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Bellingham’s new fireboat named by fourth grader

Sunnyland Elementary's Benjamin Wasserman names fireboat "Salish Star"

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Gonorrhea cases in Washington jump by nearly 40 percent

Gonorrhea the second most common STD in state

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County beaches re-opened to shellfish harvesting

Shellfish harvesting now safe on Whatcom beaches except Portage Bay

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School bond passes in Lynden

Lynden school bond passes

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Washington teacher: First thought was to get boy’s gun away

A teacher who got on top of a student who had just fired two gunshots at his school says his first thought was getting the gun away, and his second thought was for the shooter's well-being.

A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard.

Fearing bad fire season, Washington preps earlier than usual

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials fear another bad wildfire season this year, and they’re preparing for it earlier…

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Sedro-Woolley School Board deems teacher’s strike ‘illegal’

A northern Washington school district has declared a planned teachers union strike illegal, but that won't stop the planned rally.

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Following Nepal quake, climbers say Everest season is over

MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press   SEATTLE (AP) — Guiding companies say all climbers on the Nepal side of Mount Everest…

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Dog that defied death leaves veterinary hospital

A stray dog that was beaten with a hammer and left for dead has left Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley speaks at a news conference, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash. Earlier in the day, Kelley entered a not guilty plea to a federal grand jury indictment on charges of filing false tax returns, attempted obstruction of a civil lawsuit and possession of stolen property.

Auditor Troy Kelley says unpaid leave will start Monday

Embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley says he will start his leave of absence next week.

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Man who left bank with found money sentenced to jail

A man who found $2,000 in an unmarked envelope in a bank in Bellingham walked out with the money and spent it.

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Legislative session’s winners and losers

Upcoming special session required after regular session concludes

Florists make wedding bouquets at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Friday, July 6, 2007. The chapel is planning for 113 weddings on July 7, 2007, said marketing director Whitney Lloyd. It's the largest number the business has handled in its 50-year history.

Florist to appeal case before state Supreme Court

Richland flower shop owner appeals lawsuit lost earlier this year

In this July 20, 2014 photo, shooters practice with pistols at the gun range at Dragonman's, a gun dealer east of Colorado Springs, Colo. When Colorado lawmakers expanded background checks on firearms last year, they were expecting a huge increase. But the actual number the first 12 months of the law is far lower than projected, according to an analysis of state data by The Associated Press.

New gun bill signed into law

"Sheena Henderson Act" allows family members to ask police about confiscated gun returns

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Jury awards $3.5 million to woman who died from mesothelioma

Barbara Brandes exposed to asbestos from insulation at her husband's refinery job

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New state law bans “ticket bots”

Automated software buys event tickets before humans can

Sens. Ann Rivers, seated, Steve Litzow, middle, and Mark Schoesler watch a bill amendment vote count on her computer in Olympia, Wash. on on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Rivers sponsored a bill passed by the Senate on Friday that seeks to reconcile Washington state's medical marijuana industry with its heavily taxed recreational sector.

Possible challenge to medical marijuana overhaul

Supporters of Referendum 76 will need to collect enough signatures to get it on ballot

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Whatcom County students sick with E. Coli after Milk Makers Fest

Greg Stern with the Whatcom County Health Department says the cluster of cases tells them it’s associated to the festival, although a specific source isn’t known.

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Teacher says he ran toward gunfire like anyone else would

A popular teacher who tackled a shooter inside a school says he did what any other teacher in the U.S. would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.

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Budget writers meet ahead of start of special session

Budget negotiators returned to the Capitol for a meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of a midweek start of a special session that could last up to 30 days.

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WWU Track & Field: Six Vikings named USTFCCCA All-Americans

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Katelyn Steen was a first-team pick along with Alex Donigian, Slater Hirst (pictured) and Katie Reichert.

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49ers QB Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm post

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The Seahawks 19-3.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson offered his support. "Praying for all the people in Houston... Healing is on the way!" he wrote on Twitter.

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Storm open preseason with a win

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Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd, right, holds up a Seattle Storm jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after the Storm selected Loyd as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA basketball draft, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Uncasville, Conn.

Rookie Jewell Loyd led Seattle with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and had three assists.

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Neuer, Mueller, Kroos left off Germany roster vs US

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UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier Group D - Germany (4) v (0) Gibraltar at Grundig Stadium

Featuring: Manuel Neuer,Thomas Müller,Erik Durm,Shkodran Mustafi,Toni Kroos
Where: Nuernberg, Germany
When: 14 Nov 2014
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The game will be played June 10th in Cologne.

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Blaine man crashes truck, drowns in Drayton Harbor after police chase

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Ex-girlfriend called police last Friday saying he had threatened to commit suicide