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Groups petition for coal terminal study But Army Corps of Engineers says extensive environmental review unlikely By Erik Olson

Powder River Basin to the coast and the effect of increased mining on the environment and coal supply. Environmental groups have been A coalition of 11 conservation groups calling for a more comprehensive review Wednesday formally requested the for months, but Wednesday’s petition federal government to conduct a massive, regionwide environmental study of was the first formal request. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. three proposed Pacific Northwest coal Jay Inslee and the Washington state terminals. departments of Ecology and Natural ReAccording to an 11-page petition, sources have made similar requests. the group wants the U.S. Army Corps The corps is the primary federal of Engineers to evaluate the impact of agency responsible for permitting the increased coal train traffic from the

terminals. In March, officials in the agency’s Washington, D.C., office said they were unlikely to conduct such a review because it is outside their authority. At one time, six different coal terminal were proposed in Washington and Oregon, but only three remain. Millennium Bulk Terminals wants to build a $643 million coal dock at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site west of

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Millennium Bulk Terminals wants to build a $643 million coal export dock at the former Reynolds Metals site west of Longview.

Obama confirms four US deaths by drone strikes AG Holder reveals details of 4th death, previously unknown to the public Lara Jakes and Pete Yost The Associated Press

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With a crunch of wood and glass, a contractor hired by the city of Longview tears down a ramshackle house on 46th Avenue on Wednesday morning, five years after the city first ordered owner John Patterson Jr. to clean the neglected, overgrown property. On March 13, a Superior Court judge gave Patterson 20 days to salvage what he wanted from the property or address all the nuisance violations. Contractor Jay Brookhart Excavation demolished the structures and began clearing out the dense vegetation Wednesday under the $6,100 contract. By Friday, the 1.5-acre site will be a vacant lot. Patterson will still own it, but the city placed a lien on it to recoup its demolition and legal costs. If the land is sold, the bills must be paid before Patterson can pocket any profit. Neighbors have been ‘extremely patient’ with the city’s slow progress on the case, said Gregory Hannon, the city’s solid waste/recycling and code compliance manager. Now, with cleanup underway, ‘there are a lot of happy people,’ he said.

Chechen man killed while being questioned in Boston Authorities say Ibragim Todashev lunged at them agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to ORLANDO, Fla. — A a hospital with injuries that Chechen immigrant was shot were not life-threatening. to death by authorities in cenThree law enforcement oftral Florida early Wednesday ficials, speaking on condition after he turned violent while of anonymity, said Todashev being questioned about his ties had lunged at the FBI agent to one of the Boston Marathon Ibragim with a knife. However, two of bombing suspects, officials Todashev those officials said later in the said. day it was no longer clear what Ibragim Todashev, a 27had happened. The third official had year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was fatally shot at his Orlando townBoston / A2 house during a meeting with an FBI The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on President the eve of a major national secuObama rity speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy. It was already known that three Americans had been killed in U.S. drones strikes in counterterrorism operations overseas, but Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed details that had remained secret and also that a fourth American had been killed. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said that the government targeted and killed U.S. citizen Anwar alAwlaki and that the U.S. “is aware” of the killing of three others who were not targets of counterterror operations. Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric, was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. The other two known cases are Samir Khan, who was killed in the same drone strike as al-Awlaki and alAwlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, a Denver native, who also was killed in Yemen. The newly revealed case is that of Jude Kenan Mohammed, one of eight men indicted by federal

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South Korea trade deal benefits Washington state By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — More than a year after it took effect, a highly touted trade deal with South Korea has failed to produce as expected for the U.S.: Exports are down, imports are up and the trade deficit with the Asian economic powerhouse has ballooned. In Washington, where global trade is now linked to 2 of every 5 jobs, trade backers are happy: Exports of aircraft and parts to Korea rose by more than 75 percent last year, and Koreans are gobbling up more of the state’s prized cherries and apples.

Across the nation, the picture looks far bleaker. Overall, U.S. exports to Korea from March 2012 to this February fell to $42 billion, a 6 percent decline from the previous one-year period, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. During the same time, Korean imports increased by 4 percent. The U.S. trade deficit with Korea went from $13.2 billion at the end of 2011 to nearly $16.6 billion at the end of last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Boosters of the pact say it’s way too

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