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Drones banned at Olympic National Park

SEATTLE (AP) - Olympic National Park officials have banned the use of drones within park boundaries.

The ban was approved by Superintendent M. Sarah Creachbaum last week, following a directive from the National Parks Service that ordered superintendents in its 401 parks to write rules prohibiting the launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft in their parks.

Each park must change its "compendium" - a set of regulations unique to that park - if a ban is to be enforceable.

Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says there haven't been any episodes at the park where drones have been an annoyance.

It's been a different story, however, in places like Yellowstone, where drones have crashed into lakes, springs and flown too close to bison.


Legislature heads to court on education finance

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance.

The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven't followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education.

Lawmakers, the governor and others say the court needs to be patient and give the Legislature more time to fulfil the orders in the 2012 McCleary decision.

The attorney for the coalition that sued the state over education funding says the Legislature has made so little progress toward meeting the goal that only more pressure from the court will make it happen.


Sheriff's office: Worker pinned by trailer dies

TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a flatbed trailer he was pulling with a small tractor came loose and pinned him in southern Washington.

Yakima County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Peterschick says David Alonso Gonzalez-Rebolledo died in the industrial accident around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Toppenish on the Yakima Reservation. The name of Gonzalez-Rebolledo's employer hasn't been released.

Peterschick says it's unclear whether the 25-foot empty flatbed trailer dislodged when Gonzalez-Rebolledo hit a parked semitruck or if the force of the trailer coming loose pushed the tractor into it. The trailer went over the top of the tractor and fell on top of him.

The sheriff's office says the state Department of Labor & Industries will investigate any possible safety violations and the county coroner will conduct toxicology tests.


Cyclist killed was attorney who fought gay policy

SEATTLE (AP) - The King County Medical Examiner's office has identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle as a well-respected attorney who in 2010 was part of the American Civil Liberties Union's legal team that challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

ACLU Washington spokesman Doug Honig told The Seattle Times that 31-year-old Sher Kung helped the ACLU represent Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse dismissed from the military for being gay. The case helped set a precedent that the military would need to prove sexual orientation had a negative impact on morale in order to dismiss someone, and made it possible for Witt to return to her position.

Kung died less than two weeks before the city was scheduled to make major bicycle-safety improvements to the Second Avenue bike lane, which is notorious among bicyclists because of its left-turns.


Seattle police kill armed man who shot at officers

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say an armed man was shot and killed by officers after he fired at them Saturday night.

The police department says officers responded to calls of shots fired in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the man was still outside a house with his weapon in sight and rifle-trained officers took positions. The man went inside the home, but came back outside moments later and opened fire. Officers fired back, wounding the man.

According to police, the wounded man crawled back inside. A SWAT team robot entered the home later on and found the man dead.

Inside the home, officers found body armor and multiple fire-arms, including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, near the front door.

No other injuries were reported.

Police say it's unclear what the man was shooting at before police arrived.


9 people hurt in 50-car pileup in Washington state

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say nine people were hurt in an interstate pileup involving about 50 cars during a dust storm Saturday in southeastern Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the nine people were taken to nearby hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries.

Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1 says most of the crashes were rear-end collisions and spin-outs that were hit by other vehicles as dust reduced visibility. The collisions happened on Interstate 82, between the Highway 395 entrance, just south of Kennewick, and the Locust Grove overpass.

The crashes started around 3:30 p.m. as dust blew from west of the interstate. Law enforcement officers and the Washington State Department of Transportation blocked traffic from entering the interstate.

The interstate reopened a few hours later.


Seattle man found guilty in fatal Oregon crash

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - A Seattle man has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter after driving a car that crossed a center line and crashed head-on against another vehicle, killing two Seaside residents.

The Daily Astorian reports that 40-year-old Sterling Maxwell Frinell was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, opiates and oxycodone when he crashed his Subaru into the Volkswagen Beetle that 52-year-old Mark Agalzoff and 20-year-old Tryg Walker McCord were riding.

Frinell was also found guilty of third-degree assault, unlawful possession of heroin, driving under the influence of intoxicants and recklessly endangering another person.

Prosecutors also say Frinell had a suspended driver's license at the time of the crash. His girlfriend, 33-year-old Margaret E. Goldman, was also injured in the crash.


Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts.

Snohomish County prosecutors charged 52-year-old former nude dancer Carmela Panico with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she was the madam of drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle.

Court documents say the baristas would expose their breasts and genitals and charge for sex acts.

The Everett Herald reports Saturday that Panico's attorney told the court she is no longer in the coffee business and has sold off some of her stands and leased others. In a raid last year, investigators found $250,000 at Panico's home.

The investigation into Panico has also resulted in the prosecution of a veteran sheriff's sergeant. Darrell O'Neill is accused of tipping off Panico and baristas to ongoing police investigations in return for sexual favors.

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