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Portland allows homeless to camp on streets

PORTLAND, Ore. — On a narrow strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, Becky Niemi draped her tarp over two shopping carts. Then, she spread out a purple quilt and settled in for the night.

Whole Foods opens in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — Hundreds of shoppers and a few dozen protesters were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Whole Foods grocery store in the Lakeway Center on Wednesday, May 11.

ACLU case costs Yakima $3 million

YAKIMA — The final invoices are in, the ACLU has been awarded costs and fees, and Yakima is out $3 million as the book closes on its long voting rights battle in federal court.

Horse owners advised to vaccinate against West Nile virus

In 2015, Washington led the nation in confirmed cases of West Nile virus-afflicted horses. With that in mind, on Monday Washington State Veterinarian Dr. Joe Baker advised that equine owners in Washington should have their horses vaccinated against the mosquito-spread virus.

Fires in Whatcom County nearly out

State Department of Natural Resources crews are snuffing out the last spots of two wildfires that burned in Whatcom County mountains over the weekend.

Washington’s presidential primary still on for May 24

If you haven't accepted yet that businessman and television personality Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, you're in luck: Neither has Washington's primary election ballot.

Huge crowd in Lynden for Trump rally

LYNDEN — Speaking before a huge crowd at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to make Americans proud and bring jobs back to northwest Washington.

Amazon connection gives small businesses a boost

SEATTLE — The loss of a full-time job in 2013 prompted Juan Marin to plunge all his efforts into the home-services business he and his wife, Yesica, had started in 2010.

Man with monkey on his back flees from crash

BURIEN — When witnesses called 911 to report a car crash Wednesday morning in Burien, they provided a police dispatcher with a crucial bit of information: The man who ran from the wreck had a monkey on his back.

Two protesters charged with assaulting police

SEATTLE — Two May Day protesters were charged Wednesday with felony third-degree assault on Seattle police officers, one accused of biting a plainclothes detective and the other for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at officers, according to King County prosecutors.

Immigration varies in cities, towns

SEATTLE — In the fruit and vegetable country around Seattle, farmworkers talk about smuggling fees as high as $8,500 per person and arduous, circuitous routes across the Mexican border. Under those conditions, thousands fewer are coming to work in the fields and farmers are desperate for more help.

Missing teen found safe in Ohio

SPOKANE — Spokane police put out an Amber Alert for 16-year-old Kiera Inman on Monday, saying she appeared to have run away with Zachary Wayne Jones, a 30-year-old man she met online.

For one town, the savior they’re waiting for is Trump

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — He used to wake her up nights, shouting out his terror in the dark, his tattooed biceps continuing their clench-and-spasm dance long after a shift feeding cedar logs into the endless maw of the lumber mill.