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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify ‘unknowns’ dies

A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack has died. He was 97.

Idaho panel: Implement fines for campaign finance violations

Idaho candidates who don’t file campaign disclosure reports on time should face steeper penalties and the state should take a more active role in enforcing those fines, a group of …

Brett Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for then-President Bill Clinton

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president’s sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Rudy Giuliani clarifies his ‘truth isn’t truth’ puzzler

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney says he wasn’t trying to make an existential point about the meaning of veracity when he declared “truth isn’t truth.”

In the city that claims him, Ben Carson falls from grace

Ben Carson’s story of climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore, where Carson made his name. But his role in the Trump administration …

Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families

The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil …

Sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing …

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead

Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy’s civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing

Trump to celebrate ‘heroes’ of ICE as political debate over federal agency intensifies ahead of midterms

President Donald Trump on Monday will offer public praise of federal immigration officers and tout them as “heroes” at a White House event aimed at drawing a sharp contrast with …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

Michigan’s health director to stand trial on manslaughter charges for role in Flint water crisis

DETROIT – A judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s state health director to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ …

A.J. Balukoff endorses Paulette Jordan for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, the longtime Boise school board member and businessman who lost the Idaho Democratic primary for governor this year to Paulette Jordan, has issued a formal endorsement of Jordan …

2 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord found dead in separate cases

SEATTLE – Officials at a Washington Army base say authorities are investigating the deaths of two soldiers found dead in separate incidents. KOMO-TV reports police say Sgt. Lewis Clay, of …

Video shows Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, joking about Trump drowning

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida on Sunday relayed to an enthusiastic audience a joke about President Donald Trump drowning in the Potomac River. Hastings, speaking at a “Stronger Together” …

PepsiCo buys SodaStream for $3.2 billion

PepsiCo bought carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion on Monday, a move the beverage giant hopes will further help it adjust as consumers drink less traditional soda and opt …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

One dead in Spokane Valley condo fire

One person is dead and several residents were displaced as a result of a fire Sunday night at the Central Park Condominiums in Spokane Valley.

Idaho’s unemployment rate remains at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 2.9 percent.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 12:38 p.m.

Woman killed in alligator attack in South Carolina

A woman trying to protect her dog was killed by an alligator who pulled her into a lagoon at a private South Carolina resort Monday, authorities said.

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

GENOA, Italy – Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge’s strength by 20 percent – a finding …

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey

Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

This Boise scientist has more patents than Thomas Edison. Here’s how he did it.

Meet Gurtej Sandhu. He has lived in Boise for 29 years. And he has racked up 1,299 U.S. patents by the latest count. The seventh-most of anyone. In the world. …

Monitor urges more openness at Volkswagen in wake of scandal

The official overseeing Volkswagen’s court settlements in its diesel scandal says he is pushing back against the company’s practice of withholding some information on the grounds of confidentiality protections.

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, seeking to respond to new revelations …

Trump assails Mueller following Times report

President Donald Trump pressed his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, accusing Mueller’s team of “enjoying ruining people’s lives” and “looking to impact the election.”

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Spokane wakes up to worst air in the country; some trash collection delayed

Spokane was reported to have the worst air quality in the nation Monday morning, and although conditions had improved by the afternoon, experts said there would probably be smoke in …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Tiger’ Johnson killed in escape attempt

Fred “Tiger” Johnson, one of Spokane’s most notorious criminals, made another – and final – escape attempt.

Paul Turner: Who made you the arbiter of shorts?

It seems a significant number of Lilac City residents long to be the person who gets to decide who is allowed to wear shorts. Or so I have come to …

Then and Now: The Spokane River

The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.