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SEATTLE - Donald Douglass had a small spot on his forehead when he went to the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital in 2011. A biopsy confirmed it was cancerous, but it was four months before the hospital scheduled an appointment for him to have it removed - and by then, it had metastasized, wrapping around a facial nerve and eventually getting into his blood. The delay proved fatal. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 520 words.


SEATTLE - The attorney representing a coalition of parents and education groups that sued the state over school funding told the Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should hold the Legislature in contempt for not obeying its orders. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.


SEATTLE - Two months after a deadly mudslide destroyed a Washington community, a group of charities has raised more than $7 million, mostly to help about 70 families rebuild their lives. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 600 words.


SEATTLE - A Seattle surgeon accused of giving questionable testimony on proposed legislation has surrendered his Washington state medical license. Dr. David Heimbach, a former chief of Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit, testified against bills in Washington, Alaska and California that would have restricted or banned the use of chemical flame retardants. By Phuong Le. SENT: 400 words.


SEATTLE - A gay Eagle Scout from Maryland, a Seattle Scoutmaster who was fired for his sexual orientation and their supporters presented a petition Wednesday at Amazon.com headquarters urging the Seattle company to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America. SENT: 320 words. AP Photos WATW110, WATW107, WATW109, WATW108, WATW106, WATW105, WATW104, WATW103, WATW101, WATW102.


PORTLAND, Ore. - Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention. Companies that genetically engineer seeds - including biotech giants Sygenta, Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer - spent about $900,000 on their failed campaign. By Gosia Wozniacka. SENT: 600 words.


PUYALLUP - Hundreds of butane canisters exploded like the sound of a commercial Fourth of July fireworks display as flames erupted at a house where marijuana was illegally being processed into hash oil, police and firefighters said. Capt. Scott Engle, who happened to be nearby Tuesday night and was the first officer on the scene, said he took cover behind his car because of the spray-can size canisters flying through the air and shrapnel. SENT: 270 words.


JERUSALEM - The family of a slain American activist on Wednesday appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling and hold the military accountable for their daughter’s death. Rachel Corrie was crushed to death over a decade ago while trying to block a military bulldozer that was preparing to demolish a Palestinian home in the southern town of Rafah near the Egyptian border. The army frequently razed homes in the area that it said militants used for cover. By Jon Gerberg. SENT: 530 words. AP Photos XOB101, CAI109, XOB102.


NEW YORK - To appreciate Microsoft’s latest tablet computer, you need to accept the notion that one device can do it all. The Surface Pro 3 works as a tablet when you want to watch video or read e-books. It works as a laptop when you need to get serious work done. The Surface delivers on both, though it falls short of meeting Microsoft’s claim to do so without compromising on either. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 790 words. AP Photos NYML117, NYML112.



GRAND COULEE DAM - Some people will miss the soaring eagle, and Neil Diamond singing “Coming to America,” at the end of Grand Coulee Dam’s laser light show. Others will be glad to see it go. After 25 consecutive summers, the dam’s first laser light show is being replaced. AP Member Exchange by K.C. Mehaffey, The Wenatchee World. SENT: 680 words.



WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama congratulated the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, saluting their victories on the field and their contributions to their community. Noting that some football analysts didn’t see Seattle as a top-tier team, Obama said he especially appreciated the team overcoming long odds. By Jim Kuhnhenn. SENT: 400 words. AP Photos DCPM103, DCPM101, DCSW115.


ARLINGTON, Texas - Chris Young couldn’t overcome a slow start for the Seattle Mariners. He gave up three runs in the first inning and a tiebreaking home run to Shin-Soo Choo in the fifth in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Young (3-2) gave up seven hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings. SENT: 680 words, AP photos.


SAN FRANCSICO - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany hold a joint news conference before an event at the Commonwealth Club of California. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 150 words.


STANFORD, Calif. - While other World Cup coaches have long since pared down their 23-player rosters at this late stage of preparation for Brazil, not Jurgen Klinsmann. Not this time, anyway. Unlike when he led his native Germany to a surprising semifinal run in the 2006 World Cup, Klinsmann brought 30 U.S. hopefuls to Stanford last week for training camp to ensure he gets his selections just right before the team’s departure to Sao Paulo in 2 1/2 weeks. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK - The WNBA is launching a campaign to market specifically to the LGBT community, a move that makes it the first pro league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered fans to its games. With the campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that the league is talking about it publicly and making it a deliberate part of its marketing strategy. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 980 words. AP Photos NY150, NY153, NY151, NY152.


- LOGGING FATAL - Winlock man, 18, killed in logging accident.

- E COLI-CLOVER SPROUTS - Health officials investigating E. coli illnesses in N. Idaho, eastern Washington.

- OREGON IRON WORKS-VIGOR MERGER -Merger to make Oregon Iron Works a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.

- NEW APPLE - WSU names new apple variety.

- CREMATION BURGLARY - Burglar in dress takes ashes from Edmonds home.

- CARGO SHIP TOW - Cargo ship loses power near Port Angeles.

- YACHT OVERTURNED - 85-foot yacht sinks at launching in Washington. AP Photos AP Photos XOB101, XOB102.WAMVE102, WAMVE103, WAMVE101.

- RIDING LAWNMOWER PLUNGE - Kalama man rides lawnmower off 15-foot ledge.

- PASCO JAIL SEX - Ex-Pasco jail guard in court on sex charges.

- YAKIMA PANHANDLING - Yakima council extends panhandling ban.

- EDMONDS PEDESTRIAN FATALITY - 73-year-old pedestrian hit and killed in Edmonds.

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