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Occupy break-in leads to 16 arrests

Seattle police arrested 16 Occupy Seattle protesters early Saturday after the group broke into an empty building in the 900 block of East Union Street.

The protesters entered the building at about 5:30 p.m. Friday with plans to hold a benefit concert as a fundraiser. East Precinct officers tried to contact protesters, but they barricaded the door from the inside and started spitting on officers from the roof, according to a Seattle Police Department news release.

Police contacted the building's owner, who confirmed the protesters were there without permission. Sometime after 3 a.m., officers made three announcements for people to clear the building.

Sixteen people who stayed inside were arrested and jailed for criminal trespass.


Man fatally struck crossing highway

A man crossing northbound Highway 599 on foot just south of Highway 99 was struck and killed by a car around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the State Patrol said.

The pedestrian, who appeared to be in his late 40s or early 50s, was in the left, or inside, traffic lane when he was hit, Trooper George Englebright said. The man's identity was not immediately available.

There was no evidence alcohol or drugs were involved, the State Patrol said.

All northbound lanes of Highway 599 were closed for more than two hours after the accident.


Idaho may lose some liquor sales

With Washington gearing up to privatize its liquor sales by June, Idaho officials are worried about losing sales at their state-run liquor stores along the Washington-Idaho border and have tabled plans for new liquor stores in Oldtown and Post Falls.

At least 13 of Idaho's state liquor stores are within 15 miles of the Idaho-Washington border.

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