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WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS-STUDY

BOISE — Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. Eighteen firefighters who parachute from airplanes are wearing advanced motion monitors this summer to track how they hold up. Researchers say firefighters might need better nutrition to stay fit and mentally sharp. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words. With AP Photo.

CASCADIA MARINE TRAIL

EDMONDS — A Swiss couple was paddling all the way to Ketchikan, Alaska. A student about to start college was planning to arrive in Bellingham over water. Another woman, who had spent the last 438 days circumnavigating the lower 48 states by bike and kayak, scribbled her note on the last leg of her journey. A group of five was caught in a downpour as they left Seattle on the first day of traveling to Vancouver, B.C., as part of a charity trip for muscular dystrophy. And a solo paddler from Duvall in a rented kayak had embarked on his first long-distance expedition. "Never did more than 12 miles prior to the trip," he wrote in a communal journal that documents those who arrived over water to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. "Each one is a different story," said Doug Dailer, the ranger at the park, thumbing through the memories recorded in a notebook in a purple binder. An AP Member Exchange by Lizz Giordano, The Daily Herald. SENT: 1,275 words.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON-AUBURN — No. 6 Washington opens the season against No. 9 Auburn in a game that could have ramifications all the way to December. Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes and establish themselves as national championship contenders. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

FBC--WASHINGTON ST-WYOMING

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Washington State opens the season at Wyoming. UPCOMING: 600 words.

IN BRIEF

TRIPLE FATAL: 3 killed in 2-vehicle crash in central Washington

STREETCAR EXPANSION-COSTS: Seattle streetcar construction costs jump to $252 million

WILDLIFE FEES: Proposal would hike fishing, hunting fees to fill budget gap

KENNEWICK COUNCILMAN-RECALL: Judge: Effort to recall Kennewick councilman can proceed

BOY STRUCK: 5-year-old hit by car after waking up, wandering out of home