BC-WA--Washington Digest, WA


Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Washington state at 4:40 p.m.

The Seattle bureau can be reached at (800) 552-7694 or (206) 682-1812. The photo supervisor is at (206) 682-4801 or (800) 552-7694.

For questions on stories from Olympia, call (360) 753-7222. For questions on Spokane-area stories, call Correspondent Nicholas Geranios at (800) 824-4928 or (509) 624-1258.

Please do not give out these phone numbers or email addresses to members of the general public.

AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com Reruns are also available from the Service Desk (800) 838-4616.

Please submit your best stories via email to apseattle(at)ap.org. Stories should be in plain text format.


OREGON BUS CRASH: new, latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

SKYDIVER MISSING: latest is 4th Ld-Writethru

SHELL-ARCTIC DRILL SHIP: see updated digest line, latest is 11th Ld-Writethru

FBN--SEAHAWKS ADVANCE: see updated digest line, story includes update on Clemons

RAINIER SHOOTOUT: latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

See new items in ALSO category


SEATTLE — The search for a wing suit-wearing skydiver in the Washington Cascade foothills will continue by helicopter as the weather allows, but officials don't expect to find him alive. By Doug Esser. AP Photos. AP Video. AP Audios.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Two survivors of an Eastern Oregon tour bus crash that killed nine passengers allege in a lawsuit that the driver was tired, didn't heed warnings and was going too fast on a road with patches of snow and ice. By Steven DuBois.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A giant floating drill rig that ran aground a week ago on a remote Alaska island arrived as planned Monday in the shelter of a Kodiak Island bay after being towed about 45 miles through swells as high as 15 feet, officials said. By Dan Joling.

AP Photos NY107, NY108.


BOSTON — An electrical fire filled the cabin of an empty Japan Airlines Boeing 787 with smoke on Monday after it landed in Boston following a non-stop flight from Tokyo. The Massachusetts Port Authority's fire chief, Bob Donahue, said the fire began in an auxiliary battery pack that supplies the plane with power when the engines are shut down. Fire crews using infrared equipment found flames in a small compartment in the plane's belly and quickly brought the fire under control, he said. By Jay Lindsay. AP Photos MASS101, MASS102, MASS103, MASS101, MASS102, MASS103.


RAINIER, Ore. — It has been two years since Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was fatally shot responding to a call in West Rainier, and yet there's no trial date in sight for his accused killer. "It's very frustrating," Painter's widow, Amy Painter, said last week. She figured by now there would at least be a trial scheduled, but the courts still are deciding whether Daniel Armaugh Butts is mentally competent to stand trial. The next hearing is set for February, but the matter has been postponed twice in the past three months. AP Member Exchange by Barbara Laboe, The Daily News. Pursuing AP Photo.



RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks solving 29 years of road futility in the playoffs came with a downside. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his left knee and will be lost for the rest of the playoffs. Clemons was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 24-14 win over Washington, the Seahawks' first postseason road win since Dec. 31, 1983. By Tim Booth.


— REDSKINS-CHOPPY FIELD — Redskins to address 'horrible' playing surface; Carroll calls it 'as bad as a field can get'


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — After using their bye week to focus on themselves, the Falcons' focus shifts to the Seattle Seahawks, who will visit Atlanta on Sunday. The Seahawks' defense will be a tough challenge for Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense. Atlanta's biggest advantage should be its home field; while Seattle will be making its second straight trip to the East Coast, the Falcons should be healthy and rested. By Charles Odum.

— JAPAN-LOPEZ — Ex-All-Star infielder Jose Lopez headed to Japan.


— FLU DEATHS — 3 more flu deaths in Washington; 6 so far.

— PRINCIPAL RAPE — Man charged with rape when he was Tacoma principal has charge dismissed; case falls apart.

— SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE — U.S. Supreme Court schedules 2 days of arguments on gay marriage.

— LAKEWOOD DRIVE-BY SHOOTING — 8 arrested after Lakewood drive-by shooting.

— OBIT-FREDDY E — Seattle hip-hop artist dies in apparent suicide.

— EAGLE FESTIVAL — Winter eagle count peaks along Skagit River. Pursuing AP Photo.

— STATE PATROL CHIEF — WSP union asking new governor for new chief.

— MESA BROTHER SHOOTING — Teen accidentally shoots brother in Mesa.

— WINTER WEATHER — Snow in mountains, Eastern Washington.

— SPOKANE HOMELESS — Spokane clearing out homeless campers.