Mudslide destroys small community in Oso; 43 killed. The wall of earth and mud that crashed through homes and structures in March killed 43 people, making it one of the worst natural disasters in Washington history. A large rescue and recovery effort stretched over weeks and involved heavy equipment, trained search crews and local residents using chain saws to pick through the debris. A massive landslide that destroyed a small community near Everett — killing dozens — was voted the state’s top news story of 2014 by Associated Press member editors.Other top news items of the past 12 months included the Super Bowl win by the Seahawks, wildfires, a deadly school shooting and the beginning of legal pot sales in Washington.Here are 2014’s top Washington stories: Student at high school in Marysville fatally shoots four classmates. A popular student at Marysville-Pilchuck opened fire in the cafeteria in October, fatally wounding four classmates. The shooter, freshman homecoming prince Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound. Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl. The Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in February, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. The Super Bowl triumph delivered a major men’s professional sports championship to Seattle for the first time since the now-departed Seattle Sonics won the NBA crown in 1979.
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