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AP Top Washington Headlines At 6:44 p.m. PDT

Horse stuck in mud winds up rescuing self
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A fire chief says a horse that got stuck in the mud of a runoff pond on Washington's Key Peninsula ended up rescuing himself, with a little help from a guide....

Federal grant to boost air travel out of Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell says the Yakima Airport will receive a $290,000 grant to boost travel service to Seattle and establish a new flight to Portland....

2nd-in-command named acting US attorney in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- Annette Hayes has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, following the resignation of Jenny Durkan....

Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers
HONOLULU (AP) -- The owner of Hawaii's largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii's Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state....

Inslee: More needed to prevent oil train explosion
SEATTLE (AP) -- Citing deadly risks associated with increasing volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said the state and federal governments need to take swift action to prevent and respond to oil spills....

16-year-old boy arrested in Spokane Valley arsons
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of a Spokane Valley arson spree....

Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland's downtown square while 10,000 revelers gathered to watch the mayor light a towering Christmas tree....

Feds give WA, OR more time to repay bridge money
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Federal Highway Administration is giving the states of Washington and Oregon five more years to repay tens of millions of dollars they were given for the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing - a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver....

3rd recent death at Snohomish County Jail
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A woman found hanging in her cell at the Snohomish County Jail is the third death since the end of July at the jail in Everett....

Woodland principal takes deal in assault case
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A man who was principal of a school in the Cowlitz County town of Woodland for 15 years agreed to a diversion deal to avoid prosecution on allegations he used excessive force against a 9-year-old special needs student....