Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy at the the State of the State address in 2019. McCarthy’s office said Thursday that 1.3 million Washingtonians can expect a notification on whether their personal data has been compromised. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy at the the State of the State address in 2019. McCarthy’s office said Thursday that 1.3 million Washingtonians can expect a notification on whether their personal data has been compromised. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Local Politics

Notices to go out to 1.3 million Washingtonians affected by unemployment data breach

Washingtonians whose data was exposed in a hack of the state auditor will soon receive individual email notifications - and an offer for a year of free credit monitoring.

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Health

Philippines to receive COVID-19 vaccine after delays

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is due to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, among the last in Southeast Asia to secure the critical doses despite having the second-highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the hard-hit region. President Rodrigo Duterte and top Cabinet officials will welcome the arrival of 600,000...

Environment

A pandemic-era rise in clamming and an effective new harvesting tool have hammered California shellfish stocks

A pandemic-era crush of new interest in clamming on the California coast and widespread adoption of simple hydraulic pumps that allow people to harvest the shellfish faster and in greater numbers has put abundant clam stocks in newfound jeopardy, prompting state regulators to step in with emergency prohibitions. The state Fish and Game Commission this...

Science

Mexico may reduce protection area for endangered vaquita

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Saturday it is considering reducing the protection area for the vaquita marina in the upper Gulf of California, an apparent admission that the tiny porpoise may never return to the entire historic range of its habitat. The move would cut the area where gill nets are banned...