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Archdiocese settles abuse case related to former Bellingham priest

The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was molested by a priest in the 1960s and '70s.

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Drilling foes block Seattle port entry; city issues notice

Foes of Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle terminal to prepare for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean have attacked on two fronts.

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Wyo. Gov. Matt Mead pushes coal ports on NW trip

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is in the Northwest, pushing for access to deep-water ports that would allow shipment of Wyoming coal to Asian markets.

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Bellingham landlords get rental registration notices

The program is on track to start July 1st as scheduled.

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Hundreds of Bellingham juniors not taking standardized test

The district says about 350 11th-graders are opting out.

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Deputies: Passenger grabs steering wheel and swerves into traffic

Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies say the woman behind the wheel prevented a crash.

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A tsunami warning system is coming to Birch Bay

Whatcom County Sheriff's office plans to set up emergency system

Vote Election

Many candidates running unopposed in Whatcom County

Two appointed candidates also running in hopes of keeping their spots

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Statewide drought expected to affect farmers, rural communities the most

Major populated areas like Seattle may not feel the effects at all

Photo provided by Whatcom County

Judge questions sentence for former Lynden officer who had child porn on phone

Prosecutors say the deal will save taxpayers from paying for medical costs associated with Glunt's stomach cancer. But some in the community signed a petition calling for a harsher punishment.

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Phillips 66 donates to local nonprofits

Groups will put cash toward local public health and safety projects.

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Inslee signs judicial review of mental health decisions and new info database

Inslee signed "Joel's Law" joined by Doug and Nancy Reuter, the parents of the man for whom the measure was named

Vote Election

This is a big week for political junkies… filing week

Friday, May 15 is the last day candidates can file for the upcoming election.

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year. The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.

Wash. oil train safety bill signed by Gov. Inslee

A compromise reached on the last day of the regular legislative session resolved differences between competing bills in the Senate and House.

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It’s Junior Ski To Sea weekend

The junior parade is Friday at six.

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Seattle port commissioner launches campaign for governor

A website announcing the Republican's campaign to challenge Gov. Jay Inslee in 2016 was live Thursday

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Giant Arctic oil drilling rig docks in Seattle

Tugs brought the Polar Pioneer drilling rig into Seattle waters Thursday afternoon and it was moored at Terminal 5 by 5 p.m.

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Local nurse suspended after implicated in two deaths

The State Department of Health says Tina Brightwell gave a patient too much morphine… killing her.

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Gov. Inslee signs rape kit testing bill

A new state law will require law enforcement agencies in Washington to request testing of all future sexual assault exam kits

photo courtesy of WSDOT

No snow tough on skiers, but great for Artist Point fans

The state opened the final stretch of the Mount Baker Highway Thursday

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LeBron’s triple-double helps Cavs top Hawks in thriller

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James poses at the NBA basketball team's media day Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Independence, Ohio.

James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists.

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Stamkos has goal and assist, Lightning beat Rangers 2-0

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper gestures to his team during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Florida

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AP Source: Adrian Peterson tells coach he won’t be at OTAs

In this Aug. 16, 2014, photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) warms up before a NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis.Millions of people using the top three fantasy football platforms have generated three different answers to the question of that top draft pick. Yahoo says LeSean McCoy of Philadelphia. ESPN says Adrian Peterson. CBS Sports says it’s Jamaal Charles of Kansas City.

JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that…

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Juan Pablo Montoya wins Indy 500 after late duel

The top of the Borg-Warner Trophy is seen on display during the drivers' meeting for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 28, 2011. The 100th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday.

Will Power finished second, followed by Charlie Kimball.

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Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-4 in Game 4 of Western final

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with Patrick Kane during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Chicago. The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain JonathanToews and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second overtime

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