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Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, left, is joined by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson as he talks to the media in Olympia, Wash. about the federal government's announcement that it will not sue to stop Washington and Colorado from taxing and regulating recreational marijuana for adults, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Last fall, voters made both states the first in the country to legalize the sale of marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores. The states are creating rules for the system, with sales expected to begin early next year.

Federal government will not sue WA over legalization of pot

AP Reporting Seattle’s top federal prosecutor says Washington’s medical marijuana system is “untenable” in light of new guidance from the…

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Drug smuggling archer aims ‘pot’ shot at jail

Claims he was hunting a squirrel

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University police stress campus safety to new students

Safety escorts available for students

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Generous gift starts new entrepreneurship program at Western

Alum and retired Microsoft executive David Cole donates a half-million dollars

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Woman accused in adopted daughter’s death takes stand

Death of 13-year-old Hana Williams

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A familiar face chosen to direct symphony orchestra

Bassist Thom Mayes taking over for retiring executive director

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PeaceHealth hit by budget, cuts jobs

Local positions relatively untouched

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Local Democratic party causes stir with coal terminal resolution

Rejects all industrial, commercial and residential uses at Cherry Point

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Bellingham park survey available online

Feedback used to update park plan

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