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Posted on January 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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SEATTLE — The auction for the beleaguered Tully's Coffee chain has concluded in federal bankruptcy court, with a judge approving the sale to an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey — dubbed "McDreamy" in the hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy" — had claimed victory last week after bidding concluded, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks to make an offer for Tully's filed an objection. By Donna Gordon Blankinship.

AP Photos WASET101, WASET102.


WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have closed a small lender in Washington state, making it the first bank failure of 2013 following 51 closures last year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Westside Community Bank, based in University Place, Wash., and Sunwest Bank, based in Irvine, Calif., agreed to assume all of the failed lender's deposits and buy essentially all of its assets.


OLYMPIA — In the early 1960s, Washington opened an archives building to safely store the state's most important documents. The building, constructed as a largely underground bunker and opened just a year after the Cuban missile crisis, served another purpose not widely publicized at the time: nuclear fallout shelter in case of attack. Today, a series of tunnels built to evacuate state officials and staff to the safety of the bunker go largely unused or serve as utility tunnels for steam and electrical lines. By Rachel La Corte.

AP Photos RPRL101, RPRL102, RPRL103, RPRL104, RPRL105, RPRL106, RPRL107, RPRL108, RPRL109.


SEATTLE — A former agent at a Washington travel company has been charged with stealing nearly 3.7 million frequent-flier miles from high-end clients. Karen Yeakel was fired from her job at Stellar Travel in Bellevue in June 2011. Company partner Susan Bluhm says it was after discrepancies in the frequent-flier account of one of Yeakel's clients turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. By Gene Johnson


OLYMPIA — Gov.-elect Jay Inslee is standing by State Patrol Chief John Batiste despite objections from the troopers union.


SEATTLE — Fever, cough and headache caused by the flu are now widespread in Washington, the state Department of Health says. Previously the flu had been at a regional level. It was upgraded in a new report, meaning the flu is in more than half of the communities in the state, said spokesman Donn Moyer. By Doug Esser.


WASHINGTON — The government has stepped in to assure the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" is safe to fly, even as the Federal Aviation Administration launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other worrisome incidents this week. By Joan Lowy and Joshua Freed. AP Photos ALHUT202, ALHUT201.



NEW YORK — Boeing's 787 Dreamliner had a nightmare of a week, capped off with a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to review everything from the design to manufacturing of the new airplane. Government officials were quick to say that the plane is safe — nearly 50 of them are in the skies now. However, a fire Monday and subsequent spate of technical problems raised enough questions to prompt this highly unusual review. None of the eight airlines using the plane have plans to stop flying it during the government's inquiry. By Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz. AP Photo TXHOU109.


SALT LAKE CITY — Aircraft maker Boeing Co. has announced it will expand manufacturing operations in Utah by opening a third factory in the Salt Lake City area to fabricate a tail piece for the Boeing 787. Boeing is taking over a factory originally built by KraftMaid Cabinetry in the Salt Lake suburb of West Jordan. By Paul Foy.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A woman who turned herself in after a decade as a fugitive in the largest U.S. ecoterrorism investigation pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and arson charges in federal court. With Canadian citizen Rebecca Rubin, 39, sitting shackled in the jury box, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered her to remain in custody and set trial to begin March 19 in U.S. District Court in Eugene, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Peifer. By Jeff Barnard. AP Photo GRP101.



RENTON — Zach Miller came to Seattle with a big contract and a history of catching passes. Then he spent most of his first season with the Seahawks as a blocker. But with the improvement of Seattle's offense, Miller is becoming more of an option as a playmaker for the Seahawks. By Tim Booth.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — There's a good reason Atlanta receivers coach Terry Robiskie constantly talks to Julio Jones during a game. They discuss everything that's taken place and what might happen next. By George Henry.


LOS ANGELES — Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points and No. 14 UCLA pulled away to start the second half in beating Washington State 78-52 on Friday night for its fifth straight victory. By Beth Harris.


— MEDICAL BUILDING-SEARCH — No gunman found in Spokane doctors' office building after witness reports prompt police search.

— NEW POLICE CHIEF — Clark County sheriff's officer to head Lincoln City, Ore., police.

— GEODUCK DIVER DEATH — Wash. Department of Natural Resources cited for worker-safety violations in death of diver.

— OVERPASS-WATER MAIN — Concrete pillar chunk from old overpass falls during demolition, punches hole in Tacoma water main.

— GREGOIRE PORTRAIT — Official portrait of Wash. Gov. Gregoire unveiled as she prepares to leave office.

— FALCONS-GOVERNORS BET — Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal, Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire bet on Falcons-Seahawks playoff game.

— TULALIP-DEAD CHILD — Tulalip mother charged in daughter's death.

— LUMMI KILLING — 2 Lummi members sentenced in killing of third.

— SCHOOL BUSES COLLIDE — School buses collided on icy Vancouver road.

— CORRECTIONS OFFICER KILLED — Teen pleads guilty in Hoquiam stabbing death.

— SPOKANE-FANNIE AND FREDDIE — Spokane sues Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.