Progress On Taylor Bridge Fire
5:33 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Fire Crews Report Progress Fighting Taylor Bridge Fire

An aerial view of some of the 22,000 acres burned by the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire fighting officials in central Washington say it will take five to seven days to contain the Taylor Bridge fire near the town of Cle Elum. In a community meeting Wednesday, incident commander Rex Reed said the blaze has burned 22,000 acres. Previous estimates pegged the fire at more than 28,000 acres. It’s destroyed at least 60 structures.

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Talks To Free Idaho Soldier
5:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

NPR: Taliban Receptive To Talks To Free Idaho Soldier

This screen grab from a December 2010 video appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban captivity.
Northwest News Network

NPR is reporting the Taliban has shown a “change of heart” that could pave the way toward the release of Northwest soldier Bowe Bergdahl. The Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan three years ago. He’s the only known U.S. prisoner of war.

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Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers
5:11 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers Contradict

Washington added 5,000 jobs in July, but the state's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent.
Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington’s jobs and employment numbers for July contradict each other in the latest figures released Tuesday. Washington gained 5,000 jobs last month. Yet the state’s unemployment rate crept up to 8.5 percent.

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Firefighters Work To Defend Homes
4:49 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Firefighters Work To Defend Homes In Central Wash.

About 900 firefighters are trying to contain the Taylor Bridge fire before it destroys more homes. It’s burning in central Washington near the town of Cle Elum.

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Families Optimistic During Wash. Wildfire
4:38 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Families Who Remain During Fire Try To Stay Optimistic

The Taylor Bridge fire near Ellensburg, Wash., has burned more than 60 structures, but some residents have not evacuated.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

The Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington is still keeping about 450 people from their homes near the town of Cle Elum. Some residents have remained, despite the heavy smoke from a fire that’s consumed 28,000 acres.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

27 Up, 27 Down: Mariners' Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game

Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:15 pm

This is the face of perfection:

The Seattle Mariner's Felix Hernandez is now a part of baseball lore, joining 22 others when he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, this afternoon.

That means Hernandez retired 27 batters in a row, throwing 113 pitches, 77 of them strikes. No one got on base.

What's incredible is that this is the third perfect game this season. USA Today reports:

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Taylor Bridge Fire
4:12 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Massive Taylor Bridge Fire Still Burning

The Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash. has grown to more than 28,000 acres.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire management teams are hoping that additional air support and favorable weather conditions will help in the containment of the massive Taylor Bridge Wildfire east of Cle Elum.  The blaze has consumed some 60 homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

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Firefighters Battle Taylor Bridge Fire
4:00 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

800 Firefighters Work To Contain Taylor Bridge Wildfire

Firefighters battling the massive Taylor Bridge Wildfire east of Cle Elum are hoping added air support and light winds will allow them to get containment up to 25 percent by this evening.

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The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Arizona Gov. Issues Executive Order Limiting New Immigration Policy

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 5:23 am

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing more punches in her contentious relationship with the federal government.

Today, she issued an executive order that says young people granted a deportation deferral under President Obama's new policy will still be considered undocumented and won't be granted public benefits.

Obama's new policy went into effect today.

NPR's Ted Robbins sent this report to our Newscast unit:

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Northwest Logging Roads
3:00 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Clean Water Act’s Next Role Plays Out On NW Logging Roads.

Logging roads crisscross thousands of streams in Northwest forests. At each crossing, runoff can spill into the water. A little mud doesn’t hurt. But a lot can choke fish and smother their eggs.

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