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DRIVER-PEDESTRIANS STRUCK

Police: Driver who hit pedestrians was high, had eyes shut

(Information from: The Seattle Times, )

SEATTLE (AP) — A second person has died after police say a woman who was driving high with her eyes closed plowed her car into a group of four pedestrians last week. The Seattle Times reports that the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office confirmed the second death Monday, but offered no further details.

AIRPORT DELAYS

Washington’s Sea-Tac airport expects delays caused by storm

(Information from: KING-TV, )

SEATTLE (AP) — Sea-Tac International Airport has warned passengers to expect delays as a winter storm hampers holiday travel. KING-TV reports the airport in Washington state recommends travelers plan for congested drive times. Officials have also asked customers to consider using public transportation to reach the airport 14 miles south of Seattle and 25 miles north of Tacoma.

HOSPITAL LAWSUIT-MOLD

Lawsuit filed over mold infections at Seattle hospital

(Information from: KOMO-TV, )

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Seattle Children’s Hospital in connection with a second aspergillus mold outbreak in the last year. The hospital says in the suit filed Monday that between 2001 and 2014, seven children who were patients developed infections from the mold and five of them died. Officials say the infections and deaths were thought to be isolated events at the time.

FORKS-SHOOTING

Boy arrested after fatal shooting of man in Forks

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting in Forks, Washington, and a boy has been arrested. KOMO reports police were called just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday. They arrived to find a 19-year-old man dead at the scene from gunshot wounds. A boy described as a “juvenile male” was held at the scene by witnesses and arrested as the suspected shooter when deputies arrived.

WASHINGTON EARTHQUAKE

Small earthquake hits area near Mount Rainer National Park

PACKWOOD, Wash. (AP) — People living near Mount Rainier National Park report they felt a small earthquake that hit the region. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.6 quake hit a spot 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Packwood, an unincorporated community near the park, at 12:31 p.m. Sunday. The quake had a depth of 0.8 miles (1.3 km). There were no initial reports of damage.

GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS

Report recommends centralized gun background check system

(Information from: The Seattle Times, )

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new report recommends Washington create a centralized system for gun-purchase background checks. The state Office of Financial Management report says such a system would increase public safety with more consistent training and oversight and reduce burden on local law enforcement performing more than 440,000 checks annually. The Seattle Times reports that state lawmakers earlier this year unanimously passed legislation that authorized the report.

THEATER EVACUATED-URINE

Wrongly delivered urine sample prompts theater evacuation

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — A movie theater in the small Washington city of North Bend was evacuated after authorities say a packaged labeled as containing a “highly contagious human substance” was sent there in error. KOMO reports the package contained a urine sample. Sgt. Paul Graham with Snoqualmie Police says the package was supposed to have been delivered to a medical clinic in Tacoma, more than 40 miles away.

NET PEN COLLAPSE-SETTLEMENT

Cooke Aquaculture to pay $2.75M over net-pen collapse

(Information from: The Seattle Times, )

SEATTLE (AP) — Fish-farming company Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit following the collapse of one of its net-pens in 2017. The Seattle Times reports that the settlement with the nonprofit Wild Fish Conservancy still needs the approval of a federal judge, but the money would pay for legal fees as well as Puget Sound restoration projects.

OWL-VEHICLE COLLISIONS

Increase in owl collisions with vehicles in Skagit County

(Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, )

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitation facilities are seeing an increase in owls being hit by vehicles north of Seattle. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the increase is something Sarvey in Arlington and Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on San Juan Island see each fall. Wolf Hollow Education Coordinator Shona Aitken says 14 of 17 owls treated at the center this fall were hit along Highway 20 and Memorial Highway, and in the Big Lake, Bow, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley areas.

US-FRANCE-TECH TAX

US proposes tariffs on up to $2.4 billion in French imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports _ from Roquefort cheese to handbags. It’s in retaliation for a new French tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says that France’s digital services tax discriminates against U.S. companies and says the tariffs could reach 100%.

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