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RICHLAND, Wash. — A stainless steel tank the size of a basketball court lies buried in the sandy soil of southeastern Washington state, an aging remnant of U.S. efforts to win World War II. The tank holds enough radioactive waste to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. And it is leaking. For 42 years, tank AY-102 has stored some of the deadliest material at one of the most environmentally contaminated places in the country: the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This complex along the Columbia River holds a storied place in American history. It was here that workers produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 — effectively ending the second world war. Today Hanford's legacy is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks. By Shannon Dininny. AP Photos.



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of genetically-modified wheat in an Eastern Oregon field has touched off a debate on the economics and safety of altering crop genetics. Critics of genetic modification point to a study that estimates the wheat industry stands to lose $94 to $272 million annually if genetically-modified wheat is introduced.


WARWICK, N.Y. — After Joseph and Betty Ginley's firefighter son was killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, they found some solace in the tall steel angels crafted as memorials by sculptor Lei Hennessy-Owen. The Pennsylvania artist had been erecting them to commemorate tragedies including the 2001 terror attacks, a pipeline explosion in Washington and the friendly fire death of former NFL star Pat Tillman. The Ginleys were on hand in 2011 when Hennessy-Owen unveiled an angel honoring the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that injured then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. On Thursday, they helped dedicate another angel, this time to their granddaughter, killed in March in a car accident in Virginia. By Jim Fitzgerald. AP Photos.



MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Doumit's two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. By Dave Campbell.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — No. 9 hitter Tory Lewis singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Whitney Hammond with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Tennessee beat Washington 1-0 on Saturday in the winners' bracket of the Women's College World Series.


—SEATTLE POLICE SHOOTING: Seattle police: Officer shoots knife-wielding man

—NOOKSACK DISPUTE: 2 Nooksack tribal councilors sue BIA over records

—FERRY RESCUE: Ferry crew helps rescue 3 after boat capsizes

—SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE SHOOTING: Spokane Valley deputy shoots, kills wanted man

—MUSEUM OF GLASS-DONATION: Tacoma's Museum of Glass getting $1M donation

—SEATTLE-LONG HOPSCOTCH: Nearly 2-mile hopscotch course laid out in Seattle

—FIRE DANGER: Rain delays wildfire season in parts of West

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