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MICROSOFT-PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft says it's requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. DEVELOPING.

CANADA PIPELINE FIGHT

TORONTO — Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. By Rob Gillies. DEVELOPING.

BOEING-SOUTH CAROLINA-SENATORS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on Boeing Co. to negotiate with a union now representing some employees at a South Carolina plant. On Wednesday, 23 Senate Democrats penned a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, asking the company to recognize the International Association of Machinists, as the company has at its facilities in the state of Washington. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 350 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--MARINERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Frankie Montas (5-3) will be recalled from Triple- A Nashville to start for Oakland in the opener of a four-game series against Seattle on Thursday night. By Michael Wagaman

FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK1

No games in the opening week of the 2018 college football season have quite the pizazz of last year's meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. But there still are enough interesting matchups to whet the appetite of fans starving for more football ever since the end of Alabama's College Football Playoff championship game overtime triumph over Georgia. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 900 words. A Photos.

With FBC--T25-Washingteon-Auburn Preview Capsule: No. 6 Washington heads South to face No. 9 Auburn.

IN BRIEF

—MUTILATED CATS: Another mutilated cat found, bringing number of cases to 12.

—MACHETE ATTACK-SENTENCE: Washington state man sentenced in machete attack on wife.

—NEIGHBOR KILLED-VERDICT: Man found guilty of fatally shooting next door neighbor.

—PROTESTERS TRAFFIC-CHARGES: Seattle charges demonstrators who blocked traffic.

—POLICE CHASE-CHARGES: Man shot by police out of hospital, charged with assault.