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Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base

Extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a key base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents, raising their flag and sending many people fleeing, residents and military sources …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

NYC utility probes electric flash that lit sky in eerie blue

Electric utility Con Edison was working Friday to figure out what caused a high-voltage equipment failure that unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Wild weather: Water rescues in South, heavy snow in Midwest

A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept …

As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …

Difference Makers: Taking art to the streets of Spokane

Karen Mobley isn’t that well known to the general public, even though she was a longtime city department head. Her work remains on display all over town, even if it …

State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …

100 years ago in Spokane: Admission of forgery adds to body of evidence in strychnine death

H.M. Delaney, held in questioning for the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, made a damaging admission: He forged a letter from her after her death.

Ready for Grandma duty: Superior Court Judge Clark retires after 25-year run on the bench

All 4 feet 11 inches of Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark, including her thick-soled tennis shoes, walked around the corner one early morning at the Spokane County Courthouse and …

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Father of dead Guatemalan boy heard rumors they could cross

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to …

Police: Woman shot to death in possible murder-suicide

Authorities say a woman was shot to death and man was found dead in a possible suicide after a standoff southeast of Seattle in Covington.

Supreme Court rules against challenge to $232M youth jail

The Washington state Supreme Court has struck down a challenge by activists against a $232 million youth jail and courthouse that are under construction in Seattle.

Richard Overton, nation’s oldest man and WWII vet, dies at 112

Richard Overton, who was America’s oldest man and oldest war veteran, died Thursday in Austin. Overton, who was honored for his military service and beloved for his propensity to enjoy …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

‘Suspicious device’ found near Moses Lake manufacturing facility

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a “suspicious device” was found in a car Thursday afternoon near a manufacturing facility in Moses Lake. In a pair of alerts around 4 …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Christmas in space: Spokane’s Anne McClain, crewmates celebrate holiday aboard International Space Station

Spokane native Lt. Col. Anne McClain and NASA Expedition 58 crewmates spent Christmas enjoying a holiday meal, sharing gifts and calling down to family members from the International Space Station.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Medical examiner identifies man killed by train near downtown Spokane; death ruled an accident

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified a man who was hit and killed by a train in Browne’s Addition Christmas evening as 31-year-old Ryan E. Poyner.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Woman whose daughter died in mass stabbing files lawsuit

A woman whose 3-year-old daughter was killed in a mass stabbing in Boise has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the apartment complex owners and managers, the man charged in …

U.S. consumer confidence tumbles in December

U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. But consumer spirits are still high by historic standards.

Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

Some CenturyLink customers across the country were without the internet as outages stretched from New York to California.

Oil pipeline triggers a winter of frigid protest

By midafternoon, the snow had picked up – tiny, innocuous flecks becoming heavy, wet drops – but no one at Camp Anishinaabek seemed to notice. The modest camp in the …

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Russia’s new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday.

Farmers express worry about aid payments during shutdown

Just when U.S. farmers thought they were catching a break with a second round of federal aid, now there’s concern the impasse in Washington could hamper payments.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

NY baby named after highway where she was born in a car

It was my way and the highway for a newborn New Yorker, who’s now named after the expressway where she was born in her parents’ minivan as they raced to …

German journalist in scandal says he didn’t use donor money

Lawyers for a German journalist found to have fabricated information for numerous articles said Thursday that he denies having used for himself donations given by readers to help nonexistent Syrian …

Sheriff: California officer’s killer is in the U.S. illegally

A gunman who killed a California police officer during a traffic stop over possible drunken driving is in the United States illegally, authorities said Thursday, as a manhunt for the …

Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police

The #MeToo movement is empowering victims of sexual assault to speak up like never before, but what should be a watershed moment for holding assailants accountable has coincided with a …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

Three days, maybe four. That’s how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he’s struggling.

Deaths of police officers on duty on the rise in the U.S.

More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. Most were killed by gunfire, and …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Meeting set for Toppenish to address missing Native women

A second Yakima County meeting on missing Native women in Washington has been announced for early 2019.