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Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks after announcing he will endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club March 11 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)
Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks after announcing he will endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Mar-A-Lago Club March 11 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary

new President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.




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Betsy Russell (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Eye on Boise: Losing candidate files challenge with the Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate had an unusual matter to deal with at its organizational session Thursday: An unsuccessful Senate candidate formally contesting the election. New Sen. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, defeated his Republican challenger, Tom Katsilometes – not the longtime county commissioner ...




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Dr. Ruth Westheimer poses in front the dollhouses she has collected over the past 20 years. Her passion for them arises from her childhood in Nazi Germany. (Chris Sorensen / Washington Post)
Dr. Ruth Westheimer poses in front the dollhouses she has collected over the past 20 years. Her passion for them arises from her childhood in Nazi Germany. (Chris Sorensen / Washington Post)

Little windows into Dr. Ruth’s world

Ruth Westheimer was 10 years old in 1939, when she boarded a train leaving Germany with 300 other Jewish children. She brought along one doll, a favorite named Matilda. But a younger child was crying inconsolably, so Westheimer gave the little girl her doll. Because, she says, “she needed it more.” Today Dr. Ruth, America’s favorite sex therapist, is 88. She lives in a New York apartment teeming with books and photos and honorary degrees.



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The Little Snowy Top fire lookout, built betwen 1930 and 1933, was restored over several years starting in 1988 by volunteers from the Spokane Mountaineers, Back Country Horsemen and U.S. Forest Service. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
The Little Snowy Top fire lookout, built betwen 1930 and 1933, was restored over several years starting in 1988 by volunteers from the Spokane Mountaineers, Back Country Horsemen and U.S. Forest Service. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Destroyed Little Snowy Top lookout provided shelter, memories to many

The cabin stood tall in the wilderness of northeastern Washington to combat wildfires and shelter visitors for 84 years. Then, after surviving countless powerful lightning storms, several forest fires, hungry bears and wood-gnawing rodents, the Little Snowy Top lookout burned ...



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Jake Pinger, left, and Jared Fields are partners in the new Play It Again Sports store in the Five Mile shopping center on Francis in North Spokane, shown Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Jared is the managing partner in the store, which stocks new and used sports gear for fitness, many different sports and accessories. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Jake Pinger, left, and Jared Fields are partners in the new Play It Again Sports store in the Five Mile shopping center on Francis in North Spokane, shown Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Jared is the managing partner in the store, which stocks new and used sports gear for fitness, many different sports and accessories. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

New store will take used gear in trade

With three kids under the age of 10, Jared Fields and his wife, Shvonna, know only too well how expensive buying sports equipment can be when a child wants to play hockey, baseball or almost any other sport. Not to mention the money spent when said child decides they don’t like one sport, and want to try a different one.


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Travelers check in at the American Airlines ticket counter at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
Travelers check in at the American Airlines ticket counter at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Airlines swim in cash but leave airport workers high and dry

After losing more than $50 billion in the decade following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. airlines have been enjoying some financially robust times of late. On the front lines, airline employees are reaping billions of dollars in wage and ...



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