Program to help merchants cover workers won't be up until 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — A new health insurance marketplace being set up in Washington to help small businesses find insurance for their employees will not be fully operational this fall, as planned.
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon legislators are considering a bill to legalize and license medical marijuana retailers, calling it a step toward reining in abuses of the state's 15-year-old effort to allow people to use pot for therapy.
JUNEAU, Alaska — The five West Coast states affected by debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan are about to receive an initial $250,000 each from a $5 million gift from Japan for cleanup.
LONGVIEW — An inmate who collapsed at the Cowlitz County Jail died Thursday at a Vancouver hospital.
He's accused of trying to kill police officers
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A trial is under way in Astoria for a Washington state man accused of trying to kill police officers.
Woman moves self, daughters from Idaho to California
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Holly Lahti won one of the biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history then seemed to disappear from the face of the Earth. She actually moved to the California coast.Lahti, 31, of Rathdrum, Idaho, gave her first interview this week since splitting a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot in January 2011.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD (AP) — An Army sergeant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2009 killings of five fellow service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.
Serial killer Robert Yates, whose death sentence has been upheld by the state Supreme Court, is seeking an appeal through the federal court system.
PORTLAND (AP) — Kaiser Permanente Northwest is apologizing to nearly 6,500 members in Oregon and Washington whose blood was tested for HIV without their knowledge or consent.
SEATTLE — Suicide stalks Indian Country, claiming more lives of native youth than those in any other population, not only in Washington, but nationally.
KENNEWICK — A Washington woman whose car was stolen from her apartment complex saw the stolen SUV hours later -- in the drive-thru of the McDonald's restaurant where she works.
RICHLAND — A florist targeted by two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding has filed her own lawsuit against Washington state, claiming the state is violating her religious beliefs.
Fewer fire-related deaths were reported in 2012 than in the two previous years, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
PORTLAND — Portland's TriMet mass transit system has 70 executives and managers earning more than $100,000 a year.
SPOKANE — A postal workers union in Spokane says two letters that appeared to contain the deadly poison ricin have been found.