Public opinion has been running in favor of the striking teachers in Tacoma, Wash., except on the issue of teacher reassignments based on seniority. The parties are due in court Friday afternoon.
Washington rivers are choking on debris left unstable by Rainier's receding glacier.
The Lakewood police memorial honored the four officers who were killed in a shocking ambush on Nov. 29. Their deaths could affect how states consider commuting prison sentences.
The long criminal history of Maurice Clemmons, accused of killing four police officers near Seattle, has officials examining how the state handles repeat offenders.
Sunday's police ambush near Seattle was the fifth shooting in which more than one police officer died. The 15 officers killed this year in multiple-shooting incidents is the highest since 2000.