Asthma does not hold back Montana hiker

Heather Johnson, 42, is pictured in Herron Park, west of Kalispell, Mont., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Anyone attempting these hikes needs fitness and willpower. But Johnson also has to manage asthma every step of the way. (Patrick Reilly/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The outdoors always had a pull on Heather Johnson.

Dogs encouraging Port Hadlock students to read, be calm

Liliahna Jevne, a second-grade student at Chimacum Creek Primary School, reads to Jake during the Read to Rover program on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Chimacum, Wash. Every Friday, second-grade students get a chance to read aloud to furry companions in the school's library as part of the "Read to Rover" program. (Jesse Major/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Dogs and students walk side-by-side through the halls of Chimacum Creek Primary School.

Tough well pumping regulations for farmers causing issues

In a Dec. 19, 2017 photo, Harry Strohauer stands near one of the damaged areas in his field east of LaSalle, Colo. As a result of high ground water Strohauer has seen salt deposits like this form on the field, killing the crops in those sections.(Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP)

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — While Harry Strohauer lay unconscious in his hospital bed for four days, his doctor gave his wife an ultimatum.

Refugees see opportunity at new life shrinking for others

In this Aug. 10, 2017 photo, Binwa Masoka, left, prepares dinner in the kitchen as Saidi Risasi, right, reads with his nephew Dieu-donne Kiza in their home in Corvallis, Ore. The family are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Anibal Ortiz/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When the Rwandan genocide spilled over into the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996, Andre Sungura and Binwa Masoka were among the thousands of Congolese who fled for their lives.

Bystanders stop woman’s suicide attempt in Kennewick

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 photo, Davion Campbell, left, and his sister, Kyliyah Davis pose on the Kennewick, Wash., side of the Columbia River. The pair stopped a woman Sunday night from trying to kill herself by jumping from the cable bridge into the frigid Columbia River. (Bob Brawdy /The Tri-City Herald via AP)

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — It was a split second glance.

Judge: Oregon couple with lower IQs can parent their 2 kids

In this December 2017 photo, Eric Ziegler and Amy Fabbrini stand next to their Christmas tree with their son, Hunter at their home in Redmond, Ore. A judge has reunited the Oregon family despite state concerns that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children. (Samantha Swindler/The Oregonian via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has reunited an Oregon family despite concerns by the state that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children.

Everett ‘Jeopardy’ contestant wasn’t ‘gangsta’ enough

Nick Spicher, a new program innovation manager at Everett's Imagine Children's Museum, talks with Ezra Tamas, 5, Wednesday, while the youngster builds things with educational toys called brackitz. Ezra, who will turn 6 in a few days, goes to the museum nearly every week with his mom Estera Tamas. (Dan Bates /The Herald via AP)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Let’s get this straight. Nick Spicher knows all about the heyday of hardcore hip hop, or “gangsta” rap. He was a 16-year-old high school kid in 1995 when the movie “Dangerous Minds” came out. It featured Coolio’s soundtrack song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which became a huge hit.



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