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Father of school shooter convicted on gun charges

SEATTLE -- The father of a Washington state teen who went on a deadly shooting rampage at his high school last October was convicted on Tuesday of federal gun charges, prosecutors said.

Wildfire retardant flights under review

SEATTLE — Hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical fire retardant were dumped from planes all over wildlands in Washington last fire season, more than almost anywhere in the West. And this summer’s even bigger fire season could see just as much of the crimson chemical slurry dumped on the landscape, if not more.

High-tech mammogram tool doesn’t boost detection

SEATTLE — A high-tech tool now used on more than 90 percent of U.S. mammograms doesn't improve breast-cancer detection and may lead to missed diagnoses — all while adding at least $400 million to the nation's annual health-care tab, a study by investigators in Boston and Seattle has found.

Tri-City Goodwill votes to join Teamsters

WENATCHEE — The two dozen employees at seven Goodwill Industries of the Columbia stores in the Wenatchee, Walla Walla and Tri-Cities are joining Teamsters Local 839 after a vote last week.

DOE, state agree on 1 of 3 Hanford lawsuit experts

KENNEWICK — Washington and the Department of Energy have found something they can agree on in federal court litigation over the Hanford consent decree — a joint nominee for a panel of technical advisers to assist the judge.

Half of Oregon’s bridges would collapse in major quake

PORTLAND -- As Oregon comes to terms with growing evidence that an extremely large earthquake is likely to strike in coming decades, transportation authorities in the state said on Monday that half the state’s bridges could collapse when “the big one” strikes.

State suspends amphibious truck tours

SEATTLE — The state suspended an amphibious truck tour service in Seattle on Monday while it investigates last week’s crash with a charter bus carrying international students in which five people were killed.

Police cleared in killing of Mexican farmworker

PASCO -- Two police officers who fatally shot a rock-throwing Mexican farmworker in Pasco earlier this year did not violate their department’s policy and will return to duty immediately, the city of Pasco said on Wednesday.

Xi promises better investment climate as Boeing announces China plant

SEATTLE — Seeking to project a sunny climate for U.S. business, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday his country planned to greatly reduce restrictions on foreign investment, as Boeing announced plans for an aircraft finishing center in China, its first outside the United States.

Ranchers and sage grouse have coexisted for years

SEATTLE — Washington ranchers and farmers already know their sage grouse so well, some tell the seasons by them. They are used to coexisting with the charismatic Western bird.

Wildfire duty for JBLM troops over

About 250 soldiers are back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after a three-week assignment fighting wildfires in Eastern Washington — the first time active-duty troops from JBLM had drawn that assignment in nine years.

China’s president arrives in Seattle to meet tech titans

SEATTLE — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle on Tuesday to kick off a week-long U.S. visit that will include meetings with U.S. business leaders, a black-tie state dinner at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama and an address at the United Nations.

Mama bear and cubs stuck in Puyallup tree

A mama bear and two cubs were stuck high in a tree in a Puyallup neighborhood Tuesday. Neighbors spotted the trio about 5:30 a.m. and called for help.