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Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general.


Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a …


Free speech threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks’ Assange

In a divided Washington, few causes have as much bipartisan support as prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Two 13-year-old boys arrested after bringing airsoft gun to school, firing pellets at windows

Two 13-year-old boys allegedly brought an airsoft gun to an elementary school in Spokane Valley Friday, resulting in their arrest.


Trump honors GOP donor, 6 others with presidential award

President Donald Trump on Friday recognized a major Republican Party donor and six other “extraordinary Americans” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the nation reserves for a …


Alaska Airlines announces service to Everett airport

SEATTLE – Alaska Airlines says it expects service to and from the Everett airport in Washington state to begin in February pending final federal government approval.


Florida starts painstaking hand recount in U.S. Senate race

Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Census Bureau taking applications for Spokane employees for 2020 count

If you’re interested in working for the U.S. Census Bureau in 2020, now is the time to get your application in.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

Driver who plowed into Idaho crowd, hurting 11, is sentenced

A man driving a Porsche that plowed into a crowd of spectators at an Idaho car show was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail, with all but seven days …


Idaho unemployment remains at 2.7 percent

The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday said the state’s unemployment rate in October was the same as September and is the 14th consecutive month at or below 3 percent.


Supreme Court to hear arguments in census dispute

The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge can consider in the lawsuit concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


Cyclone kills 13 in southern India, 80K people evacuated

A cyclone hit the coast of southern India on Friday, killing at least 13 people, damaging homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents.


Caravan migrants and worried families try to stay in touch

There was cake at little Brithani Lizeth’s third birthday party, and also tears. Though her grandmother and aunt tried to make their simple cinder block home festive, the little girl …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Finger pointing, frustration in eastern U.S. storm’s aftermath

Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City …


Trump to name EPA’s acting chief to post permanently

President Donald Trump says he will name the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting head, Andrew Wheeler, to the post permanently.


Gov.-elect Little names chief of staff

Idaho Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his campaign manager as his chief of staff.


North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn’t yet submitted them.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

Necropsies reveal 2 more sea lions were shot

Necropsies on the carcasses of two California sea lions that recently washed up on the shores of the residential area of West Seattle both showed the mammals had been shot.


Judge allows class-action lawsuit by veterans with PTSD

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:40 a.m.

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died

William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery …


Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing …


Volkswagon wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

Volkswagen intends to invest $50 billion in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry – and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market …


A rogue turkey becomes the unofficial ‘mayor’ of Wisconsin town

Spotting the occasional wild turkey isn’t an unusual occurrence in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, a village on the outskirts of Green Bay where suburban cul-de-sacs give way to wooded farmland. But over …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Whitman County Humane Society to honor McCluskey with new cat wing

The Whitman County Humane Society is building a new addition to its facility in honor of Lauren McCluskey, the Pullman High School graduate and former WCHS volunteer who was murdered …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

South American circus lions still unsettled in South Africa

The rescue of 33 lions from South American circuses and their 2016 transfer to a South African refuge was billed as a compassionate gesture, a return “home” after years of …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Take a weight off: ‘Grand K’ kilo being retired

In a historic vote, more than 50 nations unanimously approved an overhaul of the international measurement system that underpins global trade and other human endeavors, uniting Friday behind new definitions …


Washington state man charged with stabbing Montana man on walking path

A 24-year-old Washington state man is charged with stabbing a Montana man nearly a dozen times while the victim was on a walking path near Libby.


Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues.


DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, …