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The Lakewood City Council decided to go behind closed doors this afternoon to interview the three finalists vying to become the next city manager.
A temporary bridge over the Skagit River will reopen Wednesday, restoring Interstate 5 traffic less than a month after the old bridge collapsed.
Washington state Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with five Democratic House members from the states delegation, want a quick decision from the U.S. Justice Department on whether the state can proceed with its plans to sell marijuana for recreational use beginning next year.
The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence led by lawmakers sympathetic to the spying.
A federal judge has ruled that a class of more than 650 farm workers should have had information about wages and other job conditions disclosed to them by the company that hired them.
A Pierce County Council committee Tuesday recommended making it illegal for suspected prostitutes and their customers to attempt to detect undercover officers.
A Centralia man imprisoned at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell is accused of leading a drug trafficking operation from behind bars.
People looking for dental care can find it at the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Clinic in Lakewood.
A solicitation has gone out to dozens of developers, brokers and investors, asking for proposals to buy and develop downtowns biggest undeveloped site.
An official with the Army Corps of Engineers told a Congressional committee Tuesday that the agency doesn't plan a broad environmental study on exporting coal from the Western United States.
A U.S. Army major from Spokane has been named one of NASA's eight new astronaut trainees.
Italy's high court on Tuesday harshly faulted the appeals court that acquitted American student Amanda Knox of murdering her roommate, saying its ruling was full of "deficiencies, contradictions and illogical" conclusions. It ordered a new appeals court to consider all the evidence to determine whether Knox helped kill the young woman.
A 49-year-old man recently released from Western State Hospital has been charged with first-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to a bed in a Lakewood motel room, court records show.
The woman who was hit in the chest by a stray bullet while attending a Father's Day barbecue near Ferndale died Monday at a Bellingham hospital.
Fire ripped through a house in Tacomas Browns Point neighborhood Tuesday morning, firefighters said.
KIRO TV is reporting that the president of engineering firm Tacoma AHBL was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to solicit who he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex. Turned out she was an undercover Everett police detective posing online as a teenager.
The staircase between Dock Street and downtown Tacoma thats part of the Murray Morgan Bridge renovation at South 11th Street opened to the public Friday.
Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his four hits, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer, and the surging Los Angeles Angels pounded out a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Marian Hossa is one of the Chicago Blackhawks' top scorers, with three game-winning goals already this postseason.
Court records: DUI suspect hands officer can of beer when asked for driver's license, says he's a government assassin
Handing the Kent police officer a can of Miller Lite instead of his driver's license and identifying himself as a government assassin didn’t help the DUI suspect avoid arrest, according to court records.
Police say that a woman was found dead inside her Bellevue home Monday and investigators suspect foul play.
Initial reports to troopers about 4 p.m. of someone in a bumblebee costume on the Interstate 5 overpass at South 48th Street made more sense when dispatchers explained a small child had thrown a tree branch onto the freeway.
Snohomish County detectives are investigating a homicide after a young woman was found dead Monday in a Lake Stevens home.
Authorities say an Idaho woman who had been missing since Sunday near Pasco has been found alive
Oscar Hokold, who grew a small home-building concern into a business empire that included a chain of motels, thousands of apartments, a restaurant and condominium development company, has died at age 98.
Engineering students at Washington State University are developing a drone that would be fueled by liquid hydrogen.
A woman at a Father's Day barbecue near Ferndale was hit in the chest by a stray bullet fired by shooters more than half-mile away.
The FBI saw enough merit in a reputed Mafia captain's tip to once again break out the digging equipment to search for the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, last seen alive before a lunch meeting with two mobsters nearly 40 years ago.
Budget carrier easyJet has agreed to purchase 135 single-aisle Airbus jets that will allow the European airline to pack in more passengers than it currently does.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is visiting the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River on Tuesday as the state Transportation Department prepares to open a temporary span.
