SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokeswoman says four departing Southwest Airlines flights were held up temporarily Friday night when the airline experienced a computer problem. Sea-Tac Airport spokeswoman Christina Faine (FAY-nee) says the flights were bound for Sacramento, Calif., Oakland, Calif., Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. She said one departed before 11 p.m. and an airport duty manager said the others were expected to follow shortly.
BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — The Semiahmoo Resort hotel at Blaine, Wash., has been sold for $19.5 million and the new owners say they hope to have it open again by the end of August. The sale was announced Friday.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A spokesman for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue says a 79-year-old Kelso, Wash., man who spent 20 minutes in the chilly Columbia River after his kayak overturned was rescued unhurt. Spokesman Bryan Ditterick said the man was wearing a life jacket. His name was not released.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rush-hour traffic on a Spokane street was disrupted Friday evening after a commercial truck driver drove under a railroad bridge and got stuck. The Spokesman Review reports (http://is.gd/TZqblT) that the truck's trailer was about two feet too tall to fit under the bridge.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's political leaders are optimistic that they will reach a budget deal this weekend. Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that he is looking to call lawmakers in for joint negotiations on Saturday morning. He said there were many items unresolved in the budget talks but that there has been significant movement toward an agreement.
SEATTLE (AP) — The two men's resumes date back to the '60s — and bank robberies figure prominently. They've often updated their disguises — switching from a Richard Nixon mask to a Hillary Clinton mask, for instance. In a possible nod to their own advancing years, they've used an "elderly man" mask as well.
SEATTLE (AP) — The ex-husband of a woman found slain in her Bellevue residence was charged with murder Friday, and prosecutors said he stabbed her 72 times. Officers found 35-year-old Nataliya Vabishchevich dead in her apartment Monday after a co-worker called police to report blood and a body in the apartment. The co-worker had gone to check on her after she didn't show up at work, documents said.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The family of a pastor who was shot to death in 2010 by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy has accepted a $2 million settlement offer on a wrongful death lawsuit. The family of Scott Creach accepted the settlement offer on Friday.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man was sentenced Friday in Vancouver to eight years in prison for fatally stabbing a man in and dumping his body near Mount Hood. Miguel Angel Gonzalez pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in a deal with prosecutors who lowered a murder charge in the April 2012 death of 37-year-old Jose Luis Chavira-Cruz of Vancouver.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says the man shot by sheriff's deputies Wednesday near Lynnwood died of multiple gunshot wounds. The deputies were investigating a report that 46-year-old Matthew Scott Wiese had violated a protection order granted to his wife.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Workers at the McNary Lock and Dam on the Columbia River say a $64 million project to refurbish the massive generators is on schedule to be wrapped up next year. The East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/11RxBtk) reports the goal is to make the generators good for another half century.
SEATTLE (AP) — The man accused of drunken driving wrong-way crash on Highway 520 that killed the other driver pleaded guilty Friday in Seattle to vehicular homicide. King County prosecutors are recommending a 10-year prison term when 25-year-old Michael Robertson is sentenced July 26.
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Snow has been cleared from three trails so that the Stevens Pass Bike Park can open Saturday for the season. Two new bike trails and a skills course are set to open later this summer. The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/17swIAt) it is the state's only lift-accessed biking area.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Police say an Edmonds man suspected of killing a Bellevue woman was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. The 46-year-old was arrested with the help of Los Angeles police and the U.S. Marshals Service. He's held for extradition to Washington.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A third suspect in a home invasion attack on a 79-year-old Eastern Oregon woman has been jailed. The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/183wb7H ) that 19-year-old Jacob Lee White of Walla Walla, Wash., was arrested Wednesday in Idaho, where he was living with his mother in Boise.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, which bills itself as the Center of the Universe, holds its Solstice Festival this weekend with music, art and Saturday's bicycle parade. The parade gets a lot of attention because it's clothing optional.
WINLOCK, Wash. (AP) — The Lions Club in Winlock has been laying plans for this weekend's Egg Days festival. One of the organizers, Misti Mayo, told The Chronicle (http://bit.ly/15qAx2f) volunteers boiled 9,600 eggs to make egg salad sandwiches that will be handed out after Saturday's parade.
TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — The former Olympia Brewery at Tumwater has been vacant for a decade, but it could start making beer again. A real estate broker who has been trying to sell the property, Troy Dana, told The Olympian (http://bit.ly/15qzQpD) the former owner has lifted a deed restriction that prevented alcohol from being produced.
ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of killing the police chief in the northwest Oregon town Rainier has been returned to jail from the Oregon State Hospital. A trial is on hold during arguments over his mental condition and competence to stand trial. Daniel Butts is accused of shooting Chief Ralph Painter in January 2011.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man believed to be the vice president of a motorcycle club plotted to blow up a Spanaway bar used as a hangout for a rival club. The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/15qwFyg ) a federal task force raided the Spanaway home of Karl Wayne Twileager and a storage unit and found guns, blasting caps and explosives. He was charged June 13 in federal court in Tacoma with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in custody.