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SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and several dozen companies have pledged more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers. The Seattle City Council on May 14 unanimously passed the so-called head tax that will charge businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - A tractor-trailer in Washington state has dumped about 40,000 pounds (more than 18,000 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which overturned. The truck was hauling the feathers to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia that recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap.

SEATTLE (AP) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state Saturday detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out where the surviving victim was and how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum was mountain biking with friend S.J. Brooks on logging roads in the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle when they were attacked. The cougar bit Sederbaum on the head before killing Brooks.

SEATTLE (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday. Under the plea deal, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed if Hansen complies with court conditions for a year.

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