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Transportation

5-mile backup on southbound I-5 near Everett after brush fire

A brush fire north of Everett has caused a 5-mile backup on southbound Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. All lanes have reopened after Everett and Marysville fire crews blocked two lanes to put out the fire near 15th Street. Drivers are backed up on I-5 through Marysville, and the State...

Environment

Oregon forecast shows hot, dry fall and worsening drought

SALEM, Ore. — A climate prediction report issued by the National Weather Service says Oregon will remain hot, dry and smoky well into autumn this year. The Statesman Journal reports Friday that forecast in the report released this week means that the state's existing drought could get worse. The U.S. Drought Monitor says that most...

Science

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when it decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species. The three-judge panel of the 9th...