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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …

Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over criticism

Saudi Arabia on Monday ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave the ultraconservative kingdom within 24 hours after his nation criticized the recent arrest of women’s rights activists.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Anime lovers gather for Spokane’s 10th annual KuroNekoCon

Now the region’s largest anime convention, KuroNekoCon started out small 10 years ago with roughly 300 people. Last year it had grown to 3,000, and though a count for the …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

South Hill apartment building damaged by fire

A fire in the Cliff-Cannon neighborhood of the South Hill caused heavy damage to the upper floor of a multi-unit apartment building Sunday evening.

Witnesses describe drone attack in Venezuela; 6 arrested

Investigators searched a blackened apartment building Sunday where witnesses described seeing a drone and then hearing a thunderous explosion in what President Nicolas Maduro called an assassination attempt by the …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Texas Republicans squelch ‘red flag’ gun law prospects

Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that …

Message led to discovery of 11 kids in New Mexico compound

A message that people were starving, believed to come from someone inside a makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico, led to the discovery of 11 children living in filthy …

Psychiatrist: Much is still hidden in theater shooter’s mind

A psychiatrist who spent hours talking with mass murderer James Holmes says that what led Holmes to open fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater was a one-of-a-kind vortex of …

Five killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

Five people on board a small airplane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sunday in a Southern California parking lot, authorities said.

European allies uneasy as U.S. restores Iran sanctions

As the Trump administration readies to re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, America’s European allies fear greater regional instability.

Digging up Franco: Spain divided over dictator’s legacy

Spain’s new center-left government says removing the embalmed body of Gen. Francisco Franco from a glorifying mausoleum will be the first among many symbolic moves aimed at coming to terms …

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent …

Nampa woman injured in accidental shooting

A 45-year-old woman was seriously injured after what appears to be an accidental shooting in a Nampa neighborhood.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

Portland police are accused of being heavy-handed and reportedly causing some injuries against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Jobs boom favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds

The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year under President Donald Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring has occurred in bastions of …

Amazon removes Nazi-themed items after complaints

Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Trump’s trade war is killing American blue jeans

Lytvinenko was in Manhattan in late July for an apparel trade show. The annual trip was usually a fun excuse to catch up with customers or play ping pong over …

A haven for white supremacists

The traffic sign that greets visitors on the south side of Ulysses, a tiny town in rural far north-central Pennsylvania, is suitably quaint – a silhouette of a horse-drawn cart …

Hat Island: The somewhat secret, other-worldy Northwest gem

Hat Island – officially Gedney Island – is about four miles off Everett in Possession Sound.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Two Geiger inmates recaptured after brief escape

A pair of inmates were apprehended and returned to Geiger Detention Services without incident after briefly escaping Saturday morning.

Woman claims she jumped from car to escape abuse

A Heyburn man is charged with felony aggravated battery after a woman said she jumped from a moving car between Burley and Declo to escape the man as he hit …

Wall Street claims success on diversity — at least with interns

This year’s crop of interns is Bank of America’s “most diverse group ever,” the lender told investors on its second-quarter earnings call. Women comprise 45 percent of the current class …

Powerful quake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, 39 dead

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and shaking neighboring Bali, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more …

Dry-land shrimp: Former mining engineer raises crustaceans amid Palouse lentils, wheat farms

Cowboy Shrimp is on a hilly, gravel road edged by conifers, not far from a mothballed ammunition factory. It’s the business of Pat Vaughan, a mining engineer turned entrepreneur.

Nice doing business with EU: Prospect of a new trade deal looms large for Yakima Valley

The European Union is an important trade partner for Yakima County and Washington state. That’s why the announcement by President Donald Trump last month that the U.S. would work toward …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

Crews battle fire in eastern Washington, Idaho

Crews continued to battle a wildfire in eastern Washington state Sunday that has burned two structures and threatens about 60 others.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

‘60 Minutes’ exec named in misconduct article delays return

The executive producer of the CBS news show “60 Minutes” is delaying his return from vacation until an investigation into sexual misconduct claims at the network wraps up.

Trump acknowledges purpose of meeting with Russian lawyer

President Donald Trump on Sunday acknowledged that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and his son was to collect information about his political opponent, casting new light …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

A vintage propeller plane plunged near-vertically into a Swiss mountain, killing all 20 people on board as they returned from a two-day trip to southern Switzerland, investigators said Sunday.