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  • Republican senator’s temporary federal job ends

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen’s temporary job with the Environmental Protection Agency has ended. The Bellingham Herald reported Thursday that his 120-day post in the administration of President Donald Trump ended May 20 (http://bit.ly/2qlbOyL) Ericksen, of Ferndale, had been appointed as communications director for the EPA transition team in January. His absences during the regular 105-day legislative session led to some canceled meetings of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which he serves as chairman of, […]

  • State to let gray whale rot on beach

    TACOMA, Wash. — Washington State Parks rangers will leave a dead gray whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park after it washed ashore Tuesday. State parks officials said “Visitors can expect strong, unpleasant smells as the carcass rots over the summer months.” Parks officials say 30-foot-long juvenile female, believed to be 1 to 2 years old, was healthy before dying of a traumatic injury. The whale’s carcass, south of Westport in Grays Harbor County, is in the […]

  • Trump praises Greg Gianforte for a “great win in Montana” following altercation with reporter

    TAORMINA, Italy — President Donald Trump is praising the Republican who won Montana’s special House race Thursday for his “Great win in Montana.” Republican Greg Gianforte won his race despite having been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed” him and broke his glasses at a Wednesday event. Trump offered his comments during the G-7 summit it Sicily Friday. Gianforte will fill the seat once held by […]

  • Gunmen open fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, at least 26 killed

    CAIRO — Masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The assault happened while the bus was traveling on the road to Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha, in the Minya governorate, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) south […]

  • GOP’s Gianforte wins U.S. House race in Montana, apologizes to reporter for alleged assault (VIDEO)

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana’s only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP’s two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat. Democrats had hoped Quist, a musician and first-time candidate, could have capitalized on a wave of activism following President Donald Trump’s election. Instead, […]

  • Trump draws backlash after pushing aside Montenegro Prime Minister

    President Donald Trump’s push to get in front of the pack at the NATO summit in Belgium is getting attention. Video footage from the gathering shows Trump putting his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushing himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance’s new headquarters in Brussels. Trump then stands near Markovic and speaks to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. The video garnered attention on social media. Montenegro is scheduled to formally […]

  • Woman plans guilty plea for death threats to Sandy Hook dad

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida woman says she will plead guilty to threatening a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Connecticut. The public defender for 57-year-old Lucy Richards said in court papers filed Wednesday the case will be resolved in a guilty plea. Richards failed to appear at a March plea hearing and was later arrested at her Tampa-area home. Under the previous agreement, Richards was […]

  • Cruz’s 3-run HR off Turner lifts Mariners over Nats 4-2

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, when Jean Segura singled leading off and Guillermo Heredia took a called third strike. That prompted Seattle manager Scott Servais to complain from the dugout, which led to his ejection by plate umpire Adam Hamari. Robinson Cano […]

  • Chris Cornell’s wife writes note: ‘I know that was not you’

    LOS ANGELES — Chris Cornell’s widow has penned a letter addressed to the late Soundgarden frontman days after he took his own life. Vicky Cornell writes in the note published online by Billboard on Wednesday that she’s sorry she didn’t “see what happened to you that night.” Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know […]

  • Task force proposes reforms to WSU student conduct process

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) _ Officials at Washington State University are proposing some changes to the student conduct disciplinary process. A task force that was assembled after a series of violent incidents involving the football team last year has called for reforms to make the student conduct process fairer and more transparent. School president Kirk Schulz appointed the task force last December to conduct the on-going review. The task force this week said that students must be educated about their rights, […]