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Wednesday, January 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Kenya says gunmen are killed in hotel attack; 14 victims die

All the gunmen who staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi were killed, Kenya’s president said Wednesday, declaring an end to the brazen overnight …


Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.


Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

Pressure is mounting on President Donald Trump as his own economists say the partial government shutdown is having a greater drag on the economy than projected


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Hotel dishwasher in Miami awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.


U.S. military says a number of service members have been killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria

A number of U.S. service members were killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than …


Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open

The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.


City’s newest warming center will soon have capacity for 120

The Erminia Avenue warming center is likely the last of four new winter warming centers to go online for the season. The 52-mat warming center, which is managed by the …


Gleason Neuroscience Institute to open at WSU-Spokane

Improving the lives of people with debilitating brain diseases is the focus of the new Steve Gleason Neuroscience Institute at Washington State University-Spokane.


Proposal for new restrictions on pot shops questioned

Proposal to increase new restrictions on marijuana businesses could be expensive and hard to enforce.


Shawn Vestal: Tonasket mayor discovers there is such a thing as bad press

Well, that’s one way to get your hometown some national attention.


100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions

The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

Attorney general, speaker of the house make pitch to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 in Washington

Bill would ban tobacco and vaping sales in Washington to those under 21.


Spokane school officials drop annual Band and Strings Spectacular concert at Arena

Citing logistical and educational reasons, Spokane Public Schools is shelving its biggest musical event, the Band and Strings Spectacular featuring fifth- and sixth-graders.


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Spokane County Marriage licenses


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Man trapped in car for 90 minutes after 5-car crash in North Spokane

It took firefighters more than 90 minutes in below-freezing temperatures to extricate a man trapped in his truck after a five-car collision early Tuesday night in north Spokane that sent …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Providence gets new security dog to curb violence against staff, patients at Sacred Heart

Sarge, a 16-month-old German shepherd born in the Czech Republic, was hand-picked for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and already has been deployed twice to help defuse volatile situations at …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Liz Cheney’s rebuke of King reflects tougher GOP approach

She used to be known mostly for her vice presidential family lineage. But Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-most senior House Republican, is cutting a new path as the first GOP …


Oregon regulators halt review of Avista sale

Oregon regulators have halted their review of Avista’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd., after the transaction was denied in Washington and Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Republicans question motive, cost of Inslee proposals

Republicans say Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State speech was long on new programs without saying how to pay for them.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

Gillette ad encouraging men to ‘say the right thing’ and ‘act the right way’ draws online ire.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington

Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Officer who shot Spokane man was decorated Army captain

The officer who shot and killed a Spokane man on Jan. 7 has been identified as Brandon Rankin.


U.S. gambling operators have 90 days to comply with new rules

The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to embrace it – a restriction long sought …


Amazon back tracks on posting of first job listings for for New York HQ2, says listing is for present office expansion

Amazon.com Inc. rolled back what initially appeared to be its first job listings for a new corporate campus in New York City, saying it planned to kick off the hiring …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs.


Defense intel report fuels worries of China attack on Taiwan

A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Walgreens partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon

Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com.


Kirsten Gillibrand takes major step toward White House run

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took a major step toward announcing a 2020 presidential bid Tuesday, saying she is launching an exploratory committee for a White House run.


Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for …