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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 09 at 1:46PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT EAST WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH

Overnight

Lo28° Partly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi40° Patchy Fog then Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo34° Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi46° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi45° Slight Chance Rain

North Korea launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.

Air strikes force Islamic State to halve fighters’ pay

LONDON — U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money Islamic State makes from oil, and have helped force the militant group to cut its fighters’ pay by up to 50 percent, a senior U.S official said on Monday.

UN: Deaths in Syria jails amount to ‘extermination’

GENEVA — Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday.

Italy demands justice for slain student

ROME — Italy demanded on Monday that Egypt catch and punish those responsible for the death of a student found tortured by a roadside in Cairo, and the Egyptian government dismissed suggestions its security services could have been involved.

Greece says it will have refugee centers open by deadline

ATHENS — Greece said Monday it would have migrant registration centers running by next week, under pressure from EU partners threatening to sideline it from passport-free travel unless it does more to contain refugees.

Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending Canada’s controversial combat role in the effort against Islamic State.

Seattle expert: Brain damage is unusually severe in Zika cases

SEATTLE — The devastating birth defects linked to an outbreak of mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil may be even more severe than suspected, according to a Seattle Children’s hospital expert who’s spent decades studying and treating the condition known as microcephaly.

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombians have Zika virus

BOGOTA, Columbia — More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

Officials: Two contracted Zika via blood transfusion

BRASILIA — Local officials say two people in Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, the fi rst reports of that sort of transmission in an outbreak that is projected to infect millions in the coming months.

Iraq seeks to take ISIS offline

DUBAI — Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State’s rule, seeking to deal a major blow to the group’s potent propaganda machine which relies heavily on social media to inspire its followers to wage jihad.

North Korea claims rocket launch readied

SEOUL — North Korea said Tuesday it planned to launch a satellite-carrying rocket as early as next week, a move that also could showcase potential advances in military-use technology less than a month after an apparent nuclear test.

Israel hopes for EU leverage with East Mediterranean push

JERUSALEM — Israel, Cyprus and Greece have agreed to deepen their energy, security and tourism ties in the Eastern Mediterranean, a deal that may have implications for Israel’s testy relationship with the European Union, too.

Zika declared global health emergency

GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Monday designated the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern, an action it has taken only three times before, which paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading “explosively” through the Americas.

Airline offers refunds to pregnant travelers

SANTIAGO — LATAM Airlines on Wednesday became the latest carrier to off er refunds or the option of itinerary changes to pregnant women planning to travel to Latin American and Caribbean countries impacted by the Zika virus.

Migrants wounded in gunfight in camp

LILLE, France — Three migrants from the Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk, northern France, were injured on Tuesday in what a charity worker said appeared to be a fight between rival bands of smugglers.

Puerto Rico Zika report to show 18 cases

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is to release a report on Zika cases on the island this week which will show that around 18 cases are confirmed, the U.S. territory’s health secretary Ana Rius told reporters on Tuesday.