A 4-year-old boy from Lacey, who nearly drowned over the weekend and was in critical condition after the incident, died Sunday night at Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma, Lacey Police Lt. Phil Comstock said Monday.
A surf fisherman found dead at Ocean Shores has been identified as a 65-year-old Federal Way man.
The CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation says it will evaluate the safety of its annual charity bicycle ride after the death of a 16-year-old from Victoria in an accident Sunday near Arlington.
The Weather Service forecasts a cooling trend across Washington this week with an increasing chance of showers.
West Nile virus has turned up in two samples of mosquitoes collected in Yakima County.
The clouded leopard cub born last month at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium now has a name and can be seen by visitors to the zoo.
A Federal Way man, 31, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Mason County Sunday afternoon.
Police took a man into custody after an armed robbery at a Tacoma shop Saturday night.
A 72-year-old Auburn man died Saturday night when the truck he was working under crushed him, according to police.
The owner of a Kenmore beauty salon is going to federal prison for selling contraband cigarettes from Vietnam.
There's a lot of buzz at Washington State University over work to develop the first sperm bank for honeybees.
"Man of Steel" leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend.
Washington lawmakers have adjourned both a regular session and one 30-day special session, and now head into the second week of their second overtime session without a budget agreement at hand.
A plane from Cairo bound for New York was diverted by fighter jets to an emergency landing in the U.K. after a passenger discovered a letter threatening the aircraft, officials said Saturday.
For the first time, a woman is taking over as commander of Navy Region Northwest.
The country's newest Miss USA is leaving a white collar job behind for the glamour and excitement that goes with her new role - and she can't wait.
Language arts teacher Christy Bowman-White leads a class at Sylvester Middle School in Burien in a lesson based on the Common Core State Standards.
A daylong search of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest turned up no sign of a Vancouver, Wash., hiker who has been missing since last weekend.
Emergency crews were dispatched Saturday to a report of a 4-year-old found in a swimming pool in Lacey.
A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they'd like to be one someday.
The Washington State Patrol says a dropped can of soda is to blame for a crash that injured two semi-truck drivers south of Kennewick.
A hiring freeze on civilian defense workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is being eased.
For all those runner-up finishes, with so much heartache chasing the major he covets, Phil Mickelson has never had a better chance to win the U.S. Open.
Three Tacoma businesses were robbed at gunpoint Friday night, all with similar methods.
The video shows an exceptional wildlife sighting for a big city: A humpback whale surfaces just yards from Seattle's busy waterfront at twilight. The city's port cranes, Ferris wheel and car headlights glow in the background, and a ferry cruises by while the giant tail disappears back into the Puget Sound.
Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hasan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power.
The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who know 94-year-old Michael Karkoc. World War II survivors in both the U.S. and Europe harshly condemned the news and prosecutors in Poland have said they'll investigate.
In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers.
Searchers will be out again beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, looking for clues into the whereabouts of a Vancouver woman who set out naked in a forest Sunday on a spiritual quest.
Seattle Mariners reliever Oliver Perez survived a two-out, ninth-inning single in place of closer Tom Wilhelsmen to preserve a 3-2 win Friday over the Oakland Athletics.
Two different Sacramento outfielders lost track of two consecutive fly balls in the twilight sky, letting routine outs fall in for doubles. The plays resulted in two crucial runs as the Rainiers claimed a 6-4 victory at Raley Field in the opener of a four-game series Friday night.
An Amber Alert issued late Friday night was called off after the missing child was found safe in Chelan County without incident.
Residents in East Pierce County soon will be able to walk or ride bicycles for miles through Sumner as a long-awaited trail project nears completion.
Henry Blanco hopped on a cross-country flight from Miami first thing Friday morning for his fresh start out West with the Seattle Mariners - still a big leaguer as he approaches his 42nd birthday in August.
Facebook and Microsoft Corp. representatives said Friday night that after negotiations with national security officials their companies have been given permission to make new but still very limited revelations about government orders to turn over user data.
