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Man likely crushed by recycling truck

SEATTLE — A King County sheriff’s spokeswoman says a man whose body was found last week in a suburban Woodinville recycling center appears to have died accidentally, likely crushed inside a recycling truck. Sgt. Cindi West said Tuesday that the King County medical examiner’s office identified the man as 65-year-old William Burns. She says Burns was a homeless man with a history of sleeping in recycling bins.

Couple held hostage by cat say they’ll get it help

PORTLAND — Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they’re not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.

State paying $3 million to settle CPS lawsuit

SEATTLE — Washington has agreed to pay $3 million to a woman who says the state failed to protect her in 1995 after she gave birth in Spokane as a 12-year-old, her lawyer and a state agency said.

Couple in trash bin tossed in garbage truck

SPOKANE — A couple who were sleeping in a trash bin with their dog were awakened Tuesday morning when they were thrown into the back of a garbage truck in Spokane.

Teen attends dad’s funeral, then plays in big game

CHEHALIS — A teen who says her father taught her how to play basketball attended his funeral and helped lead her Chehalis high school team to a prep girls’ basketball state championship — all in the same day. The funeral for 58-year-old James Spencer was at 11 a.m. last Saturday in the southwest Washington town of Toledo. Tipoff for the state 2A girls’ championship was at 5 p.m. that day in Yakima, about 150 miles away.

Avalanche control damages ski area chair lift

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN — Crystal Mountain Ski Resort says an avalanche triggered by a ski patrol explosive has damaged part of a chair lift. No one was hurt. The resort was closed when the snow slide was set off late Monday afternoon.

Veteran designation gets OK for licenses

OLYMPIA — The Legislature has passed a measure that would allow military veterans to have a special designation on their driver’s license or ID card.

Immigration detainees continue hunger strike

SEATTLE — An immigrant-rights attorney said Monday that detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state were being threatened with forced feeding if they continue their hunger strike. But federal officials say the step would have to be medically necessary and court-ordered.

Senate passes bill to limit liquor fees

The Senate has narrowly passed a measure that would eliminate a 17 percent fee on liquor sold by grocers to restaurants and bars in Washington state.
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Inslee to keep pushing teacher-evaluation bill

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he hopes lawmakers can come to an agreement on the state’s teacher-evaluation system before the Legislature adjourns next week.

New president for Boeing Machinists

SEATTLE — The union local that represents about 32,000 Boeing machinists in western Washington has elected a new president.
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Westside gets soaked, too

An SUV is submerged in floodwater from the Snoqualmie River Thursday in Carnation. On Wednesday, 1.84 inches fell at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the seventh-wettest March day on record. March precipitation at Sea-Tac as of 4 a.m. Thursday was 3.73 inches — the normal amount for the entire month is 3.72 inches.

Gay vice principal sues Catholic school

SEATTLE — Gay Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out of his job at Eastside Catholic High School, is filing a lawsuit against the school and the Seattle Archdiocese today.
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A whole lot of wet: Flooding takes toll as warm-up continues

SPOKANE — Leone Browning, 94, was upstairs in her Spangle home Wednesday evening when her son yelled up to her that she had to get out within five minutes. Melting snow, heavy rain and frozen ground combined to send sheets of water down the hill behind her home, where it met a raging Spangle Creek.