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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

A sprawling storm dumped several inches of snow from the Midwest to the East Coast and deluged the South with rain Wednesday as it closed schools, snarled air travel and …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

A French court ordered Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one …


Moroccan police crackdown on protesting teachers

Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of men, women and children left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Tiny nugget of a moon discovered around Neptune

A diminutive nugget of a moon has been discovered lurking in the inner orbit of Neptune.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Sixty percent of state’s infants fully vaccinated on time, data shows

Some areas of Washington state are experiencing a measles outbreak and it has put brighter lights on vaccination rates. In the cases of children who aren’t vaccinated, the focus is …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Disputes over President Donald Trump’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation’s most populous state.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse met with organizers of a Vatican prevention summit Wednesday and demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and for religious superiors to be held accountable when …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Police: Man says he stole Pepsi truck to get to the airport

Authorities say an Oklahoma man stole a Pepsi truck as the driver was unloading soda in the back.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling bans excessive forfeitures by police

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that police agencies can only seize property during arrests that is proportional to the alleged crime. But the significance of the ruling on …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:07 p.m.

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Snowstorm only brings 1 inch

About an inch of snow fell on Spokane from Tuesday afternoon through this morning, making the morning commute slick. The Washington State Patrol reported multiple weather-related crashes in the Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Risch the loyalist could take a lesson from the lineage of Idaho’s outspoken senators

Idaho has brief, though deep, history of electing senators who distinguished themselves as truth-tellers and swimmers-against-the-tide while chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now comes Jim Risch. One wonders what …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Don’t make Washington a ‘guinea pig’ on effort to let college athletes make money, schools say

Washington shouldn’t lead the nation to create a way for college athletes to get paid, schools say.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Two rescued bald eagles will be released into the wild near Pasco. You can watch.

More than a year ago Mark Taff spotted a large bird sitting under a bush in his Richland backyard.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Major fish recovery project in NE Washington and Idaho gives boost to cutthroat and bull trout

A few years ago there were no native westslope cutthroat trout in a 5-mile stretch of Cee Cee Auh Creek of northeast Washington. This summer, however, biologists estimate there are …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Cleanup begins at site of Spokane Valley paint store destroyed by fire

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Ecology said there is no indication that pollutants from the store or fire have gotten into the water table, which sits about 90 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Chihuly glass exhibit to open Saturday at Spokane’s MAC

After circling the stand once more, Mitchell Burdett finds a place for a 2-foot amber glass tendril, piece by piece turning five plain metal frames into vibrant, sea creature-inspired glass …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington

Demanding money to remove false information posted about a person or a business on social media could become a felony in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Rob Curley: Why America needs journalists – and the T-shirts to prove it

I like Facebook. Even with all of its problems. It’s where I keep up with my friends and the people I care the most about. The people I grew up …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Spokane Federal Credit Union breaks ground on space to share finances and cup of coffee

Spokane Federal Credit Union broke ground Tuesday on its new Spokane Valley branch that will share a space with Revel 77 Coffee.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

With help from federal grant, group urges parents to opt-out of Spokane Public Schools sex ed curriculum in favor of abstinence-based concept

Even in the chill of winter, the subject of sex education will stoke a few fires.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: American aviator describes his duties chasing German zeppelins in World War I

“Flying over England at night and chasing German zeppelins until they were well off home territory, then scouting around through the darkness to see if there were any left, sure …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: County asked to chip in to complete road to Mount Spokane

Civic leaders asked the Spokane County commissioners for $3,500 to complete the road to Mt. Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Providence Sacred Heart goes into lockdown after bomb threat

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center went into a lockdown Tuesday night after an alleged bomb threat.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Sea World gondola ride turns into harrowing, hourslong ordeal for 16 passengers

Sixteen passengers, including a baby, were rescued after spending four hours trapped inside a stalled SeaWorld gondola ride Monday night.