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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

70-year-old driver killed in crash near Post Falls, Idaho

A 70-year-old Coeur d’Alene man died in a single-vehicle crash near Post Falls.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

130th Rose Parade boasts floral floats, singer Chaka Khan

Floral floats and marching bands took to the streets under a sunny Southern California sky as the 130th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year’s Day …

American arrested in Russia as spy was there for a wedding

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother said Tuesday.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Jury trial of Preston teacher accused of feeding live puppy to snapping turtle starts Thursday

The jury trial involving a Preston Junior High School biology teacher who has been accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students begins on …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

U.S. military tweets, then deletes, a New Year’s Eve joke about dropping bombs

The U.S. military command responsible for the nation’s nuclear weapons tweeted a New Year’s Eve message Monday afternoon: It is always ready to “drop something much, much bigger” than Manhattan’s …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Washington snowpack up to near-normal after slow start

State officials say Washington is near normal levels of snowpack after one of the slowest starts in 30 years.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent in November

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, but officials expect that number to drop as preliminary estimates are firmed up.

Mom-and-daughter shop brings Southern gifts to Spokane

Things you’ll find at Southern Specialties: Home decor, unique art, collectibles, in-house monogramming and warm southern hospitality. Things you won’t find: Catfish, barbecue and boiled peanuts.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Missing woman’s phone found by Spokane River

Since Loc Nguyen, 24, went missing on Dec. 3, detectives have traced her steps and found no evidence of anyone with her the night of her disappearance.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Stomach pump purchase causes suspicion in strychnine death

Several new developments cast more suspicion on Henry M. Delaney in the strychnine poisoning death of Rosa Kempf.

Local stocks experienced tough year, losing value

2018 was a bruising year for local stocks. Each of the seven largest publicly traded companies in the Inland Northwest experienced sharp declines in stock prices.

This year, find the resolve to win Bloomsday

Seeing as how New Year’s resolutions almost always fail, why not aim high at the outset?

100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish influenza pushes death rate to record high

The final 1918 statistics were in, and the results were no surprise: Spokane had the highest death rate in its history, because of the Spanish flu epidemic.

Donors meet fundraising goal for the 2018 Christmas Fund

The Spokesman-Review Christmas Fund has made its goal for the 14th year in a row, thanks to a last-minute surge in generosity from people in Spokane and the surrounding area.

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 11:21 p.m.

Dry, cold temperatures ring in region’s new year

New Year’s Day begins under partly cloudy skies and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees in Spokane, the National Weather Service predicted.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

Spokane kicks off 2019 with a bang in Riverfront Park

New Year’s Eve revelers gathered by the hundreds to watch fireworks in Riverfront Park.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt …

On an island famous for wild ponies, a dangerous infection is killing horses

CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Va. – In the cold months, this barrier island is a place of austere stillness, its famed wild ponies grazing along brown marshes, their long faces …

Ricky Martin and husband welcome baby girl

Ricky Martin announces birth of baby daughter, says his family, including his 10-year-old sons, have ‘fallen in love’ with the girl

Animal advocates: Fatal zoo mauling shows need for crackdown

The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of …

NASA spacecraft enters orbit around asteroid, sets records

A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records.

Oregon may consider exporting marijuana to other states

Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregon’s list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the …

I-1639, federal changes reshape Washington’s gun-purchase background checks

With big changes coming to Washington’s firearms background-checks system, lawmakers and one law enforcement group are discussing how to adapt — and possibly reshape — the state’s complicated, sprawling system.

Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend nuclear summitry with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ …

Planned Parenthood lawsuit looks to expand who can provide abortions in Idaho

Different states have different laws in place that will take effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Tourist braves chilly Seattle lake to rescue seagull tangled in fishing line

A 17-year-old California tourist saved a seagull at Green Lake struggling while tangled in fishing line.

Get ready for ‘explosive’ grain market as shutdown quiets USDA

As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, the lack of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending market participants to Twitter and other sources to …

Mega Millions jackpot swells to $415 million for New Year’s Day drawing

It’s been a record-breaking, memory-making year for Mega Millions. Yet as 2018 closes, the lottery game is bringing on 2019 with a bang.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Omak boy, 8, dies after plunge into frigid water

Chanse Tepley and his 6-year-old brother were left unsupervised while playing at a neighbor’s home and wandered into a fenced area near a spillway at Conconully Lake around 2:30 p.m., …