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Crews battle wildfires threatening homes in Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE/ PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Firefighters in Washington state and Oregon were grappling on Wednesday with blazes that have blackened more than 200 square miles of terrain across the Pacific Northwest, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes. Full story

Washington looking to do more for Pats

Leon Washington is ready to do more than just return kicks and punts for the New England Patriots. Full story

Man sought in death of Wash. 4-year-old surrenders

A convicted felon who was sought by law enforcement agencies in Washington state a day after 4-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound at his small town home surrendered Monday. Full story

Pot testing sprouts with onslaught of new laws

Marijuana testing used to mean checking to see if someone had been smoking it. Full story

AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.88

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.88. Full story

Legal pot prompts a question: What about hash?

Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world. Full story

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Washington state warned to keep legal pot out of candy sold to kids

Bail set at $2M for armed man arrested in Seattle

Tank at Washington state nuclear site may be leaking radioactive waste

Washington state man gets 12 years for trying to aid militants

Now that marijuana is legal, Seattle wants private pot clubs

Boeing to open design and support sites away from Seattle

US soldier accused of killing Afghans in deal to avoid execution : lawyer

Temporary fix for collapsed Washington bridge expected mid-June

Investigators looking at height clearance in bridge collapse

Marijuana waste helps turn pot-eating pigs into tasty pork roast

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  Fixing America’s failing bridges would cost billions

A new report from Transportation for America, less than a month since the Skagit River bridge collapse in Washington State, found more than 66,000 U.S. bridges are structurally deficient. Pennsylvania has the most bridges in need of repair, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa, Rhode Island and South Dakota.

  Sarah Palin speaks to graduating class of 27

For the graduating seniors at Republic High School in Washington, luring Palin to their gold mining town -- after an aggressive social media campaign -- was equal to hitting the commencement speaker jackpot. Palin spoke for free at the event, and said, "The heart of America is good, small towns just

  Small town, big vote impact

A small town election in Washington State could have a nation-wide impact on the fate of the US coal industry. National Journal’s Energy and Environment correspondent, Coral Davenport,  joins Daily Rundown guest host Luke Russert to discuss the impact the race could have overall.

  ‘Wow, seriously?’ moments of this week

Melissa Harris-Perry runs through the shocking stories from this week where all you can do is shake your head and say, “wow... seriously?”

  Accidents spotlight nation’s aging infrastructure

Investigators are looking for clues into what caused two freight trains to collide in rural Missouri, causing a massive bridge collapse. The collision - between the two trains - is the third major transportation accident this month. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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