Nation/World | page 35

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016

Nation in brief: Hawaii considering grass huts to help homeless

HONOLULU – Hawaii lawmakers are considering a unique solution to the housing crisis: They want to make it possible for people to live in traditional Hawaiian grass huts. Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland is introducing a bill in the state Legislature’s upcoming session that would let officials set aside land to build Native Hawaiian thatched homes. She discussed that and other bills designed to alleviate homelessness at a meeting of the Housing and Homeless Task Force on Monday.

Continue reading »

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina cut from main GOP debate lineup

DES MOINES, Iowa – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former technology executive Carly Fiorina will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina. Debate host Fox Business Network announced the lineup Monday evening, dealing a blow to both candidates three weeks before Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses. Just seven candidates – the smallest Republican group so far – will be featured in Thursday’s main event, based on criteria established by the network that relied on recent polls.

Continue reading »

Last survivor of 1906 San Francisco earthquake dies at 109

SAN FRANCISCO – The last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 has died, a relative confirmed Monday. William A. Del Monte died at a retirement home in nearby Marin County on Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca, of San Francisco, confirmed his death of natural causes.

Continue reading »

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt,   speaks at the Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday .

Clinton, Sanders locked in tight races in Iowa, N.H.

WATERLOO, Iowa – Hillary Clinton has spent much of her presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November general election. No longer. Three weeks before the lead-off Iowa caucuses and with polls suggesting a tightening race, she now is confronting the Vermont senator more directly, attempting to undermine his liberal credentials on gun control, health care and even the Wall Street regulations that have been the core of his insurgent campaign.

Continue reading »

Voters turn away from identifying as Democrats, Republicans

WASHINGTON – Americans’ loyalty to political parties is at or near historic lows, Gallup reported Monday. The polling organization reported that last year, for the fifth consecutive year, “at least four in 10 U.S. adults identified as political independents.” The 42 percent saying they were independent was slightly lower than 2014’s 43 percent.

Continue reading »

Lesa Curtis of Westchester, N.Y., right, a former president of her union, rallies outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, as the court heard arguments in the 'Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association' case. The justices were to hear arguments in a case that challenges the right of public-employee unions to collect fees from teachers, firefighters and other state and local government workers who choose not to become members.

High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour of oral arguments on Monday, the high court’s conservative justices seemed likely to side with a group of California teachers who say those mandatory fees violate the free-speech rights of workers who disagree with a union’s positions.

Continue reading »

In this Jan. 20, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, to a nation with a burgeoning job market, flat wages and two things that to the president's dismay are rising: global temperatures and Americans' concerns about terrorism.

Obama’s State of Union proposals often hit wall in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – “Dead. Real Dead.” That was the verdict by then-House Speaker John Boehner on President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose higher dividend and capital gains taxes on the wealthy. But it could just have easily applied to most of the other priorities the president discussed in last year’s State of the Union address: free community college, a higher minimum wage, seven days of paid sick leave, authorization to use force against the Islamic State group. They made no progress in the halls of Congress.

Continue reading »

Flowers and tributes are placed next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.

Continue reading »

SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016

Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo, pictured last month, has been invited to sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s visitor box to watch the State of the Union address Tuesday.

Syrian refugee among first lady’s guests for State of Union

WASHINGTON – A Syrian scientist stricken with cancer and seeking a new start for his family in Michigan will represent Syrian refugees as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama for the president’s final State of the Union address. President Barack Obama has committed to accepting an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees, but some Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are critical of the expansion.

Continue reading »

Mexico begins extradition proceedings against drug lord

MEXICO CITY – Mexico began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, two days after the famed fugitive was recaptured following a dramatic, monthslong hunt featuring movies stars, sewer escapes and bloody shootouts. Officials warned that the process could take a long time as Guzman’s lawyers file legal appeals and maneuver to keep their client in Mexico, where he has already escaped from maximum security prisons twice.

Continue reading »

Workers with the U.S. Army Corps of engineers pull wooden pins to drain water from the Mississippi River into the Bonnet Carre Spillway Sunday in Norco, La.

Spillway of swollen Mississippi River open near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a major spillway Sunday near New Orleans for the first time in nearly five years, seeking to decrease the vast flow of the swollen Mississippi River as a safeguard to the low-lying city. Heavy Mississippi Valley rain has propelled the river to its highest levels since record flooding in 2011, the last time the Bonnet Carre spillway was opened as a key relief valve in south Louisiana.

Continue reading »

Secondhand smoke hits almost half of teens who don’t smoke

CHICAGO – Even though fewer U.S. teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them, a government study found. Nearly half of nonsmoking kids in middle school and high school encountered secondhand tobacco smoke in 2013, and rates were even higher among smokers.

Continue reading »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio. at the Golden Globe Awards

In upset, ‘The Revenant’ wins best film drama at Globes 

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller “The Revenant” swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale “The Martian” answered with a pair of its own. At a bleep-filled, irreverent Beverly Hills, California, ceremony on Sunday, Ricky Gervais presided over a Globes that seemed to risk unraveling before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s show coalesced its support for “The Revenant” and “The Martian.”

Continue reading »


“Pompatous” or “Pompitous”?

A reader questioned my use of the latter in today's Slice. I'll write him back. But I don't think there is anything I can add to the exhaustive back-and-forth on ...

EWU men’s basketball: Eagles vs. Bears

Big Sky Men's Basketball Northern Colorado Bears (8-16, 5-7) at Eastern Washington Eagles (14-10, 8-4) Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. | Reese Court, Cheney Watch: TV: SWX, Online: Outlook: ...

Weekend Wild Card — 2.13-14.16

We're officially a week away from the 2016 Blogfest at Steve Widmyer's Fort Ground Grill. I'll be beating this drum for the next week. If I can find some photos ...



Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile