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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

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OLYMPIA — House Democrats have unveiled a transportation revenue package that would raise $9.8 billion over the next decade with the help of a 10-cent bump in the gas tax, a new annual car tab fee pegged at 0.7 percent of the vehicle's value and more than $3 billion in new bonds. Also included is a new $25 fee on bicycles sold for at least $500. By Jonathan Kaminsky.


SEATTLE — The state Department of Natural Resources and law enforcement organizations have expressed concerns over a measure that would impose various restrictions on the use and purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles. By Manuel Valdes.


SEATTLE - State lawmakers consider a measure that would allow people previously convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to have their legal record cleared. State voters last year made recreational marijuana use legal. By Gene Johnson.


BOISE, Idaho — In a historically conservative state that often opposes so many forms of federal involvement — from the health care law to endangered species acts — Idaho lawmakers are now looking for all the help they can get from Washington when it comes to enforcing the nation's drug laws.


MOUNT VERNON — The legal troubles aren't over for Colton Harris-Moore, the youthful 'Barefoot Bandit' who led police on a two-year crime spree in stolen boats, cars and planes. The 21-year-old, who is already serving a seven-year prison term, faces new theft and burglary charges in Washington.


WASHINGTON — A congressional official says Boeing will propose to federal regulators a plan to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner's batteries that have kept the planes on the ground for more than a month. The official said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner is expected to present the plan to Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, in a meeting later this week. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the plan. By Joan Lowy.


TOKYO — A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 found it was improperly wired, Japan's Transport Ministry said Wednesday. The Transport Safety Board said in a report that the battery of the aircraft's auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated, although a protective valve would have prevented power from the APU from doing damage.


SEATTLE — The union for Boeing's technical workers is planning its next move after they rejected a contract offer, splitting with engineers represented by the same union who approved the deal. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace says it notified a federal mediator Wednesday to resume negotiations.

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NEW YORK — Longtime users of Hotmail, MSN and other Microsoft email services will start noticing a big change: When they sign in to check messages, they'll be sent to a new service called Outlook.com. You might be thinking, isn't Outlook the software Microsoft Corp. makes for people to use email at work? Indeed it is, but Microsoft is now adopting that brand for personal, Web-based email services as well. It's part of a broad makeover that includes the company's overhaul of the Windows operating system and the Office software suite. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. AP Photo NYBZ110.


NEW YORK — A 911 call comes in about a possible bomb in lower Manhattan and an alert pops up on computer screens at the New York Police Department, instantly showing officers an interactive map of the neighborhood, footage from nearby security cameras, whether there are high radiation levels and whether any other threats have been made against the city. In a click, police know exactly what they're getting into. By Colleen Long. AP Photos NYMA202, NYMA201, NYMA203, NYMA204.


BERLIN — Online retailer Amazon may have broken antitrust laws in Germany by banning third-party traders from selling their products cheaper elsewhere, officials said Wednesday. German antitrust authorities said they have begun questioning 2,400 traders who signed up to Amazon's Marketplace platform, where they can sell products directly to the web giant's millions of users. In return they must abide by its policies. By Frank Jordans. AP Photo LGL101.


MEDFORD, Ore. — An Ashland couple accused in Spokane of selling a diluted version of industrial bleach as a cure for cancer, ear aches and other maladies claims the federal government can't touch them because the product is sold to a private health association protected by free-speech and other constitutional fights.


SPOKANE — Kevin O'Grady was the kind of guy who was never late. "If he told you he'd pick you up at 5 o'clock, he'd get there by 4:59," the Air Force veteran and upholstery expert's youngest daughter, Katy O'Grady, recalled. "He was always early." The family was devastated when O'Grady missed his own funeral because his cremated remains were mis-routed by the Postal Service, but it gave them something to chuckle about, too. AP Member Exchange by David Wasson, The Spokesman-Review. AP Photos WASPO102, WASPO101.



PEORIA, Ariz. — The Seattle Mariners haven't completed an entire week of full squad workouts and its already time to start preparing for Catcus League games that begin Friday. Blame the World Baseball Classic.


FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox acquired Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, adding another potentially useful bat to their roster shortly before the start of exhibition games.


SPOKANE — Having matched its highest AP ranking in school history, No. 3 Gonzaga hosts Santa Clara on Wednesday night. By Nicholas K. Geranios.


TUCSON, Ariz. — No. 12 Arizona and Washington meet at the McKale Center after playing an ugly, defensive-dominated game in Seattle last month. By Basketball Writer John Marshall.


TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State goes for its 20th win of the season and tries to stay in the hunt in the Pac-12 race with a game against Washington State.


— SEATAC WIRE THEFT — Copper wire stolen from Sea-Tac runway lighting.

— NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE — House approves bill naming Friday after Thanksgiving as "Native American Heritage Day."

— PUBLIC RECORDS RUSE — Snoho Co. exec loses control of tech operations.

— NEW EDUCATION TESTS — WA is 1 of 24 states piloting new national tests.

— AP EXAMS — More WA students take and pass AP exams in 2012.

— CLIMATE CHANGE-INSLEE — Gov. Inslee: WA must lead on climate change.

— MARIJUANA FORUM-MOUNT VERNON — Skagit farmers would like to grow marijuana.

— FREEWAY BABY — Baby in a hurry born along Lakewood highway.

— BEARDS ON THE BRIDGE — No contest plea for rifle on Portland bridge.

— RAINIER SHOOTOUT — Defendant hearing in Rainier police chief slaying.

— KENNEWICK PANHANDLING — Kennewick council restricts panhandling.

— PRISON ASSAULT — Insanity plea in Spokane trial on prison assault.

— JBLM-AFGHANISTAN RETURN — 250 JBLM soldiers return from Afghanistan.

— SEATTLE GANG SHOOTING — 2 wounded by shots fired into Seattle house.