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Fire Department responds to LC science class for unsecured substance

The Spokane Fire Department responded to Lewis and Clark High School on Thursday after teachers discovered a hazardous substance, which is used in science demonstrations, had not been properly secured.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

North Carolina’s elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Flatstick Pub is opening in downtown Spokane

Seattle-based Flatstick Pub, a casual craft beer pub with a nine hole miniature golf course, is expanding its presence to Spokane.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Doug Bowser to take over Nintendo’s U.S. division

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk famously suggested that there is a high likelihood that humanity is living within a computer simulation. On Thursday, Nintendo offered some evidence to bolster that theory …

Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela’s needy

As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela’s borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own …

Pacific typhoon expected to lash Guam with gusty wind, rain

A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading toward the Mariana Islands and could lash Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.

House OKs bill allowing alcohol sales in old theaters

Legislation to allow 13 historic Idaho theaters to sell alcoholic beverages during movies has passed the House.

State provides $100,000 to remove cows killed in Sunnyside blizzard

State officials are providing $100,000 to haul nearly a third of the cows that died in a recent blizzard to an Oregon landfill.

Sanctions could ease with greatly reduced North Korea threat

The U.S. will not move to ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang has been “substantially reduced,” Secretary of State …

Stocks head lower, threatening to break a winning streak

U.S. stocks headed lower in late-afternoon trading Thursday, placing the benchmark S&P 500 index on track for just its fourth decline this month.

Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development

A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that continue to plague the South Asian …

UK acknowledges key trade deals won’t be ready by Brexit day

The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of March 29, while …

Democratic group to spend $100M targeting 2020 battlegrounds

A major Democratic group plans to spend at least $100 million in battleground states during the 2020 election in hopes of denying President Donald Trump a second term.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Oakland teachers go on strike, demand pay raises

Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Oregon set to become first state with mandatory rent controls

Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through …

Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

Building a snowman isn’t always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it’s a way to possibly earn some significant money.

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation …

Tennessee gov. says he regrets wearing Confederate uniform

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was 17 when he joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Auburn University, which every spring held an “Old South” party where he and other members dressed …

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the border with Brazil closed

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is ordering the border with Brazil closed as opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid from neighboring nations.

Snow in Las Vegas! Strip gets first white stuff in decade

A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

‘Ugly produce’ trend may have limits, as grocers end tests

Is the “ugly produce“’ trend already reaching the end of its shelf life in supermarkets?

Chicago top cop says Jussie Smollett faked attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary’

Actor Jussie Smollett faked a threatening letter and then, a week later, staged a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the “Empire” …

Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

Howard Schultz didn’t vote on latest Seattle school levies

Even after facing public criticism over his spotty voting record, Howard Schultz failed to vote in this month’s Seattle school-levy election.

This former ghost town on the fringes of LAX is now teeming with owls, legless lizards and butterflies

When the Los Angeles beachfront community of Surfridge disappeared decades ago to make way for the jet age, nature was slow to reclaim the sandy dunes and upscale lots that …

Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing …

Front Porch: Rooster’s crow signals new adventures in San Francisco

The rooster’s hoarse crows were sounding desperate and none of us knew what to do.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Spokane Park Board approves Bacon Concrete bid for Southeast Sports Complex upgrades

The Spokane Park Board awarded bids last week for a $1.1 million upgrade of the Southeast Sports Complex at Altamont Street and 46th Avenue on the South Hill, it’s biggest …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane’s Windsong School disputes claims of negligence, bullying of students

A lawsuit accuses a private school in Spokane of bullying kindergartners, encouraging them to bully each other and evoking “negative karma from past lives” to justify it all. Administrators at …

Evergreen Middle School announces its second quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year

Evergreen Middle School in the Central Valley School District has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.