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Oregon House candidate sues massage parlor

23 min 24 sec ago

A Democratic candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives is suing the owner of a massage parlor in Woodburn, Oregon, after he says she tried to initiate sexual contact with him.

WA peach harvest cut in half by cold spring weather

31 min 49 sec ago

Cold spring weather and a late April frost delayed the peach harvesting season, usually at its peak by now, local growers and state agriculture officials said.

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

48 min 14 sec ago

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban.

Creighton students’ COVID vaccine mandate appeal dismissed

2 hours 14 min ago

The Nebraska Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a handful of Creighton University students seeking to be exempt from the school's COVID-19 vaccine mandate last year, arguing that getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against abortion.

LGBTQ groups denounce Florida plan to limit transgender care

3 hours 31 min ago

LGBTQ and health groups have denounced a new rule by Florida health officials set to take effect later this month to restrict Medicaid insurance coverage for gender dysphoria treatments for transgender people.

Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating

3 hours 41 min ago

Health officials say the virus that causes polio has been detected in New York City’s wastewater weeks after a case of polio was identified in Rockland County north of the city.

Enjoy Seattle-area weekend weather before next round of heat

4 hours 13 min ago

Before some more intense heat arrives, we're in for a couple of those beautiful Seattle summer days that keep us holding on through other weather. Here's what to know.

Sound Transit 3: Progress in West Seattle, paralysis in Chinatown International District

5 hours 11 min ago

Voters approved ST3 in 2016. Here’s a status report on where things stand for neighborhoods around Seattle and for the entire $14 billion line.

Check water quality of King County beaches using this interactive map

5 hours 11 min ago

Before you head to the beach, check water quality of King County lakes using this interactive map.

Some WA families will have to pay again for school meals. Here’s how much

5 hours 11 min ago

For the first time in two years, public school meals won't be free for all students.

Poland: ‘Huge’ amounts of chemical waste dumped into river

7 hours 49 min ago

Poland’s prime minister says “huge amounts of chemical waste” were probably dumped intentionally into the Oder River. Tons of fish have been killed.

Germany: EU could OK combined COVID vaccines next month

8 hours 46 min ago

Germany’s health minister said Friday that the European Medicines Agency could authorize vaccines next month that are each effective against two variants of the coronavirus.

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 23:08

An unprecedented drought is afflicting nearly half of the European continent and is damaging farm economies, forcing water restrictions and threatening aquatic species.

The unfiltered faces of monkeypox

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 19:40

The speed at which people with monkeypox have come out of the shadows has managed to feel both utterly of-the-moment and eerily familiar.

3 arrested in connection with 2006 Kitsap County homicide

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 19:31

Police have arrested three suspects for the murder of a Seattle-area woman whose body was found floating in Puget Sound in 2006, authorities say. Officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found the headless body of Shanan Lynn Read, 33, between Manchester and Blake Island on Jan. 15, 2006, after a citizen reported […]

Trump’s bond with GOP deepens after primary wins, FBI search

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 19:20

The rapid developments crystalized the former president's singular status atop a party he has spent the past seven years breaking down and rebuilding in his image.

Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 17:55

A protester is suing the city of San Francisco claiming that a San Francisco paramedic injected her with a sedative while she was handcuffed after being removed from a Golden State Warriors game for demonstrating in favor of abortion rights.

Raymond Briggs, who drew a wordless ‘Snowman,’ dies at 88

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 17:30

Raymond Briggs, the children’s author and illustrator most prominently known for the wordless escapades of “The Snowman,” had died. He was 88.

Schools, child care centers must continue to follow COVID protocols

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 16:19

Updated Washington health department guidance requires schools and childcare settings to keep COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Health insurer ordered to stop selling in WA

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 16:15

Medova sold health insurance plans to almost 140 small businesses in the state, covering 1,487 employees, through chambers of commerce.