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Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?

New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear.

’Thank you’: Queen honors D-Day veterans at moving ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

‘Woo-hoo!’ At 97, D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy

Parachutists are jumping over Normandy again, just as soldiers did 75 years ago for D-Day – but this time without being shot at. Engines throbbing, C-47 transport planes dropped group …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videos

YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content.

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some growth because of overnight winds; air returns to ‘moderate’ in Spokane

A day after it made Spokane’s air quality the worst in the country, Grant County’s 243 Command Fire saw some overnight growth spurred by strong westerly winds.

Grazing permits blocked for ranchers in Oregon land dispute

A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land.

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Boeing drone unit Insitu cuts workforce, dealing a blow to Columbia Gorge community

Boeing drone unit Insitu, which employs about 1,000 people in the Columbia River Gorge and about 500 elsewhere, said Tuesday it is cutting its workforce due to competitive pressures and …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Trump says climate change goes ‘both ways’

President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a “Chinese hoax” and pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, appears similarly unmoved by an appeal from British …

Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:48 a.m.

Hoopfest agrees to stay in Spokane after city officials tentatively agree to pay 65% of security costs

The city of Spokane is planning to cover 65% of Hoopfest’s public safety costs over concerns the famed 3-on-3 basketball tournament could leave downtown Spokane.

Ethiopian adoptees in Nine Mile Falls learn their birth mother who has cancer, HIV is improbably alive

Adesalem and Kella Jelinek believed for years that their mother, who gave them up after contracting HIV and being diagnosed with uterine cancer, had died. Then, this spring, a nonprofit …

100 years ago in Spokane: Judge tosses lewdness charges against ‘professed Bolshevist’ and his secretary arrested in hotel room

A Superior Court judge dismissed the “lewdness” conviction against “professed bolshevist” Harry M. Wicks and his secretary, Mrs. Erma Lee Lamb, noting that “what may be immoral today may not …

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

Garfield Elementary rocket science program a launching pad for fun, learning

For the fifth-graders at Garfield Elementary School, the best part of rocket science was coming back to earth.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:42 p.m.

Second murder trial begins for suspect in Bret Snow disappearance

A second jury began hearing evidence Tuesday in the first-degree murder case against one of four people charged with the slaying of Bret R. Snow, who authorities believe was killed …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane school board punts on issue of arming school officers

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors has moved into lame duck mode regarding one of the district’s most contentious issues: whether to arm campus resource officers.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Deputies shoot armed man after he walked away from car fire with body in trunk in Tonasket

Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies shot an armed suspect on Monday after he aimed a gun at them. Hours earlier, about 2 miles away, the suspect was seen walking away from …

After massacre, Virginia governor demands action on guns

Four days after the deadly mass shooting in Virginia, the governor is calling on lawmakers to return this summer to take up gun-control legislation

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Burglars steal gun from nightstand as victim slept; deputies use stun gun to arrest suspect

Deputies tracked down a man and woman after they allegedly broke into a Spokane Valley home and stole a gun from a nightstand next to the sleeping victim.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Man in Sunday motorcycle crash ID’d

The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified a man who died in a motorcycle crash Sunday as Christopher M. Prusch, 42.

Police investigating death of disabled man burned from bath

Boise police are investigating the death of a disabled man who died of severe burns after he was put in a bathtub of hot water.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?

The results were from an analysis of hundreds of thousands of insurance claims. Verifying that the drug would actually have that effect in people would require a costly clinical trial …

Scandinavian Airlines stops duty free sales to cut emissions

Faced with growing consumer concern about the climate impact of flying, Scandinavian Airlines said Tuesday it will stop selling duty-free goods on planes to reduce weight and save fuel as …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

U.S. court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

Federal judges are wrestling over whether climate change violates the rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal

Renault has delayed a decision on whether to merge with Fiat Chrysler, a deal that could reshape the global auto industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles …

Dow jumps over 500 points amid hopes of Fed rate cut

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 500 points Tuesday as investors welcomed signs that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates to help buttress U.S. economic growth in …

Walmart extends debt-free college benefits to high schoolers

Walmart is extending its debt-free college benefits to high schoolers as a way to attract and retain workers in a tight labor market.

China handles Tiananmen anniversary with usual silence

China has gone into customary lockdown for the 30th anniversary of a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989, a reminder of the ruling Communist Party’s emphasis on stability above all

Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech.

500,000-square-foot distribution, logistics center planned for Valley industrial park

Crown West Realty is planning to build a state-of-the-art distribution and logistics center spanning multiple buildings within the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.