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  • Disaster declared in Washington for deadly slide

    President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for damage caused by a deadly landslide in Washington state and officials say those affected should begin registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately.

  • This March 23, 2014 photo, made available by the Washington State Dept of Transportation shows a view of the damage from Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash. At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Washington State Dept of Transportation)

    Washington mudslide death toll could rise; more than 100 listed as unaccounted for

    "The situation is very grim," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said, stressing that authorities are still in rescue mode and are holding out hope. But he noted: "We have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday."

  • A wide aerial view shows the extensive damage of the landslide after taking out a chunk of earth from the side of the hill facing the Stillaguamish River, and down into the State Route 530, on the left, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam )

    Washington landslide death toll doubles to 8

    Searchers found five more bodies Sunday in the tangled sludge of a massive landslide in rural Washington state, bringing the death toll to at least eight from the wall of debris that swept through a small riverside neighborhood.

  • Oregon says Columbia River bridge project is dead

    The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Friday that it's shutting down planning for the Columbia River Crossing project after the state Legislature declined to approve funding to build a new Interstate 5 and light-rail bridge into Washington.

  • Inslee: meeting with US education chief productive

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he had a productive meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sunday to discuss options to preserve the state's waiver from provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

  • President Barack Obama meets with members of the Democratic Governors Association, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The National Governors Association 2014 Winter Meeting starts Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama pitches minimum wage hike with Dem governors

    As President Barack Obama pushes for a minimum wage increase, the real action is in the states.

  • Governor Inslee focused on education, opportunity

    After meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he is even more focused on increasing opportunities for working Americans.

  • Wash. lawmakers bring bridge debate to Ore. House

    The vigorous debate among southwest Washington lawmakers over the proposed Columbia River bridge-replacement project crossed the river Wednesday to an Oregon House committee that debated a plan to build the bridge without Washington's money.

  • Oregon lawmakers probe Columbia bridge plan

    Oregon lawmakers peppered state officials and consultants Tuesday with questions about a proposal to replace a bridge over the Columbia River without funding from Washington state.

  • Boeing machinists stand in a line of several hundred as they wait to cast their ballots on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Everett, Wash. Boeing machinists decide Friday whether to accept a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to secure assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in Washington state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Boeing machinists barely approve contract with aerospace giant

    Boeing machinists narrowly approved a contract Friday that concedes some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region, solidifying the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area for years to come.

  • Boeing machinists walk past statues commemorating striking workers as they prepare to vote at their union hall Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Everett, Wash. The vote will determine Friday whether Boeing machinists will accept a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to secure assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in Washington state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Boeing machinists OK contract tied to 777X

    SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing machinists narrowly approved a contract Friday that concedes some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region, solidifying the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area for years to come.

  • ** FILE ** A caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Feds experiment with drugs, mellow out on state marijuana laws

    The Obama administration cleared the way Thursday for states to carry out their own marijuana laws, including allowing use for medical reasons in 20 states and for recreational use in Colorado and Washington — as long as they take steps to keep the drug away from children and criminal gangs.

  • In this photo provided by Francisco Rodriguez, rescue workers form a human chain as they begin to remove a woman who reaches out from a smashed pickup truck that fell into the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge on Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. (AP Photo/Francisco Rodriguez)

    Highway horror: Washington state bridge collapses, plunging cars into river

    Three people were pulled from their cars and saved from drowning after a bridge in Washington state along a heavily traveled commuter route collapsed late Thursday.

  • Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to NM

    Removing radioactive waste from underground tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site has proven to be technologically vexing for years, and recent word that six tanks are leaking has only added pressure to the efforts to empty them.

  • Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., are on duty at an underground tank farm where highly radioactive waste is stored on July 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)

    6 leaking tanks are Hanford nuke site's latest woe

    Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.

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