SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

Debt deal reached 

Ending a perilous stalemate, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced agreement Sunday night on an emergency deal to avoid to avert the nation’s first-ever financial default. The arrangement would cut more than $2 trillion from federal spending over a decade. The dramatic agreement, with...

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SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011

Weekend Wild Card 7.30-7.31 

It's the last weekend in July. Enjoy the sun. Enjoy your family. Be kind to each other in spite of the ongoing national debt debacle. The best antidote for frightening times is living life in the moment. Embrace what is and leave the worry for...

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

Senate kills House debt measure 24 

WASHINGTON — In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the House passed emergency legislation tonight to avoid an unprecedented government default and the Senate scuttled it less than two hours later. The final outcome — with the White House and Senate Democrats calling anew for compromise...

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TGIF Wild Card 7.29.11 

Wow! It's been like, a few weeks, since DFO took some time off! He must be exhausted :-) I'll try to fly this thing solo, but you might want to take note of the emergency exits and barf bags. Due to budget cuts I am...

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House approves debt bill 31 

WASHINGTON — Riven by partisanship, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday night to prevent a threatened government default and bundled it off to a swift and certain defeat in the Senate. “We are almost out of time” for a compromise, warned President Barack Obama as...

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A Canadian man arrested while crossing the border with $520,000 in cash remains in Spokane County Jail after appearing in U.S. District Court today.
Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., told federal agents he'd been transporting cash into the United States for a fee after he was arrested Friday at the border crossing in  (United States Customs and Border Patrol)

Brother can you spare a dime? 

Washington state Treasurer Jim McIntire says he has six to eight weeks of cash available to keep paying state-government bills if Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling in time and interrupts federal payments of about $500 million a month. Even so, McIntire sent a...

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2nd fire reported at Lucky Friday 

Investigators are looking into the cause of a second fire in three weeks at the Lucky Friday Mine. The underground silver mine near Mullan, Idaho, was evacuated at 7 p.m. Tuesday after a contractor’s employee reported that he smelled smoke. Hecla Mining Co. deployed three...

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Harrison Ford, left, and Daniel Craig star in “Cowboys & Aliens.”

Cowboys and Aliens shoots blanks 

Harrison Ford, left, and Daniel Craig star in “Cowboys & Aliens.” Action-packed yet curiously lifeless, “Cowboys & Aliens” shoots blanks. This multitasking genre mash-up successfully unites its discordant elements in a coherent dramatic universe. Despite a stellar cast and out-of-this-world production values, however, it’s a...

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You can't dress like that at WalMart 

Or maybe you can. Seattle Weekly reports WalMart has apologized to Sandy McMillin. "It's unclear if it was only Sandy McMillin's turquoise bikini top, or if it was her combining it with red shorts, a cane, a knee brace, and sailor tattoos that so offended...

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Dan at Avista: Idaho gets Christmas in August 

Dan_at_Avista I’ve gotten a few questions over the last two days about Avista’s recent request to “decrease” rates in Idaho. Yes, you read that right “decrease.” Its a bit confusing because we filed for an increase earlier this month. We’re trying to keep you on...

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Record rainbow trought caught 

Several limits of large rainbow trout caught in Lake Rufus Woods over the Fourth of July weekend, 2011. The photo at KREM.com makes the trout in the above photo look like minnows. A 41-year-old Pocatello man has shattered a state record by catching a 34.74-pound...

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Jessica Ohlig and her daughter A’Maya Ohlig, 7, of Post Falls, paid a visit to the robot during the STAR Discovery Bus tour in Coeur d’Alene on July 18. Discovery Technology’s STAR Science Center is set to open in Rathdrum in 2012. (Kathy Plonka)

High Noon: Science on a roll 

Jessica Ohlig and her daughter A’Maya Ohlig, 7, of Post Falls, paid a visit to the robot during the STAR Discovery Bus tour in Coeur d’Alene on July 18. Discovery Technology’s STAR Science Center is set to open in Rathdrum in 2012. A proposed science...

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Greta Garbo knows 

Garbo is famous for saying, "I want to be alone." Later she said, "I never said 'I want to be alone,' I only said I want to be left alone.'" Either way, I can relate. Sometimes I crave solitude more than I crave chocolate. A...

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Discord at the dump 

When Chris Weppner starts his shift at the Garwood dump site, the first thing he checks is the employee log for notes of problem customers. He's already on the watch for it, folks who become aggressive over dump site rules. Usually it's just verbal abuse,...

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Unlikely warrior dies 

Former Kootenai Chairwoman Amelia Trice died July 21. Kootenai tribal elder Amelia Trice made national headlines in 1974 when she led her tiny band in what is now known as the last Indian war against the U.S. government. The standoff at Bonners Ferry led to...

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In this May 20, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran. (Associated Press)

AM Headlines

In this May 20, 2010 file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran. Jailed U.S. hikers await Sunday court date in Iran Steve Karnowski, AP Votes not lining up for GOP debt...

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Maximum Tylenol dose reduced

TRENTON, N.J. – Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that it’s reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure. The company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare...

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Irabu found dead

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday after an apparent suicide. Hideki Irabu joined the New York Yankees 14 years ago in a swell of international excitement. The quirky, flamethrowing Japanese right-hander seemed destined to become a pioneering star for American...

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That presidential look 23 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie So Christa Hazel provides this link to a decidedly unflattering photo of Gov. Christie. The LA Times opinion piece poses the question "Chris Christie: Does he have the look of a president?" To be president, do you have to look...

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Where the girls are 

COEUR d'ALENE - Time to celebrate, fellas. There are lots of ladies in Kootenai County. Unlike the rest of the state, our county boasts more women than men, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census. Last year's count reveals that the county's 138,494...

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Seahawks at camp 

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the field at the start of a walkthrough practice to open NFL football training camp Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Renton, Wash. For one day, Pete Carroll wasn’t hopping around with the vigor and excitement that was...

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In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, then-Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Associated Press file)

Deadbeat Dad in the House? 15 

In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, then-Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. CHICAGO — Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, a rising star in the tea party movement best known for his blistering lectures of President Barack Obama for “spending like a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Parting Shot -- 7.28.11 

A fan photographs skateboarder Rob Lorifice during practice for the Skateboard Big Air at X Games 17 in Los Angeles on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Question: Have you ever ridden a skateboard?

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.28.11 

Cindy takes over Hucks Online blog watch Friday, as I bail to enjoy our viewtiful summer weather for a three-day weekend. Give her a rousing welcome back. Any of you who plan to watch the Silver Hoops 3-on-3 BB competition in Kellogg this weekend should...

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