By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
SEATTLE — Two Washington cities have systematically violated the constitutional rights of poor defendants to effective legal representation, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, blaming city officials for being "willfully blind" to the effects of their cost-cutting.
By PHUONG LE, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 8:32 p.m.
SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee stood with the governors of California and Oregon and a Canadian province official several weeks ago and agreed to put a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.
By Gene Johnson, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 3:23 p.m.
SEATTLE — The nation's largest freight rail carriers have announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.
By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 1:56 p.m.
DENVER — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony should not be forced to violate his religious beliefs, his attorney told a judge deciding whether the cake-maker should be made to accommodate gay couples. But an attorney representing a gay couple countered Wednesday that the baker's faith doesn't give him a right to discriminate.
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:42 a.m.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber and representatives of the Obama administration have signed a breakthrough agreement for sharing scarce water in the Upper Klamath Basin, where irrigation was shut off to ranchers last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly awarded water rights to protect fish.
MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Department of Transportation officials are considering an application from an Oregon company to move an oversized load of refinery equipment through the state to an oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.
By Todd Dvorak, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:02 a.m.
BOISE, Idaho — More search and rescue personnel joined a team on Wednesday scouring the central Idaho mountains for five people, including four family members, who were onboard a plane that disappeared three days ago.
ROY — Emergency responders hope to have a collapsed grain silo stabilized Wednesday so they can recover the body of a man who was buried under tons of corn when the structure gave way Monday in Roy, Wash.