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SEATTLE - A federal judge said Wednesday she has serious constitutional concerns about the way the state handles mentally ill people waiting in jails for competency evaluations and treatment, but she denied a temporary restraining order, saying she needs more information before making changes to Washington’s mental health system. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 490 words.


SEATTLE - Dozens of Seattle firefighters are receiving specialized training this week to respond to incidents involving oil trains. BNSF Railway says it plans to locate a new mobile foam trailer in Seattle. About a dozen firefighters got a chance to see how that foam equipment works at an all-day training Wednesday. They also got a look at a rail car that would carry crude oil and other hazardous materials. By Phuong Le. SENT: 300 words, AP Photos by Elaine Thompson.


MERCER ISLAND - Inspectors never found the source of E. coli that prompted two alerts, but after samples tested clean for six straight days, it’s safe again to drink the water on Mercer Island, the city said Wednesday. SENT: 380 words.


PORTLAND, Ore. - The middle class isn’t sharing in the economic gains since the Great Recession, and wealthy taxpayers should be paying higher taxes, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday. Biden stopped in Portland to help Sen. Jeff Merkley with his bid for a second term, a must-win race for Democrats trying to maintain control of the Senate. Biden is on a West Coast swing to promote a minimum-wage hike and boost Democratic campaigns. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 520 words, AP Photos.


COLVILLE - Ranchers in northeastern Washington offered a simple solution to keep wolves from killing their livestock: Pack up the predators and ship them to Western Washington. The suggestion came Tuesday night at a contentious meeting held by the Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Stevens County town of Colville, where anti-wolf sentiment runs deep. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 520 words.


WASHINGTON - Workers who fill customer orders for Internet retailer Amazon might be out of luck in their quest to be paid for time they spend going through security checkpoints each day. Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts Wednesday during arguments over whether federal law entitles workers to compensation for security measures to prevent employee theft. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 770 words. AP Photo WX101.


WICHITA, Kan. - Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 400 words.



YAKIMA - Gary Cox plans to make hard cider from Cosmic Crisp, the new apple variety that Washington State University breeders pitch as near-perfect and uniquely homegrown in an industry crowded with new choices. Cox is one of 24 growers who won a lottery to receive the first batch of new trees in 2017, according to a list released to the public Tuesday. AP Member Exchange by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic. SENT: 640 words. AP Photo WAYAK101.



RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks have the best run defense in the NFL. They’re the only team in the league allowing less than 3 yards per rush and less than 65 yards per game. But they have yet to see anyone like Dallas’ DeMarco Murray. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


DENVER - Sure, it’s just a few weeks into the Pac-12 Conference season. But how many can honestly say they had California leading the North Division? Or Arizona on top in the South? It’s been that type of season so far in this unpredictable, quarterback-driven league. By Pat Graham. SENT: 790 words.


- MISSING HIKER - Searchers looking for Seattle woman missing on hike near Snoqualmie Pass with 2 dogs.

- KIDNAPPING-SAILBOAT - FBI: Dad charged with kidnapping son, 9, possibly sailed from Seattle to Hawaii, beyond.

- STUDENT PULLS KNIFE - Police: 9-year-old boy pulls knife on teacher at Seattle school; no one hurt.

- PROSECUTOR-INMATE RELATIONSHIP - Former Spokane County deputy prosecutor charged with rendering criminal help to felon.

- AT&T; SETTLEMENT - State to receive settlement over phone charges.

- FIELD TRIP RAPE - Seattle school district settles rape allegation.

- YAKIMA BIGFOOT ROUND-UP - Bigfoot Round-Up weekend in Yakima.

- ECOLOGY YOUTH CORPS - Washington Ecology cleaned up 250 tons of litter.

- STINK BUGS - Stink bugs looking for warm homes in Washington.

- BREASTFEEDING DRUGS - Tacoma woman accused of breastfeeding drugs.

- SPOKANE MAYOR SALARY - Spokane budget would give mayor $7,000 pay raise.

- YAKIMA CANYON BODIES - Life term for man, 24, in Yakima gang killings.

- EXPLODING POT POP - Marijuana soda explodes at Bellingham pot shop.

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