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President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hangar at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Friday in Baton Rouge, La. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally in a DOW Chemical Hangar at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Friday in Baton Rouge, La. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Department workers

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 2:31 P.M.

new President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is asking Energy Department employees detailed questions about the agency’s operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years.




Idaho

Scenic vistas of the Scotchman Peaks wilderness study area are hard to find. Middle Mountain and Sawtooth Mountain appear through a break in the trees around the small town of Heron. (Photo by ROB CHANEY/Missoulian / Photo by ROB CHANEY/Missoulian)
Scenic vistas of the Scotchman Peaks wilderness study area are hard to find. Middle Mountain and Sawtooth Mountain appear through a break in the trees around the small town of Heron. (Photo by ROB CHANEY/Missoulian / Photo by ROB CHANEY/Missoulian)

Risch introduces legislation to protect Scotchman Peaks as wilderness area

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 4:26 P.M.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation Thursday to protect the Idaho portion of the craggy, but scenic Scotchman Peaks as a federal wilderness area. The action follows a decade of grassroots efforts to gain wilderness status for the peaks northeast ...




Region

Erika Edwards, left, and Michelle Pigott, teachers at McCarver Elementary School, hold a sign of support during the procession for Tacoma police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez last week  in Tacoma. (Erika Schultz / Associated Press)
Erika Edwards, left, and Michelle Pigott, teachers at McCarver Elementary School, hold a sign of support during the procession for Tacoma police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez last week in Tacoma. (Erika Schultz / Associated Press)

Thousands expected at service for slain Tacoma officer

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 9:23 A.M.

TACOMA– Thousands are expected at a memorial service to honor a Tacoma police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic dispute. The memorial service for Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez is to begin at 1 p.m. Friday at ...




Features

FILE - This Dec. 7, 2016 file photo shows T.J. Miller at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party." Los Angeles police say Miller was arrested early Friday, Dec. 9, after a driver accused him of battery. Miller was released on his own recognizance and his arrest will not affect his hosting duties for Sunday's Critics' Choice Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: NYET505 (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Dec. 7, 2016 file photo shows T.J. Miller at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party." Los Angeles police say Miller was arrested early Friday, Dec. 9, after a driver accused him of battery. Miller was released on his own recognizance and his arrest will not affect his hosting duties for Sunday's Critics' Choice Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: NYET505 (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

HBO ‘Silicon Valley’ actor T.J. Miller arrested on suspicion of battery on driver in Hollywood Hills

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 3:10 P.M.

new LOS ANGELES – HBO’s “Silicon Valley” actor T.J. Miller was arrested early Friday on suspicion of battery on a car service driver in the Hollywood Hills, police said. The car company driver reported the attack about 1 a.m. in the 6900 block of Camrose Drive, said Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver requested a private person’s arrest.



Outdoors

A member of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol directs a visitor through a gate into the South Backcountry at Crystal Mountain. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
A member of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol directs a visitor through a gate into the South Backcountry at Crystal Mountain. (John Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)

Crystal Mountain offers exceptional terrain and higher elevations

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 5:30 A.M.

When you step off the gondola at Crystal Mountain, it’s hard to beat the view. “There’s Mount Rainier, right in your face,” says Bill Price, who has been skiing at Crystal since the 1960s. The state’s signature peak stands just ...



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Business

Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” runs with no one inside during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Dec. 5. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)
Nissan Motor Co.’s “Leaf” runs with no one inside during a demonstration of the automaker’s Intelligent Vehicle Towing system at Nissan Oppama plant in Yokohama, near Tokyo Dec. 5. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 2:30 P.M.

new Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.



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