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AP Top Washington Headlines At 1:31 p.m. PDT

Companies: Helicopter needed to get Washington Everest teams
SEATTLE (AP) -- Climbing teams stuck on Mount Everest need a helicopter to bring them off the mountain following a massive Earthquake in Nepal and a subsequent avalanche on the mountain, Seattle mountaineering companies said....

Low snow pack may be a win for some outdoor enthusiasts
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The low winter snow pack may have positive consequences for outdoor enthusiasts, as river rafters get to see some new territory this spring thanks to lower river flows....

Legislature extends session, transportation talks roll on
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- With dueling proposals for the state's education and operating budgets topping the Legislature's agenda for its imminent special session, the likelihood of Republicans and Democrats finding consensus on a transportation package to address the state's infrastructure needs has dipped out of the spotlight....

Man dies, 3 rafters rescued from Lake Chaplain
SULTAN, Wash. (AP) -- The Snohomish County Sheriff's office says a 38-year-old man is dead and three other people were rescued after a raft overturned in Lake Chaplain in Sultan, Washington, on Saturday afternoon....

2 Wisconsin climbers at Mount Everest survive earthquake
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Wisconsin men climbing Mount Everest have survived an avalanche set off by a powerful earthquake in Nepal that has killed more than 2,500 people....

Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) -- An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart....

Gov. Jay Inslee, thousands of teachers rally at Capitol
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Thousands of teachers and their supporters crowded the steps of the Washington state Capitol's legislative building for a rally Saturday morning to call for teacher pay raises, smaller class sizes and less standardized testing....