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  • A tanker drops flame retardant on the brush fire in Mason County Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Jason Goldsby)

    Mason County fire destroys half-dozen homes, scorches 150 acres (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

    SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in rural Mason County burned at least eight structures, including at least six homes, and scorched about 150 acres Friday, authorities said. State Department of Natural Resources’ Joe Shramek said late Friday night that there were no injuries and that everyone had been safely evacuated. But he said there was zero percent containment on the fire. But he said the night was calm and they hope to get better containment of the fire […]

  • The site where man was found shot in Seattle's New Holly neighborhood. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    Seattle community on edge after man gunned down on street

    SEATTLE — Police said a man was shot and killed Friday in the city’s New Holly neighborhood. Witnesses began calling 911 just after 3 p.m. Friday saying that a man was shot at the intersection of 44 Avenue S. and S. Cloverdale Street, police said. Officers found a man on the sidewalk who had been shot multiple times, police said. Medics attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene, police said. Homicide detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, and the Gang Unit were […]

  • WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61. (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

    WWE Hall of Famer, Portland resident ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper dies at 61

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash-talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61. The WWE says Piper died Friday. It had no additional details. In an email to Variety, Piper’s agent Jay Schacter said, “Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night. I am shocked and beyond devastated.” Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was the second WWE Hall of Famer to die this summer following the […]

  • Woman found in car in Northgate parking garage committed suicide, medical examiner says

    SEATTLE — The death of a woman who was found in a car in a parking garage near Northgate Mall has been ruled a suicide, the medical examiner’s office said. Seattle police investigated it as a possible homicide when Ellen G. Hu’s body was found Wednesday night. The medical examiner’s office said the 51-year-old died from a cut to her neck. Officers were called to a parking garage in the 300 block of NE 103rd Street at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday […]

  • Connie the moose and her newborn calf, a female, at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. (Photo: Northwest Trek)

    Help choose name for baby moose at Northwest Trek

    EATONVILLE, Wash. — The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park has determined a moose calf born July 17 is a female, and now the park wants the public’s help in choosing a name for her. “The park’s first moose calf in 15 years will get a name reflective of its Northwest heritage,” the park said in a news release. “Keepers have narrowed the field to Willow, Aspen and Lily.” The park said voting begins Friday night at  and runs through Aug. […]

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    Former Everett firefighter caught in police underage sex sting sentenced to 8 months

    SEATTLE — A former Everett firefighter was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison for trying to pay for sex with a fictitious 15-year-old girl being pimped by her “father” in a police sting. David “Pete” Vier, 60, earlier pleaded guilty to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of second-degree promoting prostitution. He faced up to a year behind bars, but the King County Superior Court judge, accepting the recommendation of prosecutors, gave Vier eight months […]

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    18-year-old Ferndale woman killed, 3 other young women injured in I-90 crash

    ELLENSBURG, Wash. — An 18-year-old Ferndale woman was killed and three other young women were injured when a car they were in veered off I-90 about 6 miles west of Ellensburg and then rolled over Thursday, the State Patrol said. Sofia Milstead was the driver of the 1999 Subaru Legacy. She was killed. Injured were Alexa Smiley, 18, of Lynden; Katherine Webb, 18, of Blaine; and Nichole Deboer, 18 of Sedro-Woolley. They were also transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital. The […]

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    40-year-old Tacoma man drowns in Kitsap County’s Long Lake

    SOUTH KITSAP, Wash. — A 40-year-old Tacoma man drowned in Long Lake Thursday night, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said. Spokesman Scott Wilson said the man was about 30 yards from shore swimming with friends when he began struggling. The friends were unable to bring him to shore and he went under. The friends were unable to find him until he had been under water for about 10 to 12 minutes, Wilson said. The man was eventually found and lifted […]

  • Fire at Seattle apartment building displaces 5 people; dog, 3 cats rescued

    SEATTLE — Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Seattle’s Central District Thursday afternoon. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from West Seattle. The Seattle Fire Department said the fire in the 500 block of 27th Avenue displaced five residents. No injuries were reported. Firefighters rescued a dog and three cats. Fire Department officials said later that the fire was caused by someone discarding smoking materials on the front porch of the building. Firefighters rescue a […]

  • The full moon rises over Rio de Janeiro on August 31, 2012. According to NASA, this is the second time in August that a full moon is seen - the first was on August 1 to 2. This phenomenon, which is referred to as the 'blue moon', happens every two and a half years on average. (Photo credit: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rare ‘blue moon’ will reach crest at 3:43 a.m. in Washington state

    If anything unusual happens to you Friday, you’ll be right to say it was “once in a blue moon.” says the moon will reach the crest of its full phase at 3:43 a.m. PDT Friday. “Does that mean you should look for the moon at those exact times? Not necessarily. Those times just indicate when the moon is precisely full,” the site says. The July 31 appearance of the month’s second full moon will be the first such occurrence […]