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Hospital joins ‘superbug’ lawsuit

SEATTLE — A Seattle hospital has joined a lawsuit against the manufacturer of endoscopy medical scopes linked to a “superbug” outbreak at the medical center, claiming the company, Olympus America Inc., put patients lives at risk by failing to disclose design flaws.

Some students opting out of standardized tests

MOUNT VERNON -- In the past few weeks, some high school juniors across the state have taken this year’s new standardized assessment test, called the Smarter Balanced assessment.

Counties find petition worrisome

YAKIMA — As the federal government moves toward approving the Yakama Nation’s retrocession petition — which returns civil and criminal jurisdiction over tribal members on the reservation from the state back to the tribe — officials in Yakima and Klickitat counties are concerned that some questions remain unanswered.

Washington schools seek waiver from penalties

SEATTLE — Washington, which already lost an exemption from some requirements of U.S. education law, is asking not to be penalized for lower test scores this year as districts switch to a standardized exam tethered to tougher standards, an official said on Monday.

Helicopter crash starts forest fire

SPOKANE — The helicopter was part of a logging operation near Pierre Lake and the Laurier border crossing. The pilot was transported to a hospital in Colville, and is reportedly “doing fine,” said Franklin Pemberton, a Forest Service spokesman.

Bill would give courts leeway on DUI ignition locks

State legislators are looking at a bill that gives repeat drunken-driving defendants an option to swear they won’t drive, instead of getting an ignition-interlock device installed while awaiting trial.

Gray wolf seen in Oregon: State weighing lifting protections

PORTLAND, Ore. — A rare male gray wolf has been detected wandering through an Oregon Indian reservation, wildlife officials said on Monday, days after Oregon wildlife managers ordered a review that could lessen state protections for the once decimated animals.

Schools reach parents with phone apps

SEATTLE — Moms used to send kids to school with lunch money tucked into envelopes, but now they can just top off an online cafeteria account with a few taps on their smartphones.

Police detain gunman at Lacey school

SEATTLE — A student fired off two shots inside a Lacey high school on Monday and was tackled by a teacher before anyone was hurt, averting a potentially deadly tragedy, police and students said.