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Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A Washington state county where a mudslide killed at least 41 people last month delayed a decision on Wednesday on a proposed ban on construction in landslide-prone areas over concerns it could hamper rebuilding efforts. The five-member Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to…

Flooding may slow search at Washington mudslide site

By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Recovery teams raced on Wednesday against a forecast of returning showers in their search for victims of a Washington state mudslide that obliterated a community last month and left dozens dead or missing. Hundreds of search-and-recovery workers have redoubled efforts since Monday to…

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…

Death toll from Washington state mudslide expected to soar

By Eric M. Johnson and Jonathan Kaminsky ARLINGTON, Wash./DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Rescue officials said the death toll from a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state is soon expected to climb far higher, as some residents voiced anger that they were prevented from helping in the initial disaster response six days…

More than 100 missing persons reports filed after Washington state mudslide

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – More than 100 missing persons reports have been filed with various entities in Washington state in the aftermath of a mudslide already blamed for eight confirmed deaths, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management said on Monday. The landslide, triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route…

Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspects U.S. secretly behind Kabul restaurant bombing

Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Karzai, whose relations with Washington have steadily deteriorated over the years, has compiled a list of dozens of attacks that…

UPDATE: 3 people dead in mall shooting outside Washington, DC

"Several" people have been injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, various US television stations reported Saturday. News reports said that the mall, located about 45 minutes outside the US capital, was……

Are Colorado and Washington ready for legalized pot?

Legal pot is imminent in Colorado and Washington. Are they ready? (via The Christian Science Monitor) A few days from now, in January, people in Colorado will be able to walk into shops and buy marijuana – no doctor’s prescription required. In the state of Washington, they’ll be able to…

House approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement

House lawmakers on Thursday resoundingly approved a two-year budget deal that repeals billions of dollars in painful automatic cuts and crucially avoids the prospect of a US government shutdown next year. The agreement hammered out between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal…

Washington D.C. cop accused of taking nude photos of 15-year-old girl

A Washington D.C. police officer was arrested Monday night and accused of making child pornography following an incident involving a 15-year-old girl. D.C.ist reported that authorities recovered photos of the girl and at least two other unidentified people who could be teen girls, after conducting a search against Officer Marc…

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