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AP Top Washington Headlines At 7:33 a.m. PDT

Ailing ferry out until at least December
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State Ferries says the ferry Tacoma likely will be out of service until at least December....

Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires....

Pierce County deputy shoots, wounds 1 man
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Pierce County sheriff's spokesman says a deputy shot and wounded a knife-wielding man late Friday night in the Tacoma, Washington, area....

Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries
SEATTLE (AP) -- The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier....

Governor works to ease mental health bed shortage
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has approved spending as much as $30 million to start meeting a state Supreme Court order to add more psychiatric evaluation and treatment beds around the state, officials said Friday....

Pink Martini band member Rieth found dead
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Oregon, band Pink Martini has been found dead....

Judge orders Yakima city elections overhaul
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday ordered the city of Yakima to change its elections system to comply with the Voting Rights Act, finding that Latinos do not have full participation in city council races....

Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open....

3 bodies recovered from Mount Rainier identified
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Pierce County medical examiner has identified the bodies of three climbers recovered this week from Mount Rainier. They were part of a party of six who vanished on the Washington state peak last May....

Elephant dies at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo
SEATTLE (AP) -- Watoto, a 45-year-old African elephant known to generations of visitors at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, died unexpectedly Friday, zoo officials said....