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    Tacoma scientist, avid climber dies at Mount Everest Base Camp

    TACOMA — Tacoma environmental scientist and avid climber Lisa Berntsen has died from a “sudden and unexpected medical event” at the Mount Everest Base Camp, The Mountaineers group announced Thursday. She was 49. The outdoor-education nonprofit organization said Berntsen was on a Mountaineers Global Adventures trip to climb Everest when she died. “At the time of her death, Lisa Berntsen was on the ultimate adventure of her life, weaving together the things that held the most meaning to her: adventure, […]

  • ‘Raging Grannies’ protest oil trains moving through area

    OLYMPIA — Several protesters who call themselves the “Raging Grannies” on Thursday chained their rockers together in front of the state Department of Ecology and called for a moratorium on oil trains moving through Western Washington. Watch the video report below:

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    Ebola Fear: Nurse in Maine defies home quarantine, goes for bike ride; state mulls legal action

    (CNN) — In the tense standoff between a Maine nurse and state officials, it was a surreal scene. Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, went on a bike ride with her boyfriend Thursday — followed by a police cruiser and a throng of journalists watching their every move. Her lawyer called the ride “a good way to exercise her right.” Hickox told reporters she “just wanted to enjoy this […]

  • Former outed CIA operative Valerie Plame calls Cheney a traitor

    SEATTLE — Valerie Plame says former Vice President Dick Cheney is a traitor for allegedly having outed her in 2003 as an undercover CIA operative overseas. It’s now been more than a decade since Plame found herself in the center of a political firestorm. The incident began when Plame’s husband, former U.S. diplomat Joseph Wilson, was sent to Niger by the George W. Bush administration to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to buy and import uranium from Niger.  Wilson […]

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    Kent-Meridian High School security to be increased today after report of a potential threat

    KENT, Wash. — The Kent School District said Wednesday that, “in abundance of caution,” it will increase security at Kent-Meridian High School and excuse students who don’t want to attend class Thursday over a threat that “lacked specific credibility.” “A report of a potential threat to Kent-Meridian High School was made earlier today,” a statement issued Wednesday by the district. “Based on our thorough investigation, staff and students were told at the end of the school day the threat lacked […]

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    ‘House of Cards’ actress dies at 61

    NEW YORK (CNN) — “House of Cards” actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the role of Frank Underwood’s loyal secretary Nancy Kaufberger on the popular Netflix series, has died of cancer. She was 61. [The actress’ sister, Kate, told The Hollywood Reporter that Norment died on Monday, Oct. 13, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.] “Everyone at ‘House of Cards’ is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing,” series creator Beu Willimon said in a statement. “She was a talented […]

  • Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School hold candles during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

    Tulalip Tribes ‘denounce horrific actions’ of Marysville school shooter, a tribe member

    MARYSVILLE — The Tulalip Tribes issued a statement Wednesday denouncing “the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg,” a 14-year-old tribe member who fatally shot two students and wounded three others at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last Friday. “All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins,” the statement said. “Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be […]

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    Victims, shooter identified in south Seattle home double-slaying/suicide

    SEATTLE — The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday identified the victims and shooter in the double-slaying/suicide in a south Seattle home Monday night. Police said Honorario D. Yango, 78, shot and killed his 39-year-old daughter, Christina A. Delaisla, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Anahlia Cowhead, before he took his own life with a gunshot to the head. Anahlia was a student at Seattle’s Aki Kurose Middle School, Seattle Public Schools said. The shooting occurred in their home in the […]

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    Seattle Public Schools urges fans at school sporting events to wear white to honor slain students

    SEATTLE — Seattle Public Schools on Wednesday asked all fans attending school sporting events this weekend to wear something white “signifying hope and healing” in the wake of the recent fatal shootings in Marysville and in south Seattle. “Tragedy has struck two Washington communities in the last week,” wrote Eric McCurdy, executive director of athletics for Seattle Public Schools, on the district’s Web site. “We have seen how Marysville-Pilchuck has been affected since last Friday, and earlier this week there […]