Global warming brings wildfire risk to rainy US Northwest

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Nestled in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The...

Global warming brings wildfire risk to rainy US Northwest

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — The famously rainy coastal Pacific Northwest has long been shielded from the wildfire risks faced by drier states, but that may no longer be true. Experts say ...

'3 strikes' sentencing reform leaves out Washington inmates

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A small group of inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-...

Oregon water scare: Algae blooms happening more often

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For several weeks the residents of Salem, Oregon, were told the area's tap water was unsafe for the young, elderly or ill because of toxic algae blooms in the state capital's water ...

Investigation targets Oregon 'sanctuary state' repeal effort

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A conservative group is taking aim at the oldest statewide sanctuary law in the nation, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon law limiting police coordination on immigration a...

Oregon officials extend water alert for capital city

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The National Guard will hand out free water at 10 locations to residents who can't drink tap water in the Salem, Oregon, area contaminated by an algae bloom, and state law enforceme...

Oregon official apologizes after cryptic emergency alert

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of Oregon's emergency management agency has apologized after a cryptic emergency alert was forced out to cellphones in and around Oregon's capital city, displaying the word...

Oregon school shooter loses life-sentence appeal

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man who killed two people and wounded 26 others in a 1998 shooting at an Oregon high school lost an appeal Thursday seeking to reduce his 111-year sentence. The ...

Portland Marathon cancels race, dissolves organization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Marathon board of directors has canceled this October's race and plans to dissolve the 47-year-old organization following a state investigation into the group's operati...

US moves to strip citizenship from war criminals

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal authorities on Wednesday began legal proceedings to strip U.S. citizenship from two Bosnians, including one living in Oregon, for war crimes including executing civilians du...

Rare loss from tax law leads to political standoff in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump's federal tax overhaul is a short-term boon for most states, but one is set to miss out entirely: Oregon. Instead of a bonus, Oregon faces a...

Family killed in cliff plunge: free spirits or troubled?

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — The two women and their six adopted children traveled to festivals and events, offering free hugs and promoting unity, friends said. They raised animals and grew vegetables and ...

Oregon lawmaker resigning amid groping allegations

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator resigned after an investigation determined he had harassed women in the Capitol building with prolonged hugging, groping and other unwelcome physical contact...