- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

Washington state at 1 a.m.

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HANFORD TANKS

SPOKANE - There are “significant construction flaws” in some newer, double-walled storage tanks at Washington state’s Hanford nuclear waste complex, which could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Those tanks hold some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Seattle TUNNEL

SEATTLE - A machine that had been digging a highway tunnel underneath Seattle likely won’t begin working again for another six months, an official with the contractor says. But Seattle Tunnel Partners project manager Chris Dixon said that estimate is “slightly optimistic.” By Manuel Valdes. SENT: 350 words, AP Photos by Ted Warren

COLUMBIA DAM CRACK

EPHRATA - A 65-foot-long crack in a Columbia River dam in central Washington has prompted officials to begin lowering the water level by 20 feet so inspectors can get a better idea of how serious the damage is. SENT: 370 words.

PEBBLE MINE-EPA

JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. The decision follows release of an EPA report in January that found large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risk to salmon and could adversely affect Alaska Natives in the region, whose culture is built around salmon. By Becky Bohrer. SENT: 570 words.

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- PEBBLE MINE-EPA-WASHINGTON - Reaction

NUKE DUMP-RADIATION

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The radiation exposure of at least 13 workers at a nuclear dump in a New Mexico salt bed more than 2,000 feet below the ground has brought new attention to the nation’s long struggle to find places to dispose of tons of Cold War-era waste. The above-ground radiation release that exposed the workers during a night shift two weeks ago shut down the facility as authorities investigate the cause and attempt to determine the health effects on the employees. By Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Daly. SENT: 930 words. AP photos, video.

SPORTS

MARINERS-WALKER

PEORIA, Ariz. - Taijuan Walker’s ascension to a spot in the Seattle Mariners rotation is on hold. The Mariners shut down their top pitching prospect for at least one week on Friday after exams revealed inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said the decision was made after Walker flew to Los Angeles to get a second opinion on the sore shoulder that has limited him during spring training. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. SENT: 680 words. AP Photo AZTG202.

BBO-MARINERS-PADRES

PEORIA, Ariz. __ James Paxton retired all six batters, Nick Franklin homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 12-1 on Friday.

- BBA—MARINERS-IWAKUMA - Seattle RHP Hisashi Iwakuma to wear finger splint for 3 more weeks before starting to throw.

- FBN—SEAHAWKS MOVES - Seattle Seahawks release WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant.

BKC—WASHINGTON STATE-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE - Nigel Williams-Goss had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Washington to a dominant 72-49 victory over Washington State on Friday night. SENT: 590 words. AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

- FATAL WRONG-WAY CRASH - Wash. State Patrol: 1 child dies in I-5 wrong-way crash north of Vancouver.

- PEARL JAM-EMBEZZLING - Man who embezzled $300,000 from Pearl Jam sentenced to 14 months.

- DEPUTY ARRESTED - King County deputy arrested after rear-ending car; blood test pending.

- BELLEVUE ESCAPE - Inmate who escaped in shackles outside Bellevue courthouse now back in custody.

- GUNFIRE-HIGHWAY CLOSURE - Man shooting in house prompts brief closure of US Highway 2 in Gold Bar area.

- WOLF PUP KILLED - Ore. State Police wildlife officers investigate killing of wolf pup in NE Oregon.

- RESTROOM PHOTOS - Man caught taking photos in Des Moines restroom.

- TACOMA HUMAN REMAINS - Geologist finds man’s partially decomposed body in ravine east of Tacoma.

- KITSAP FALSE REPORTS - 2 ‘victims’ turn into suspects in Kitsap County.

- NORDSTROM DEATH - Nordstrom store closed by worker death, man fell from ladder.

- WALLA WALLA JUDGE PORNOGRAPHY - Ex-Walla Walla judge sentenced for pornography.

- COUNTY EMPLOYEE SHOT - Detectives ask help with lead in Clackamas slaying.

- ATF EMBEZZLEMENT - Ex-federal official pleads guilty in Seattle.

- BUCKHORN MINE - New permit for Buckhorn Mine.

- SEATTLE MAYOR GAFFE - Seattle mayor mourns death of man still alive.

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