Olympia police close streets for potential bomb threat

Olympia police officers are responding to a bomb threat Monday morning. The department tweeted about the threat in the area of Union Avenue and Quince Street at 8:08 a.m. Businesses in the area are being evacuated and several roads are closed. Police are asking people to avoid the area if possible and said such events … Read more

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says

WASHIINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before the U.N. and made faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, has died of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell rose … Read more

Clark County deputies shoot, kill suspect after pursuit

Authorities say police shot and killed an assault suspect after a pursuit near Vancouver in southwest Washington. The Columbian reports that about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Clark County deputies tried to stop a car in the Orchards area associated with someone they say they had probable cause to arrest for first-degree assault with a handgun. The … Read more

China calls missile launch ‘routine test’ of new technology

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be re-used. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the launch involved a spacecraft rather than a missile and was of “great significance for reducing the use-cost of spacecraft and could provide a convenient … Read more

UW doctor: When to use a PCR versus rapid antigen test for COVID-19

As we close move into the second fall season of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for rapid tests is still growing, but not all tests are exactly the same. Seattle has now administered 1 million COVID tests at citywide locations Dr. Geoff Baird with UW Medicine has a simple formula for weighing the two main … Read more

Naval Station Everett welcomes USS John S. McCain

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departs Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) while shifting its homeport to Naval Station Everett, Washington, and bringing an end to 24 years of being forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet. (Ryo Isobe/U.S. Navy photo) (Ryo Isobe/U.S. Navy photo) The USS John S. McCain is … Read more

Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to ‘kiss my…’ in final sign-off before vaccine mandate

A 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol signed off from his final shift with some parting words for Governor Jay Inslee: “Kiss my ***.” Trooper Robert LaMay is out of the WSP for refusing to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate. His final shift in uniform was Friday in Yakima County. He filmed his final … Read more

What to know as Oct. 18 deadline for vaccine mandate approaches

The deadline for state workers, including educators, and healthcare workers to show their employers proof that they’re vaccinated against COVID-19 is Monday, Oct. 18. Employees who are not vaccinated or who have not been approved for religious or medical exemption will lose their job. Gov. Inslee made clear on Thursday that he’s holding firm to … Read more

Police: Two in custody after hit-and-run suspect rams patrol car; officer fires shots

Two people were taken into custody after a driver suspected of a hit-and-run rammed an officer’s patrol vehicle, resulting in the officer firing shots at the car Saturday night in Medina, according to Bellevue police who are assisting Medina police with the investigation. According to Bellevue police, a Medina officer attempted to pull over a … Read more

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. A New York man charged in … Read more