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AP Top Washington Headlines At 11:09 a.m. PDT

New wildfire burns at least 8 structures in Mason County
SHELTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire in a rural part of Mason County has burned at least eight structures and scorched more than 100 acres....

Gas tax increases by 7 cents in Washington state
OLYMPIA, Wash (AP) -- The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers - already paying above the national average - may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7-cent-per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax....

Tourists flock to gawk at massive highway bridge projects
ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) -- Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment - all elements of one of the biggest, most expensive bridge projects the Upper Midwest has seen....

Woman, 87, goes missing while picking berries in SW Wash.
TROUT LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Search and rescue teams on Friday were looking for an 87-year-old Oregon woman who went missing while picking huckleberries near Trout Lake in southwest Washington....

Lawsuit over lease for Shell Arctic drilling fleet rejected
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington state judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to lease one of its terminals as a homeport for Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil-drilling fleet....

Salmonella outbreak that may be tied to pork grows
SEATTLE (AP) -- The state Department of Health says the number of Salmonella cases that may be tied to pork products has grown in Washington, with at least 90 people reported to have gotten sick....

A look at the extreme West Coast weather
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Southern California has been pummeled by heavy rain and hail, while the Pacific Northwest is baking in a triple-digit heat wave. Here's a look at the extreme weather:...

Man arrested for slaying in Clarkston
CLARKSTON, Wash. (AP) -- A 64-year-old man is facing a second-degree murder charge following a shooting at a residence in Clarkston....

Ecology to reassess water quality rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Department of Ecology will not be adopting a current draft rule on clean water rules that are tied to how much fish people eat....

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) -- Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule....