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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Senate leaders in Washington state say that an outside investigation into a rape allegation made against state Sen. Joe Fain will continue even though he lost his re-election bid. In September, Seattle resident Candace Faber tweeted that Fain raped her in 2007, on the night she graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Fain has denied the allegation.

SEATTLE (AP) - The owners of a large Northwest electronics recycler are facing a federal conspiracy charge, after investigations found the company lied to customers by having mercury-containing flat-screen monitors shipped overseas instead of disposing of them safely in the U.S. The owners of Total Reclaim Inc., Craig Lorch and Jeffrey Zirkle, said in emailed statement that they stopped doing so when the practice was uncovered almost three years ago and that they have cooperated with authorities.

SEATTLE (AP) - A 64-year-old man was found dead in the woods near Beaver Lake in Snohomish County. The Seattle Times reports officials received a report around 8 a.m. Wednesday of an abandoned vehicle near milepost 43 along Mountain Loop Highway, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team.

SEATTLE (AP) - Visitors to the Woodland Park Zoo will soon be able to view the first successful birth of red pandas there in nearly three decades. The zoo plans to introduce twin red panda cubs at a public outdoor exhibit that opens Nov. 23.

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