Sheriff: 1 dead after E. Wash. boating accident
SPRAGUE, Wash. (AP) - The Lincoln County sheriff says a man is dead and a woman has been taken to a hospital after a boating accident on Sprague Lake about 35 miles west of Spokane.
Sheriff Wade Magers said the two were in a boat that apparently capsized about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses reported that both people began swimming to shore.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Magers says the man and woman had washed ashore by the time rescuers arrived. The woman was alive but the man was dead. Neither was immediately identified and the woman's condition was not available.
Weather on the lake included whitecaps and 20 mph winds.
Magers says that according to initial reports, a hang glider spotted the boaters in trouble and contacted a resident, who dialed 911.
Lawyer: Feds investigating Susan Powell case
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah says it's not true that there's an ongoing federal investigation into the 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell.
The lawyer for Susan Powell's parents, Anne Bremner, said Tuesday in Seattle that federal authorities are looking into what the missing woman's father-in-law might have known.
But the Salt Lake City U.S. Attorney's Office issued a statement Tuesday afternoon denying that. The office says federal law enforcement agencies in Utah would be happy to help if any new developments in the case emerge, but for now, "we do not have plans to conduct any further investigation."
Police in Utah said Monday that they were closing the investigation. They believed Susan Powell's husband, Josh, killed her, and that Josh's brother helped dispose of the body.
Both committed suicide.
Knife in purse gashes woman; thought she was shot
SEATTLE (AP) - The woman who limped into a downtown Seattle coffee shop said she'd been shot in the leg - a statement that brought police cars and fire trucks rushing to the scene.
Traffic was shut down on a nearby street Tuesday afternoon as police searched for a shooter, although no one in the coffee shop had heard a shot.
As Seattle police later reported on their website, that's because there was no gunshot. As medics treated the woman, police determined that she had been carrying a kitchen knife in her purse. Although sheathed, the knife had managed to puncture both the purse and the woman's leg.
As the Seattle police blotter noted: "Sometimes Crimes Solve Themselves."
The woman was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment.
Decision on tankers could be Wednesday
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Air Force could announce as early as Wednesday where it plans to base the next generation of air refueling tankers.
Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane is 1 of 4 candidates to receive the new KC-46A tankers which will be built by Boeing.
The other Air Force bases under consideration are Altus in Oklahoma, McConnell in Kansas and Grand Forks in North Dakota.
The KC-46A will replace the 1950s-era KC-135.
It will also be a major boost to the economy of the community that is chosen, with the potential for new construction and new jobs.
Inslee signs undercover license law
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure giving legislative approval to a state program that has already issued hundreds of fake driver's licenses and license plates to government agencies.
The measure signed Tuesday by Inslee limits the distribution of the undercover licenses and plates to officers engaged in "law enforcement activities" and Inslee said that the law, which takes effect immediately, gives legislative direction on how the program can now be used.
The fake ID program has been operating without legislative approval - and in relative secrecy - for years. The Kitsap Sun and public radio's Northwest News Network reported in April that the CIA has been using the program more than any federal, state or local agency.
It's unclear if under the language of the new law whether the CIA could still receive licenses.
FACEBOOK EMPLOYEE PASSWORDS
Inslee signs Facebook job password bill
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington has become the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill Tuesday, wrapping up a session of negotiations between privacy advocates and business lobbyists who were worried that the new law would hamper security for proprietary or confidential information.
The measure, sponsored by Democrat Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens, bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media personal passwords during a job interview or at the workplace.
The bill, however, allows companies to request "content" of employee social media sites during internal investigations, which can be opened if an employer has received a tip that a worker may be leaking information.
FOSTER FARMS RECALL
Foster Farms recalls grilled chicken breast strips
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal agriculture officials say chicken producer Foster Farms is recalling about 6,165 pounds of its ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast strips because the strips contain wheat and soy - known allergens - which are not listed on the labels of its packages.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Tuesday, saying the mislabeled packages were discovered when a customer complained. Food safety inspectors and officials at Foster Farms say the problem occurred when labels for another chicken product that does not contain wheat or soy were inadvertently used.
Officials say there have been no reports of adverse reactions from the sale of the mislabeled products.
The chicken breast strips being recalled were produced on April 23 and were distributed to retail establishments in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Trout hits for cycle, drives in 5, Angels rout M's
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, Josh Hamilton celebrated his 32nd birthday with a homer and a triple, and Howie Kendrick also went deep in the Los Angeles Angels' 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Trout, last season's AL rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, became the sixth player in Angels history to complete the cycle and the first to do it since Chone (shahn) Figgins on Sept. 16, 2006, at Texas.
After taking a called third strike his first time up, Trout reached on an infield single in the third inning, hit an RBI triple in the fourth and added a three-run double in the sixth before homering in the eighth on a 2-0 pitch from Lucas Luetge.
Seattle waives backup QB Josh Portis
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have waived backup quarterback Josh Portis, a day after news surfaced of his arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month.
The Seahawks announced the decision to cut Portis on Tuesday morning. Portis was on the field and an active participant during the Seahawks' first OTA workout Monday.
Portis was arrested on investigation of driving under the influence May 5 and faces a court arraignment next week. Portis was pulled over for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 90. The arresting officer wrote Portis performed poorly in field sobriety tests and later registered .092 and .078 in breath tests. The legal limit in Washington state is .08.
Portis was in his second stint with the Seahawks.
He was re-signed by Seattle in early April after they traded Matt Flynn to Oakland.
Seattle MF Evans added to US training camp roster
CHICAGO (AP) - Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans will join the U.S. men for a training camp ahead of next month's trio of World Cup qualifiers.
Evans was added to the roster Tuesday, bringing the number of players invited to the camp to 30. Evans has made seven appearances with the Americans and was part of the team that lost to Mexico in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Training camp opens Sunday in Cleveland, where the Americans will face Belgium in an exhibition on May 29. The Americans also have an exhibition against Germany on June 2 in Washington, D.C. before resuming qualifying June 7 in Jamaica.
They'll host Panama four days later in Seattle, then face Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18.
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