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Colombia blames ELN rebels for bombing that killed 21

Colombian authorities said Friday that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country’s last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Trump plans to make ‘major announcement’ on shutdown, border

President Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into …

Mead Schools superintendent retiring

After more than four decades in education, the past dozen as superintendent of the fast-growing Mead School District, Tom Rockefeller is retiring from his “dream job.”

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Working without pay, federal workers in Spokane start taking loans to pay bills

Joshua McPhee still reports to his federal air traffic controller job at the Spokane International Airport, but he isn’t getting a paycheck. Nothing on the national news makes the couple …

City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …

‘Super blood wolf moon eclipse’ worth howling about if weather clears

If there was ever a time to howl at the moon, Sunday evening might be it.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:45 a.m.

Jerry Brown warns Washington lawmakers: climate change will get worse

Former Gov. Jerry Brown joins Gov. Jay Inslee in lobbying legislators for new laws to fight climate change.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Drowned’ man located hiding out in remote cabin

William Vane was arrested in a remote cabin at Bead Lake – which once and for all proved that his “drowning” in the Pend Oreille River had been a desperate …

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Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

An investigative journalist whose work exposed deep-rooted corruption in African soccer and led to the downfall of a member of the sport’s high-powered FIFA Council was shot dead by gunmen …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Recordings: Mother reported concerns before daughter killed in Utah

The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was killed in October by an ex-boyfriend can be heard telling campus police that she was worried for her daughter’s …

Spain: Technical setbacks slow search for boy in deep hole

Spanish rescuers on the fourth day of a frantic race to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped in a borehole clung to hope of finding the toddler alive despite massive setbacks …

10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital

A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia’s capital Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens in an attack that recalled the bloodiest chapters of the …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Sociology professor visits SCC to explore the legacy of the ‘real’ Martin Luther King Jr.

Sociology professor Darryl Brice visited Spokane Community College on Thursday to discuss the ways in which key pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy have been omitted from public discourse.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday’s peak; and judge rejects air traffic controllers lawsuit

TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized – but still at unusually high numbers – just before a three-day holiday …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

TSA acknowledges financial stress of shutdown is forcing growing number of officers to stay home

Faced with growing numbers of call-outs by its workers – and images of some of them lining up for food donations – leaders of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged Wednesday …

Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should …

Belarusian model who claimed Trump information arrested in Moscow

A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in …

Police say man not attacked after being found injured, halfway in Spokane River

Police determined that a man was not attacked after he was found injured and halfway submerged in the Spokane River on Wednesday. Michele Anderson, spokesperson for the Spokane Police Department, …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

Recalls of romaine, Goldfish only the tip of the contamination iceberg

A report released Thursday by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund found recalls of food have increased 10 percent since 2013, with meat and poultry incidents soaring 67 percent.

Stocks climb on report US may pare back tariffs on China

U.S. stocks finish with solid gains as investors hope the US might cut back its tariffs on imports from China.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Ron Wells pleads not guilty to federal charges stemming from insurance claims

Spokane developer Ron Wells appeared in federal court this week and pleaded not guilty to charges that he was involved in a $6 million scheme to defraud insurance companies through …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

President Donald Trump’s estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump’s standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Franklin Elementary placed under brief lockdown on reports of man with a gun in the area

Franklin Elementary School on the South Hill was put under a brief and partial lockdown Thursday morning.

U.S. and North Korea to hold talks on second Trump-Kim summit

High-level talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planned for this week in Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated at border

Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement

A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Ukrainian consulting work has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and register as a foreign agent, the Justice …

Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Man comes forward with 27 guns stolen from Kettle Falls police chief

A man previously unknown to law enforcement has returned 27 guns that were stolen last spring from the home of the Kettle Falls police chief. The man called Chief Chris …