Auditor Kelley unlikely to be paid during leave

According to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, the state can withhold pay when indicted Auditor Troy Kelley takes leave May 1. Inslee’s spokesman said that is based on guidance issued by the Attorney General’s Office.

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Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket! "After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?'" he told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "And I said, well, I have...

As lawmakers go into OT on budget talks, what changes?

Lawmakers ended their session Friday without agreeing on a 2015-17 operating budget, a transportation package, or recreational marijuana reforms. As Gov. Jay Inslee calls them back to Olympia, what will be different?

U.S. unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

Critics of the phone-records program, which allows the NSA to hunt for communications between terrorists abroad and U.S. residents, argue it has not proved to be an effective counterterrorism tool.

Bill under debate would limit farm antibiotics in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For decades, farmers have routinely fed antibiotics to livestock to fatten up the animals and protect them from illnesses amplified by confined conditions. But critics say repeated use of antibiotics has made bacteria more resistant to the drugs, resulting in people developing antibiotic-resistant infections. As public pressure mounts nationally against antibiotics,...

Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home. Fred W. Pagan, an office administrator for Cochran, was arrested Thursday. Court papers said Customs and Border Protection officers found a package on April 9 in Cincinnati,...

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. "It's definitely groundbreaking legislation," said Jessica Yamauchi, executive director...