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PAUL ALLEN-REPUBLICAN CONTRIBUTIONS
SEATTLE — Paul Allen, the billionaire Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner and Microsoft co-founder, made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics this year by donating $100,000 to a group seeking to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Seattle Times reports that the June 14 donation, disclosed in mid-July, went to Protect the House, a committee headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. It’s the biggest check Allen has ever sent to a federal political candidate or committee, according to a review of Federal Election Commission filings. SENT: 700 words. With AP Photos.
SAGE GROUSE RULES-IDAHO LAWSUIT
BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch’s attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other top state Republican leaders. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argue they should be involved in the lawsuit because they claim the federal government is refusing to follow the law while regulating sage grouse habitat. The three Republicans submitted their motion last month and are currently awaiting approval from a federal judge. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 500 words. With: AP Photo.
AP EXPLAINS-WILDFIRES-RUIN AND REGENERATION
BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. Hot, dry winds can whip flames into firestorms that leave behind charred wastelands prone to erosion and mudslides. Other fires clear out underbrush, open the forest floor to sunlight and stimulate growth. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 940 words. With AP Photos.
SEATTLE — A disappointing road trip has left the Seattle Mariners 5 1/2 games back in the wild card race. They open a critical eight-game home stand on Monday night hosting the Baltimore Orioles. UPCOMING: Game at 6:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.
SEATTLE — Now that all the hype around Washington’s season-opening top-10 showdown against Auburn has passed, the Huskies can move on with the rest of their season. It starts with regrouping after a loss that will leave the Pac-12 favorite trying to make up ground nationally. “Didn’t play our best ball when we needed it, when we needed to come through,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said Monday. “Certainly on offense we did some really good things, but then when we really needed to it just felt like we kind of didn’t step up like I think we’re capable of. We’ll live and learn and move forward.” By Tim Booth. SENT: 640 words. With AP Photos.
RENTON, Wash. — It’s finally game week for the Seattle Seahawks and safety Earl Thomas is still not around. The absence of Thomas is just one of the questions about Seattle’s secondary heading into the opener at Denver. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words. By 6 p.m. PT.
—SEATTLE SHOOTING: A person was hit in the leg by gunfire after people in a car shot at a group of others standing in a bus stop.
—LITTLE CAESARS-LABOR VIOLATIONS: Washington state has issued $42,000 in fines to a Lakewood-based Little Caesars Pizza franchisee.
—TACOMA SEXUAL ASSAULTS-ARREST: Tacoma police have arrested a man who they say raped multiple women at knifepoint after offering them rides in his in SUV.
—FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT: A woman was killed and two others were injured after two boats collided in Camas, Washington.
—FOREST SERVICE-JOBS: The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temporary workers for spring and summer of 2019 in Oregon and Washington.
—GRANDSON SHOOTING-ARREST: A 94-year-old Everett man is a suspect in his grandson’s fatal shooting.
—WOLF SHOT: A Washington state wildlife marksman fatally shot a member of the Togo wolf pack from a helicopter Sunday.
—POLICE DOG INJURED: A Bellingham police dog named Danek suffered an injured leg after helping apprehend a 40-year-old suspect.
—STRIKING TEACHERS-WASHINGTON: Some of the teachers who were striking in Washington state have reached tentative deals.
—BIG OIL LAWSUIT: Five major oil companies want a climate change lawsuit by King County thrown out.