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A fire fighter monitors a backfire during the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

U.S. Forest Service Says Spending More Than Half Of Budget On Fires

Since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record, the agency said.

August 5, 2015
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Woman Resigns As NAACP Chapter Head Amid Claims She Lied About Being Black

Rachel Dolezal, whose parents say she is white, did not directly address allegations that she lied about being a black woman.

June 15, 2015
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the press after attending the annual Women's Empowerment Principles event at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The potential 2016 U.S. presidential contender defended her use of a personal email account for official communications, saying it was "for convenience."

State Department Seeks 2016 Release Of Hillary Clinton’s Email

Spurred by Republican criticism and a “Vice News” lawsuit, the State Department is reviewing Hillary’s emails before releasing them in January.

May 19, 2015
Workers ready, employers brace for Seattle's minimum-wage law

Workers Ready, Employers Brace For Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Law

A new experiment in higher wages is about to begin in Seattle.

February 9, 2015
World's strongest weed? Potency testing challenged

World’s Strongest Weed? Potency Testing Challenged

An arms race is developing in the recreational pot market.

January 12, 2015
Welcome to Washington

Washington State To Have Highest State Minimum Wage January 1

A real-world experiment on the effects of a higher minimum wage is underway in the Evergreen State.

December 27, 2014

Fighting Addiction With Another Drug

Heroin is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent drugs among young adults, and it is the leading reason people 18-29 sought treatment for substance abuse last year.

November 25, 2014
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Obama Strives To Shake Off Lame-Duck Label At Start Of Trip To China

In China, Obama defended his decision to send more military trainers to Iraq and applauded the protesters in Hong Kong.

November 10, 2014
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Most Recent School Shooting Shows Need To Reach Troubled Teens Online

Researchers and organizations are targeting social media sites as possible points of outreach for troubled teens.

November 5, 2014
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School District Was Discussing Mental-Health Funding On Day Of Shooting

The day of the shootings at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Superintendent Becky Berg was discussing a $10 million grant for mental health services in her school’s district.

November 3, 2014

Common Sense Gun Laws And The Latest School Shooting

We can’t stop every gun crime — but there’s a lot that we CAN do without violating the Second Amendment.

October 30, 2014
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Yet Another Shooting

But it’s still not the NRA’s responsibility.

October 27, 2014
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Second Victim Of Washington State High School Shooter Dies

Gia Soriano, one of the victims injured in a high school shooting in Washington, passed away on Sunday night.

October 27, 2014
School Bus

Student Gunman Wounds Seven At Washington School: Police

As many as seven people are injured as the result of the latest school shooting.

October 24, 2014
Welcome to Washington

As Clean Water Act Ages, Washington State Groups Spar Over Its Meaning

The Clean Water Act is more controversial than you might think.

October 17, 2014

Weekend Getaways From Cities Around the United States

Great ideas for weekend trip destinations from cities around the country.

October 6, 2014
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Doctor Exposed To Ebola Treated In U.S.

An American physician who was volunteering in a unit treating people exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone was flown to Washington to be treated at a clinic at the National Institute of Health.

September 29, 2014
AFP Photo by Wang Zhao of Susan Rice

U.S. Can’t Confirm Death Of Khorasan Group Leader: Rice

The U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice says that it is possible that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes killed Kohrasan’s alleged leader and long-standing al-Qaeda operative Muhsin al-Fadhi.

September 24, 2014
Washington marijuana stores

A Rocky Start For Pot Stores In Washington State

Why isn’t legal weed taking off in the Evergreen State?

September 22, 2014

Public-Health Officials Go To Court To Stop Man With HIV

By Carol M. Ostrom, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In a very unusual step, King County, Wash., public-health officials have gone to court to try to stop a man with HIV who has infected eight partners in the past four years from infecting others. “We’re not trying to criminalize sexual behavior here,” said Dr. Matthew […]

September 11, 2014
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Edible Marijuana Products Slow To Arrive, As Regulators Exercise Caution

By Evan Bush, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Marijuana-infused edibles began trickling to store shelves in Washington state last month, and the sweets, snacks, and drinks offer a glimpse of a diverse and maturing marketplace on the horizon — one rife with concerns for consumers and regulators. Statewide pot-supply shortages slowed the edibles’ arrival, but […]

September 9, 2014
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Even With His Troubled History, Law Let School Shooter Have Guns

By Caitlin Cruz, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — After Aaron Ybarra’s deadly assault at Seattle Pacific University in June, some wondered why the suicidal, psychotic 27-year-old was allowed to have a gun in the first place. After all, Ybarra possessed a well-documented history of mental illness: homicidal fantasies, emergency room visits for alcohol poisoning, two […]

August 20, 2014
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Weekend Reader: ‘Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics’

In his engaging new book, Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics, Michael Wolraich provides a meticulously researched look into the power struggle that created the progressive movement and changed the history of America. At the turn of the century, Republican rebels such as Governor Robert La Follette of Wisconsin confronted President Roosevelt and […]

August 2, 2014
Medical marijuana

Colorado, Washington Senators Seek Uniform U.S. Guidelines On Recreational Pot

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Spurred by the recent Interior Department decision to block the use of federal irrigation water to cultivate marijuana, the four U.S. senators from Washington and Colorado want the White House to direct federal agencies to adopt uniform guidelines impacting recreational pot. In a letter Monday to […]

July 29, 2014
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United States Sees Profound Cultural Shift On Marijuana Legalization

By Matt Pearce and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it. Marijuana is no longer whispered about, nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has come into the open […]

July 28, 2014
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