12 sickened in second suspected norovirus outbreak at House of Charity
House of Charity staff work on equipment outside a large commercial tent pitched on Pacific Ave., near Browne St., the site of the House of Charity in this file photo from November 2016. A second outbreak of norovirus is suspected of sickening a dozen people recently at the HOC, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

12 sickened in second suspected norovirus outbreak at House of Charity

UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 4:45 P.M.

Norovirus is suspected of sickening a dozen people at the House Charity, sparking concerns that a second wave of the vomit-inducing illness this winter is sweeping through the homeless shelter.





Nation/World

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Tillerson approved by Senate panel as secretary of state

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 3:37 P.M.

new The Senate Foreign Relations Committee split along party lines Monday to endorse Rex Tillerson as the country’s next secretary of state, setting up a confirmation vote in the full Senate that is all but guaranteed to succeed. Republicans unanimously backed Tillerson in the 11-to-10 vote, after key Republicans who had voiced criticism of Tillerson opted to support his nomination.



Idaho

President Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards speak to the crowd during the women's march rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana / AP)
President Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards speak to the crowd during the women's march rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana / AP)

Idaho to stop enforcing telemedicine abortion bans

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 3:36 P.M.

new BOISE, Idaho – Women will no longer be banned from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine in Idaho under a new agreement. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands announced Monday that the lawsuit settlement lifts unnecessary burdens ...



Region

In this June 3, 2016, file frame from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. (KGW-TV / Associated Press)
In this June 3, 2016, file frame from video provided by KGW-TV, smoke billows from a Union Pacific train that derailed near Mosier, Ore., in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. (KGW-TV / Associated Press)

Union Pacific’s lawsuit over Oregon rail expansion opposed by three groups

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 3:36 P.M.

new PORTLAND – Three groups are seeking to oppose Union Pacific Railroad’s lawsuit involving a proposed rail expansion along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility ...




Features

James McAvoy stars in "Split," which ruled the box office on its opening weekend, beating projections. (Universal Pictures)
James McAvoy stars in "Split," which ruled the box office on its opening weekend, beating projections. (Universal Pictures)

Box office top 10: Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ trounces ‘xXx’

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 3:30 P.M.

new NEW YORK – M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller “Split” blew away box-office expectations, earning $40 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to final figures Monday. The director’s second collaboration with the low-budget horror outfit Blumhouse Productions proved an unexpected hit at the North American box office. Though originally expected to vie with the Vin Diesel action sequel “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” “Split” doubled its business.



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Business

The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. (Matt Rourke / AP)
The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Millions of families will wait longer for their tax refunds this year

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017, 3:08 P.M.

new For most taxpayers, the start of the tax season usually means receiving a sizable refund check that can go toward savings, long-needed car repairs or a treat such as a vacation. But this year, tens of millions of taxpayers will have to wait longer for that windfall.



Opinion

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Editorial

Save schools from the levy cliff

SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Local school districts shouldn’t pay the price for the failure of lawmakers to do their jobs in a timely manner.

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