Kitsap library system eliminates late fines

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Kitsap Regional Library says it will no longer issue daily fines for overdue items. The Kitsap Sun reports that the library forgave outstanding late fines and stopped collecting them as of Thursday. It joins a growing number of libraries eliminating overdue fines, including Salt Lake City, Columbus, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee. Kitsap Library Director Jill Jean says fines often prevent people from using the library so they wanted to remove that barrier. The library, which […]

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Air quality to worsen in Northwest as smoke returns

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters are warning of unhealthy air in parts of the Pacific Northwest as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region. The National Weather Service has issued air quality alerts for much of Washington state. The service says air quality in Western Washington is expected to worsen starting Sunday. Some improvement is expected by Wednesday. An air quality alert is also in place across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The service says smoke from fires in […]

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Motive mystery: Family struggled with debt before husband arrested for killing pregnant wife, two daughters

DENVER — Chris and Shanann Watts detailed their life on social media. They shared photos of beach vacations to San Diego and screengrabs of lovey-dovey text messages. They gushed about their daughters, Bella and Celeste, and posted photos of the little girls’ gap-toothed grins and funny dances. “Happy Husband Appreciation Day! I couldn’t imagine a better man for us,” Shanann Watts wrote next to their photo in April. “You spoil us with love an(d) attention! You put up with 3 […]

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ICE detains man who was driving pregnant wife to hospital to give birth

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Joel Arrona was heading to a California hospital with his pregnant wife for a planned cesarean section when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained him, forcing his pregnant wife to complete the journey and deliver the baby without him. Arrona, 35, is “a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States” and has an outstanding warrant for homicide charges in Mexico, ICE said in a statement. His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, 32, says the […]

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Twitter has a problem with ‘toxic’ content. CEO Jack Dorsey says he’s trying ‘everything’ to fix it

(CNN Money) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says “we’re ready to question everything” about the social networking site that has been overrun by spam, abuse and misinformation. Dorsey says he and his team are working extensively behind the scenes to stamp out some of the harassment and hate speech that has generated bad headlines lately. But it is a long-term effort, he says, and he is reluctant to commit to an exact timetable for certain changes to Twitter’s foundation. But […]

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Former doctor guilty of raping heavily sedated patient will serve no prison time

HOUSTON — A former doctor found guilty of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve prison time, according to the Houston Chronicle. On Friday, Shafeeq Sheikh was sentenced to 10 months of probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The judge, Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken, was required by law to follow the sentencing recommended by jurors, according to the paper. In 2013, a woman checked into Ben Taub Hospital after complaining of […]

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Seattle Police looking for man cutting bike brake lines

  SEATTLE, WA – Seattle Police are looking for a man they say is intentionally sabotaging bike-share bicycles.  Police say the man cuts the brake lines of bikes, and he’s been doing this for the last couple of months. Surveillance released by police shows the man walking up to several bikes parked at 4th Avenue and South Main Street. Police say he can be seen “manipulating what appears to be a cutting tool around the bikes’ brakes before he walks […]

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Bode Miller’s wife shares heartbreaking photo of daughter to raise awareness of child drownings

Two months after her 19-month-old daughter tragically drowned, Morgan Miller shared a heart-wrenching photo so other parents won’t experience the pain she has. Miller, the wife of decorated Olympic alpine skier Bode Miller, shared a photo of her daughter Emeline “Emmy” Miller hooked up to tubes in a hospital shortly before she died in June after she accidentally fell into a neighbor’s pool. “I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue […]

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Two on motorcycle killed in head-on crash with pickup truck near Cathlamet

CATHLAMET, Wash. — Two people on a motorcycle were killed Saturday when a pickup truck crossed the center line and hit two motorcycles. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, the crash happened on SR 4, west of Cathlamet. Hodgson said the white Dodge Ram pickup crossed the centerline and hit two motorcycles. The rider and passenger of the first motorcycle both died. The rider and passenger on a second motorcycle were seriously hurt, she said. One of them was […]

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