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December 7, 2000 | Reuters
Washington state said it will take over Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s workers' compensation program, accusing the retail giant of failing to pay proper benefits to injured workers. In seven years of managing its own claims in Washington, Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, had been warned and fined repeatedly, but still underpaid wages and benefits to injured workers and failed to accept some accident reports, state labor officials said. A spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.
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April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Quarterback Tyler Hilinski of Upland has committed to Washington State. He becomes the latest of the Southern California's outstanding quarterback class to make a college commitement. He passed 3,053 yards and 34 touchdowns last season as a junior after transferring from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where his older brother, Kelly, was the quarterback and ended up attending Columbia. Hilinksi is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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NATIONAL
September 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Presidential candidate Ralph Nader won a spot Wednesday on the November ballot in Washington state but suffered setbacks in his effort to be listed on Michigan, Oregon and Texas ballots. The secretary of state's office in Washington said Nader would be listed as an independent after he submitted 1,983 signatures. The minimum required is 1,000. Also Wednesday, a federal judge rejected Nader's claims that Texas' tough ballot-access requirements for independent candidates are unconstitutional.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Maria L. La Ganga
OSO, Wash. - Standing beneath a banner proclaiming "Oso Strong" one month after the deadly landslide, President Obama told the residents of the hard-hit Stillaguamish Valley that the nation is grieving with them as they struggle to rebuild homes, businesses and families. "There are still families who are searching for loved ones," Obama said after an aerial tour of the devastation aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One and a visit with survivors and first responders. "There are families who have lost everything, and it's going to be a difficult road ahead for them.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More Doctors Smoke Camels than any other Cigarette . . . . After all, a doctor smokes for pleasure too. The pleasing mildness of a Camel can be just as welcome to his throat as to yours. The year was 1946. The advertisement arrived in the mailboxes of Americans on the back cover of their Sept. 2 Life magazine. A kindly doctor was pictured taking the pulse of an older woman, a woman not unlike everyone's mother.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2004 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
A microscopic margin of 42 votes, out of nearly 2.9 million cast, separated the two top candidates for governor in Washington state, according to the results of a recount released Wednesday -- enough for the Republican to declare himself the victor but far from enough for his Democratic foe to concede. State Sen. Dino Rossi, vying to become the state's first GOP governor in 24 years, prevailed in the machine recount of the Nov.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2008 | August Brown
WHEN IS a TV theme song a political weapon? When it's the theme from "The Sopranos" used just coincidentally by the Washington state Democratic Party in an ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. The ad is ostensibly a criticism of Rossi's close ties to a lobbying group, the Building Industry Assn. of Washington, and Rossi's own ads against Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The now-canonical opening tune, a menacing electro number by British group Alabama 3, is now practically synonymous with ne'er-dowelling in the American pop culture psyche and carries plenty of useful emotional associations from the first note.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Sunday for a review of the vote count in this weekend's GOP caucuses in Washington state, saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain was declared the winner prematurely. Ed Rollins, Huckabee's campaign chairman, said in a news release that it was "very unfortunate that the Washington state party chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87% of the vote was counted."
NATIONAL
September 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A California gray whale died after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state and then trying to swim out to sea, officials said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah tribe shot and harpooned the whale. Coast Guard officials created a 1,000-yard safety zone around the injured whale, which was shot about a mile east of Neah Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Washington state Atty. Gen. Christine Gregoire was winning the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday in one of the hardest-fought contests as eight states went to the polls on the last big day of primaries before November. Gregoire -- the state's first female attorney general and a leading player in the $206-billion tobacco settlement of the 1990s -- was getting three of every four votes in her contest with King County Executive Ron Sims.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE -   One month after the Washington state landslide that killed at least 34, President Obama is planning to survey the destruction firsthand. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that Obama will travel on April 22 to the site of the mammoth slide that closed State Route 530 and destroyed dozens of homes, prompting a major disaster declaration from the White House. The president is scheduled to meet with families of the dead and missing, first responders and recovery workers, Inslee said.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - After a major disaster, there is often a terrible seesaw between death tolls and missing lists: As one rises, the other falls. That's what happened Tuesday in Washington state's deadly March 22 landslide. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the death toll had risen to 35 from 34, and the sheriff's office said the missing list had dropped to 11 from an even dozen. The victim identified Tuesday was Brooke Spillers, 2, who died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE -- Nearly two weeks after a deadly landslide ravaged the once placid Stillaguamish Valley, the death toll continued to rise, and the hard work of moving on came into sharper focus. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday that it has received the remains of 30 victims from the March 22 slide, which left a square mile of devastation in its wake and closed a key state highway. Of the bodies, 27 have been positively identified. The major crimes unit of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office also released an updated list Thursday of the 15 men, women and children believed to be missing in connection with the slide.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  The college offers are starting to pile up for Santa Ana Mater Dei receiver-linebacker Ben Humphreys. Coach Bruce Rollinson said Humphreys has offers from California, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Yale, Northwestern, Miami, Wisconsin, Oregon State and Duke. Humphreys will try to be what Thomas Duarte was for Mater Dei two years ago _ a big-time pass catcher and defensive standout. He also has terrific grades, so as he continues to get faster, stronger and better, the offers figure to increase.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz demanding that eight new double-shelled storage tanks be built to hold waste that is in leaky underground tanks with single steel walls.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2014 | Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Volunteer firefighter Jan McClelland, who runs a dairy farm outside this tiny town on the edge of the Cascade Range, was delivering baby goats on the morning of March 22. It was a sunny Saturday in birthing season, filled with the gentle mewling of new life. Summer Raffo, punctual to the core, was heading down State Route 530, passing through Oso on the way to one of her three jobs. She had an appointment to shoe horses in nearby Arlington, and she would not be late. Her anvil was stowed in her blue Subaru.
WORLD
April 20, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Chinese President Hu Jintao finished up a two-day visit Wednesday to the one state in the U.S. that carries a trade surplus with his country, pointedly talking up the billions of dollars China will spend in coming years on Boeing airplanes, Microsoft software and even Starbucks coffee, all Washington state products.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2005 | Lynn Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Amid the torrent of snow, Owen Jones could hardly contain his glee. It was only November, and the 16-year-old and his friends were snowboarding down the slopes of this Cascade Mountains ski resort area. "I hope we have this weather all winter," the Seattle teen said. The state's ski industry likely is saying the same thing. Unusually warm weather in the Pacific Northwest made the last snow season the worst on record.
OPINION
March 30, 2014
Re "An area primed for a disaster," March 28 Unlike earthquakes, landslides like the one in Washington state can be detected, preventing loss of life. For decades, movements of large sloped land masses have been measured utilizing inclinometers that quantify the magnitude and geometry of soil movements at different depths. The measurements, combined with numerical modeling, produce a three-dimensional imagery of the subsurface soil mass and its directional movements. To prevent future Hazel Slide disasters, government entities should mandate that developers install monitoring systems that transmit data to the U.S. Geological Survey and state and local survey centers for analysis so any necessary alerts can be issued for evacuations.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As a fifth day of search and recovery after the Washington state mudslide came to an end Wednesday, the confirmed death toll remained at 16, officials said. No more bodies had been recovered, and no more survivors were found. Authorities said the number of missing after Saturday's mudslide had officially dropped to 90, with 35 others possibly unaccounted for. But Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington told reporters in Arlington, Wash., that the latter figure was less credible.
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