AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA
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SEATTLE — A federal judge is expected to decide Thursday whether a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington D.C. area is competent to participate in his court case and help in his defense. Eleven packages containing explosive materials were mailed to the agencies on March 16, according to an indictment against Thanh Cong Phan of Everett, north of Seattle. The agencies -- the Secret Service, Dahlgreen Naval Base and FBI headquarters -- received the packages on March 26. By Martha Bellisle. DEVELOPING. With AP Photos.
Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air. It’s been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep apnea. While it helps, he doesn’t like wearing the mask. “It’s like an octopus has clung to my face,” said Blumstein, 70, of Annandale, Virginia. “I just want to sleep once in a while without that feeling.” By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 1,100 words. With AP Photos. AP Video planned.
BOSTON — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised both fears and hopes that a conservative court majority could weaken or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that created a nationwide right to abortion. That could fan an already raging battle in states over what should and should not be legal. By David A. Lieb and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 1,000 words. With AP Photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their series against Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PDT.
—FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Two motorcyclists were killed in a crash in Shoreline, Washington.
—FBI IMPERSONATOR SENTENCE: A Lake Stevens man has pleaded guilty in federal court to using fake FBI credentials.
—PATROL CAR RAMMED: Authorities say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy and a state Department of Corrections officer were hospitalized after a woman rammed their patrol vehicle.
—SPECIAL NEEDS POLICIES-LAWSUIT: A former paraeducator is suing a school district in southern Washington state, claiming she was wrongly fired.
—MANSLAUGHTER PLEA: A Bremerton man accused of killing his girlfriend pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as his trial proceedings began.