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Walls are going up around Puget Sound, and the sound is paying for it. In King County, property owners have walled off most of the shoreline with concrete bulkheads and other heavy infrastructure. A new study suggests the practice known as shoreline armoring is more harmful to Puget Sound than previously thought.

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A Skagit County oil refinery wants to ship a raw material for plastic overseas, and some environmental groups say that's a bad idea.

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The Washington Department of Corrections learned in 2012 that the software it was using to calculate prisoners' time off for good behavior was letting some prisoners out too soon. A possible fix to that computer error was delayed 16 separate times, Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke said on Tuesday.

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A Shell Oil icebreaker heading for Port Angeles gained a passenger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. A French sailor dove onto the icebreaker in 20-foot seas yesterday after his sailboat lost its rudder. He made the desperate jump--with his cat--about 350 miles southeast of Alaska's Dutch Harbor. 

Coast Guard video of the rescue shows the 30-foot sailboat bobbing like a cork next to the 270-foot Tor Viking II. The Frenchman clings like a koala to the rigging at the bow of his boat.

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Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer rig left Alaska's Dutch Harbor for Port Angeles, Washington, on Wednesday. The energy giant's other Arctic rig, the Noble Discoverer, left Alaska for Everett on Monday. 

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Shell's Arctic oil rigs have left the Arctic. The two rigs pulled into Unalaska's Dutch Harbor on Sunday, more than a thousand miles south of the company's drilling site in the Chukchi Sea. They're now headed for Washington state.

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A federal judge has found Greenpeace in contempt for blocking the path of an Arctic drilling vessel trying to make its way from Portland, Oregon, to Alaska.

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Shell Oil rejects Washington state officials' position that parking an Arctic oil rig at the Port of Seattle violates the state constitution.

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The demand for shelter in Seattle is outstripping the supply, especially for those who need it most. Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan on Wednesday to put up three new tent cities for Seattle's growing homeless population. His task force on homelessness had recommended adding seven new locations. Even as Murray made his announcement, homeless people were being evicted from their camps on public property in Seattle.

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Washington became a more dangerous place to work last year. The Department of Labor and Industries says more people died on the job in 2014 than in any of the past three years.

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