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Washington regulators shutdown $5.3 billion Hydro One/Avista deal

Hydro One and Avista Corporation today were denied the proposed merger of the two companies by Washington state regulators. Ontario ratepayers, could be on the hook for a $138 million termination fee.

Salmonella outbreak hits Washington and five provinces in Canada

Public health officials in Canada are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections involving five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec related to consuming cucumbers, as is Washington state across the border.

Trans Mountain pipeline reassessment backed by Washington State

Ottawa - Canada's Liberal government announced on Wednesday they would not appeal the August decision from the Federal Court of Appeal that tore up cabinet approval for the pipeline’s expansion. Instead, they are opting for another round of consultations.

A startup may have cracked the secret to fusion energy

In the world of physics, commercially viable fusion energy has been "just on the horizon" for nearly eight decades. Now, a new Washington-based startup, Agni Energy Inc., may have cracked the secret to nuclear fusion - bringing it closer to reality.

Evening jog on B.C. beach leads to two weeks in U.S. detention

Nineteen-year-old Cedella Roman, a French citizen staying in Canada, was jogging in White Rock, B.C. when she was stopped by two U.S. border patrol officers. She ended up spending two weeks in a detention center because she had entered the U.S. illegally.

Google stops running some political ads in Washington state

Mountain View - Google has stopped running any ads in Washington state that are related to ballot measures or state and local elections. The company said it will notify any advertisers affected and update its political content policy to reflect this change.

Puget Sound mussels test positive for opioids and antibiotics

Seattle - Washington state scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and opioids in some Puget Sound mussels, adding to the growing evidence that America's opioid addiction problem is getting out of hand.

Strata Solar to build largest solar farm in Washington state

North Carolina-based Strata Solar soon will begin installing the largest solar farm in the state of Washington. The company plans to begin installing 81,000 solar panels next month near Lind, about 75 miles west of Spokane.

Washington state bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters

Seattle - Atlantic salmon net-pen farming will be phased out in Washington state by 2025 under legislation passed by the state Senate on Friday after a tough floor fight and some fancy parliamentary footwork.

Amtrak train derailed leaves one car dangling from overpass

An Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday southwest of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 on the first day of service on the route. Multiple injuries and fatalities were reported.

Geothermal technology takes a giant leap forward in Washington

Spokane - While Washington state uses a mix of renewables, including hydroelectric and wind, it has lagged behind neighboring states like Idaho, or Utah and Nevada in the development of geothermal energy. But geothermal exploration is now moving forward.

Op-Ed: Spokane's Brambleberry Cottage, a respite from 21st century Special

Spokane - In this busy high-tech 21st century society it's hard to find time to relax with family and friends. Mother's Day this coming May 13, is perhaps an ideal opportunity to spend time just enjoying each other's company.

Three firefighters die in Washington state wildfire

Twisp - Three firefighters died Wednesday after their vehicle crashed during a wildfire. The flames from the inferno likely overtook them, according to fire officials. Four other firefighters were injured, including one listed in critical condition.

Washington state Salmonella cases up to 90 — CDC called in

The number of Salmonella illnesses in several Washington state counties has now jumped to 90 cases, prompting the Washington State Department of Health to call in The CDC. The USDA/FSIS has also issued a public health alert.

Salmonella linked to pork in eight Washington state counties

Seattle - Washington state and local health officials are partnering to investigate a number of cases and clusters of Salmonella infections that have popped up in eight counties recently. The cases all appear to be linked to eating pork.

Brave teen survives plane crash, walks for days to safety

A teenager who survived a plane crash in the forested mountains of Washington state emerged from the wilderness after hiking for days before she was picked up by a motorist who drove her to safety, authorities said.

Neurotoxic pesticide approved for use on Washington oyster beds

Seattle - Southwest Washington state oyster-growers have been battling the native shrimp that burrow in the mudflats for years, making it difficult for the oysters to grow. Now they have been given state approval for the use of a neurotoxic pesticide.

Park Service will study restoring grizzlies to North Cascades

Seattle - Grizzly bears in America's Northwest only exist in stories and legend. The last confirmed sighting was in 2010, when a hiker photographed one in the North Cascades. That may soon change, depending on the results of a three-year study by the Park Service.

Op-Ed: U.S. biz pays CEOs more than taxes, and no questions asked?

Sydney - Generosity to oneself is pretty normal. When U.S. corporations who refuse to consider raising minimum wage and audit staff toilet time start giving their pet high flyers more money than they pay in taxes, questions need to be asked. Nobody's asking.

Congressmen who voted for NDAA detention face voters on Aug. 5th

A round of primary elections is scheduled to take place on August 5th in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington.

Op-Ed: Federal actions against marijuana show Obama's lack of leadership

When Colorado and Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, Barack Obama claimed his administration would allow them to govern their own marijuana laws. Yet the Obama administration has sent mixed signals on whether marijuana laws will change.

