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SEATTLE (AP) - Bill Gates says that he is heartbroken over the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, one of his "oldest and dearest friends." Allen used the fortune he made from Microsoft to invest in other ambitions, from tackling climate change and advancing brain research to finding innovative solutions to solve some of the world's biggest challenges. Allen died Monday at age 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service and Snohomish County have installed a new pay phone in a scenic area of Washington state where cellphone service is unreliable. The Daily Herald reports Frontier Communications announced plans last year that it would remove its pay phone in Verlot, alarming firefighters and police who saw it as a public safety asset. County officials and the Forest Service then reached an agreement to maintain a pay phone at the ranger station in town.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state has agreed to pay a $28 million settlement to woman who was left quadriplegic in wreck on Interstate 5 in DuPont. The News Tribune reports 20-year-old Skylar Seward filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation after the car she was riding in crashed into an overpass pillar in October 2013. The lawsuit claimed a guardrail or barrier should have been installed to stop a car from hitting the pillar.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 46-year-old Washington state man is accused of fatally stabbing another Washington man in Alaska. John Stapleton Sr. of Kent, Washington, is charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of 61-year-old John Fergerson of Bremerton, Washington.

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