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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Top lawmakers said Thursday that Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to use hundreds of millions of dollars from the state’s emergency budget reserve to combat Washington’s homelessness crisis was unlikely to pass the Legislature. By Chris Grygiel. DEVELOPING. AP Photos.
Buried under about 10 feet (3 meters) of snow after an avalanche this week at an Idaho ski resort, Bill Fuzak made peace with his predicament and prepared for death. ‘’Ï had already relegated myself to the inevitable as I knew the air would not last long,” Fuzak, 62, wrote on a public Facebook page for skiers. “I’m really surprised how calm I felt but knew there was nothing I could do but wait and pray.” His prayers were answered and Fuzak became one of four survivors extricated from Tuesday’s avalanche at the Silver Mountain Resort near Kellogg, Idaho. Two other skiers were killed and one is still missing. The resort remained closed on Thursday as searchers with dogs and long probes prepared to try to find the missing skier presumably buried in snow. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 560 words. AP photos.
SEATTLE — A Seattle congresswoman says the Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights office will investigate reports that travelers of Iranian descent were singled out for extra scrutiny as they crossed the border from Canada into Washington last weekend. SENT: 240 words, AP Photos.
PARADISE, Calif. – Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,400 words. AP Photos.
SAN DIEGO — Top-ranked Gonzaga, which has six players averaging in double figures, looks for its 11th straight victory against San Diego and its 34th straight West Coast Conference road victory. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. PT.
Mississippi State hired Washington State’s Mike Leach as its new head coach Thursday, bringing one of the nation’s quirkiest and most successful coaches to the Southeastern Conference.
Leach will replace Joe Moorhead, who was fired last week after two seasons.
Washington State plays California at Haas Pavilion.
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—DEADLY DRUG SELLER: Man sentenced for selling drugs that killed 2 people.
—SEATTLE-FOSSIL FUELS: Seattle Mayor: City-owned buildings to get off fossil fuels.