Lawsuit filed over mountain caribou habitat

SPOKANE — Conservation groups are suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for endangered mountain caribou in the inland Northwest.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Idaho by groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and others. It names the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as defendant.

The southern Selkirk herd of caribou, which formerly occupied Idaho and Washington, has been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1983.

In 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined the herd was actually part of a larger population located in British Columbia.

But the FWS never finalized critical habitat to recover mountain caribou.

Last year, Canada brought the last mountain caribou into captivity, marking the loss of all caribou from the lower 48 states.

Two new measles cases confirmed in western Washington outbreak

SEATTLE — Health officials say two more cases of the measles — including one in an infant — have been confirmed in a western Washington outbreak.

Public Health-Seattle & King County said a teenager who lives in King County visited the Auburn Community Center last Saturday while infectious and before the teen was diagnosed. Officials said the teen lives in a household of a person who was previously diagnosed.

Public Health also confirmed measles in an infant who is not known to have been in any public locations while infectious. The baby also lived with a person who had been previously diagnosed.

The most recent cases bring the total to nine measles cases in King County since May.

Coroner names teen who died in mall stabbing

UNION GAP, Wash. — Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice released the name of the 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed Saturday at Valley Mall in Union Gap.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Curtice announced Tuesday that Davis Reyes Jr. died of a single stab wound to the torso.

Police said Reyes was stabbed after a fight broke out in the upstairs restroom of the Macy’s store.

Union Gap Police Chief Greg Cobb said three juveniles were questioned in the matter and released pending further investigation.

Man charged in stabbing at Starbucks

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a man sitting outside a Eugene coffee shop Sunday.

The Register-Guard reported 40-year-old Gabriel Pemble was charged Monday.

Eugene police said Pemble was drinking coffee inside Starbucks when he got up, went outside and stabbed a man sitting at a table outside the cafe at about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the victim was hospitalized. His condition wasn’t known Tuesday.

Police said the men do not appear to know each other.

Police said one of the bystanders who detained Pemble was taken to hospital for injuries he suffered while trying to subdue Pemble.

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