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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Bring on the cake: France’s baby panda celebrates his 1st birthday

France’s first baby panda celebrated his first birthday Saturday with a cake of bamboo, honey, apples, oranges, strawberries and lemons.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Idaho Republican candidate uses Muslim slur on social media

BOISE – A Republican candidate for the Idaho Statehouse defended the use of a Muslim slur on his public Facebook page by saying he likes to trigger debate by making …


‘Hazardous’ smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

Yosemite National Park’s iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and is rivaling Beijing.


Top U.S., North Korean diplomats exchange pleasantries, barbs

Roller-coaster nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea hit highs and lows on Saturday as the countries’ top diplomats traded polite words and barbs, leaving efforts to rid …


Finnish brothers killed by lightning as they heated sauna

Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike’s electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland.


Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities raze his Beijing studio

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.


2 men sentenced for violent Yakima home invasion

Two men have been sentenced for their roles in a violent 2014 home-invasion robbery in Yakima.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

Russia: 18 killed in Siberian oil worker helicopter crash

A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities said.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

Facebook opens up on vote meddling, but is the shift real?

For a company bent on making the world more open, Facebook has long been secretive about the details of how it runs its social network – particularly how things go …


Health officials investigate illnesses connected to Kitsap County lake

A western Washington beach has been closed indefinitely while health officials try to determine why about 120 people became ill after swimming there.


Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures …


Zimbabwe opposition says soldiers search for its supporters

Zimbabwean soldiers were searching parts of the capital for opposition supporters to detain after the disputed election, the main opposition party said Saturday, as elsewhere mourners gathered for a victim …


Spain saves 223 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean

Spanish authorities say they have rescued 223 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Election crackdown runs into speed-tweeting human ‘bots’

Twitter and other sites also have targeted automated or robot-like accounts known as bots, which authorities say were used to cloak efforts by foreign governments and political bad actors in …


Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

The famed jet boat Bluebird returned to the water Saturday for the first time since a 1967 crash that killed pilot Donald Campbell during a world speed-record attempt.


Thailand’s rescued cave boys end stay at Buddhist temple

MAE SAI, Thailand – With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys’ soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern …


Turkey to freeze assets of 2 U.S. officials as retaliation

Turkey’s president said Saturday the country will freeze the assets of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions against Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the detention of an …


GOP grumbles as Trump reshapes midterm campaigns

President Donald Trump’s strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he’s complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Trump rips LeBron James’ smarts hours before rally in Ohio

Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence …


Inmates are training dogs at Airway Heights prison and helping themselves along the way

Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.


Motley Fool: A super market?

Kroger stock has been in a slump for much of the past few years, but it’s finally showing some signs of life, partly because of a groundbreaking deal with British …


Coeur d’Alene celebrates 50 years of creativity at Art on the Green

Artists, musicians and art aficionado’s gathered on the North Idaho Campus Friday to kick off the first day of the 50th annual Art on the Green festival.


Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a …


Faith and Values: Caring for our sacred places

E-mails have started to trickle back into my inbox from students and colleagues, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another semester at Gonzaga University. In just a …


100 years ago Spokane: ‘War plant’ replaces Princess Skating Rink

The old Princess Skating Rink in Spokane had been turned into a “war plant” and an army auto mechanics school.


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LA County deputy’s deposition describes tattooing of exclusive society of lawmen, a red flag for watchdogs

Recent revelations have ignited concerns among watchdog groups and county officials that a toxic subculture has once again taken hold in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – or was …


Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal’s heatwave breaks records

Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula – and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get …


California college soccer player arrested in rape case

A soccer player at a California university was arrested Friday on a rape warrant is suspected in at least two other sexual assaults, said police who are trying to identify …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane County GOP chairwoman was one of three to resign after Allsup appearance

Chairwoman Cecily Wright was not the only person to resign from the board of the Spokane County Republican Party around the time news broke Tuesday that white nationalist James Allsup …