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Putin says US unilateralism hurts global trade, sows chaos

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for using pressure and sanctions to maintain its economic supremacy, saying it spawns chaos in global affairs.

Prominent investigative journalist detained in Russia

A prominent Russian investigative journalist has been charged with drug dealing after four grams of the synthetic stimulant mephedrone were found in his backpack, Moscow police said Friday.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. head concerned by police raid

The head of Australia’s public broadcaster said Friday she has “grave concern” about a recent police raid on the corporation’s headquarters in connection with a 2017 story based on leaked …

Thousands descend on Liberia’s capital to protest president

Thousands of demonstrators descended on Liberia’s capital on Friday to protest former soccer star-turned-President George Weah and the sinking economy while critics accused the government of blocking social media.

Undone by Brexit, May steps down as Conservative leader

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s time as Conservative Party leader ended Friday, not with a bang but a whimper.

US commander says he believes Iranian threat ‘is very real’

Iran has chosen to “step back and recalculate” after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude …

Man arrested after threatening talk of Times Square attack

A New York City man plotted to use guns, grenades and suicide vests to bring bloodshed to Times Square, federal prosecutors said Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, noon

Long-distance trip: NASA opening space station to visitors

NASA announced Friday that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year.

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

FDA targets vaping ‘influencers’ for online promotions

U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Barnes & Noble, with sales falling, is sold to hedge fund

Barnes & Noble is being acquired by a hedge fund for $476 million and will be taken private. The national chain that many blamed for the demise of independent bookstores …

US orders end to Turkey’s involvement in F-35 program

The Pentagon has notified Turkey that it is canceling its purchase of F-35 fighter jets if the Turkish government goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system.

Cop who shot 911 caller sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison

A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 apologized to the woman’s family Friday for “taking the life of a perfect person,” …

US, Russia blame each other as ships nearly collide in Asia

The U.S. and Russia accused each other of unsafe actions on Friday after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165 feet of each other in the …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

Detroit man charged in deaths of gay men, transgender woman

A man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding two others at a Detroit home had targeted them because they were gay or transgender, prosecutors said Friday.

Mississippi kangaroo found after 2 days ‘on the hop’

A missing kangaroo has been found after two days “on the hop” along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Legislators: Boeing wanted to wait 3 years to fix Max flaw

Two key lawmakers said Friday that Boeing planned to delay fixing a nonworking safety alert on its 737 Max aircraft for three years and sped up the process only after …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

University of Alabama rejects $26M gift after abortion flap

The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back a $26.5 million donation to a philanthropist who recently called on students to boycott the school over the …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

Trump says U.S., Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

President Donald Trump says he has suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico.

Mass shootings in the workplace are rare and puzzling

Data show mass killings in the workplace are rare and puzzling

Shawn Vestal: WSU’s growing athletics debt will top $100 million by 2023

Each year, the athletics department’s accumulated deficit – the amount it “owes” to other departments at the school – grows. Today, for example, the school’s Board of Regents is expected …

100 years ago in Spokane: New company making cartoons, documentaries and movies

A “completely equipped commercial motion picture plant” was now operating in Spokane.

Forest fires release less CO2 than previously thought, challenging some forest management practices, study says

Forest fires don’t release nearly as much carbon into the atmosphere as previously believed, according to a recently published University of Idaho study.

Consumers, exporters could be hit by new tariffs proposed for Mexico

A new round of tariffs proposed for Mexico could prompt retaliation on Washington exports and stoke opposition in Congress.

Here’s the list you want today: Area bakeries offer up their bestsellers on national day of doughnut delight

National Doughnut Day, celebrated the first Friday in June, was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor women who gave doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines

To Walmart executives, the Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation – a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American …

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Coming home stressed? Your dog is internalizing those bad vibes too, study suggests

Is your dog stressed out? Maybe you’re the one who needs a belly rub. New research finds that throughout a dog’s life, the stress levels of a canine and his …

Arkansas police confirm dead body is former state lawmaker

Authorities in Arkansas have confirmed that a body found outside the home of a former state legislator is hers and are investigating the case as a homicide

Lack of abortion access troubles Guam’s 1st female governor

The first female governor of Guam says she’s concerned that a lack of abortion access in the U.S. territory means women will be forced to seek illegal or dangerous alternatives

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Spokane Pride Parade hits the street Saturday

Spokane Pride will take place Saturday with a parade, rainbow festival and fireworks show.