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AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009....

Washington teacher on leave over offensive Facebook post
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- An elementary school teacher in southern Washington state has been placed on administrative leave after a Facebook post encouraging the deportation of people she referred to as "illegal aliens."...

Home invasion ends with homeowner shooting suspects
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Yakima police are investigating after several masked suspects broke into a home and one was shot by the homeowner....

Coast Guard rescues kayaker ejected from boat
HAMMOND, Ore. (AP) -- The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who fell out of his boat while paddling toward the Columbia River near Hammond, Oregon....

Investigation launched after man found on rural roadway
SEABECK, Wash. (AP) -- Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies have launched a homicide investigation in the seaside town of Seabeck after a man was found dead....

Police investigating after patrol car hits pedestrians
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Vancouver Police Department's traffic unit is investigating an accident involving a patrol car and two pedestrians....

17-year-old arrested on charge of stabbing twin brother
COULEE CITY, Wash. (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy is dead and his twin brother is in custody after an early morning stabbing in Coulee City....

Former soldier sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A former soldier who says he has post-traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to child rape....

Car-tab fees up after passage of transportation package
SEATTLE (AP) -- Some drivers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties are experiencing sticker shock with the latest round of car-tab renewal bills arriving in the mail....

Trump travel ban personal for young lawyer who led fight
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state Solicitor General Noah Purcell has argued before packed courtrooms, but those crowds paled in comparison to the millions who heard him argue against President Donald Trump's travel ban before a federal appeals court....