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SEATTLE (AP) - Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to groups credited with keeping charter schools open. Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved in Washington state. Since the state struck down the law, he's given about $25 million to the Washington State Charter Schools Association.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An organization that builds and maintains off-leash dog parks in southwestern Washington state says it could be forced to close the parks unless safety concerns are addressed. KATU-TV reports the nonprofit Dogpaw might close down its four Vancouver-area parks after at least five dogs died from encounters at the properties last year.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a domestic violence suspect was shot in the leg during a confrontation with deputies in Everett. The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team says the shooting occurred Saturday night after a woman reported that her 67-year-old husband was beating her and threatening her with a weapon.

CARSON, Wash. (AP) - Search crews have recovered the body of a 23-year-old woman who was killed in a 100-foot fall while hiking in Skamania County. The Columbian newspaper reports that Leslie Mar, of Vancouver, was hiking with a partner on Friday evening when she slipped from a ledge at Panther Creek Falls, north of Carson.

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