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Seattle congestion ranks No. 5 in the U.S.

SEATTLE - Seattle took its place as the fifth most traffic-congested U.S. city, in a national ranking released Tuesday by the Tom Tom navigation company.

Ports at 43 percent capacity

TACOMA — In the bluntest language used yet in the months-long discussion of an alliance between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Tacoma’s Chief Operating Officer Don Esterbrook warned commissioners of both ports Tuesday that maintaining the status quo would continue a dangerous trend.

Moses Lake fires city manager of 31 years

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake City Council passed a resolution at the Tuesday night council meeting to remove Joseph Gavinski from his position as city manager and named Community Development Director Gilbert Alvarado substitute city manager.

State officials leading Premera cyberattack investigation

OLYMPIA — Washington insurance officials will lead a multistate investigation into how computer hackers were able to breach the security of the state’s largest health insurance company and whether Premera Blue Cross took the proper steps to notify some 11 million customers after it was discovered.

U.S. Border Patrol agent shoots person dead

A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Washington state fatally shot a person on Thursday who was suspected of crossing the U.S.-Canada border illegally and attacking the officer, officials said.

Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ initiative is widely panned

Howard Schultz often veers off the usual CEO script by having the company he runs tackle social and political issues, from gay rights to veterans. But in using the Starbucks platform to talk about the thorny issue of race, has he stepped on a land mine?

Driver sentenced in fatal shooting

EPHRATA — A Moses Lake man who drove a getaway vehicle in a 2013 shooting that left a man dead in Moses Lake was sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Investigators search state auditor’s home

TACOMA — Agents from the U.S. Treasury Department served a search warrant Monday at the Tacoma home of state Auditor Troy Kelley, according to information obtained by The News Tribune.

Black students seek UW admission-policy changes

Even as University of Washington officials began looking into allegations that fraternity members called out racist slurs during a protest march last month, the students who organized the march met with university administrators over concerns that few blacks are being admitted or hired to teach classes.

Activists miss target as Olympia holsters bills

OLYMPIA — Just a few months ago, advocates of stricter gun laws hailed the election victory of expanded gun-purchase background checks as momentum to come to the Capitol and push through more gun laws.