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New unemployment claims in Washington state fell 7.7% last week and the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 6%. But new claims remain elevated as the pandemic and related business restrictions continue to spur layoffs.

BREAKING: Law enforcement, firefighters, grocery workers and others will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines beginning around March 22, according to Gov. Jay Inslee. @OlympiaJoe :

The global police organization Interpol warned of a likely growing threat of crime related to coronavirus vaccines, "with the pandemic having already triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior."

For a few days each month, when the new moon moves between Earth and the sun, a cometlike tail dusts the side of our world that is facing the sun.

Hundreds of butterfly species across the American West are vanishing as the region becomes hotter, drier and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a study released Thursday.

Reunited! The Sounders are bringing back forward Fredy Montero, one of the club's first stars, on a one-year deal with options for 2022 and 2023.

Washington has reported 866 new coronavirus cases and 20 more deaths, totaling 343,090 cases and 5,032 deaths. 19,500 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus.

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An emergency room physician who made pleas for more safety equipment and more urgent measures to protect staff at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center was fired on Friday.

Billionaire Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $100,000 to a group aiming to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. (via )

Registered nurses gathered in Los Angeles to protest the fact that UCLA's athletic department conducted 1,248 tests in a single week while health-care workers at UCLA hospitals were denied testing.

As part of a package of stories about Seattle's CHAZ, Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was ordered to immediately begin expanding mail delivery with extra trips and later deliveries after the U.S. Postal Service failed to improve performance less than a week before the election.

NEW: Testing for the novel coronavirus will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins offering home-testing kits that will allow people to swab their noses and send the samples back for analysis.

What makes a great Mother's Day gift? For @amyewong , it was bonding with her mom over their love of BTS. ? @BTS_twt 

BREAKING: After a freezer failed late Thursday night, nurses, firefighters and volunteers scrambled to use as many doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as possible before they expired.

A newly released autopsy report shows Charleena Lyles was shot seven times by police and was pregnant when she died.

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