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UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Washington Senate moves to amend 1909 wrongful death law

Four years after a fatal Seattle crash, the Washington Senate on Tuesday approved an update to parts of the state’s wrongful death law.

CEO says Southwest is losing millions weekly in labor fight

The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a spike in planes ruled out of service for mechanical items is costing the carrier millions each week because of delayed and canceled flights.

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail

The 2018 holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with some of them defying a gloomy government report in December that raised concerns that shoppers were …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Exxon, Chevron raise production forecast in Texas-New Mexico

The fracking boom is gaining speed in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, as Exxon Mobil and Chevron are primed to sharply boost oil production in the …

Alliance to save blue whales from ships stalled by Sri Lanka

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals.

New-home sales rose 3.7 percent in December

Sales of new U.S. homes climbed in December to their highest pace in seven months, a sign that lower mortgage rates are helping the real estate market.

U.S. service firms grew at fastest pace since fall 2018

U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in three months, rebounding after a decline in January.

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

U.S. regulators warn that some Claire’s makeup has asbestos

The FDA is warning people not to use three make-up products from Claire’s that tested positive for asbestos.

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Papa John’s, Schnatter reach settlement agreement

Papa John’s has reached a settlement agreement with founder John Schnatter that will see him step down from the pizza chain’s board once an independent director that is mutually acceptable …

Some churches are asking members to give up plastic for Lent

Chocolate, alcohol and Twitter are some of the popular indulgences many Christians give up during the period of Lent leading up to Easter. But this year, some churches are encouraging …

Teen testifies to Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims …

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg bows out of 2020 Democratic presidential contest

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that he would not run for president, concluding his path to the Democratic nomination was narrow and he could accomplish more as …

Back in Venezuela, Guaido asks state workers for support

Opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday appealed for support from Venezuela’s state workers in his push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whose government has yet to comment on the defiant …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

FDA chief Scott Gottlieb steps down after nearly 2 years

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency’s response to a host of public health challenges, including the opioid epidemic, rising …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

‘Happy thoughts’ helped lost California girls survive ordeal

Two girls who were lost in a dense Northern California forest for nearly two days say they survived frigid nights by huddling under a tree branch and a huckleberry bush …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

KFC dedicates China restaurant to memory of Communist hero

Fast-food chain KFC is memorializing a popular Chinese Communist hero with restaurant decor extolling his deeds, in a rare matching of an iconic American brand with Communist propaganda.

Prominent French jihadis killed in IS-held area in Syria

A prominent French militant who joined the Islamic State group, Jean-Michel Clain, was killed in a mortar strike over the weekend as he struggled with wounds suffered in an earlier …

Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

French President Emmanuel Macron drew both support and skepticism Tuesday with a clarion call to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union and reject populists, amid concerns …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

First UI presidential candidate visits campus

University of Idaho presidential candidate Diane Z. Chase addressed community members in a pair of open forums Monday, starting off a week of meet-and-greets that will feature each of the …

3 Quebec radio stations stop playing Michael Jackson songs

Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child-molestation allegations against the late musician that aired Sunday in an HBO documentary.

Police: Thief steals Remy Martin liquor bottle worth $4,000

Police are searching for a thief with expensive taste in Massachusetts. Chris Gasbarro’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Seekonk says someone stole a $4,000 bottle of the Remy Martin Louis …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Sheriff: Man throws Molotov cocktails at impounded car

A man in Florida is accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at his impounded car.

Library of Congress to award Ken Burns Prize for Film to honor documentaries

The Library of Congress will begin presenting an award named for Ken Burns, who elevated the craft of historical documentaries.

$6.3M raised for synagogue massacre families, survivors

A $6.3 million fund established after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will primarily be split among the families of the dead and survivors of the worst attack on Jews in U.S. …

Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to stem the number of veteran suicides with a plan to boost outreach by awarding grants to community programs.

General: No F-35 jet sale to Turkey if it buys Russia missile defense system

The top U.S. commander for Europe says he would recommend the United States not sell its high-tech F-35 fighter jet to Turkey, if Ankara moves ahead with plans to buy …

Father robs son in Capital Mall parking lot, police say

A 39-year-old father robbed his 20-year-old son in the Capital Mall parking lot Saturday night, according to Olympia police.

Whitman County Commissioners approve pot moratorium

The Whitman County Commissioners approved an ordinance Monday enacting a six-month moratorium on businesses that produce, process or sell marijuana in the unincorporated areas of Whitman County.

Measles vaccine doesn’t cause autism, says a new, decade-long study of half a million people

The latest evidence unequivocally denying any link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella – a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says …