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Vanishing NW seabirds linked to herring decline

Biologists notice decline of coastal bird species

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Class sizeĀ initiativeĀ makes Washington ballot

Signatures put school initiative on ballot

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Border patrol now hiring

2,000 job positions open up at border

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Firefighter’s license suspended over sexual misconduct

Firefighter loses licence over child rape charges

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A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle.

Cost of Washington wildfires so far: $50 million

Wildfire costs already reaching breaking point

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Aerial view of the Stillguamish River and SR 530 after the March 22, 2014 landslide

The Oso landslide on March 22 resulted in the damming of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County. Mud covering the area, including SR 530 is a mile wide.

Independent commission to look into Oso mudslide

State appoints commission to review land use in slide prone areas

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Another Friday Afternoon Bellingham Bank Robbery

A Washington Federal on Lakeway Drive is robbed.

A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard.

Firefighters gain better control of historic wildfire

More than half of Cartlon Complex fire contained

Photo provided by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation

Nature reserve closed temporarily for construction

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve gains bathroom facility

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Fred Meyer to pump up busy gas station

Lakeway Fred Meyer plans to expand gas station

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Regional report says coal train traffic doesn’t make cents

New study: Coal terminals bad for economy

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Lynden councilmember: Fireworks not a priority

Firework rules not on Lynden agenda

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Police catch pistol whipping robbers

Man uses pruning shears against armed robbers

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Bellingham rain storm breaks two records

Downpour sets July records

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Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

Bakken crude oil train bound for Anacortes derails

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Bellingham hits new rain record

Nearly three-quarters inch of rain falls in Bellingham

A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle.

Downpour big help to firefighters

Huge wildfire now half contained

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New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

Oil train speed limit would not apply in Whatcom County

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.

Bellingham City Council to consider Gaza resolution

Local group asks city to take stand on violence against Palestinians

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Primary election ballots are out

Primary vote due Aug. 5

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Amazon offers 3D printing to customize products

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A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Amazon will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items.

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U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

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In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia.

American doctor, Kent Brantley, has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola.

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Pope Francis renews attack on mafia

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Pope Francis waves as he leads a mass at the palace of Caserta, former residences of the Royal House of Bourbon, in Caserta, southern Italy on July 26, 2014.

Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples.

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Paul McGinley pulls out of PGA Championship with injury

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Paul McGinley of Ireland laughs during a news conference after being named the European Ryder Cup captain at the St. REgis in Saadiyat Islands in Abu Dhabi on January 15, 2013.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has pulled out of the PGA Championship with a shoulder injury.

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Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, file photo, customers walk past a Family Dollar store at Hickory Grove Market in Charlotte, N.C. Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion, the companies announced Monday, July 28, 2014.

Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion.