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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Feds agree to protect Hanford workers from dangerous gases

The federal government will try to control, capture and eliminate dangerous vapors coming out of the nuclear waste tanks on the Hanford Reservation as a way to avoid a pending …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

Body cam footage shows suspect fired on officers before he was shot

The last seconds of James C. Danforth’s life, captured on Spokane police body camera footage and 911 recordings last November in Hillyard, were released to the public Wednesday morning. Danforth, …


AutoNation chief, after 20 years, is turning over the keys

Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the largest dealership chain in the U.S.


Judge: U.S. can’t deny passport over refusing to pick gender

U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Police kill gunman after he shoots 4 in court lobby

A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him.


Avista extends date for sale to Hydro One

Avista Corp. is extending the deadline to complete its $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. until March 29, although both companies expect the sale to close in late December.


Man who walked near boiling-hot Old Faithful geyser ticketed

Yellowstone National Park officials have ticketed a man caught on video wandering close to Old Faithful geyser, where he risked burns from the boiling-hot water that erupts every hour or …


Lawmaker: U.S. Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers

A U.S. lawmaker says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides – and that the Senate’s security office won’t help defend them.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center gets a new name and a major update

The newly renamed First Interstate Center for the Arts will sport new art, new access and new systems.


Trump: Not concerned about Manafort cooperation

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Fishmonger offers lobsters some herb before the butter

A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is …


Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

The owner of a Texas company that is being sued by several states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns had sex with an underage girl …


Delta joins airlines in era of $30 bag fee

Delta Air Lines raised its fee for a first checked bag to $30, following in competitors’ footsteps as U.S. carriers expand efforts to offset stubbornly higher fuel prices.


Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Idaho’s state firefighting bills come to $17 million for season

The fire season bills are in for the state of Idaho, and it looks like the state’s net firefighting expenses this year will be just over $17 million.


This lawsuit would protect Hanford workers from deadly vapors. Now there’s a settlement

A settlement agreement has been reached in a 3-year-old lawsuit filed by Washington state to better protect workers from chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, state Attorney General Bob …


UK lawmakers: ‘Wild West’ cryptocurrencies need regulation

British lawmakers have backed calls for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in order to bring an element of control to a market that more resembles the “Wild West.”


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

A heavily armed man opened fire on his co-workers at a Wisconsin software company Wednesday, seriously wounding three people before being fatally shot by police as employees ran from the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

A diamond heiress is selling her Tenino estate. It can be yours for $11 million.

The most expensive personal property ever listed in Thurston, Pierce and Mason counties is for sale in Tenino, Wash..


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of smaller merchants on its website.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Trump says ‘hard to imagine’ Kavanaugh assaulted woman

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination would have to “make a decision” on going forward if the woman accusing …


Family still waiting for son eight months after disappearance

For eight months there has been no sign of what happened to Matthew Jedediah “Jed” Hall.


Battle Ground Public Schools board approves contract with union

Battle Ground Public Schools’ board of directors approved its contract with the teachers union Tuesday, formally marking the end of weeks of consternation over teachers’ salaries in the region.


Criminal investigation could hurt Tesla fundraising and recruitment

The Justice Department is investigating whether public statements made by Elon Musk and Tesla – the electric car company he runs – were misleading enough to constitute criminal fraud, the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for at least 37 deaths, including …


100 years ago today in Spokane: German women required to have permit to be near armory

“German alien women” were not allowed to walk past the Spokane Armory – or even within a half mile of it – without obtaining a permit.


Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legendary WSU quarterback Jack Thompson’s alleged comments in Jason Gesser case fit a pattern of cover-up

In the pages and pages of records surrounding the Jason Gesser case, Jack Thompson’s comment was not the most significant, perhaps, nor is he the person most responsible for taking …


Education notebook: Mt. Spokane teacher to receive Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History

Luke Thomas, a social studies teacher of Mt. Spokane High School was recently awarded the Washington State Historical Society’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History.


Buzz kill: Spokane schools trying to discourage students from ‘energy’ drinks

Like coffee and pop, any Spokane fifth-grader can buy caffeinated drinks legally at any supermarket or quick stop, no questions asked.