Emotional testimony by victims in the 2015 Aurora bridge accident

SEATTLE – The star witnesses on day two of the Ride the Ducks trial were plaintiffs in the case. The driver of the charter bus and a couple who were on the duck boat emotionally described the moment of impact. The Aurora Bridge crash in 2015 is one of the worst transportation accidents in Western Washington. But the 42 plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit are claiming that it wasn’t just an accident but a tragedy that could have been prevented. […]

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Washington weed retailer says Canada’s legalization ‘will help’ business

BLAINE, Wash. — At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. And at least one marijuana retail shop less than two miles from the border isn’t worried legalization will cut into stateside profit. In fact, quite the opposite. “It will help my business,” said Don Hartleben, the manager of Blaine’s Dank of America.  Hartleben gives a few reasons for why Canada legalization will be a boon for the dank bank. First, he […]

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Midterm Election Ballots Out for King County Voters

Renton, Wash. – We’re just three weeks away from the midterm election and Wednesday ballots went out to voter in King County.  1.3 million people in the state’s largest county will soon find ballots and voter pamphlets in mailboxes as soon as this weekend. “I registered to vote when I was 18 and haven’t missed a vote since,” said King County voter Rene Karn. West Seattle’s Rene Karn says she’s ready to be part of King County’s 60% voter turnout […]

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Congo Ebola outbreak not an ’emergency of international concern,’ WHO says

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not meet the criteria for a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Since the outbreak began August 1, there have been 216 cases of Ebola including 139 deaths, according to WHO. Fifty-seven patients have recovered from the illness, the nation’s Ministry of Health reported Tuesday. “We do have some optimism that this outbreak, just like the one in May, will be brought under control […]

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Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoody covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself. It wasn’t clear what prompted Vladislav Roslyakov, described as a shy loner, to go on the rampage. A security camera image carried by Russian media showed him calmly walking down the stairs of the school in the Black Sea […]

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State officials brace voting systems against hacking

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Election officials in Washington continue to bolster the state’s elections systems against cyber threats that could disrupt voting or cause citizens to lose faith in the results. The Seattle Times reports that sensors to detect suspicious activity have been installed in voting systems across Washington’s 39 counties, and officials have received extra security training. In a news conference Tuesday, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said she isn’t aware of any threats beyond what elections offices normally receive, […]

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