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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.

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.

Former Wash. man mistakenly shot by LA deputies

LOS ANGELES — The panicky 911 caller said a man with a 10-inch butcher knife was threatening people. So when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies saw a wounded, bloody man rush out of a West Hollywood apartment with someone on his heels, they opened fire.

Drone used to scout Skagit Valley elk herd

MOUNT VERNON — Looking out over the town of Hamilton in the upper Skagit River valley from a hillside on state Department of Natural Resources land, a team of federal unmanned aircraft operators and local researchers scouted for elk.

A fight to stop one man’s deportation

SEATTLE — People on Orcas Island are uniting around the sole operator of a small family-run sawmill there, saying his scheduled deportation to Mexico this month could force that business closed and harm the region’s economy.

Alligator found in back seat of car

OCEAN SHORES — Ocean Shores Police Department officers found a four-foot alligator in the back seat of a car in the 600 block of Ocean Shores Boulevard NW.

Mudslide survivor holding son describes terror

SEATTLE — The lights in Amanda Skorjanc’s home started to flicker and shake. When she looked outside, she saw a cascade of mud and debris crashing down the hillside and nearby houses “exploding” from its force.