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SEKIU — A 31-foot (9.5-meter) humpback whale struck and killed by a ship is being turned into a feast by the Makah Indian Tribe. SENT: 343 words.


As the #MeToo movement spread to state legislatures, lawmakers across the country vowed to beef up their policies against sexual harassment, increase training, protect whistleblowers and discourage the use of confidential settlements. The follow-through in many states has failed to match the promises, according to an examination of legislation and policies in all 50 states. Half have taken no action whatsoever this year, even as sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers have been mounting. By David A. Lieb. 1,400 words. Photos. AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving.


— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, a list of every state lawmaker nationwide who has resigned, been expelled or faced other repercussions because of sexual misconduct allegations.

— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Policies, a rundown of some of the most common sexual harassment policies adopted this year by state legislatures.


SEATTLE — Three years ago, Mishka the otter learned a potentially life-saving trick: breathe deeply through an inhaler. Now with smoke blanketing the region, she's prepared for the worst. Puget Sound is barely visible through the glass windows of the Seattle Aquarium otter tank during afternoon feeding time — a thick layer of haze obscures the view. Mishka, a 4-year-old sea otter, is prepared for times like these, when wildfire smoke chokes the region and air quality reaches unhealthy levels. An AP Member Exchange by Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times. 713 words. With AP Photos.



SEATTLE — Considering their long history together in the WNBA, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Seattle's Sue Bird have rarely clashed in the postseason. Eight total games across more than 14 seasons of both being in the league, seems a low number of times for two of the game's great stars to meet in the postseason. By Tim Booth. SENT: 727 words.


NEW YORK — Dan Hughes found himself in a new situation this postseason. The veteran WNBA coach had a week to get ready for the playoffs after No. 1 Seattle earned a double bye to the semifinals. Atlanta got the other bye, a first for both franchises. Hughes, who has been coaching in the league for 17 years, reached out to some of his NBA colleagues for advice on how to handle the extra preparation time. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words. With AP Photos.


SPOKANE POLICE-RAPE: Former Spokane cop gets life sentence after rape conviction