Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city… Continue reading

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

SEATTLE — Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in… Continue reading

Fires prompt emergency declaration for Washington counties

SPOKANE, Wash. — Several wildfires continued to burn in Eastern Washington Tuesday and Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties.Firefighters appeared… Continue reading

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Woods, imprisoned for 35 years before being exonerated in a 1976 Reno murder case, is suing officials in Nevada and Louisiana on federal civil rights, malicious prosecution and conspiracy claims. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Woman exonerated after 35 years sues officials in 2 states

RENO, Nev. — A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 Reno killing before being exonerated by DNA evidence has sued officials… Continue reading

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Woods, imprisoned for 35 years before being exonerated in a 1976 Reno murder case, is suing officials in Nevada and Louisiana on federal civil rights, malicious prosecution and conspiracy claims. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Court: Out-of-state license plates don’t justify search

WICHITA, Kan. — Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana,… Continue reading

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Texas judge blocks transgender rules

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order that requires public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms… Continue reading

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
This Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, photo shows dead whitefish floating in the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Montana wildlife officials closed a stretch of the river and numerous tributaries after a massive fish kill that is blamed on a contagious parasite. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

More tests set for Yellowstone, tributaries after fish deaths

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife workers will conduct tests on fish from additional areas of Montana to determine the extent of a disease blamed in a… Continue reading

This Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, photo shows dead whitefish floating in the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. Montana wildlife officials closed a stretch of the river and numerous tributaries after a massive fish kill that is blamed on a contagious parasite. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

10th Oregon standoff defendant pleads guilty to conspiracy

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Arizona man who took part in a pair of armed standoffs over federal land policy has pleaded guilty to a charge… Continue reading

Washington state attorney general files suit against Comcast

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday filed a $100 million lawsuit against Comcast, saying the cable and internet giant deceived… Continue reading

Illinois girl is youngest to hit 48 states’ highest peaks

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A 12-year-old Naperville resident is the youngest girl to climb to the highest point in each of the lower 48 states.The Highpointers… Continue reading

Pullers from the Puyallup Tribe head toward a landing during an annual canoe journey Wednesday in Seattle. Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration. Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the boats Wednesday afternoon as part of the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually.

Tribal canoes arrive at Seattle beach in annual celebration

SEATTLE — Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration.Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe… Continue reading

Pullers from the Puyallup Tribe head toward a landing during an annual canoe journey Wednesday in Seattle. Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration. Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the boats Wednesday afternoon as part of the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually.
This Tuesday, July 12, 2016 photo provided by the City of Bethel shows automobiles at the city's landfill in Bethel, Alaska. A decades-long tradition at one of Alaska's largest rural hubs has come to an end with a ban on the popular local practice of scavenging at the Bethel landfill. The recent clampdown in Bethel comes amid concerns that the dangerous conditions at the dump were creating a liability for the community. (Ann Capela/City of Bethel via AP)

Bethel bans tradition of scavenging at dump

ANCHORAGE — A decades-long tradition has come to an abrupt end in one of Alaska’s largest rural hubs with a ban on the popular practice… Continue reading

This Tuesday, July 12, 2016 photo provided by the City of Bethel shows automobiles at the city's landfill in Bethel, Alaska. A decades-long tradition at one of Alaska's largest rural hubs has come to an end with a ban on the popular local practice of scavenging at the Bethel landfill. The recent clampdown in Bethel comes amid concerns that the dangerous conditions at the dump were creating a liability for the community. (Ann Capela/City of Bethel via AP)

US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 cities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries… Continue reading

Genetically modified foods and the fight

WASHINGTON — It’s a food fight in Congress over genetically modified foods.The Senate is moving ahead on bipartisan legislation that would for the first time… Continue reading

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fishermen top the list

NEW YORK — Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a… Continue reading

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol chairman J.P. Holyoak, hands over boxes of signatures to Arizona State Elections Director Eric Spencer, left, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Phoenix. Organizers of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol delivered signatures to state officials in an effort for their proposal to qualify for the ballot in November.

Arizona pot legalization supporters to submit petition

PHOENIX — Thousands of signatures to get an initiative legalizing marijuana in Arizona on the November ballot were submitted Thursday, likely making the state one… Continue reading

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol chairman J.P. Holyoak, hands over boxes of signatures to Arizona State Elections Director Eric Spencer, left, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Phoenix. Organizers of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol delivered signatures to state officials in an effort for their proposal to qualify for the ballot in November.
In this October 2011 photo, a harbor seal pup rests on seaweed-covered rocks after coming in on the high tide in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates are urging people not to touch or pick up pups that come up on beaches and shorelines to rest. At least five times this season, well-meaning people have illegally picked up seal pups in Oregon and Washington thinking they were abandoned or needed help, but that interference ultimately resulted in two deaths, said Michael Milstein, a spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA: Do not touch, pick up seal pups

SEATTLE — As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest, marine mammal advocates up and down the West Coast are urging people not… Continue reading

In this October 2011 photo, a harbor seal pup rests on seaweed-covered rocks after coming in on the high tide in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates are urging people not to touch or pick up pups that come up on beaches and shorelines to rest. At least five times this season, well-meaning people have illegally picked up seal pups in Oregon and Washington thinking they were abandoned or needed help, but that interference ultimately resulted in two deaths, said Michael Milstein, a spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JUNE 25 - In this photo taken June 13, 2016, Doug Russell, the manager of marine operations for the University of Washington's School of Oceanography, stands on the bridge of the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson in Seattle. The ship will be heading into dry dock for a yearlong, $34.5 million overhaul that will be paid for by the U.S. government and extend its life by another 25 to 30 years. (Johnny Andrews/The Seattle Times via AP)

Oceanographic research vessel gets a midlife overhaul

SEATTLE — Capt. Eric Haroldson calls the research ship he commands “the Buddy Hackett of oceanographic research.”“It’s kind of boxy,” he said of the gray,… Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JUNE 25 - In this photo taken June 13, 2016, Doug Russell, the manager of marine operations for the University of Washington's School of Oceanography, stands on the bridge of the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson in Seattle. The ship will be heading into dry dock for a yearlong, $34.5 million overhaul that will be paid for by the U.S. government and extend its life by another 25 to 30 years. (Johnny Andrews/The Seattle Times via AP)

Court limits authority of out-of-state police

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a DUI conviction because the driver was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol trooper… Continue reading

Gripes grow along with marijuana-shielding fences

MURPHY, Ore. — They say good fences make good neighbors. Then there are the fences that enclose the growing number of Josephine County’s marijuana grow… Continue reading