Commission candidate drops out of race after controversy

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A candidate running for the Port of Tacoma commission has dropped out of the race.

The state Public Disclosure Commission announced this week that Jim Jensen’s campaign asked to withdraw the candidate Monday.

The commission says the Republican candidate has time to change his mind.

The News Tribune reports the announcement comes after Jensen was criticized for changing his position on a proposed methanol plant and tweets about women and African-Americans posted by him over a year ago that were considered offensive. Jensen told the New Tribune afterward that he would be withdrawing.

The report says Jensen has resigned from his position at a commercial real estate company.

According the latest records, Jensen’s campaign had raised almost $148,000, a majority of which came from his own pocket.

Psychologist suffered ‘torment’ designing CIA interrogations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A psychologist who helped design the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods in the war on terror says his participation in the program that involved torturing suspects caused him “great, soulful torment.”

The comments are in videotaped depositions of Bruce Jessen ahead of a Sept. 5 trial.

He is one of two psychologists sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three men who say they were tortured with techniques designed by the defendants.

Jessen and James Mitchell ran a Spokane, Washington company that received $81 million from the U.S. government to develop harsh interrogation methods to pry information from suspected terrorists.

In comments first reported Wednesday by The New York Times, Jessen says he was warned he would be blamed for future terrorist attacks if he did not participate.

US judge OKs lawsuit over once-secret Muslim vetting program

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge says a class-action lawsuit challenging a once-secret government program that delayed immigration and citizenship applications by Muslims can move forward.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones on Wednesday denied the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. It was filed in February by immigrant rights advocates.

The lawsuit says the government since 2008 has used a program to blacklist thousands of applications for asylum, legal permanent residency or citizenship as national security concerns.

The complaint says the program imposes criteria on the applications that go far beyond what Congress has authorized. It claims some applications are held up if applicants donated to Muslim charities or traveled to Muslim-majority countries.

The program was not publicly discovered until 2012, when it was revealed as part of a different lawsuit.

Police: Video shows only Lyles entering home before shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say surveillance video from the hallway outside Charleena Lyles’ apartment shows that no one other than her entered in the 24 hours before Sunday’s shooting that left the pregnant mother dead.

The Seattle Times reports police released the surveillance video Thursday along with audio of Lyles’ 911 call asking for an officer to respond to her apartment for a break-in.

The mother of four said in the 911 call that she had gone out and come home to find someone had broken in.

But Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said a review of surveillance video shows only Lyles left and entered the apartment before Officers Steven McNew and Jason Anderson arrived.

Police say officers fatally shot Lyles after she confronted them with two knives.

Lyles’ family attorney James Bible criticized the release of the video and questioned the department’s motives.

Body of missing Gold Bar man recovered from river

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a man missing northeast of Seattle has been found in the Skykomish River near Monroe.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says deputies recovered 71-year-old Olaf Eriksen’s body Thursday afternoon after three men who were fishing and discovered the body called 911.

The men told 911 they found Eriksen’s body in the water.

The sheriff’s office says Ericksen, who lived in Gold Bar, had been missing since Monday.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will determine his cause and manner of death.

Authorities investigating after man found dead at home

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man at a home southwest of Seattle in University Place as a homicide.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the 2100 block of Sunset Drive West Thursday after neighbors reported finding a man dead in his home.

The sheriff’s office says the man had obvious trauma.

Neighbors said they found the man when they arrived to walk his dog.

Investigators have not said how the man died or when he was killed.

Man who came to girlfriend’s aid on I-90 killed by driver

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a man who helped his girlfriend when her car broke down on Interstate 90 was run over and killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Trooper Rick Johnson says 47-year-old Robert Thompson, of Snoqualmie, died late Tuesday.

Thompson’s girlfriend had called him for help when she had car trouble along the westbound lanes of I-90 east of Issaquah.

Johnson says both of their vehicles were clearly parked on the shoulder of the highway. Thompson was trying to hook up a tow chain from his truck to her Toyota Camry when he was hit.

A 42-year-old Lake Forest Park man driving a Nissan pickup truck drifted into the shoulder, sideswiped the woman’s sedan, struck Thompson and crashed into a ditch.

He was booked into King County Jail early Wednesday on investigation of vehicular homicide.

The 42-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter were taken to Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue as a precaution.