Washington Burning: Wildfires tear through 100 homes

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A cluster of four wildfires burning in north-central Washington had left nearly 100 destroyed homes in its wake and swelled to more than 260 square miles by Friday morning, according to officials.

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Teacher fired for being gay gets an apology four decades later

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An “excellent” social studies teacher who had dedicated 12 years to his students had his career cut short after he was fired in 1972 because his sexual orientation was deemed “immoral.”

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'Less Shady': Pot sales begin (legally) in Washington

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Pot sales began legally in Washington State on Tuesday, with a select number of stores selling a limited amount of cannabis.

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Seattle approves country's highest minimum wage of $15

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Japan tsunami debris drifts onto Washington coast

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A small boat that authorities believe to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami washed ashore Monday morning along the coast at Ocean Shores, Wash.

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Muddy search dog rests after hard day’s work in Oso recovery effort

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A search dog waits by the feet of Washington National Guardsmen to be washed after working the debris field created by the Oso mudslide. 

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Washington Mudslide: Learn how to help

Donations have been pouring in to help victims whose homes were destroyed in the landslide that ripped through Oso, Wash. The disaster could end up being one of the worst in Washington state’s history. So far at least 25 people have died and officials say the 90 people who are still missing are unlikely to have survived. Volunteers are working around the clock to feed, clothe and house those who have been displaced.

We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are accepting donations. See how you can help.

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Rescuers keep searching despite overwhelming obstacles

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Authorities announced Thursday night that the official death toll after Saturday’s mudslide in Oso, Wash. had risen to 17, but warned that the total number of victims was likely to increase. The rescuers, many of whom are volunteers who hold other jobs, have vowed to remain at the site of the slide until they are no longer needed.

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Number of missing or unaccounted for in mudslide drops to 90

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The number of people missing or unaccounted for after the massive landslide in Washington state has dropped from 176 to 90, search officials said Wednesday night.

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Before and after: Photos show mudslide’s destruction

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mudslide in Washington state turned a square mile of Snohomish County into complete devastation and claimed the lives of at least eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. The slide, which occurred around 11 a.m. PT Saturday, turned land that spanned neighborhoods into “quicksand.”

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Officials sifting through 108 reports of missing in mudslide

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Authorities have collected 108 reports about people missing in the Washington state mudslide, but officials cautioned that figure is expected to “decline dramatically.”

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Huge Washington mudslide kills three and dams a river

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Three people were killed and eight injured in a mile-long mudslide north of Seattle that demolished at least six houses Saturday morning, blocked roads and dammed a river, bringing fears of a major flood, officials said.

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News helicopter crashes by Seattle’s Space Needle, killing two

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A news helicopter crashed in downtown Seattle Tuesday morning, killing two people and injuring one, officials said.

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BREAKING: News helicopter crashes and burns close to the Space Needle in Seattle

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A news helicopter used by two local networks has crashed in downtown Seattle.

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Pot-friendly states can’t really stop carry-on weed

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In Washington and Colorado, it can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

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