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Sgt. Thomas Mahoney of the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department wears a protective suit and holds a methamphetamine detection kit on March 4, 2003 in Dunlap, Tenn., as he displays bottles of chemicals seized during raids on meth labs. Fires, deaths, orphaned children, and hazardous material cleanups are some of the costs beyond the monetary cleanup cost of about $5,000 per lab.

Bellingham police issue meth warning for discarded bottles

Bellingham police are warning people to watch out for discarded milk jugs and bottles that may have been used to make methamphetamine.

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Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11M people

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

FILE - In this June 15, 2010 file photo, a rat wanders the subway tracks at Union Square in New York. Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Bubonic plague can spread through contact with an infected flea, rodent or cat.

Spring cleaning brings risk of hantavirus

Local woman died of hantavirus in 2006

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Snowless Mount Baker affects Ski to Sea, other winter events

Downhill, cross country ski legs axed

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New border pact makes it easier for travelers

Travelers would save time and avoid inconveniences under a new agreement between Canada and the United States.

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Helm is unofficial winner in Whatcom Conservation District race

Leads over challenger Monjure by just 89 votes

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Suspected heroin dealer arrested in Ferndale area

Man is suspected of supplying other dealers and addicts

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Sunday’s downpour breaks Bellingham record

1.14 inches of rain broke record set in 1974

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Mt. Baker could reopen this weekend

The Mount Baker Ski area is eyeing a Friday reopening.

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A judge says holding mentally ill in jails is unconstitutional

Mentally ill would wait in jails for evaluations

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A Monroe teacher innovates in his practices

Uses videos of himself to help children learn

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More trails could be coming to Whatcom County

Over 50 miles of trails are possible

In this graphic provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, a logo that will be used for labeling legal marijuana produced in Washington state is shown. Officials released a preliminary draft of regulations for growing and selling legalized marijuana Thursday, May 16, 2013. Voters last November made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.

Survey: Wash. high schoolers say pot is easy to get, not harmful

Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say marijuana is easy to get and they do not perceive any risk from smoking pot once or twice.

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Washington Legislature 2015 session: What’s alive, dead

Halfway through the Washington Legislature's 105-day session some bills remain alive, while others are dead.

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Saint Patrick’s parade in Bellingham Saturday

The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow (Saturday) in downtown Bellingham.

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Local environmental activists dies at 53

Longtime local environmental advocate Robyn du Pré has passed away.

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Oil loader penalized over leaky train car found in Whatcom

A North Dakota loading facility is in trouble over a leaking oil car discovered in Whatcom County.

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Town hall meeting Saturday with 42nd District lawmakers

The state legislators who represent Whatcom County in Olympia are meeting with constituents Saturday.

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DelBene to Introduce Bill to Stop Border Fee

A congresswoman from our state is fighting an Obama Administration proposal to charge Canadians a fee when they cross the border.

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Notre Dame advances to Elite 8 with win over Wichita State

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A basketball with the NCAA logo goes in on a shot by Northeastern during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Northeastern plays Notre Dame in a second round game on Thursday.

Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.

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NCAA concerned with Indiana religious objections bill

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

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‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

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Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, watches during the Hernandez's murder trial, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013.

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

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Dayton gives coach Archie Miller another contract extension

Dayton coach Archie Miller calls out to his team as Devin Oliver (5) listens during the first half of a third-round game against Syracuse in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22. Miller's brother, Sean, coaches the Arizona Wildcats.

Coach Archie Miller got three more years added to his contract Thursday after leading Dayton to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

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