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AP Top Washington Headlines At 10:31 a.m. PDT

Rescued flagpole painter plans to return to work
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Having painted flagpoles for more than a half-century, Warren Hinrichs was only a little worried about the heat Monday as he prepared to climb the pole atop the federal courthouse in downtown Yakima....

Spokane hopes to give panhandlers 'real change'
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Spokane is launching a month-long campaign Thursday asking people not to give money to panhandlers....

Cougar fatally injures horse north of Spokane
DEER LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Wildlife officers are hunting a cougar that fatally attacked a horse near Deer Lake, about 30 miles north of Spokane....

White Swan woman dies of fire injuries
WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) -- A 71-year-old woman who was injured in a house fire Tuesday at White Swan died at a Seattle hospital....

Another week of heat forecast for Northwest
SEATTLE (AP) -- Forecasters say dry weather with above-normal temperatures will continue into next week in the Northwest....

Ill teen rescued on hike near White Pass
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Yakima County sheriff's office says a 16-year-old girl on a church group hike near White Pass fell ill Wednesday and had to be rescued by helicopter....

Seattle police: 1 officer issued most pot tickets
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote about 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half of 2014....

Thurston Co. sheriff's: 2 dead in shooting
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Thurston County sheriff's office says a man and a woman have died in an Olympia-area shooting....

Inslee seeks support for more wildfire money
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark are asking Washington state's congressional delegation for their support in seeking additional money that could be used for fighting wildfires....

Washington ferries to be back to normal Saturday
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound....