North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger. The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance.
Russia’s desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before the opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games but gave individual athletes the chance to apply for admission to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” Dozens appealed for a spot at the games but the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IOC’s right to decide who can compete.
Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday. But the push to pass the massive legislation underscored enduring divisions within both parties, and those rifts are likely to make the next fight over immigration even more challenging.
Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two years in office that include major investments in areas throughout the city.
Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov won’t defend his title due to injuries sustained last month at the Winter X Games. The gold medalist known as the I-Pod practiced on the Olympic halfpipe but afterward said it would be “totally unreasonable” for him to compete.
Enemy aliens (i.e., Germans) in Spokane had three more days to register with the U.S. Marshal’s office.
Uber and Lyft have avoided taxi insurance and safety regulations, and are undercutting established cab drivers to the point that one committed suicide recently, hoping to bring attention to his industry’s plight.
Senate votes to extend health care benefits to Marshall Island natives living in Washington.
Senate votes to phase out net pens with non-native species and Inslee says he supports the move.
Washington would allow surrogate mothers to be paid more than just their expenses under changes to state law defining parental rights approved by the Senate.
As U.S. stock markets oscillate through a week of volatile ups and downs, anyone with money in the markets likely will have questions about the long-term health of their investments and the fundamental forces underpinning the economy. For answers, The Spokesman-Review reached out to two Gonzaga University professors: Danielle Xu, professor of finance and Mozilo Chair of Business Administration; and Kent Hickman, professor of finance. Their joint responses are below.
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Russia’s desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes – including several medal favorites – into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday’s opening ceremony.
President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said.
At a Time’s Up town hall Thursday, victims of sexual assault and harassment spoke out and demanded answers.
The sister of the North Korean leader on Friday became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to reconsider the dismissal of the criminal case against a Nevada rancher who led a 2014 armed standoff with government agents.
Sister Laura Michels, who served the Gonzaga University community in various capacities for nearly 30 years, including as chaplain for the baseball and women’s basketball teams, has died, according to the university.
Airlines bumped passengers off flights at the lowest rate on record last year after United Airlines was pilloried when a passenger was dragged off a full plane.