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Man using ‘blowtorch’ to kill spider started fire

SEATTLE — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.

In Seattle, one service delivers legal pot illegally

SEATTLE — William “Jackrabbit” Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn’t offer: marijuana.
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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

SPOKANE — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Rep. Heck: Public needs answers on JBLM proposal

Rep. Denny Heck is urging the Department of Health and Human Services to meet with local government officials before moving forward with a proposal to shelter hundreds of young immigrant detainees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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Hundreds line up for legal pot sales

SEATTLE — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle’s top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

Fatal plane crash on golf course

FALL CITY — The King County sheriff’s office says the pilot has been killed in a small plane crash at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.
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Former Hanford worker loses appeal

RICHLAND — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Hanford worker Walter Tamosaitis regarding his lay-off.

No job, housing for berry pickers

MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit Valley berry grower that was ordered to include families in farmworker housing isn’t housing anyone more right now.

Washington high court considers wage issue

SEATTLE — State, federal and local law may all play a role in the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on whether a new $15 minimum wage law in SeaTac applies to airport workers, if the questions asked by justices during oral arguments Thursday are any indication.
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Pot advocates have high hopes for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. — Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana prepared Thursday to take boxes stuffed with more than 145,000 signed petitions to the state Capitol — far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.