Scientists are worried orca grandmother J17 won’t live through the year. Here, she has lost so much fat that the curve of her neck shows, a condition called “peanut head.” (Courtesy of The Center for Whale Research, under NMFS permit 21238 and DFO SARA permit 388)
Scientists are worried orca grandmother J17 won’t live through the year. Here, she has lost so much fat that the curve of her neck shows, a condition called “peanut head.” (Courtesy of The Center for Whale Research, under NMFS permit 21238 and DFO SARA permit 388)

HUNGER: The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas

HOSTILE WATERS, Part 3: Twin monarchs of the Pacific Northwest, chinook salmon and southern resident orcas, are struggling for survival after a century of habitat losses. From the Pacific to the inland waters of Puget Sound and its freshwater rivers, the changes have outpaced adaptation.  VIEW

Politics

Bill to expand state sanctuary rules and create limits for police advances in Washington Legislature

Washington has had limited sanctuary protections since 2017. This bill would limit the ability of police to ask about immigration status in noncriminal situations and require schools, courthouses and other facilities to minimize the risk of being used for immigration stops.

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Health

House Democrats to unveil Affordable Care Act rescue package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading House Democrats, backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are unveiling broad legislation to shore up the Affordable Care Act. It's an attempt to deliver on campaign promises about health care and to — just maybe— change the conversation. In a capital city consumed with the political storm over special counsel Robert Mueller's...

Science

Big U-turn: Key melting Greenland glacier is growing again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again, a new NASA study finds. The Jakobshavn (YA-cob-shawv-en) glacier around 2012 was retreating about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) and thinning nearly 130 feet (almost 40 meters) annually. But it started growing again...