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Wash. man on run updates Facebook

SEATTLE – He’s on the lam, but Travis A. Nicolaysen still had time to update his Facebook page.

The 26-year-old has eluded authorities since two foot chases Wednesday and a dragnet that included a police dog tracking him through a Port Angeles neighborhood.

The dog came up only with a blue bandanna he had been wearing.

His first day on the run, one friend posted to his account: “Cops all over you.” Nicolaysen responded the next day with: “ya got away thanks bro.”

A post from another friend told him to be careful. Another urged him to surrender and set a better example for his children. “You’re not getting any younger and you’re looking at a lot of time,” the friend writes. A picture on the Facebook page shows Nicolaysen with two toddlers.

Trayvon Martin death won’t go to grand jury

ORLANDO, Fla. – A grand jury will not look into the Trayvon Martin case, a special prosecutor said Monday, leaving the decision of whether to charge the teen’s shooter in her hands alone and eliminating the possibility of a first-degree murder charge.

That prosecutor, Angela Corey, said her decision had no bearing on whether she would file charges against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has said he shot the unarmed black teen in self-defense. Corey could still decide to charge him with a serious felony such as manslaughter, which can carry a lengthy prison sentence if he is convicted.

Corey has long had a reputation for not using grand juries if it wasn’t necessary. In Florida, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.

Seattle council protects public breastfeeding

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council has made it illegal for businesses and others to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding, to cover up or move to a different location.

The council unanimously approved a measure Monday that would add a mother’s right to breastfeed her child to other protected civil rights, such as race, color, disability, religion and other categories.

It’s already illegal in Washington state to discriminate against public breastfeeding. Supporters say this law would allow Seattle’s office of civil rights to better protect mothers against discrimination and to educate the public about the issue.

The ordinance would apply to areas open to the public, including doctor’s offices, restaurants, libraries and theaters.

Associated Press