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Here’s some of the latest and biggest stories from the Associated Press and Newstalk 870.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Nab Possible Drug Smuggler Near U.S.- Canadian Border

SUMAS, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents reportedly have one man in custody and are searching for a second in a remote area along the U.S.-Canadian border in northwest Washington. Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks says deputies were called this morning east of Sumas to an area he describes as a “known smuggling corridor.” Parks says the initial report was of shots fired.

Hanford Nuclear Storage Tanks Could Possibly Explode Says Federal Board

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A nuclear safety board has warned that underground tanks holding radioactive waste at Washington’s state’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose a possible risk of explosion. The threat has been known for some time, but the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board highlighted the fears after Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden asked for input in advance of confirmation hearings for Energy Secretary-nominee Ernest J. Moniz next week.

Washington State Man Found Dead Hanging from Sacramento Office Tower

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California coroner has identified the body found hanging by a rope off an 18-story Sacramento office tower as a 30-year-old Washington state man. Craig Fugate of Vancouver was found yesterday morning hanging from a rope on the side of the downtown high-rise. Police believe he was trying an extreme graffiti attack.

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