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Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

The federal government has given Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.

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About half are proficient in first round of new state tests

About half are proficient in first round of new state tests DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — About…

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Washington National Guard assists in fighting wildfires

More crews, including some from the Washington National Guard, were being mobilized as several large fires threatened homes in the Chelan area in central Washington.

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Vancouver police parking lots safe places for online buys

Five police parking lots in Vancouver and Clark County are now available as safe places where people making online purchases can meet potential buyers or sellers.

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Man, 18, charged in accidental shooting death of his friend

Pierce County prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old man with manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of his friend.

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Seller’s market in Whatcom County making homes less affordable

A new study says houses are less affordable than they were last quarter and last year at this time.

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Recount will take place regarding Bellingham School District Position 2

A recount for candidates Jono Manion and Tony Wallace will take place next Monday to determine who will be the second candidate moving on to the general election for Bellingham School District Position 2.

Governor Jay Inslee

Inslee encourages leaders to work together

Governor Inslee speaks with the media today about working on a plan to comply with the state Supreme Court.

ocean waves

We may be in for a very warm winter

El Nino winter shaping up to be very strong

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People may soon have a new way to pay for recreational pot in WA

You wouldn't necessarily have to use cash

fire debris

Lake Chelan fire burns nearly 100,000 acres

Crews still fighting devastating fire

College loan

Parents may get a chance to get out of GET

Committee considering letting parents cash out of program

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Bellingham-based Haggen is downsizing

The grocer says it’s closing 27 stores.

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Two local credit unions join forces

A grand opening for the new NCCU is planned for November.

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At least one person dead after wreckage of plane found

Wreckage of plane found with at least one person dead

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Wildfire smoke once again hurting Whatcom County air quality

We’ve seen air quality drop down to moderate in parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties.

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Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal in Whatcom County has new partner

Coal producer Cloud Peak Energy bought 49 percent of the project from S-S-A Marine.

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State says firefighting resources stretched thin

The state of Washington says five large fires and numerous smaller fires are stretching firefighting resources thin across the state.

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Judge bars release of licensing information on strippers

A federal judge has barred Pierce County from releasing the licensing information of a group of strippers.

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Falcons announce 5-year contract extension for Julio Jones

Julio Jones #11 plays during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Julio Jones that is expected to rank with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.

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Little League World Series championship match-up is set

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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania will take on Tokyo, Japan in the Little League World Series championship game.

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Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

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Beginning in 1973-74, Arbour led the Isles to 15 playoff appearances and won an NHL record 119 playoff games over 19 seasons.

in Entertainment

‘Siri, can you give me a hint?’ Apple confirms September event

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The rumors are true: Apple will host an event Sept. 9 in San Francisco.

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