survive, but quick action by firefighters saved several homes despite significant winds, officials said Monday.

Man in court following police standoff

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver man who allegedly ran naked with a knife through Vancouver’s Ogden neighborhood, prompting a two-hour police standoff Sunday afternoon made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court.

Second body found in SeaTac suitcase

SEATAC — Police in the city of SeaTac said on Monday they had responded to reports of a body found in a suitcase, the second time in six weeks a corpse has been found stuffed into luggage in the area.

Two dead in apparent homicide, suicide

SHELTON — A Shelton man and a 17-month-old child died Thursday night in what the Mason County Sheriff’s Office believes was a homicide/suicide in the Lake Limerick area, 6 miles north of Shelton.

At least 4 injured in log truck crash on Highway 101

SHELTON — Washington State Troopers responded to a serious injury collision at U.S. Highway 101 in Shelton involving a log truck and two cars. The crash occurred around 1 p.m. Friday. Trooper Russ Winger tweeted that at least four people were injured, some critically. A 20-year-old female was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny meds

SEATTLE — The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

UW tutor could face theft charges

SEATTLE — A student tutor who allegedly stole more than $32,000 over three years from the University of Washington could be charged by King County prosecutors for the theft.

Salmon trucked north to stem die-off

PORTLAND — Federal officials in Oregon have been trucking hatchery salmon more than a hundred miles north to another hatchery in Washington state throughout July to preserve fish that had been dying off by the thousands in an unseasonably warm river.

Deputies lied about bus driver’s profanity use during fight

SEATTLE -- Two sheriff’s deputies patrolling Seattle’s transit system lied about a bus driver’s use of profanity during a heated argument last November captured by a camera embedded in the driver’s eyeglasses, a police investigation has found.

Brush fires surging in dried-up Seattle area

SEATTLE — To talk about an increase in brush fires, the Seattle Fire Department scheduled a news conference Wednesday morning at Discovery Park. It got off to a late start, however — because of a brush fire in Discovery Park.

Agency to study price of retiring coal plants

The agency that regulates Washington utilities is exploring how much it would cost to close two coal plants in Colstrip, Mont., that supply electricity to Puget Sound Energy.

State to appeal order to pay inmates’ lawyers $1.3 million

SEATTLE -- State health officials will appeal a federal judge’s order that they pay $1.3 million in litigation costs and fees to lawyers of inmates who sued the state over the time they spent in jail without mental competency exams and services.

Police release footage, seek tips in shooting of woman

SEATTLE — Seattle police officers released surveillance footage Monday that they believe shows a June shooting that seriously injured a 19-year-old pregnant woman in Seattle’s Dunlap neighborhood.

Woman kills husband, infant son; wounds self

SEATTLE — A woman who said she shot dead her husband and infant son and then wounded herself is likely to be charged with first-degree murder, police said on Monday.