65-foot long crack found in major dam in Washington state

A two-inch wide crack measuring 65-feet in length has been discovered on the spillway of the Wannapum Hydroelectric Dam on the Columbia River in Washington state. This has prompted officials to start lowering the water level to assess the damage.

'Pot-bellied' pig could take on a whole new meaning

We have all seen pictures of them — pot-bellied pigs — the little short-legged porcine that supposedly make a good pet. Those grunting little creatures are not raised for food, but their cousins that are, may soon be "pot-head" pigs flying high.

Op-Ed: Boeing receives biggest tax break ever from Washington State

Everett - Boeing Co. received a huge tax break from the Washington State legislature on Monday November 12 as governor Jay Inslee signed into law tax breaks that stretch out over 27 years until 2040.

Washington State releases regulations for legal marijuana

A little over a month ago, the Washington State Liquor Control Board released an initial draft of the regulations and restrictions that will govern the newly legal marijuana industry in Washington State.

Thousands of Washington State workers face potential layoffs

Olympia - Thousands of Washington State government employees are receiving notices that they could face a potential layoff if lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement in order to prevent a government shutdown.

Washington bill would require health insurers to cover abortion

The Reproductive Parity Act, if passed, would have required almost all health insurers in Washington State to pay for elective abortions.

Woman accused of fraudulently residing in various mini-mansions

Seattle - An accused con artist on the run, she assumes identities and careers somewhat like a chameleon changes colors to match surrounding terrain in order to hide from predators.

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.

Six nuclear waste tanks leaking in Washington

Richland - Officials have confirmed that six underground tanks at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Plant are leaking radioactive waste.
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Vancouver Energy’s proposed facility (highlighted in blue) consists of a covered transload area on...
Vancouver Energy’s proposed facility (highlighted in blue) consists of a covered transload area on the railroad tracks at Terminal 5, six storage tanks to the east and a loading area at two of the port’s cargo berths.
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Mt. Baker as viewed from Galiano Island  BC. The ferry is on its way from Victoria to Vancouver.
Mt. Baker as viewed from Galiano Island, BC. The ferry is on its way from Victoria to Vancouver.
I-522: The People s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.
I-522: The People's Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.
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The annual  Tip-A-Cop  fundraiser was held at more than 300 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers franchises in ...
The annual "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser was held at more than 300 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers franchises in 39 states this past Oct. 13, 2012. Seen here are the staff of the Red Robin with local law officers in Kennewick, Washington
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The Okanogan Complex is made up of the 9 Mile  Beaver Lake  Twisp River  Lime Belt and Tunk Block fi...
The Okanogan Complex is made up of the 9 Mile, Beaver Lake, Twisp River, Lime Belt and Tunk Block fires.
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A Washington state wildfire that has already killed three firefighters and torched more than 160 000...
A Washington state wildfire that has already killed three firefighters and torched more than 160,000 acres of land continues to burn.
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Mt. Baker as viewed from Galiano Island  BC.
Mt. Baker as viewed from Galiano Island, BC.
Hot springs sampling on a steamy breach zone on the north flank of Mt. St. Helens in 2012. Photo tak...
Hot springs sampling on a steamy breach zone on the north flank of Mt. St. Helens in 2012. Photo taken by P. Stelling (Western Washington University).
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Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington.
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For Mother s Day  Brambleberry Cottage will be serving a full-meal luncheon. The second busiest day ...
For Mother's Day, Brambleberry Cottage will be serving a full-meal luncheon. The second busiest day of the year for Brambleberry Cottage is Christmas.
Courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage, Spokane WA
Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington  October 1969.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington, October 1969.
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Located on Pacific Avenue in downtown Spokane  Brambleberry Cottage offers a respite from the stress...
Located on Pacific Avenue in downtown Spokane, Brambleberry Cottage offers a respite from the stress and hurried pace of high-tech 21-Century life.
Courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage, Spokane WA
The world s longest floating bridge in Washington state. It is six lanes instead of four.
The world's longest floating bridge in Washington state. It is six lanes instead of four.
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Mothers  Day is the busiest day of the year for Brambleberry Cottage tea house and gift shop of Spok...
Mothers' Day is the busiest day of the year for Brambleberry Cottage tea house and gift shop of Spokane, Washington.
Courtesy of Brambleberry Cottage, Spokane WA
Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington.
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The face of an unknown firefighter reflects a tiredness born of dedication to the job.
The face of an unknown firefighter reflects a tiredness born of dedication to the job.
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Collapsed bridge in Washington state
Collapsed bridge in Washington state
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Monday’s collapse came after authorities warned that the caves were especially dangerous because o...
Monday’s collapse came after authorities warned that the caves were especially dangerous because of warming temperatures.
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