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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Window washer dead after fall from downtown library

Spokane police say a window washer fell and died while cleaning the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library.

Search for missing woman in Fog Mountain area called off

The search for Connie Johnson, a 76-year-old Nezperce woman who was last seen at her hunting camp Oct. 2, effectively is over, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said Tuesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Former Spokane chef admits to enticing teens for sexual images; likely to receive 20 year sentence

A former Spokane chef is likely to spend the next two decades in prison after admitting last week that he enticed underage girls from Houston to Las Vegas into sending …

Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding …

Feature creature: Smart Cookie is upbeat and curious

Cookie is energetic, curious and intelligent.

‘Sesame Street’ puppeteer Caroll Spinney retires after 49 years as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch

For the first time in nearly 49 years, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch just won’t be the same: Lifelong puppeteer Caroll Spinney has announced his retirement.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

U.S. named world’s most competitive economy for the first time in 10 years

For the first time in a decade, the United States was crowned the world’s most competitive economy by the organization behind the Davos economic forum.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Man killed in Otis Orchards crash from Pennsylvania

A man killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision near Otis Orchards was from Pennsylvania.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Treasury employee accused in leak linked to Mueller’s probe

A Treasury Department employee was accused Wednesday of leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and an unidentified high-ranking colleague was cited in court …

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S., study finds

Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting – decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

World War II vet on tour with 50-state goal

World War II veteran with a goal of visiting very state and meeting each governor crosses Washington off his list.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at solar farm dedication in Lind

Gov. Jay Inslee will speak Tuesday at the dedication of a solar farm in Lind, Washington.

Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein detective

A police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal sexual assault case was accused Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul’s accusers to …

Bruce Willis sells Sun Valley ranch

Bruce Willis sold his Idaho 23-acre ranch nearly $10 million under its original asking price of $15 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. The ‘Die Hard’ star purchased this property …

Students hand out cookies, then claim they were made with human ashes, police say

Police are investigating allegations that two high school students used a grandparent’s ashes to make cookies and then distributed them to fellow classmates.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Air Force announces further delays in Boeing aerial refueling tanker

Boeing is further delaying its delivery of the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker to the Air Force, Bloomberg reports.

Boise gay bar set to become police station, will reopen in new location

Even though the building that currently houses one of Boise’s two gay bars has been sold, the business will continue to operate.

Workshop helps people submit comments on proposed Newport smelter

Opponents of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport are hosting a Wednesday, Oct. 17 evening workshop at Gonzaga University to help members of the public submit comments.

King County Council members clash over response to rape allegation against state Sen. Joe Fain

Three county-council members say Councilmember Kathy Lambert’s comments about rape allegations leveled against Sen. Joe Fain “do not represent the King County Council.”

New deal keeps open facility that detains immigrant families

The U.S. government has quietly reached a new agreement to keep open a 2,400-bed detention facility used to detain immigrant mothers and children, in a lucrative arrangement for a private …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside U.S.

Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting …

Skagit Bancorp. shareholders approve merger with Banner Bank parent

The shareholders of Skagit Bancorp. have given their approval to the previously announced merger with Walla Walla-based Banner Corp.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Mexico Beach residents return home 1 week after Michael

Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered …

The ‘lost’ works of this Pulitzer Prize winner were just discovered by a UI professor

Turpin and his colleagues recently found previously unknown writings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, whose confessional style of writing made her one of the most well-known poets of the …

Groups challenging renewed activity at mine file appeals

A local environmental organization and a group of residents challenging the legality of a revived mine have turned to a planning agency that oversees land-use regulations in the Columbia River …

Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growth

Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 6:56 p.m.

Police search Saudi consul’s home in Khashoggi case

Turkish crime-scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, and a pro-government newspaper published a gruesome …

Spokane City Council considering restricting Border Patrol access to Spokane Intermodal Center

The Spokane City Council is expected to vote soon on an ordinance that bars immigration enforcement from accessing city property without a criminal warrant unless officers obtain the mayor’s permission.

DOJ report on Spokane Police reform shows improvement

The Spokane Police Department released a final report on a years-long police reform initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice.

Washington elections safest from hackers, state officials insist

As Washington counties prepare to mail out ballots, state officials say the voting system is among nation’s safest.