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GUN INITIATIVE-SIGNATURES

SEATTLE — A Thurston County judge has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot. Superior Court Judge James Dixon said the signature petitions for Initiative 1639 did not "comport" with state law. He ordered the secretary of state's office to stop certification of the ballot measure. By Martha Bellisle. DEVELOPING.

MENTALLY ILL-JAILS

SEATTLE — The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who've been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 480 words. AP Photo.

PUSHED OFF BRIDGE

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A woman accused of injuring her 16-year-old friend when she pushed the teen off a bridge in Washington state has been charged with reckless endangerment. KGW reports that charging documents filed by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office say Taylor Smith created "a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury" to the 16-year-old girl. SENT: 200 words.

FATAL ALASKA APARTMENT FIRE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska grand jury has indicted a couple attempting to hide evidence in a drunken driving and eluding case and suspected of started a fire that burned an Anchorage apartment complex and killed three people, according to Anchorage prosecutors. By Dan Joling. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BBO--DODGERS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Playoff contenders clash on Friday night to open a three-game interleague series as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Seattle Mariners. Both teams are facing 2 1/2 game deficits in the wild card race entering the weekend. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.

IN BRIEF

—DUI BRIDGE JUMP: Handcuffed DUI suspect dies in jump from Highway 520 bridge.

—SOUND TRANSIT CEO-COACHING: Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff gets a $550-an-hour coach.

—PUSHSED OFF BRIDGE: Decision soon on whether to file charges in bridge push.

—SHORTENED SCHOOL WEEK: Washington school district shortens school week to 4 days.

—KITTEN HEAD-LACEY: Police probe whether beheaded cat related to other killings.

—FATAL COLLISION-THREE DEAD: 3 people killed in a two-car collision near Madras.

—SPOKANE POLICE-RAPE: Former Spokane cop denied new trial after rape conviction.

—INFANT DEATH-ARREST: Man arrested in Spokane in death of infant.