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Once the flames are out, Yakima County fire investigator Chris Pedersen gets busy figuring out why the fire started

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pedersen is the local equivalent to Sherlock Holmes, with two key differences: She investigates fires, not crimes; and she doesn’t have a Watson – at …


Video of hippo spanking at L.A. Zoo sparks LAPD investigation

A video of a man climbing a barrier at the Los Angeles Zoo and then slapping a hippopotamus on its rear end has sparked a criminal investigation by the LAPD, …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 1 p.m.

Lawmaker fired from CWU faculty position after investigation

Republican Rep. Matt Manweller has been fired by Central Washington University effective immediately following the completion of an outside investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Las Vegas massacre investigation closed without motive; acted alone

More than 10 months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police say they are closing their investigation without answering the key question: What drove a gunman to …


FEMA official harassed women, hired some as possible sexual partners for male employees, agency chief says

The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – who resigned just weeks ago – is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment …


Outside report into lawmaker complete, investigation ongoing

An outside investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by a state lawmaker in his role as a professor at Central Washington University has been completed, but university officials said the …


Idaho prison officer investigated for viewing, commenting on photos of inmate’s body

An Idaho Department of Correction officer is being investigated for allegedly contacting a former female inmate via social media after viewing photos of her body taken when she was admitted …


Attack on Burien mayor over city’s sanctuary-city policy investigated as hate crime

King County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the alleged assault of Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta as a possible hate crime after he reported being attacked Saturday night by an unidentified man …


Investigators: Sprinkler system failed in Warm Springs Lodge fire

A failure in the Warm Springs Lodge’s sprinkler system exacerbated fire, smoke and water damage to the building during a massive fire that broke out April 18, the Ketchum Fire …


Ex-congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories about illegal information access

Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-month investigation into a former congressional technology staffer on Tuesday by publicly debunking allegations – promoted by conservative media and President Donald Trump – suggesting he …


Finding clues in the ashes: Investigating fires is another way to save lives

Yakima County Fire Marshal Chris Pederson often arrives after firefighters have started putting out the blaze. But the minute she gets there, she talks to the firefighters first on the …


California building explosion investigated as intentional

An explosive package targeted an office in a Southern California medical building, causing a blast that left a woman dead and three other people injured, two officials told The Associated …


Idaho election official apologizes for investigation comment

A top state election official apologized on Tuesday for wrongly stating a Republican gubernatorial candidate was under investigation.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Jen Hart possibly sighted in Fort Bragg day before deadly crash, authorities say

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is working to confirm that a surveillance video taken in Fort Bragg, California, shows Jen Hart the day before her family’s SUV was found at …


Authorities investigate SUV crash that killed family of 8

They were known as the Hart Tribe, a free-spirited family of two women and their six adopted children who raised their own food, took spontaneous road trips and traveled to …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

FTC investigating Facebook over privacy practices

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users.


Israeli police question Netanyahu again in telecom case

Israeli police on Monday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as his wife and son, in a corruption case involving the country’s telecom giant, one of a slew of …


Lawyers accused of ethical lapses in Sandusky investigation

The agency that investigates and prosecutes wrongdoing by Pennsylvania lawyers wants the state Supreme Court to punish Penn State’s former general counsel and a prosecutor who helped convict Jerry Sandusky …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Finance manager under investigation, on paid leave from Spokane County Detention Services

The finance manager at the Spokane County Jail, Arlington Richards, was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending the outcome of an internal investigation.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Feds probing NYC helicopter crash examine passenger restraints

Investigators recovered a flight data recorder and a GoPro camera Tuesday as they tried to determine the cause of a deadly helicopter crash in the East River and figure out …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Trump at last denounces abuse; Kelly’s future in doubt

President Donald Trump at last broke his silence Wednesday to explicitly denounce domestic violence in the wake of allegations that a top White House aide had abused two former wives. …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Ex-Olympic coach Geddert facing criminal investigation

Former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert is facing a criminal investigation after complaints were filed following the sentencing of disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, who molested girls …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Natalie Wood’s drowning now considered a ‘suspicious death’

New witnesses have emerged in the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood, prompting investigators to deem it a “suspicious death” and name her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, a …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Apple to respond to U.S. inquiries into slowdown of old iPhones

Apple is cooperating with U.S. government inquiries into its secret slowdown of older iPhones, further complicating its efforts to move past an issue that irked customers whose devices bogged down.


Federal agencies send teams to probe Tesla freeway crash

Two federal agencies have dispatched teams to investigate the California crash of a Tesla Model S electric car that may have been operating under its semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system.


Amarillo police investigate theft of 4K antique lighters

Amarillo police are investigating a burglary in which thieves lifted about 4,000 antique lighters.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Regulators open probe of Goodyear motor home tires failures

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether some older Goodyear motor home tires can fail and cause crashes and possibly deaths.


State officials seek investigation of food-inspection agency

Montana’s congressional delegation wants an independent investigation of the Food Safety and Inspection Service.


Seattle police investigate jewelry store smash-and-grab

Seattle police are investigating after robbers smashed display cases and took valuable items from Ben Bridge Jeweler in downtown Seattle.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 10:19 a.m.

Former U.S. attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller’s defense

More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials are pushing back against efforts to discredit the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.