AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA
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SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area is not competent to help with his defense and should receive treatment before his case moves forward. A competency evaluation for Thanh Cong Phan found him to have schizophrenia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour during a hearing. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 650 words. With AP Photos.
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SEATTLE — Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced binding agreements with the companies — McDonald’s, Auntie Anne’s, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Jimmy John’s, Cinnabon and Buffalo Wild Wings — at a news conference Thursday. McDonald’s had previously announced plans to end the practice. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 300 words. With AP Photo.
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 and AP Video.
SAN ANTONIO — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million dollars in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. By Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,000 words.
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.
—KAYAKER’S BODY FOUND: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a body recently found on a Clallam Bay-area shoreline as a Canadian kayaker.
—WOMAN STABBED: Husband arrested after Bothell woman found bleeding.
—SPOKANE FATALITY: Teen killed after car hit by dump truck.
—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.