Nation/World | page 40


MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off over Cocoa Beach, Fla., at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday,  carrying several communications satellites for Orbcomm, Inc.

SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident, then lands

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then, in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-story leftover booster back on Earth safely. It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX. The company led by billionaire Elon Musk is striving for reusability to drive launch costs down and open up space to more people.

Continue reading »


Nation in brief: Man accused of buying guns in California massacre to be held

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The man accused of buying the assault rifles his longtime friend used in the San Bernardino massacre is a danger to the community and will remain in custody as he faces a terrorism-related charge, a judge ruled Monday. Enrique Marquez, 24, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bristow in federal court in Riverside, about 10 miles from the site of the Dec. 2 attack that was carried out by Syed Farook and Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik.

Continue reading »


Lindsey Graham ends his 2016 presidential campaign

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham ended his 2016 campaign for president Monday, saying he remains committed to working to achieve security for the American people and helping the GOP expand its base. With just over a month to go until voting begins, the South Carolina senator – the only candidate from one of the four early voting states – posted a video telling supporters “we have run a campaign we can be proud of.” He noted his emphasis on national security and improving the nation’s balance sheet, saying he “put forth bold and practical solutions to big problems.”

Continue reading »



SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015

Rescuers search for survivors amongst collapsed buildings after a landslide in Shenzhen, in south China’s Guangdong province, Sunday.

91 missing from landslide that buries buildings in China

BEIJING – At least 91 people were missing Monday, a day after a massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. The official Xinhua news Agency said the landslide buried 33 buildings in the industrial park in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing center in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong.

Continue reading »


Fake bomb prompts emergency landing of Air France flight

NAIROBI, Kenya – A fake explosive rigged with cardboard, sheets of paper and a household timer forced an Air France flight into an emergency landing in Kenya on Sunday, sending hundreds of passengers down emergency slides in what the airline’s CEO said was the fourth bomb hoax against the airline in recent weeks. The homemade apparatus was discovered around midnight hidden in a lavatory cabinet behind a mirror where it was apparently placed during the approximately 11-hour flight to Paris from the island of Mauritius, said the airline’s CEO, Frederic Gagey. He said the airline has had heightened security checks around the world since the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris.

Continue reading »


Gas prices still falling nationwide

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The price of gasoline nationwide keeps dropping. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average price of regular gas fell 4 cents in the past two weeks, to $2.06 per gallon. That’s the lowest price since April 2009.

Continue reading »


Lebanese militant killed by airstrike in Syria

BEIRUT – A Lebanese man convicted of one of the most notorious attacks in Israel’s history and who spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison has been killed by an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group said Sunday. Hezbollah officials have pledged to avenge the killing of Samir Kantar, sparking fears of escalation in an already volatile region. In a possible first response, three rockets were fired into Israel from Lebanon late Sunday.

Continue reading »


In this Dec. 9 photo provided by the University of Virginia Health System, Marshall Jones laughs with Dr. John Barcia in the Battle Building at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. A (Coe Sweet / University Of Virginia Health Sy)

Changes to rules level field for kidney patients

WASHINGTON – A shake-up of the nation’s kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules. It’s been a year since the United Network for Organ Sharing changed rules for the transplant waiting list, aiming to decrease disparities and squeeze the most benefit from a scarce resource: kidneys from deceased donors. Now data from UNOS shows that the changes are helping certain patients, including giving those expected to live the longest, a better shot at the fittest kidneys.

Continue reading »


Popular Party leader and current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy greets supporters from the balcony of the party headquarters in Madrid, Sunday.

Wins by smaller parties may move Spain to left

MADRID – A strong showing Sunday by a pair of upstart parties in Spain’s general election upended the country’s traditional two-party system, with the ruling Popular Party winning the most votes but falling far short of a parliamentary majority and at risk of being booted from power. Days or weeks of negotiations will be needed to determine who will govern Spain, with the new far-left Podemos and business-friendly Ciudadanos parties producing shock waves because of strong support from voters weary of high unemployment, a seemingly endless string of official corruption cases and disgust over the country’s political status quo.

Continue reading »




Miss Universe mistake crowns Colombia before Philippines 

LAS VEGAS – The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year’s winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia. Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year’s Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.

Continue reading »







Blogs

The week that was…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” rounds up the happenings of the fourth week of this year’s legislative session, from Medicaid expansion to tax cuts. Melissa Davlin interviews House Health & Welfare Chairman ...



5 education reads found in the last 7 days

More education writing. This week covers imposter syndrome, (especially among high-achieving students of color) the five folk looking to run the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (what a ...


Scouting the WSU opponent: Arizona State

Washington State's best chance to get out of the Pac-12 cellar comes when it takes on 11th-place Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Cougars lost a tight game ...




Latest headlines



Sections


Profile

Contact the Spokesman

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