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Dallas Spellers Club: Texas kids take top 3 spots at national spelling bee

The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn’t the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer whom she had already beaten this year – at the county level.

Spokane City Council gets pay raise in 2019, mayor’s salary stays flat

A volunteer panel of citizens handed the City Council and its leader raises of 3.5 percent and 6 percent, while keeping the mayor’s salary at $168,000. All are among the most well-paid elected officials in cities of similar size and type of government, according to research conducted by the review group.

Tariff war could hit Washington state apple sales to Mexico

The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies Thursday, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada in a move that prompted fears of retaliation against Washington apples and other products sold to those countries.

Trudy Rubin: Putin’s info war against America amplified by Trump

Last month, I visited Russia to learn more about the Kremlin’s campaign to influence the U.S. election in 2016. But the more I learned about Kremlin techniques, magnified by social media, the more similar those techniques appeared to President Donald Trump’s modus operandi.

Roseanne Barr comeback? A lesser platform likely

UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

After her network dropped her show, streaming services dropped her reruns, and her agency dropped her for a racist tweet, Roseanne Barr is vowing she’s not finished.

Dallas duel: Wild card turns tables at National Spelling Bee

UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn’t the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer whom she had already beaten this year – at the county level.

Giuseppe Conte set to be sworn in as Italian PM

Political novice Giuseppe Conte was on Friday set to be sworn in as prime minister of Italy at the head of a populist coalition government, after President Sergio Mattarella accepted a revised list of ministers.

Alberto rains turn creek into raging river; cars swept away

UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Heavy rains generated by subtropical Storm Alberto unleashed flooding in Virginia that washed out bridges, damaged homes, closed schools and transformed a normally peaceful creek into a raging river that swept away cars with people still in them. At least one person was killed and rescuers were searching for others.

Former WSU football player sentenced for battery

The former Washington State University football player accused of assaulting his girlfriend after she refused to turn off a light was sentenced to 15 days in jail and one year of supervised probation Wednesday in Latah County 2nd District Court.