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SEATTLE | 7 fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

SEATTLE — Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced binding agreements with the companies — McDonald’s, Auntie Anne’s, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Jimmy … Continue reading SEATTLE | 7 fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

SEATTLE | Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area is not competent to help with his defense and should receive treatment before his case moves forward. A competency evaluation for Thanh Cong Phan found him to have schizophrenia, Assistant … Continue reading SEATTLE | Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent

SEATTLE| AP Exclusive: Washington hospital is ‘like going into hell’

SEATTLE  — Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages. “They don’t have enough staff to … Continue reading SEATTLE| AP Exclusive: Washington hospital is ‘like going into hell’

SEATTLE  | Ohtani back as DH, to be evaluated for pitching in 3 weeks

SEATTLE  — The Los Angeles Angels activated two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and used him as the designated hitter in their game against the Seattle Mariners. Ohtani and his injured right elbow are only cleared to hit for now, but Los Angeles said he will be re-evaluated as a pitcher … Continue reading SEATTLE  | Ohtani back as DH, to be evaluated for pitching in 3 weeks

SEATTLE | Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

SEATTLE  — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants. Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went … Continue reading SEATTLE | Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

SEATTLE | Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Seattle region is home to America’s two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and donating billions … Continue reading SEATTLE | Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

SEATTLE | Smuggler who used helicopters to deliver drugs sentenced

SEATTLE — A Canadian man who leased helicopters and used them to run a cross-border drug-shipping empire, helping meet the American West’s appetite for high-grade marijuana before states began legalizing the drug, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Colin Martin, 46, was responsible for delivering thousands of pounds of “B.C. Bud” from British Columbia … Continue reading SEATTLE | Smuggler who used helicopters to deliver drugs sentenced