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Come, see the herons

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Heron Habitat Helpers aims to protect great blue herons and their nesting colonies around Puget Sound. Group members monitor herons for particular behaviors, count the chicks and adults, and estimate the age of the chicks. The group also conducts public outreach, education and habitat restoration. The group is having an event Saturday called the Heron […]
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Restoration lags for Syria’s famed Roman ruins at Palmyra and other war-battered historic sites

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 23:15

At the height of the Islamic State group's rampage across Syria, the world watched in horror as the militants blew up an iconic arch and temple in the country’s famed Roman ruins in Palmyra.
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3 dead, 2 missing after family fishing trip in Alaska becomes a nightmare

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 22:36

An Alaska fishing adventure became a nightmare for a family of eight when the wreckage of one of the two boats they’d chartered over the Memorial Day weekend was found partially submerged off an island.
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Some trans people turn to crowdfunding to leave Florida after anti-LGBTQ+ laws

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 21:56

Dozens of transgender people in Florida who can't afford to move are turning to crowdfunding to help them leave after the passage of new legislation that targets the LGBTQ community.
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Despite flags, Border Patrol staff didn’t review fragile 8-year-old girl’s file before she died

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 21:20

An internal investigation finds that Border Patrol medical staff declined to review the file of an 8-year-old girl with a chronic heart condition and rare blood disorder before died on her ninth day in custody.
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After shootings and new threats, Seattle’s Garfield High cancels in-person classes

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 20:51

The principal emailed parents to say classes would be online only Friday, and activities shut down. The Teen Life Center near the campus is also closed Friday
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Tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico on 1st day of hurricane season

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 20:30

A tropical depression has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Oregon Democrats vote to fine absent senators amid GOP walkout

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 18:11

Oregon Senate Democrats plan to start fining their absent colleagues amid a month-long Republican walkout.
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High temperatures close schools in several U.S. cities

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 17:59

High heat shut down schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Pittsburgh on Thursday, forcing students and teachers to stay at home in the face inadequate air conditioning.
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Inslee rebuffs tribes seeking relief after WA climate laws boost gas prices

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 17:50

Gov. Jay Inslee rebuffed a request from the Lummi Nation and other Native American tribes for an exemption from climate laws that have driven up gas prices.
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Oregon youths’ climate lawsuit against U.S. government can proceed to trial, judge rules

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 17:42

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by young Oregon-based climate activists can proceed to trial.
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Soaring rhetoric: NASA mission will carry Poet Laureate Ada Limón’s words to Jupiter

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 16:08

A new work by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón, written for an upcoming NASA mission, is a glance at outer space that returns back to Earth.
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Boeing’s astronaut capsule faces more launch delays after latest problems

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 15:58

Boeing's astronaut capsule faces more launch delays after new problems cropped up.
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King County issues debris burn ban as region sees warmer weather

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 15:40

King County's fire marshal issued a ban on yard debris and residential burning after assessing temperatures and moisture conditions.
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X-ray vision brings new life to a fossil flattened by time

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 15:39

It was clear that Oda was an ichthyosaur, but while most of its skeleton remained, eons under a muddy seafloor had squeezed it into a two-dimensional jumble of bones.
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Idaho hospitals working to resume full operations after cyberattack

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 15:09

Two Idaho hospitals and their clinics are working to resume full operations after a cyberattack on their computer systems.
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Tacoma woman refusing tuberculosis treatment arrested

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 13:18

The health department had been working with the woman's family for more than a year to persuade her to take medication for tuberculosis.
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King County assessed property values decline as housing market cools

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 13:17

Property values are on the decline in many areas, particularly on the Eastside. 
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For months, Gluesenkamp Perez didn’t pay property taxes on Portland business

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 13:08

A Southwest Washington member of Congress failed for more than six months to pay the 2022 property taxes on an auto repair shop she and her spouse have owned and operated in Northeast Portland.
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Authorities recover bodies of 2 sisters after vessel found submerged in Alaska; 2 still missing

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 11:09

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two sisters onboard a fishing charter boat that was found partially submerged off southeast Alaska amid rough seas.
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