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Blaine, Birch Bay prepare for tsunamis

Shoreline communities plan for future threats

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Blue Skies for Children collecting backpacks

Local backpack drive for kids in need

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.

Letter: Federal aid needed for wildfire victims

State ask feds to reconsider aid for wildfire victims

Job Briefcase

Women shorted on federal loans and contracts

Less opportunity for state women business owners

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Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Medical examiner working to confirm climber's identities

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State rakes in the green from local pot shop

Local pot shop pays over $80,000 in taxes in first month

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Identity of I-5 bank robber released

Bail denied for suspected serial bank robber

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Man charged with 4th murder count; 3 in Wash.

Prosecutors say cross-county killer was exacting vengeance against U.S.

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Tree sitter trying to block Wash. mall comes down

Western Washington University student ends tree protest

Photo provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

The world’s richest man interviews Bellingham teacher

Bill Gate calls Bellingham teacher "mind blowing"

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Report: Costco is worth the trip

Study says shopping Costco saves up to 25 percent

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Eastern Washington wildfires down but not out

Weather helping put out wildfires

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Lynden extends pot ban, Ferndale delays

No home for pot shops in Lynden

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12 free meal limit for lawmakers

Ethics board seeks to limit free meals from lobbyists

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Suspected I-5 bank robber caught

Police: Woodinville man responsible for Bellingham bank robberies

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Unemployment up slightly in Whatcom County

Local jobless rate up a bit in July

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Two men injured in Lynden crash

Both drivers hospitalized in Pangborn Rd. crash north of Lynden

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Third pot store opens in Bellingham

New pot shop opens this week

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Video store takes a shot as nonprofit

"Film is Truth" finds unique way to survive

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Uma Thurman stars in Bellingham director’s first film

Bellingham script writer wins film competition

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Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina March 28, 2014.

U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month, a sign the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.

in Lifestyle

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk

Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometers southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008.

For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide.

in Lifestyle

Triathlons popular with middle-aged athletes

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014.

Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes.

in Sports

Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving

James Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 17, 2014.

Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in March after failing roadside field-sobriety tests.

in Sports

Phillies’ Cole Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter

Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws the ball against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field.

Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta.