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Update: Highway 26 back open near Royal City

ROYAL CITY — Highway 26 between Othello and the I-90 bridge to Vantage is back open Friday following a shooting investigation by Grant County Sheriff's detectives.

Huge earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami alert lifted

SYDNEY — A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties and a tsunami warning for a wide swathe of the South Pacific was later lifted.

Congress passes $618.7 bln annual defense bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions.

Syrian army’s Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT — The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.

Congress passes bill that may help state’s opioid crisis

Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would allocate $1 billion over the next two years for state-level responses to the opioid epidemic, which is killing tens of thousands of people every year between heroin and prescription painkillers.

State sues Monsanto over PCB damages

Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company’s production of PCBs, the state’s attorney general said.

Pick for Labor Dept. opposes higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labor advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace.

Meter reader gored by bull

MOSES LAKE — A woman who reads meters for the Grant County Public Utility District was hospitalized after being gored by a bull Wednesday.

New census data: Home ownership higher, poverty lower in rural areas

YAKIMA — People living in rural areas are more likely to own their own homes, live in the state of their birth and serve in the military than their urban counterparts, according to the latest data released this morning from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Hearing slated on Columbia River salmon fishing reforms

The decades-long fight between sport and commercial fishermen over salmon management and allocation in the Columbia River resumes in earnest Saturday in Olympia before the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Former astronaut, Senator John Glenn dies at 95

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world’s oldest astronaut, in addition to a long career as a U.S. senator, died on Thursday at age of 95.

Education a theme for outgoing DNR commissioner

OLYMPIA — Peter Goldmark has served as Commissioner of Public Lands for the last eight years. But the Okanogan County native says education has been a major theme in his career, and one that he hopes to carry forward when he leaves his post in January.