Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch has joined Seattle Seahawks training camp after missing the first week.
Lynch arrived on Thursday afternoon following the team's morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch has reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week.
ESPN reported earlier Thursday that Lynch was expected to end his holdout. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after practice that he did not know if Lynch was on the verge of reporting.
Lynch has missed the first week of training camp unhappy with his contract status. Lynch is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary for 2014 with additional roster bonuses available. It's the third year of a four-year deal Lynch signed before the 2012 season.
With Lynch away, the Seahawks have let Robert Turbin and Christine Michael get the bulk of carries during camp.
Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid all the debates on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are also wondering whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous.
Among the unanswered questions is: Would drivers who are 'high' travel too fast or too slow for safety?
Congressman John Mica, a Florida Republican, convened a hearing Thursday of a Transportation subcommittee. He says he's worried that growing numbers of drivers are impaired, increasingly with a mix of drugs and alcohol. But he says it's nearly impossible to gauge the danger. Unlike with alcohol, there there's no way to quickly test drivers.
Congressman Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, says it's just as possible that pot doesn't pose as much a risk as alcohol. He says drivers who are high on marijuana may even drive slower.
DATA SURVEILLANCE LAWSUIT
NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland
NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland.
Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York, ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral arguments.
The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution's protections against illegal search and seizure. It says it can also damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by four large technology companies including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc.
The judge agreed to stay the effect of her ruling to give the company time to appeal.
Preska said she agrees with a magistrate judge who signed a warrant in December.
Cougar fatally injures horse north of Spokane
DEER LAKE, Wash. (AP) - Wildlife officers are hunting a cougar that fatally attacked a horse near Deer Lake, about 30 miles north of Spokane.
State Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor said the horse suffered severe front leg injuries Tuesday and had to be euthanized.
Taylor told The Spokesman-Review a tracker with hounds was called in Wednesday but was unsuccessful. If caught, the cougar will be killed.
Taylor says the cougar apparently was drawn to the lake from higher elevations because of extremely dry conditions.
The cougar also was spotted at Camp Gifford, a Salvation Army retreat near Deer Lake. Camp director Jeff Potts say teenage campers were moved closer to buildings for safety.
ARLINGTON MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
Motorcycle chase crash at Arlington was fatal
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a motorcycle rider who crashed Saturday while fleeing a trooper on Highway 531 at Arlington died Wednesday of his injuries.
The patrol says the trooper had terminated the pursuit for safety reasons. The motorcycle continued for another mile-and-a-half until it left the road and crashed in a ditch.
The 23-year-old Marysville rider, Garrett Olson, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died.
FATAL WHITE SWAN FIRE
White Swan woman dies of fire injuries
WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) - A 71-year-old woman who was injured in a house fire Tuesday at White Swan died at a Seattle hospital.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Linda Hart and her sister suffered burns escaping from the house.
They were taken to Harborview Medical Center where the sister, Cheryl Hart, is in satisfactory condition.
The deputy chief with Yakima County Fire District 5, Kevin Frazier, says the women reported discovering smoke coming from behind a couch, and the fire flared up when they tried to move the couch.
Washington ferries to be back to normal Saturday
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound.
Capt. George Capacci (kuh-PATCH'-ee), says that will be made possible by the return of the ferry Wenatchee, which has been in drydock in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Service has been disrupted since Tuesday when the ferry Tacoma lost power on the busy Seattle-Bainbridge Island route and a ferry was shifted from the Edmonds-Kingston route, causing delays for those riders.
Capacci says the unanticipated repairs to the Wenatchee and Tacoma came at a time when two other ferries are out of service for scheduled maintenance. In a conference call with reporters Thursday he called the situation unprecedented.
As part of the shuffle, service is canceled Thursday and Friday on the run between Anacortes and Sidney, British Columbia.
Spokane hopes to give panhandlers 'real change'
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The city of Spokane is launching a month-long campaign Thursday asking people not to give money to panhandlers.
Instead, the "Give Real Change" program wants to redirect donations to agencies with recovery services that help get panhandlers off the street, such as the Union Gospel Mission, Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
KXLY reports signs are being posted downtown urging people to "Give Real Change." Residents also will see information about the program in their utility bills.
Rescued flagpole painter plans to return to work
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Seventy-three-year-old Warren Hinrichs plans to return to work painting flagpoles despite passing out and having to be rescued from the pole atop the federal Courthouse in downtown Yakima.
He blames the heat Monday for slipping upside down and requiring help from firefighters.
The Spokane man told the Yakima Herald-Republic he's painted more than 5,000 flagpoles across the West in the past half-century.
He'll have to wait for his next job, though. Firefighters collected his rigging for evidence in a state Department of Labor and Industries investigation.
Another week of heat forecast for Northwest
SEATTLE (AP) - Forecasters say dry weather with above-normal temperatures will continue into next week in the Northwest.
The National Weather Service says highs will be in the 80s west of the Cascades and in the 90s and low 100s east of the Cascades.
Because of the threat of thunderstorm lightning sparking wildfires, the Weather Service has issued a red flag warning Saturday for central and northeast Oregon from Bend and Madras through John Day and Enterprise and including the southeast corner of Washington.
Forecasters also have issued a heat advisory Thursday for the area including Clarkston and Asotin because of triple-digit temperatures.
'Swill' beer recalled for bubbling in the bottle
BEND, Ore. (AP) - A Bend, Oregon, brewery has issued a voluntary recall of a sour, fruit beer it calls Swill, a result of reports of beer gushing from bottles and one bottle breaking.
A partner in the 10 Barrel brewery, Garrett Wales, tells the Bend Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1rN45DU) some of the summer seasonal beer continues to ferment in the bottles, increasing carbonation.
Wales says the company is working with distributors and retailers to get it off the shelves. The recall applies to 12- and 22-ounce bottles.
He says people who have bought the beer should use protective gloves and eyewear and then put the bottles in a closed box in a secure outdoor trash container. He says refunds are available via email: Swill@10barrel.com.
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