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Reign, Royals play to 1-1 draw in NWSL basement battle
(Photo credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports) Veronica Latsko scored in the 75th minute as the host Seattle Reign played to a 1-1 draw with the Utah Royals on Sunday. Seattle (2-9-5, 11 points) is winless in its past nine matches (0-4-5), but it has picked up four straight ties. Latsko's goal came just eight minutes after Ally Sentnor found the back of the net for Utah (2-11-3, 9 points), which only has one win in i
Thousands of owl species to be killed to save spotted owls

WASHINGTON, D.C.: To save the endangered spotted owl from potential extinction, U.S. wildlife officials are adopting a controversial plan to cull nearly half a million barred owls in dense West Coast forests.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that trained shooters will be deployed to Oregon, Washington state, and California to support declining spotted owl populations.

Documents reveal that ap

Daulton Varsho's 10th-inning hit pushes Blue Jays past Mariners
(Photo credit: John Froschauer-USA TODAY Sports) Daulton Varsho's two-out single in the top of the 10th inning brought home the go-ahead run as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 5-4 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon. George Springer hit a tying three-run homer in the seventh for the Blue Jays, who won their second in a row by the same score. Victor Robles and Mitch Garver homered for the Am
Brewers blast Dodgers to avoid sweep
(Photo credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports) Christian Yelich and Blake Perkins each had three hits -- including a home run -- and three RBIs to help the visiting Milwaukee Brewers avoid a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 9-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Eric Haase also homered and scored twice for Milwaukee, which ended a three-game skid. Brewers starter Dallas Keuchel threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in

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Railcar fire in North Dakota is mostly extinguished
Author: Associated Press

Enflamed railcars carrying hazardous material were mostly extinguished Saturday, a day after they derailed in a remote area of North Dakota.

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Biden assails Project 2025, a plan to transform government, and Trump’s claim to be unaware of it
Author: Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

MIAMI — Donald Trump has distanced himself from Project 2025, a massive proposed overhaul of the federal government drafted by longtime allies and former officials in his administration, days after the head of the think tank responsible for the program suggested there would be a second American Revolution.

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Department of Ecology poised to begin $160M cleanup of Bellingham inlet
Author: Robert Mittendorf, The Bellingham Herald

Sampling and dredging begin this month on the I & J Waterway, a polluted inlet on Bellingham’s industrial waterfront.

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New British prime minister seeks to improve on ‘botched’ trade deal with European Union
Author: Associated Press

LONDON — British Prime Minister Keir Starmer is seeking to reset relations at home and abroad.

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Can you ‘Trump-proof’ NATO? As Biden falters, Europeans look to safeguard the military alliance
Author: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Growing skepticism about President Joe Biden’s reelection chances has European leaders heading to the NATO summit in Washington confronting the prospect that the military alliance’s most prominent critic, Donald Trump, may return to power over its mightiest military.

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The Chronicle - Centralia

Chehalis staves off Larch Mountain to win District Championship

Baseball can be a cruel game.

Larch Mountain was down to its final out and trailed Chehalis 7-5 in the District 3 Championship Game, but Braydon Weiss stepped up with two on and two out and drilled a line drive down the right-field line.

“It was all the emotions in the world when you saw the ball go,” Chehalis coach Dan Hill said, who admitted he thought the ball landed fair.

Most of the rest of the fans, coaches, and players also thought the ball got down in fair territory, but it had actually leaked just inches foul. 

On the next pitch, Weiss hit another line drive, but that one went right into the glove of a waiting Adam Elder at shortstop, ending the game and giving Chehalis the district tournament crown.

“Sometimes, you gotta have a little luck on your side to win a tournament,” Hill said with a smile.

Chehalis is through to the state tournament after going 4-1 in the district tournament, including two wins in three games against Larch Mountain.

Larch Mountain defeated Chehalis 2-1 earlier in the day on Sunday to force the winner-take-all title game, and they had allowed just two runs in the four games prior to the title game.

“We told them, there’s gonna be close games,” Larch Mountain coach AJ Easley said. “It felt like about two inches right there. It is what it is. We battled till the last strike and last out. I’m really proud of them.”

In the title game, Chehalis had the upper hand early. A pair of infield singles kickstarter a four-run rally in the second, and even after a couple of bases-loaded walks, Chehalis held a 4-2 lead going into the third.

Kaden Johnson then tied the game with a two-run home run, his second of the day. His first, in the first inning of the morning game, held as the game-winner.

“He’s been that steady force in the middle,” Easley said, while also noting that he’s had plenty of success on the mound in two outings. “He’s been pretty dominant this week, and he’s done really well.”

The fifth inning was similar to the second, as Chehalis retook the lead with three before Larch Mountain responded with one to get back within a pair.

“We know there’s always gonna be ups and downs,” Hill said. “It’s never gonna look pretty all the time. You gotta handle the blows when they come and stay positive with each other. This group, they’re learning to do that. 

“They know they’re gonna have some adversity, but if they stick together as a team and stick with the process, good things will happen.”

Chehalis is through to the 13-team state tournament, and as the District 3 winner, it is one of three district winners to receive a bye to the upper bracket quarterfinals. Chehalis will begin play in the double-elimination tournament on Sunday, July 14.

“It’s super special,” Hill said. “For them to come out and play the way they did, I’m really proud of them. Just excited to play baseball for another week.”

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