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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Lauren Victoria Burke / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 3:56 P.M.

Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Donald Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 12:59 P.M.

64-year-old Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins

MADRID – A doctor in northern Spain says a 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins following her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age. Recoletas Hospital medical director Enrique Martin said Thursday that the babies delivered by cesarean ...

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UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 10:16 P.M.

GOP bill would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – The House voted Thursday to make it easier for states to deny federal family-planning funds to groups such as Planned Parenthood that also perform abortions. A rule imposed by the Obama administration says that states cannot deny funding ...

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UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 1:22 P.M.

At least 1 hurt after Oklahoma oil field explosion

At least one person was hurt Thursday after an oil field explosion in eastern Oklahoma, authorities say. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the explosion happened near Quinton in Pittsburg County, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa. Troopers were called out to assist the county sheriff’s office about 12:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:57 A.M.

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea

BRUSSELS – NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance’s naval presence in the Black Sea in response to an increasingly aggressive Russia. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that NATO will hold more war games and training ...

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Refugee supporters look on after Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed, a Somali refugee who had been stuck in limbo after President Donald Trump temporarily banned refugee entries, arrival at Salt Lake International Airport, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:53 A.M.

Trump administration says it will revise travel ban

President Donald Trump’s administration said in court documents on Thursday it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will instead replace the ban. “In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the administration said in the filing.

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This file photo shows a patient getting a flu shot in Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:41 A.M.

U.S. flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far

This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 48 percent effective. That’s not bad since the strain that’s making most people sick is one of the worst. Experts consider it a good year when a flu vaccine is 50 to 60 percent effective.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 1:55 P.M.

Trump skirts Russia issue, bashes media in freewheeling news conference

President Donald Trump said Thursday that “nobody that I know of” from his campaign contacted Russian agents or government officials before his election. His denial was perhaps the most notable development in a lengthy news conference in which he berated the press and complained that he had “inherited a mess.”

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Poll: Press isn’t dishonest, out of control

Weekend Poll: A strong majority of Hucks Nation said the American media isn't dishonest or out of control. 196 of 336 respondents (58.33%) took that position. However, a strong plurality, ...

Spokane-area Safari Club plans 35th annual fundraiser

HUNTING – The Inland Empire Chapter of Safari Club International has scheduled a "Hunters First Banquet” next month to benefit local conservation, humanitarian and education projects, organizers say. The 35th ...

Girls’ Basketball Tournaments

In 1974 many schools were still in the process of starting their girls’ basketball programs. In spite of that, the very first WIAA girls’ state tournament was held. Central Washington ...