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Spokane seeks $1.7 million from contractor for delayed sewage tank project

City of Spokane wants nearly $1.7 million from a construction company after the company took a year longer than scheduled to complete a waste water digester. The company is also …

Voting for more than one candidate in an election suggested

Some Washington voters in the future could mark their ballots for more than one candidate in local elections, indicating which one they like best. Local governments could choose to use …

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Fire in old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 70

A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Suspect in snowblower dispute appears in court

A man accused of attacking his neighbor over blowing snow into each others’ properties appeared Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court where his bond was set at $2,000.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Ex-school board candidate arrested in sex trafficking case

A one-time Edmonds school board candidate has been arrested in a sex-trafficking case after investigators said he groomed his children’s former babysitter and used “emotional and psychological coercion” to force …

Worried about a slowing economy, Fed officials want to maintain a key stimulus program

Amid growing worries about a slowing economy, Federal Reserve officials indicated at their meeting last month that they plan later this year to stop paring back a key stimulus program …

Katerra factory will add glulam beams

Clarification: Katerra’s Spokane Valley factory will produce cross-laminated timber to begin with and will add glulam beams in the future. A Sunday business story, based on information from Katerra, said …

Government shutdown cost Southwest Airlines $50 million more than estimated

Southwest Airlines says the government shutdown will cost the company around $60 million in first-quarter revenue, up from its previous estimates of $10 million to $15 million.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Crash on SR-291 northwest of Spokane blocks both lanes

Washington State Patrol shut down State Route 291 two miles northwest of Spokane due to a two-vehicle crash that seriously injured at least one person, according to a news release …

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market.

Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over pay and classroom conditions.

Black-Owned Business Expo returns to Spokane on Sunday

Spokane’s 2nd Annual “Black-Owned Business Expo” takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Emmanuel Family Life Center.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Google’s Nest home alarm system has microphone it forgot to mention

Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry’s leading …

Family friendly Greenacres Vendor Mall expanding in its new space on East Sprague Avenue

Greenacres Vendor Mall, with goods from more than 160 different vendors, could be Spokane Valley’s best kept secret.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Washington could ban eyeball tattoos

Legislative proposal aims to keep tattoos from making whites of your eyes any other color.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Feds: Coast Guard lieutenant compiled hit list of lawmakers

A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Omak man, 23, arrested for alleged threats against Washington sheriffs

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 23-year-old Omak man who allegedly made Facebook posts threatening to kill law enforcement officers, including Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

California student accused of making ‘Banana Plug’ drug app

A Northern California college freshman is facing felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs.

Dairy farms take $4M hit from cows lost in blizzard

Officials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Officials: Fire at Bellingham pet store is suspicious

More than 75 animals were rescued from a burning pet supply store in Washington state, but some birds and a python remain missing.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Local objections derail proposed Superfund delisting

A proposal to delist part of the Bunker Hill federal Superfund site stalled in committee Tuesday after local officials raised objections.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

UW Medicine mistakenly exposed information on nearly 1 million patients

The medical files of nearly 1 million patients of University of Washington Medicine were visible on the internet for at least three weeks in December, UW Medicine said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham comes to Spokane May 6

Ticket are now on sale for the Northwest Passages Book Club’s evening with Jon Meacham, the presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Soul of America: The Battle for …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 7:38 p.m.

U.S. says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American …

UK politics fractures further as 3 Conservatives defect

Brexit-driven cracks in Britain’s political party system yawned wider Wednesday, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of independents who oppose the Conservative …

Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders’ hairdos for free

At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Donald Trump’s locks.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …