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Tech companies want to protect U.S. political candidates from Russian hackers ahead of the midterm elections, but could that free help count as an illegal campaign contribution? That's the question Microsoft asked the Federal Election Commission this week. By Matt O'Brien. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.


NEWPORT, Ore. — Hot housing markets in major cities like Seattle and Portland have pushed the cities to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb. But small Pacific Northwest towns popular with visitors are also struggling to balance the growth of Airbnb-type rentals with a tight housing supply. An AP Member Exchange by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.


—WILDFIRES-WASHINGTON: Mandatory evacuations over eastern Washington wildfire.

—NORTHWEST UNHEALTHY AIR: Smoke clearing in Seattle region but unhealthy air remains.

—HOOD TO COAST-AIR QUALITY: Hood to Coast watching air quality as race nears.

—WILDFIRES-DRONE MAPPING: Drone used on wildfire in Yellowstone National Park.

—PIT BULL BAN-YAKIMA: Yakima officials lift city ban on pit bulls.

—OFFICER-INVOLVER SHOOTING: 1 man killed in officer-involved shooting in Shoreline.

—KROGER-PLASTIC BAGS: Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores.

—CHILD ABDUCTION-PARK: Olympia abduction report a hoax.

—RAPE SUSPECT EXTRADITED: Native American activist accused of assaulting 3 women.

—COWLITZ COUTY KILLING: Man accused of 1986 killing ordered to state hospital.

—YMCA CAMP-SEX ABUSE: Lawsuit: YMCA knew counselors sexually abused campers.

—DEPUTY SHOOTING-TOMMY LE: Sheriff review board: Deputy shooting of Tommy Le justified.

—PREGNANCY FIRING: Woman says she was fired from restaurant for being pregnant.