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government shutdown
9:07 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

For Tribes, Shutdown's Effects Could Linger

American Indian leaders say disruptions to some services for the elderly and other needy reservation residents could linger despite the end of the government shutdown.

Tribal leaders said Thursday it could take days or weeks to get backed-up funds flowing. They're also grappling with federal cuts imposed even before the latest budget impasse shut off payments entirely.

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government shutdown
9:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Obama Signs Bill to Avert Default, Open Government

Charles Dharapak AP Photo

President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.

The White House says Obama signed the bill early Thursday, hours after the House gave final approval.

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9:37 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Leaders Announce Bipartisan Deal To Avoid Default, Reopen Government

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown, now in its 16th day.

Reid made the announcement at the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.

The deal would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Reid thanked Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working out an agreement.

government shutdown
4:17 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Vote on GOP Plan Delayed as Debt Deadline Nears

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington.
Evan Vucci AP Photo

Time growing desperately short, House Republican efforts to pass legislation averting a Treasury default and ending a partial government shutdown collapsed Tuesday night, and one of the country's top ratings firms warned of a possible downgrade in the nation's creditworthiness.

The decision by Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership to pull a bill they had unveiled earlier in the day appeared to mark the end of what amounted to a daylong detour from separate negotiations in the Senate that had appeared on the verge of bearing fruit.

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government shutdown
1:48 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

House to Vote Tuesday Night on Budget Bill to Avoid Default

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
J. Scott Applewhite AP Photo

A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote Tuesday night on legislation that would reopen the government and avert a financial default.

Michael Steel says the bill would keep the government operating until Dec. 15 and let the Treasury borrow money until Feb. 7.

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government shutdown
10:31 am
Tue October 15, 2013

For Hanford Workers, Furlough Notices Could Come Wednesday

Associated Press

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation could start receiving furlough notices on Wednesday because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Tri-City Development Council estimates that about 9,000 Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers could eventually be put on temporary leave or laid off.

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Election 2013
6:02 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Wash. Voters Will Weigh in on Initiative on Initiatives

A voter drops off his ballot at a King County Elections drop box outside of a north Seattle public library Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Washington state residents have plenty of experience voting on new law proposals, but next month they'll decide on an "initiative on initiatives" that would make it easier to get such measures on the ballot.

The proposal, Initiative 517, was sparked in part by legal battles over local measures seeking to block red light cameras, including one case last year that went to the state Supreme Court.

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American held in North Korea
3:11 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Tearful Reunion with Mother for Lynnwood Man Held in NKorea

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae talk each other during their meeting at a hospital in Pyongyang Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

The family of an ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months says he has had an emotional reunion with his mother.

Myunghee Bae was allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary, at a hospital where he has been held since August. Bae's sister, Terri Chung, of the Seattle suburb of Edmonds, said Friday that the Swedish ambassador in Pyongyang attended the visit and told her it was extremely emotional.

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government shutdown
1:37 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Starbucks Asks Customers to Sign Petition to End Shutdown

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Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Starbucks says it will ask customers and businesses to sign a petition calling for an end to the partial government shutdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job.

The petition will will be available at all Starbucks 11,000 U.S. locations to sign beginning Friday.

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crab fishing
1:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Shutdown Threatens Lucrative Alaska Crab Fishery

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Klas Stolpe AP Photo

The Alaska red king crab fishery featured on the reality show, "Deadliest Catch," is facing an uncertain start because of the federal government's partial shutdown, and a late opening could have ripple effects in Japan.

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online drug market
2:54 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

2 in Wash. Accused of Silk Road Drug Sales

Federal authorities have accused two people in the Seattle area of selling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine via the now-shuttered online marketplace Silk Road.

Steven Lloyd Sadler of Bellevue and Jenna M. White of Renton have both been released from custody pending court appearances later this month.

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Health alert
4:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

USDA Issues Health Alert for Chicken Sold in Wash. State

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Antonio Calanni AP Photo

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill.

The USDA says that strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.

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government shutdown
3:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Wash. National Guard Bringing Back 700 Workers

The Washington state Military Department is bringing back to work more than 700 federal technicians who were furloughed in the partial government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Karina Shagren says the civilian employees of the Washington National Guard are expected back at work starting Tuesday. They've been out for about a week.

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9:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

JAL Makes First Purchase from Airbus, Not Boeing

File - A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 taxis to the runway at Logan International Airport in Boston on its inaugural, non-stop flight from Boston to Tokyo, Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Michael Dwyer AP Photo

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion) with a purchase of 31 A350 planes.

JAL's fleet has been dominated by Boeing Co. offerings, partly because of the ties between Japan and the U.S. that span decades and include security arrangements.

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search for hikers
10:29 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Missing Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Found Safe

A 23-year-old woman reported missing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has been found safe, but a search has been suspended for an Oregon man.

Authorities say Alejandra Wilson of Oregon was located Saturday afternoon—cold and tired but otherwise OK.

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