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Washington Suit Says Staff Ignored Man Choking on Orange Piece

Robert Kincaid, a patient suffering from schizophrenia, was lying on the floor in a dayroom at Western State Hospital in Washington, choking on a piece of orange for almost eight minutes before staff members stopped to help him, according to …

Washington Judge Sets Limits in Civil Case over Deadly Oso Mudslide

A King County Superior Court judge is considering which claims can be brought in a civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso, Wash. mudslide. The Daily Herald reported that Judge Roger Rogoff …

$198M in Property at High Risk from Chelan Wildfire in Washington

The massive Chelan wildfire in Washington poses a significant risk to roughly 634 homes with a total reconstruction cost of more than $198 million, an analysis of the ongoing fire issued Wednesday shows. The analysis by property information and data …

Smoke Lifts over Washington fires, but Potential for Fire Growth Remains

The massive cloud of smoke began to lift over Washington wildfires over the weekend, but as air quality improves the fire’s behavior could become more erratic and intense, fire officials said. “It’s like a flue opening in a fireplace,” said …

Washington Wildfires Remain Threat in Hot, Dry Weather

Crews continued their battle late Monday with several large fires threatening home in the Chelan area in central Washington. The blazes have destroyed more than 50 structures, forced about 1,500 residents to flee and scorched more than 155 square miles. …

Washington City Sues Monsanto Over River Contamination

The city of Spokane is suing the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, which it blames for pollution in the Spokane River in Washington. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges that the company sold chemicals that …

California, Pacific Northwest Schools Get $4M for Earthquake Early Warning Systems

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems. The University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the California Institute of Technology and …

Energi Opens Northwest Regional Office in Washington

Energi has opened the company’s first Pacific Northwest regional office in Kirkland, Wash. The office outside of Seattle will house a number of insurance and risk management professionals serving the company’s clients and partners in the Northwest. Five Energi employees …

Officials Say Washington Wildfire Was Human-Caused

Officials say a wildfire that has burned one home and torched nearly 6 square miles in southeastern Washington was likely human-caused. Fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster says the cause is under investigation, though officials determined lightning was not the cause. Nearly …

Washington Worker’s Family Sues Over Fatal Boeing 777 Air Bag

The family of a Washington man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt air bag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier. The lawsuit filed in July in King County Superior …