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Irene downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that Irene has lost hurricane strength and made landfall on New York’s Coney Island. Forecasters say Irene’s winds have fallen to 65 mph. They say Irene should move over New England by the afternoon. Officials also warn that isolated tornadoes are possible in the northeast throughout the morning.

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Hurricane Irene arrives

Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind topping 90 mph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way.

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East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene’s arrival

As massive Hurricane Irene advanced toward the Eastern Seaboard with 115 mph winds, officials issued a hurricane warning for the entire North Carolina coast to the Virginia border, New York ordered low-lying hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate, and at least seven states declared emergencies.

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Remembering Katy Benoit

Hundreds of students, staff and friends gather in Friendship Square in downtown Moscow, Idaho to honor University of Idaho graduate student, Katy Benoit, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

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Coeur d’Alene Wooden Boat Show

The annual Coeur d’Alene Wooden Boat Show is a chance for boat aficionados and casual admirers to ogle the wonderfully preserved or restored examples of the boat building art. There were ample examples of runabouts, ski boats, cabin cruisers, row boats and sail boats on display.

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The end is near for Gadhafi’s Libyan regime

The long, brutal reign of Col. Moammar Gadhafi appeared to collapse Sunday as rebels swept into Tripoli, captured two of his sons and set off wild street celebrations in a capital that he’d ruled by fear for more than four decades, Libyan and NATO officials said.

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Avista begins river work

As stream flows hit their seasonal lows in the Spokane River, Avista Utilities begins a to-do list of work on their dams and on the bed of the river. Many of the jobs are part of their 50-year relicensing agreement compiled by several stakeholder groups, including Indian tribes and environmental groups. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, surveyors and environmental consultants planned and prepared for the construction of weirs to direct river flows in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

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SpoCon 2011

Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres of movies, literature and games gathered to revel in the fantasy of their choice at SpoCon 2011, Spokane’s own sci-fi convention at the Doubletree Inn. Although the costumes display the artistry and depth of each participant’s chosen fantasy, everyone involved left the real world at the door and connected with fellow self-professed “geeks” without fear of judgement from outsiders.

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American service members killed in Afghanistan crash

The Navy SEALS who died aboard a downed helicopter in Afghanistan came to the special forces from far-flung corners of the country. Thirty Americans - 22 of them SEALS - and eight Afghans were killed Saturday when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission. All but two of the SEALs were from SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, although military officials said none of the crash victims was on that mission in Pakistan against the al-Qaida leader. Here are the stories of some of the fallen.

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Homeland Response Force Drill

The Army National Guard demonstrates their Homeland Response Force, a newly-funded quick-response team that will provide security, medical, decontamimation and search-and-rescue capabilities, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The HRF a team of 500 or so Guard members, will be an intermediate response to a major incident and will bring security, medical, decontamination and search and rescue capabilities.

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North Spokane apartment fire

The Wednesday morning blaze near Magnesium Road and Division Street destroyed 23 units in an apartment building. Twenty-two units were occupied, and all residents escaped unharmed, fire officials said.

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Liberty Lake Days

It was perfect weather for Liberty Lake’s community festival at Pavilion Park. There was live entertainment, games for kids, many booths for commercial and non-profit entities, a car show and food vendors.

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South Korea landslide

Walls of mud barreling down a hill buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul, killing at least 36 people Wednesday in South Korea’s heaviest rains this year.

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Norway explosion aftermath

As police officers continue their investigations on Utoya island and search the house of Jens Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, people gather to remember the victims of Friday’s bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway.

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A big job: Painting an airliner

Associated Painters recently opened their Spokane location in a specially-designed hangar at the Spokane International Airport. It is a branch of Rod Friese’ business which started at Paine Field in Everett. The business paints airplanes, many of them airliners from Southwest or Alaska/Horizon airlines. It takes about a week to strip all the paint from the aluminum skin of the plane, then repaint it with great attention to detail.

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