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Tom Kelly: Double-check a couple of deductions before April 15

Both the mortgage interest and home office topics need to be double-checked before the April 15 deadline.

A new president-elect in tiny Slovakia may point to a push against corruption and right-wing populism

When crusading lawyer Zuzana Caputova last week became the first woman elected president of Slovakia, one of her first gestures was both poignant and pointedly symbolic. She made a pilgrimage …

French priest’s 150-year-old heart being venerated in NYC

NEW YORK – The 150-year-old heart of a French priest is on a U.S. tour – a Roman Catholic relic with New York City as its latest stop. It was …

Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was …

UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 5:26 p.m.

Vietnamese-American community hopes to open Spokane’s eyes to diversity of heritage

When people think of Vietnamese culture, Thuy Nguyen wants more to come to mind than just the food. That was the aim of Saturday’s Vietnamese Heritage Day at the Genesis …

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

Youth wrestling tournament draws thousands to sport that instills lessons beyond the mat

The pressure was on Landon Weitzel, 7, as he kneeled at the edge of a wrestling mat at the Spokane Arena, which was crowded with spectators.

25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages try

A quarter century after the 1994 genocide that killed 75 percent of the country’s ethnic Tutsis, Rwanda has six “reconciliation villages”, where genocide survivors and perpetrators live alongside each other.

Mormons leader warns of ‘rampant immorality’ at conference

A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members Saturday during a church conference to root their families in the teachings of Christ to prepare …

Idaho wildlife officials warn hunters to watch for grizzles

Idaho fish and game officials are warning people in the Panhandle to watch out for grizzles during black bear season.

Court dismisses student’s lawsuit against WSU

A lawsuit alleging Washington State University violated federal law and failed to protect an African-American student from a hostile campus environment in 2015 was dismissed from federal court last week.

Rival Libyan forces say they have captured Tripoli airport

Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said Saturday they seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to …

U.S. wants 2 years to ID migrant kids separated from families

The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice last …

Ex-US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead at age 97

Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He …

Sue Lani Madsen: Sometimes doing business the American way means dancing in a mindless bureaucratic ballet

Let’s say you want to start a new business after retirement, and you do it the American way. You get a business license and liability insurance, check state and local …

Group will plant trees along north-south freeway

Developer Larry Stone’s long crusade to get ponderosa pines planted on the North Spokane Corridor has paid off.

WDFW gives update on latest wolf numbers, including new pack in Western Washington, but not all are thrilled by count

Washington’s wolf population continued to grow in 2018, with a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 breeding pairs documented by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

100 years ago in Spokane: Trial delayed for Washington State College football coach

The trial of William “Lone Star” Dietz for allegedly falsifying draft information was postponed in federal court in Spokane.

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Banking State Bank Northwest has promoted Brennan Floyd to vice president/commercial lender at the Spokane Valley-based bank. Floyd has been with State Bank since 2015 and has 14 years of …

Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 NACUFS Continental Regional Meeting - National Association of College and University Food Services, today, Spokane Convention Center, 350 attendees.

Poisons flow in toxic levels through the veins of great white sharks, new study shows

Great white sharks – one of the ocean’s most fearsome apex predators – thrive with toxic levels of poisons flowing in their veins, according to a new study by OCEARCH.

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Biden jokes about accusations, targets union voters

Former Vice President Joe Biden tries to use humor to defuse his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women — but acknowledges he’ll have to change the way he …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Trump attorney says IRS cannot legally release tax returns

An attorney representing President Donald Trump says a request for the president’s tax returns “would set a dangerous precedent” if granted and argued Friday the IRS cannot legally divulge the …

3rd federal judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census

A third federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census

U.S. judge orders quicker bond hearings for asylum seekers

A federal judge says the U.S. government must give bond hearings more quickly to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Idaho governor vetoes more hurdles for ballot initiatives

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued his first veto, rejecting legislation that would have dramatically toughened the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot.

Senate sends Idaho Medicaid expansion bill to governor

The Idaho Senate on Friday approved Medicaid expansion legislation by passing a compromise bill that’s now headed to Republican Gov. Brad Little for his consideration.

Washington state raises smoking age to 21

Washington has become the ninth state in the nation to raise the smoking age to 21, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that also limits electronic cigarettes. Supporters say …

Man arrested in rape of Seattle woman seeking ride-share

Authorities say a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a Seattle woman who thought he was her Uber driver

Man deported from Vancouver may get part of Motel 6 ICE settlement

The family of a Vancouver man, who was deported after staying at an Everett Motel 6 in February 2017, may be entitled to a portion of a $12 million settlement …