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Virginia’s Northam calls impromptu staff meeting amid calls for him to step down

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called an unscheduled senior staff meeting Sunday night, as the governor considers resigning after two days of defiance amid a controversy over racist photos in his …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Fake fish invented in Richland will help save real fish

Mechanical fish developed in Richland have made their way through dams from Ice Harbor near Pasco to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

Spokane Valley dog named first special-needs MVP in Puppy Bowl history

Bumble, a special-needs dog from Spokane Valley, made Puppy Bowl history Sunday by becoming the

President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football

President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football, saying it’s “a dangerous sport,” but also wouldn’t stand in the way if the soccer-playing 12-year-old wanted to put …

El Chapo trial highlights how Mexico graft impedes drug war

The trial of alleged drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has highlighted how pervasive corruption in Mexico complicates U.S. law enforcement’s fight against the cartels.

U.S., South Korean diplomats meet ahead of Trump-Kim summit

U.S., South Korean officials meet ahead of expected second summit between Trump and Kim.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Nissan’s second thoughts on UK-made SUV add to Brexit worry

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy took another blow with Nissan’s decision not to build its new SUV in northern England amid continued Brexit uncertainty.

Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Pope Francis has landed in Abu Dhabi on the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Deep freeze expected this week

Wondering how cold it’s going to get this winter? This week might reveal the answer. The National Weather Service is warning of ice and freezing temperatures in the Spokane area, …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

1 deputy killed, another wounded in 12-hour standoff in Ohio

Authorities say one sheriff’s deputy has been shot and killed and another wounded during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio, and a suspect was taken into custody.

Trump: NFL people thankful he signed criminal justice bill

President Donald Trump said “a lot of people” from the NFL have been calling and thanking him for signing legislation addressing concerns with the criminal justice system.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Murder warrants issued for escaped Texas MMA fighter

Authorities say an MMA fighter suspected of killing two people found buried in Oklahoma, including an ex-girlfriend, has been captured after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas. Conroe …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Northam should resign over blackface row

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, called on Virginia governor Ralph Northam to resign after a controversial photo surfaced from his 1984 medical yearbook. Northam’s 1984 yearbook page shows a picture …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Boy, 4, finds gun and shoots pregnant mom in the face

Authorities say a pregnant Washington state woman was shot in the face Saturday by her 4-year-old son after the boy found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Border Patrol arrests kept secret

Even when the Border Patrol books suspects into a county jail and eventually into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, immigration officials generally refuse to disclose the names of those …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Washington, like all states, can replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol every 10 years.

If Washington did send new statues to the U.S. Capitol, who best deserves that honor?

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Latest crack in fight against vaccinations has officials and schools scrambling

They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.

Paul Turner: Just how different is a Spokane childhood really?

I suppose many longtime Spokane residents who did not grow up here have wondered.

Eye on Boise: Idaho’s Child Welfare Division undergoing ‘transformation’

Idaho’s Division of Child Welfare, which oversees child protection, foster care and adoptions, is responsible for one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – children who may have been abused …

With plastic bag recycling difficult, Washington ponders ban at stores – and fees for paper bags

Under the proposal, customers could purchase paper or reusable plastic bags for a dime each. Cities with a bag ordinance already in place would be required to adopt the state’s …

The Dirt: Exotic Metals submits plans for Airway Heights expansion

Exotic Metals Forming LLC has submitted development plans for future expansion on the West Plains.

When marketing flops: Five Super Bowl ads that backfired

Advertisers that spend millions of dollars on the Super Bowl are trying to avoid what Ram did with a Martin Luther King speech or what Groupon did spoofing promos for …

Deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier, study finds

In the latest study measuring the effects of social media on a person’s life, researchers at New York University and Stanford University found that deactivating Facebook for just four weeks …

Apartments for students planned for former Academy senior-living facility

The Academy, a former senior-living facility near Gonzaga University, will be transformed into student housing.

Tom Kelly: If you charge for waterfront access, check your insurance

Most states now have guidelines as to how business and rental property owners treat and protect their waterfront, especially when children are present. In summary, these owners are required to …

Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 National Boat Show - Spokane National Boat Show, today-Saturday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 8,000 attendees.

CEOs of Seattle area’s biggest companies: We need more housing for the middle class

The CEOs of the Seattle metro’s largest businesses – from Amazon and Boeing to Starbucks and Nordstrom – are pushing for more housing for middle-income workers at a time when …

BBB Tip of the Week: How scammers get your information

Getting calls or emails from scammers is commonplace these days. For many, the frustration revolves around how these people get their number or email?

Motley Fool: Machine-vision growth

Machine vision specialist Cognex (Nasdaq: CGNX) is a much-admired growth company with significant exposure to many long-term growth trends in automation and robotics.

Business Beat

Banking Northwest Farm Credit Services has announced four changes in the company’s staff. Allie Allen, previously AVP-credit officer at the company’s Salem branch, has been promoted to assistant vice president-lending …