The FBI says scientists have confirmed that a fifth letter sent recently from Spokane, Wash., did indeed contain active ricin toxin.
There were no rain delays, only uninterrupted punishment by Merion Golf Clubs stingy East Course on Friday and much carnage was left behind at the 113th U.S. Open.
A Sovereign Citizen movement member convicted of advising people in a tax fraud scheme was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.
Snohomish County officials say a 23-year-old Monroe man suffered what appeared to be minor injuries when he fell 40-50 feet over the lower falls at Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar, Wash.
Back in 2005, he was still Kyle the Kid a 17-year-old from Bellarmine Prep on the big stage of the U.S. Amateur.
City of Tacoma utility workers have pinpointed a blocked sewage pipe on the hillside above Marine Park as the cause for a fecal bacteria scare that shutdown part of the Ruston Way waterfront this week.
Lots of parents might like to keep their kids wrapped in a bubble for the summer. On the last day of school Friday, parents and staff members at Stafford Elementary School gave their students a celebratory send-off, complete with bubbles.
The House overwhelmingly passed a sweeping, $638 billion defense bill on Friday that imposes new punishments on members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault as outrage over the crisis in the military has galvanized Congress.
The Mariners made a roster move while I was standing in Oakland Airport Rental Car Center also known as the third circle of Hades.
A warrant has been issued for a Puyallup man charged with making explosives and methamphetamine after he failed to appear in court.
Bonney Lake police said they are increasing patrols before and after school after more reports came in of a man trying to lure children into his van.
The Legislature's first overtime session this year tied the record for the most unproductive gathering of lawmakers in state history. That doesn't mean it didn't cost taxpayers.
The state Department of Natural Resources is bringing an urban forestry restoration program to Pierce County, according to a county news release.
Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.
It was indeed a tornado that damaged several buildings Thursday in the community of McMinnville, Ore., the National Weather Service has confirmed.
A Pierce County couple has been charged with first-degree animal cruelty for allegedly allowing one of their miniature horses to die of neglect.
The goats have returned to munch their way through the blackberry bushes, thistles, nettles and long grasses that thrive in many steep areas of downtown Seattle.
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure to change the state's environmental cleanup laws.
South King County residents are concerned about a chemical that seeped into the area's groundwater and soil from a nearby Boeing Co. facility for 30 years until the 1990s.
Dollar Beer Night served as the perfect backdrop Thursday for a going-away party for 51s right-hander Zack Wheeler, the Mets top pitching prospect who is expected to make his major league debut for New York on Tuesday in Atlanta.
The Senate has approved a measure that makes a variety of changes in the state's education system, including an enhanced focus on young students who are reading below grade level and development of rules on how to handle student discipline.
The Tacoma School Board lavished praise Thursday night on Superintendent Carla Santorno then granted her a three-year contract and a substantial raise.
Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal and wood on Friday to determine why a waterfront deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Puget Sound lawmakers are not ready to say whether they believe the National Security Agencys newly disclosed vast sweeps of Internet communications and phone records violate constitutional privacy protections, though some are pushing the Obama administration to reveal more information.
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room. "The death of the Big Three was overrated," he said.
Drivers on eastbound state Route 16 will encounter nighttime detours and delays over the next several weeks as work crews lift 83 massive concrete girders into place on top of new support piers in Tacomas Nalley Valley.
A Vancouver, Wash., man who stabbed his estranged girlfriend 70 times has been convicted of aggravated murder.
Washington lawmakers edged closer to a final budget deal Friday, aided by an agreement on fixing the state's estate tax, the prospect of an unexpected revenue boost and fresh signs of compromise.
A farewell note left behind by the Santa Monica gunman expressed remorse for the killing of his father and brother but provided no explanation for the rampage that left them and three others dead.
Luke Donald took advantage of the softer conditions Thursday afternoon and grabbed the lead with the first round of the U.S. Open suspended due to darkness.
