Researcher who tracks whales says ailing orca likely gone

SEATTLE (AP) — Teams are searching for an ailing, critically endangered orca that a scientist who tracks the whale population in the Pacific Northwest says is likely dead. Experts ha...

Experts weigh next steps, possible capture to save ill orca

SEATTLE (AP) — A young, sick whale is skinnier than ever and in poor condition nearly two months after an international team of experts began taking extraordinary measures to save her. ...

Take 2 for Washington state: Carbon fee on fall ballot

SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Washington state will be asked this fall to do what state and federal leaders have been reluctant to: charge a direct fee on carbon pollution to fight climate change. ...

Rescue team rushes to help ailing orca spotted off Canada

SEATTLE (AP) — Teams of whale experts on Thursday were racing out to sea to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don't plan to intervene to help a mother orca in the same critically endangered ...

Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales

SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The...

New endangered Puget Sound orca dies soon after birth

SEATTLE (AP) — A new orca has died soon after being born to the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state. Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Re...

Will Amazon's work to kill Seattle tax spook other cities?

SEATTLE (AP) — A tax on large companies like Amazon that was meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis got rolled back during a raucous Seattle City Council meeting. It exposed di...

Amazon flexes muscles, Seattle backs down on business tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon balked and Seattle is backing down. City leaders said they plan to repeal a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks as they face mounting pressure f...

Sleuthing leads to new findings about peculiar ocean fish

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists have identified three new species of opah, a colorful, peculiar deep-diving fish that is increasingly served in U.S. restaurants. A team of researchers with...

Group threatens lawsuit over habitat protection for orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group wants the federal government to move forward with protecting offshore areas along the U.S. West Coast to help endangered killer whales. The Center...

Olympian sues USA Swimming to allege sexual abuse cover-up

SEATTLE (AP) — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. ...

Seattle OKs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. ...

Stakes high as Seattle considers business tax for homeless

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive Seattle's economic boom. The measure has spark...

CHP: Deadly SUV cliff crash may have been intentional

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Highway Patrol officials say preliminary evidence shows the cliff crash that killed a Washington state family may have been intentional. Capt. Greg Ba...

Brake failure, a blown tire? Search for clues in SUV wreck

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brake failure, a blown tire and factors such as the weather and road condition are among the factors that will be looked at by investigators trying to determine what caused an SUV...