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Spokane to purchase new armored vehicle

The city will soon spend about $305,000 on a new armored vehicle for the Spokane Police Department, which uses money one City Council member said should be used on new patrol cars.

Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’

UPDATED: 12:24 p.m.

Washington and the rest of the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with an increasingly extended and costly fire season – spurred by rising temperatures due to climate change. This year was the worst wildfire season on record, with more than 1,700 wildfires reported – most of which started in Eastern Washington. But unlike California, Washington’s fire season typically ends in October, mostly due to colder temperatures and humidity.

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Fatal California fires spur search for solutions

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce the growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the West.

Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million Wednesday at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby’s is calling a record price for a pearl at auction.

Spokane ranked among best mid-sized cities for retirement

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Spokane has turned up on another national list – this time for best places to retire. Livability.com ranked Spokane No. 7 out of 10 for affordable cities with attributes retirees would enjoy.

Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a chief critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, Los Angeles police said.

Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at U.S. border

Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire security barriers.

Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia

Considering the damaging – and in some cases, even fatal – effects of rabies, it was not surprising that when people in the city of Milton, W.Va., saw raccoons behaving weirdly, they involved the local police. But when officers caught two of them, they realized rather than rabid, the raccoons were drunk.

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September’s 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.

Betsy DeVos set to rewrite guidance on college sexual assault cases

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused, including the ability to cross-examine their accusers, people familiar with the matter said.

Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

At a national assembly focused on the sex-abuse crisis, numerous U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of Theodore McCarrick, the ex-cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct over a long stretch of his career.