UPDATE as of 6:53 p.m. All lanes have been cleared, according to police.
LYNDEN - A 6-year-old Lynden boy who suffered severe head injuries in a 15-foot fall from a bedroom window can now silently respond to his mother's questions, police said.
Washington State University has decided to put off plans to expand its course offerings in Everett until fall 2014 because of legislative inaction, the university announced this week.
President Barack Obama's authorization of military aid to the Syrian rebels "dramatically" increases U.S. support for the opposition, the White House said Friday, while acknowledging that it will take time for the supplies to reach fighters struggling in their clashes with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
A King County councilman has introduced a measure that orders authorities not to honor federal jail holds of immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.
The Snohomish County sheriff's office says a deputy was injured Thursday morning in a motorcycle collision with a car in Everett.
Boeings helicopter division has reason to celebrate this week.
Bring yourself to the game. Leave the cooler and backpack at home.
Central Washington University is expanding its baccalaureate programs to community college campuses throughout the state. Through the CWU Portal Project, the universitys existing satellite campuses will become doorways to regional education networks that bring university programs to under-served communities in Pierce County and elsewhere around the state.
Bonney Lake police are searching for a middle-aged man suspected of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his van this morning.
Increased summer travel is responsible for delays at Sea-Tac Airport security lines, the airport and Transportation Security Administration said.
Over his decades in public life, former Gov. Albert Rosellini helped bring Washington into the modern era, burnishing his reputation as one of the state's most effective leaders by reforming state prisons, modernizing mental health institutions and helping create the 520 floating bridge that links Seattle to its job-rich eastern suburbs.
House passes estate tax bill on 55-33 vote; deal with Senate GOP exempts some family-owned business assets
The House vote on the new version of the estate tax passed on a 53-to-33 vote this morning. A few Republican members objected to making the law retroactive to include certain estate trusts formed prior to 2005 that are now eligible for tax refunds after a 2012 court ruling.
Sen. Patty Murray says the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing the remaining $15.6 million of the federal share for repair of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state that collapsed three weeks ago.
A 68-foot male fin whale washed ashore dead Thursday morning on the coast about four miles north of Ocean Shores.
After hearing from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana fans across the United States, the city of Aberdeen is keeping the words "Come as you are" on a welcome sign.
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday defended a pair of controversial government surveillance programs, telling Congress that leaking information on them harms national security.
Tacoma Landmarks Commission, Arts Commission now agree: 110-year-old Tacoma Totem Pole should be restored
No formal action was taken Wednesday night but the Tacoma Landmarks Commission directed city staff to pursue a plan to restore the citys historic totem pole and keep it standing in Firemans Park in the northern section of downtown.
Another daylong search has failed to find a 79-year-old Seattle woman who has been missing since Saturday when she went mushroom hunting alone off a Forest Service road about 10 miles north of Lake Wenatchee.
Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today, is buying TV station owner Belo Corp. for about $1.5 billion. If approved, the all-cash deal will make Gannett the fourth-largest broadcast group in the U.S.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, a decline that suggests steady job gains will endure.
A brush fire that burned about 1,000 acres and threatened dozens of homes Tuesday south of Kennewick was started by a model rocket.
Stefen Romero finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. That was about the only thing that didnt go the Tacoma Rainiers way in their 12-5 rout of the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field.
With Wednesday nights ninth-inning implosion by closer Tom Wilhelmsen at Safeco Field in a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros, manager Eric Wedge is forced to rethink how he pitches the ninth inning and with whom.
Already faced with problems in their public safety departments, DuPont city officials are looking to stanch the anticipated bleeding when three grant-funded firefighters lose their jobs next month
As the legal system grinds through defendants charged in one of Fifes most notorious heists, guns taken in the Christmastime 2011 burglary of a sporting goods store continue to turn up, one as far away at Connecticut.
Tacoma and Lakewood are laying plans to embrace troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with separate military parades in August and September.
