News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press

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OSO, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama is scheduled visit the scene of Washington state's devastating mudslide Tuesday. He'll find a haunting wasteland of shattered timber and deep muck, dotted here with the wreckage of a pickup truck, and there with young girl's flip-flop. The remains of 39 people have been recovered from the scene of the March 22 landslide 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Lawyers say Washington state has agreed to pay $9 million to six siblings, after the oldest brother and sister were tortured and abused by their stepfather, a previously convicted child rapist. The family left Washington state for New Mexico amid an investigation by the Department of Social and Health Services. Attorney John Dorgan says that even though the investigation showed the children to be in danger, the department failed to alert authorities in New Mexico.

SEATTLE (AP) - Clam diggers on the Washington coast this weekend should be alert for big waves. The National Weather Service forecasts a high surf Saturday night into Sunday with 16-to-19-foot waves. Forecasters say the waves could race up beaches farther than normal and surprise diggers.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state of Washington is rejecting the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to amend the federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site. The state on Friday sent a letter to federal lawyers, saying the March 31 proposal that would have eliminated many deadlines for Hanford cleanup "is not acceptable to Washington." Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation's largest volume of radioactive wastes.

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