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Man charged with making false statements after abuse claim

A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to authorities.

Group says 60 killed in protests against Sudan’s president

Sudan’s security forces have killed at least 60 people in more than three months of street protests, an international rights group said Friday as dozens of Sudanese took part in …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Business destroyed, two families displaced in Spokane Valley fire Friday morning

A Spokane Valley small business was destroyed Friday morning after a fire tore through an attic, displacing two families who lived in basement apartments.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

3 people killed, 2 officers hurt in standoff at Georgia home

A standoff that began when two Georgia police officers were shot and wounded has ended with a 16-year-old boy and his pregnant mother both killed by a gunman who then …

Report on Ethiopian crash ratchets up pressure on Boeing

A preliminary report released Thursday on the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month found that pilots followed all recommended procedures issued by Boeing, ratcheting up pressure on the plane maker that …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

February snow pushes back opening at several area golf courses

Ever since Billy Bomar purchased the Prairie Falls Golf Club in 2014, he’s made it a habit to rib his former colleagues in Alaska about how early in the year …

Rival Libyan militias fight for control of Tripoli

Militias in western Libya fought forces under rival army commander Khalifa Hifter on Friday, a day after he declared an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli, raising fears of renewed …

Ukraine’s presidential runoff candidates take drug tests

Ukraine’s presidential candidates on Friday took alcohol and drug tests, part of an increasingly fierce campaign fight before a runoff vote.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

UK police outside Ecuador embassy amid WikiLeaks tweets

British police stationed armed officers outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Friday after tweets from WikiLeaks quoted what it said were high-level sources saying that Julian Assange could be …

Netanyahu plays a ‘Trump card’ as Israeli elections near

In a tight race for re-election, Israel’s prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House.

Vatican meets lawyers opposed to the criminalization of gays

International lawyers researching the criminalization of homosexuality met Friday with the Vatican secretary of state and urged the Holy See to publicly oppose such laws and “conversion” therapies for gays.

Trump to address NRA meeting for 3rd consecutive year

President Donald Trump will address the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, one of his most loyal constituencies.

Trump’s pick to head the World Bank wins election

David Malpass, the Treasury official nominated by President Donald Trump to head the 189-nation World Bank, was elected to the job on Friday.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner ordered to register as sex offender

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was ordered Friday to register as a sex offender as he nears the end of a 21-month prison sentence for having illicit online contact with …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Avista cautions customers of ongoing phone scams

Avista Utilities is cautioning customers to be aware of telephone calls from scammers demanding payments or requesting confidential information.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Japan spacecraft drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Japan’s space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

EU says BMW, Daimler, VW colluded to limit emissions tech

European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

City says Billig’s warning won’t stop Sprague project but could block future work on Riverside and other road construction

The city of Spokane is pushing back against state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig’s promise to hold up state transportation funds related to an East Sprague Avenue renovation project.

Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising products

Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends …

W. Virginia mom to be charged in abduction tale

A woman will be criminally charged for falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall, a police detective told the Associated …

New rules would allow longer forced holds

A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

’Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system

Declaring “our country is full,” President Donald Trump insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at …

UK’s May asks the EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, but a key leader …

100 years ago in Spokane: Harry M. Wicks arrested for disloyalty after speech advocating workers lay down tools

Spokane police arrested Harry M. Wicks, an “alleged bolshevist leader and radical agitator.”

New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …

Condon sends Sprague rehabilitation project out to bid without bikeways; Sen. Billig says not so fast

State Sen. Andy Billig, a Spokane Democrat who holds the powerful position of majority leader in the Senate, has locked horns with Mayor David Condon, a Republican and the only …

Spokane Riverkeeper hosting public forum on PFAS chemicals that tainted West Plains drinking water

The two-hour forum, organized by the Spokane Riverkeeper, will begin at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga’s School of Law. It will be free and open …

Washington state awards grant to Excelsior Wellness Center for substance abuse facility

The roughly $500,000 grant will help build an eight-bed facility in Excelsior Wellness Center’s new facility designed to treat teenagers who require short, targeted interventions to combat drug abuse.

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

High March temperatures shortened Alaska’s winter weather

Climatologists in Alaska say unusually high temperatures set records in March and likely are a reflection of the upward warming climate trend