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  • Police surround bunker in hunt for Wash. fugitive

    GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

    NORTH BEND, Wash— Law officers hunting for an armed survivalist suspected of killing his wife and daughter maintained a perimeter early Saturday around an elaborate, underground bunker where he might be hiding in the woods of Washington state. AP Photo/King County Sheriff's Department This undated photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Departmen shows a bunker that deputies say belongs to a man suspected of killing his wife and daughter and holing up for days in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle. King County...

  • Sheriff: Body found in Wash. mountain bunker

    GENE JOHNSON, TED WARREN, Associated Press

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — After a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off a rugged mountain bunker near Seattle on Saturday, only to find their target — a man believed to be a murder suspect who holed up there — dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside. Authorities had not positively identified the body as 41-year-old Peter Keller, who hadn't been seen since his wife and daughter were found shot to death last weekend, King County sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson said. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson King County Sheriff Steve...

  • Suspect found dead in Washington bunker

    GENE JOHNSON TED WARREN, Associated Press

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Suspected in the deaths of his wife, daughter and pets last weekend, he headed there prepared for the long haul with high-powered rifles, scope and body armor. AP Photo/King County Sheriff's Office In this image released by King County Sheriff's Office and taken from the suspects...

  • Fire kills husband of missing Utah woman, 2 boys


    GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) — Josh Powell's note was simple and short, a farewell to the world after two years of being scrutinized in the media, hammered by police and questioned by judges, prosecutors and social workers, living his life under a microscope since the day his wife vanished. "I'm sorry, goodbye," Powell wrote in an email to his attorney just minutes before authorities say he set fire to his home, killing himself and his two young sons days after he was denied custody and ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation....

  • Blast kills husband of missing Utah woman, 2 boys

    GENE JOHNSON , MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

    GRAHAM, Wash. — The long, bizarre case of a Utah woman missing for two years took a horrific turn Sunday when a powerful house explosion killed the woman's husband and his two young sons, moments after the boys arrived for a visit that was supposed to be supervised by a social worker. Authorities say it appears the husband, Josh Powell, blew the house up on purpose. AP Photo/The News Tribune, Peter Haley A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy and Graham Firefighters work around the smoldering remains of a house near Fredrickson,... Full story

  • 2 arrested in Seattle terror plot

    GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Two men intent on attacking a military recruiting station to inspire Muslims to defend their religion from U.S. actions abroad were snared by FBI agents in a terror plot sting, authorities said Thursday. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night after they arrived at a warehouse garage to pick up machine guns to use in the attack, an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint filed in... Full story