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SEATTLE (AP) — The arena saga in Seattle is taking take a significant step forward, but it's just the start of a long process before a shovel ever goes in the ground.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday the city will enter into negotiations with the Oak View Group on a proposal for a privately financed renovation of the city-owned KeyArena. Plans for the remodel would bring the building up to standards that could attract an NHL or NBA franchise once completed.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the internet goliath that revolutionized the way much of the world shops for books, toilet paper and TVs, hit a new milestone Tuesday. Its stock surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time.

That price put Amazon's market value at about $478 billion, double that of the world's biggest traditional retailer, Wal-Mart, and more than 15 times the size of Target.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Parks rangers will leave a dead gray whale to decay on the beach near Twin Harbors State Park after it washed ashore Tuesday.

The Olympian reports that in a statement, state parks officials said "Visitors can expect strong, unpleasant smells as the carcass rots over the summer months."

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SEATTLE (AP) — A new survey shows the top paid executive in Washington state last year was the head of Starbucks.

Calculations by The Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show Starbucks Corporation CEO Howard Schultz topped the compensation list in Washington state, earning $21.8 million last year.

Schultz stepped down from the post in April.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Cornell's widow has penned a letter addressed to the late Soundgarden frontman days after he took his own life.

Vicky Cornell writes in the note published online by Billboard on Wednesday that she's sorry she didn't "see what happened to you that night." Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room.

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say the reason Seattle has seen a recent uptick in shootings is because personal disputes between gang members have been triggering a cycle of violence.

The Seattle Times reports 35 people have been shot in mid-May, three of which had been fatalities.

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — Evacuation orders are still in effect in as crews battle a wildfire north of Leavenworth, Washington.

Brendan Cowan, a spokesman for the Northwest Incident Management Team, says the blaze covered about 40 acres as of Wednesday morning.

Cowan says there's been no injuries reported.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be buried Friday in Los Angeles, his attorney Kirk Pasich said Sunday.

Pasich said Cornell will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a private service.

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DETROIT (AP) — Rock musician Chris Cornell's wife on Friday disputed "inferences" that the rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, saying he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Cornell — the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave — hanged himself Wednesday after performing at a concert. But Cornell's family said that without toxicology test results completed they don't know what caused his death.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials say the Airway Heights water supply may be contaminated with chemicals from Fairchild Air Force Base just west of Spokane.

The city and Air Force said in a joint statement Tuesday evening that Airway Heights water customers are advised to not drink city water nor use it for cooking until the water system is considered free of contaminants.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say the state's largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.

The Seattle Times reports Wednesday was the first 24-hour sampling period of the West Point Treatment plant's discharge to Puget Sound that showed full compliance with its state and federal environmental permits.

SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn't showing any signs of drought.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that Oregon, Washington and Idaho are free from drought worries.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he is dropping his re-election bid following allegations by four men that he sexually abused them when they were teenagers decades ago.

Murray vehemently denied the claims and has said they are politically motivated by an anti-gay conspiracy.

He made his announcement Tuesday after insisting for weeks he would not drop out.

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Updated at 10:15 a.m. PST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A portion of a storage tunnel that contains rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday morning, forcing an emergency declaration at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state.

Officials detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology.

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state senator has entered the race for Seattle mayor.

Seattlepi.com reports Democratic Sen. Bob Hasegawa of Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood made the announcement Monday in a news release.

Spokesman Michael Charles says Hasegawa will run on an "economic justice agenda."

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SEATTLE (AP) — Climate activists opposed to oil pipeline projects are demonstrating at several JPMorgan Chase bank locations in Seattle.

They're calling on the bank not to do business with TransCanada, the company pushing for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials say the percentage of kindergarteners with the required vaccinations needed to start school remained steady at 85 percent this year.

The report released Monday by the Department of Health also shows 4.7 percent of the kindergarteners have an exemption excusing them from one or more vaccinations because of medical, personal, or religions reasons.

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SEATTLE (AP) — A riskier world prompted the Coast Guard to require more life rafts aboard Washington state ferries.

The Kitsap Sun reports Washington State Ferries has operated for 17 years with an alternative compliance plan that lets boats run with fewer rafts if other ferries are nearby to help in an emergency.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A broken pipe cause flooding at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bellingham, Washington.

The Bellingham Herald reports that city crews were cleaning up after the flooding on Saturday. The city reported Sunday that the plant was still in emergency operations.

MESA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington mother of three's death has been linked to hantavirus.

The Tri-City Herald reports Thursday that the sister-in-law of 25-year-old Shannon Jorgenson Davis confirmed she had hantavirus when she died April 25.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University President Kirk Schulz says the school is investigating a racist video involving students that was posted on Facebook.

Schulz responded on Twitter Wednesday, saying the person who made the video will be held accountable.

SEATTLE (AP) — A fourth man is accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of paying him for sex when the man was a teenager.

In a sworn declaration filed in court late Tuesday, Maurice Jones says he was introduced to Murray by Delvonn Heckard. Heckard is the man who filed a lawsuit last month claiming he was sexually abused by Murray decades ago when he was a teenager.

A Murray spokesman, Jeff Reading, vehemently denied the claim as false. Reading said in a statement that Jones' claim was an "ambush copycat false accusation."

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington state's picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from the a mine, officials said this week.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A new report says the U.S. Department of Energy isn't doing enough to prevent fraud among its contractors, including at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The report was issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

The Tri-City Herald says the agency issued the report after incidents of alleged fraud by DOE contractors, including two at Hanford.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — May Day protests turned violent in the Pacific Northwest as demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, threw smoke bombs and Molotov cocktails at police while elsewhere thousands of people peacefully marched against President Donald Trump's immigration and labor policies.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Demonstrators threw smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails and other items at police Monday in Portland, Oregon, during May Day protests and storefront windows were broken during rowdy protests in Olympia, Washington.

Portland police arrested more than two dozen people near Pioneer Square after a protest permit had been cancelled "due to actions of anarchists." Police say the anarchists destroyed a police car, set several fires in the street, damaged storefront windows and attacked police.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Police in Olympia, Washington say a May Day protest there quickly became a riot as officers ordered the mob to disperse.

Olympia police said on Twitter Monday evening that news crews, restaurant patrons and passersby in the area were being targeted by the mob. Police encouraged people to avoid the area.

Police said the group had been throwing rocks, bottles and using pepper spray. Police said anyone who didn't leave would be subject to arrest.

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Updated at 5:25 p.m. PST

Portland police say officers have arrested three people near Pioneer Square during a May Day rally and march which they now consider a riot.

Police said on Twitter Monday afternoon that anarchists destroyed a police car, damaged numerous windows and property, started fires in the streets and attacked police.

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Updated at 5:16 p.m. PST

SEATTLE (AP) — Chanting "Stand up, fight back," hundreds of people marched through downtown Seattle Monday to support immigrants and workers on May Day.

Authorities braced for demonstrations to turn disruptive, with some businesses boarding up windows and erecting barricades.

Native American dancers walked in front of the larger gathering of protesters. The march followed a rally at a city park where speakers, including Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, urged resistance to President Donald Trump's policies.

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Former Washington state Gov. Mike Lowry, who also served in Congress for a decade, has died. A news release from his family says Lowry, a Democrat elected governor in 1992, died Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 78.

In a statement, Gov. Jay Inslee said Lowry "served with compassion and humility."

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