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Fireworks plant explosion in Washington state kills one

SEATTLE (Reuters) – An explosion at Washington state fireworks plant killed a 74-year-old man and injured two others as workers were loading shells onto a truck headed to a show, a Thurston County dispatcher and local media said. Fire officials were alerted to the blast, which destroyed a nearly 400-square-foot…

Seattle physician suspended for allegedly ‘sexting’ during surgery

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for sexual gratification has been suspended from practice for disregarding patient safety and engaging in sexual misconduct, Washington state health officials said on Monday.     Arthur Zilberstein, an anesthesiologist and surgeon licensed…

Stifling the buzz: Washington towns enacting local bans against recreational pot use

By Eric M. Johnson GIG HARBOR, Washington (Reuters) – Tedd Wetherbee spent months, and at least $30,000, setting up his marijuana shop in the Puget Sound hamlet of Gig Harbor, and planned a grand opening once his Washington state retail license was issued in July. Then, with no word of…

California lawmaker proposes testing plan to tax drivers by the mile

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow the state to monitor the effects of taxing motorists by the mile, KNBC-TV reported on Tuesday. Senate bill 1077, which was introduced by State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier’s (D) last week, would institute a pilot program in a city yet to…

Widow files damage claims over Washington state mudslide disaster

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – The widow of a man killed in the Washington state mudslide has filed damage claims asserting that official inaction contributed to the disaster that took more than 40 lives. Thomas Durnell, 65, was at home on March 22 when the mudslide hit and…

Death toll climbs to 37 after Washington state mudslide

The official death toll from a mudslide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 37 on Tuesday, after search teams extricated another body from the mud and rubble. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River…

Mourners gather to remember victims of Washington mudslide

DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Mourners were set to gather on Saturday to remember two women killed in Washington state’s mudslide, in the first of a series of memorial events for the more than two dozen dead, even as the search continues for more victims. A funeral for school custodian Summer…

Death toll from Washington landslide rises to 29

The confirmed death toll from a huge US landslide rose to 29 Wednesday including three children, officials said a week and a half after the disaster in Washington state. Twenty people are still believed missing after a wall of mud and debris crashed down on the town of Oso on…

Washington state mudslide survivors consider shrine for disaster site

By Eric M. Johnson DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Survivors of a mudslide in Washington state that has left dozens dead or missing say they favor turning the area into a shrine to honor those who perished once the bulldozers clear away the destruction wrought by a vast wall of debris.…

Confirmed death toll in Washington landslide rises to 21

The confirmed death toll from a huge US landslide rose from 18 to 21 on Sunday, while four more bodies were located but not counted in the official tally, authorities said. Thirty people remain missing after a rain-soaked wall of mud, trees and debris crashed down onto the edge of…

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