Diesel Spills Into Columbia After Ship Hits Astoria Pier

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The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than one-thousand gallons of fuel Friday.

The 1,100-gallon spill happened early in the morning after the vessel struck a pier. The collision created a 4-foot gash in the ship, which was arriving at the port to collect a load of logs.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Levi Read said the spill was contained and was being cleaned up.

Critics Say Whales Put At Risk By Navy Testing Plan

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The Navy released the final environmental review Friday for its proposed sonar and explosives training practices in waters off the coast of the Northwest.

The Navy currently conducts training exercises in an area of the northeastern Pacific Ocean, roughly the size of Montana. It needs to renew its federal permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act in order to continue and expand those exercises.

Until Thursday, Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, had only drilled for a mass casualty event. Then a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College.

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King County officials announced Friday that the Sheriff’s Office has hired Patti Cole-Tindall to become one of its top-level managers.

The job brings Cole-Tindall inside the agency she has been monitoring for almost a year. 

There's still no known motive for the gunman who opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon. The city of Roseburg was rocked by news that ten people died in the shooting.

In some areas of the Northwest, dryland farmers are getting impatient. They need rain to plant winter wheat.

Douglas County Sheriff Vows To Not Use Shooter's Name

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At a press conference Friday morning Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin repeated his vow about the Roseburg, Oregon, shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.

People who struggle with English will have an easier time getting help if they’re injured on the job in Washington state.

That’s because of a federal agreement to settle a complaint targeting Washington’s system for workers’ compensation.

Before he created The Simpson, Matt Groening created the Life in Hell comic series. Among his characters were Akbar and Jeff, whose origins go back to Groening's fifth-grade attempts at mimicking Peanuts.
Matt Groening / Life In Hell

Before The Simpsons, there were crazy rabbits and Akbar and Jeff.

Matt Groening, who created television’s most iconic cartoon family, spoke with Ross Reynolds in the 1980s on the show “Saturday Afternoon.”

Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, points to a 3-year-old fan Marcus Gabrielli as he signed autographs in New York.
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Did Maurice Sendak, author of "Where The Wild Things Are," talk to kids about his work?

It was 1991, and Sendak had come into the KUOW studios for an interview with Ross Reynolds on “Saturday Afternoon.”  

Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is calling for disciplinary action after a Veterans Affairs investigation found that staffers in Seattle dumped mail about vets’ benefits in a yellow bucket and left it for months. 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Under Friday's gun-metal skies, Seattleites might be forgiven for thinking the drought gripping Washington state for the past year is over.

It’s not.

A photo from the Seattle Fire Department's Twitter feed shows the side of a bus ripped open after a collision with a duck amphibious vehicle on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Attorneys for a Seattle tour company involved in a deadly crash say the amphibious "duck" vehicles won't use the Aurora Bridge if they are returned to the road.

An aerial view of the Umpqua Community College campus, where a mass shooting took place on Thursday.
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ROSEBURG, Ore. — Armed with multiple guns, a 26-year-old man walked into a writing class at the community college in this rural Oregon town and opened fire.

At least nine people were killed by the gunman and seven others were wounded Thursday. One witness said the attacker demanded to know students' religion before shooting them. It was the fourth day of class at Umpqua Community College.

As of Thursday, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon. However, if you’re in Eastern Oregon, you face a long drive to score some legal bud.