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  • Measles outbreak growing in Washington and Oregon

    Officials say a measles outbreak in southwestern Washington has grown to 14 confirmed cases since January 1st,  with three more suspected. Clark County health officials in Washington said Wednesday the confirmed cases include 12 children under 10 years old, and the remaining two are under 18. Officials say most were not immunized against the disease, a highly contagious viral illness spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People who visited some 20 locations in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, […]

  • Number of federal workers seeking U.S. jobless aid doubles

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department says that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week. Typically fewer than a thousand former federal employees apply for jobless benefits each week. Federal employees who aren’t working during the shutdown are eligible to claim unemployment aid, while those working without […]

  • Microsoft pledging $500 million for affordable housing in Seattle area

    SEATTLE — Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region’s widening affordability gap. Most of the money will be aimed at increasing housing options in the Puget Sound region for low- and middle-income workers at a time when they’re being priced out of Seattle and some of its suburbs, and when the vast majority of new buildings target wealthier renters, said Microsoft President Brad Smith. The pledge is the largest in […]

  • GOP dismiss suggestion that State of Union be postponed

    WASHINGTON — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi said that with both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department entangled in the […]

  • Yakima police spokesman resigns after investigation

    YAKIMA, Wash. — Officials say no action will be taken against the former Yakima Police Department spokesman who was the subject of an internal investigation. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Mike Bastinelli resigned last month after he was placed on administrative leave in October while investigators examined allegations that he used his status as a police employee to assert authority. Bastinelli was accused of following and confronting a woman in a road-rage incident in July. Bastinelli says the encounter was “totally blown out […]

  • Michigan State President Engler says he’ll resign next week

    DETROIT — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school’s interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor’s victims. John Engler, who had resisted pressure to step down over previous remarks, announced his plans in an 11-page letter to Dianne Byrum, chairwoman of Michigan State’s Board of Trustees. It makes no mention of recent criticism of his comments and instead lists what […]

  • ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

    DETROIT — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. “Why did they think he was […]

  • Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst again being treated for cancer

    SEATTLE — Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said Wednesday she is being treated for cancer, five years after describing the outcome of her previous bout as a miracle. She made the announcement toward the end of her State of the Judiciary address to the Washington Legislature in Olympia. She intends to continue working. “I still believe in miracles,” she said. Fairhurst, who first was elected in 2002, was diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2008. Doctors said three […]

  • Texas man gets 35 years in 8-state child pornography scheme

    Federal prosecutors in Illinois say a man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on child pornography charges involving more than 40 girls in eight states, including Washington.

  • Jayme Closs’ family says they appreciate sympathy from suspect’s father

    The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped after her parents were killed in October said Wednesday that he appreciates the sympathy being expressed by the suspect's father.