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News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. PDT

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SEATTLE (AP) - Smoke from wildfires has blotted out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delayed flights and forced authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. Large cities across the U.S. West are dealing with severe smoke for a second summer in a row as experts warned that the unhealthy summer air could become more common. Larger and more destructive wildfires are predicted because of heat and drought blamed on climate change.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Parks Department announced a new pilot program that will force electric bike riders to mind their speeds on local trails. KING-TV reports E-bike riders, under the program, must stay under 15 miles per hour on the Burke-Gilman Trail, Elliot Bay Trail, Mountains to Sound Trail, Melrose Connector Trail and Duwamish Trail.

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials at a Washington Army base say authorities are investigating the deaths of two soldiers found dead in separate incidents. KOMO-TV reports police say Sgt. Lewis Clay, of Milledgeville, Georgia, hadn't been seen since July 29 when he left his home in Lacey. Officials say his body was found Thursday off Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Sgt. Joseph Martin, of Clarkston, Michigan, also was found dead Thursday at his quarters on base. The circumstances of both deaths are under investigation.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state of Washington will take steps to kill members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle in the northeast corner of the state. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday that members of the Togo pack have preyed on cattle three times in the past 30 days, and six times in the past 10 months.

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