The Spokane County sheriff's office says a man has been killed in a drive-by shooting in front of an apartment complex in the north Spokane area.
UPDATE as of 9 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to the state.
Washington state's attorney general and the Better Business Bureau are warning that cars damaged in last fall's Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast are showing up for sale here.
It wasnt clear if residents of Puerto Rico got the warning about possible flash flooding in parts of the U.S. territory Wednesday, but at least some Pierce County residents did.
The Washington state House on Thursday approved a legislative fix to a court ruling on the estate tax, a move meant to prevent issuing millions of dollars in refunds that were set to start going out Friday morning.
Work scheduled to repair pavement on the eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge tonight has been postponed due to a wet forecast, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Gig Harbor man sentenced for sending obscene photos of himself to undercover officer posing as 14-year-old
A Gig Harbor man was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to trying to send obscene materials to a minor when the 14-year-old girl he thought he was messaging online turned out to be an undercover officer.
Police are looking for witnesses to a bicycle-car crash May 30 in Seattle that killed a Gig Harbor man.
Brian Coxs divorce proceedings with his wife of roughly 4½ years were bitter and acrimonious, according to Thurston County court filings that include mutual restraining orders requiring the pair stay away from one another.
Washington workers earning annual average above $50,000 for the first time; unemployment benefits will increase
Washingtonians, youre rich. Well, maybe youre just middle class but for the first time, the Employment Security Department says you earn an average wage above $50,000.
With no legal fix immediately in the offing for Washington states estate tax, the Department of Revenue is moving ahead and issuing $13 million worth of refunds plus interest starting Thursday. The refunds are necessary under a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that in effect left an exemption for certain married couples estates. The agency had been waiting for the Legislature to plug the loophole but can wait no longer, and additional refunds are expected in the coming weeks while waiting for lawmakers to act.
First reported by ESPNs Adam Schefter this morning, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson confirmed via twitter that hes headed to Seattle to sign with his former team on Thursday.
Searchers in central Washington are looking for a 79-year-old Seattle woman who failed to return from a mushroom-hunting day trip on Saturday.
CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell retired from his post Wednesday, after managing the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs) over an extramarital affair, and defending the agency's performance over the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges, and the defense hinted at avoiding a trial with a plea deal if the death penalty were ruled out.
Cadets will become Washington State Troopers Wednesday afternoon during a graduation ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.
A 22-year-old University of Washington senior is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl he met in Seattle's University District.
Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade, especially among people younger than 30, according to a new study released Wednesday.
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus may be made up of 23 Republicans and two Democrats with limited experience writing budgets or leading a political caucus. But they have had an ace in the hole for most of the session this year as their majority locks horns with a Democrat-controlled House and new Democratic governor.
A Graham man tried to tell a witness what to say in hopes of escaping five counts of unlawful possession of stolen property, Pierce County prosecutors said.
A Washington state employee accused of offering a co-worker $10,000 to arrange his wife's death appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday and was ordered held on $800,000 bond.
Authorities are suspending their search for a Vancouver woman who set out naked on Sunday on a spiritual quest in a southwest Washington forest.
Police say a man was shot twice early Wednesday in an attempted robbery during a drug deal in north Seattle.
Aaron Harang pitched a two-hitter for his second shutout of the season, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Danny Green and Gary Neal aren't NBA royalty like LeBron James.
A crowd of 40,847 at CenturyLink Field got to cheer both their national team and their local team Tuesday, as Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson scored in the United States 2-0 World Cup qualifying match against Panama.
Logan Seelye exceeded his online fundraising goal of $20,000 to obtain a WalkAide, a medical device that will help him get around easier and hopefully help him learn to walk without assistance again.
A crash is blocking state Route 302 by the Purdy Sand Spit, near 82nd Avenue Northwest, according to the state Department of transportation.
Word on the Street: Need a cavity filled? Pierce College Dental Hygiene Clinic offers affordable care
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