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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board has ordered a public hearing on alleged misconduct by the Pierce County prosecutor. The News Tribune reported Friday that the board issued the decision last week over Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist's appearance on the Nancy Grace television show during which he commented about a defendant's potential guilt in the midst of a trial.

SEATTLE (AP) - Prosecutors in Washington state say they cannot proceed with a rape case against the rapper Nelly because the accuser is not cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in a Seattle suburb, and police arrested him. The rapper's attorney says the performer was a victim of a "deceitful allegation."

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole for killing three of his friends at a home in Washington state. The Columbian newspaper reports that Judge Robert Lewis also sentenced 37-year-old Brent Luyster on Friday to 54 years for attempted murder and firearm possession. In court, Luyster denied killing the three.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Work on a major demolition project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was halted for two days this week after air monitors worn by several workers showed they might have inhaled radioactive particles. Workers were cleared Thursday to return to the demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant, which for decades was part of the nation's nuclear weapons production complex. The Tri-City Herald reports the plant is contaminated with plutonium, and the particles can easily become airborne.

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