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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Washington state to fight Trump’s coal plant plan

Washington state plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposal to dismantle pollution rules that would have increased federal regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Jay Inslee …


Man kills 2 women in Belgian knife attack; no terror motive

A man allegedly stabbed two women to death in eastern Belgium on Wednesday, authorities said, in a knife attack that the local mayor said was not terror-related.


U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California ‘excited’ to go to trial

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said Wednesday that he’s not worried about a federal indictment alleging he used campaign money on vacations and other personal expenses and is “excited” …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 1:03 p.m.

New York state subpoenas Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

Investigators in New York state issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their probe into the Trump Foundation, an official with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration confirmed to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Bat signal: Fireflies’ glow tells bats they taste awful

Fireflies flash not just for sex, but survival, a new study suggests.


Missing school principal found dead in Washington state

A school principal has been found dead after he was reported missing Tuesday in southwest Washington state.


Who would have thought getting naked outside Italy’s tomb of the unknown soldier was a bad idea?

A couple of tourists who recently visited Italy’s “tomb of the unknown solider” decided to strip down and bathe in the fountain in front of it. Now police are looking …


Cubans getting early taste of mobile internet in system test

Cubans with cellphones are getting mobile access to the internet in a tentative but significant opening of communications on the communist-governed island.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

DNC says it thwarted hacking attempt on its voter database

The Democratic National Committee says it has thwarted an attempt to hack its database that houses information on tens of millions of voters across the country.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Mom was Neanderthal: Fossil shows mix of humankind’s cousins

Scientists say they’ve found the remains of a prehistoric female whose mother was a Neanderthal and whose father belonged to another extinct group of human relatives known as Denisovans.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

New version of Alexa skirts some kid questions about Santa, Stormy Daniels

A version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won’t explain some things kids might have heard on the news …


Idaho agencies near deal to keep public access on land

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is considering paying its sister agency, the Department of Lands, to retain public recreation access to more than 2.3 million acres of state endowment …


Putin says latest U.S. sanctions senseless

U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are senseless, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue.


Yakima School District employees vote to strike as pay impasse continues

Hundreds of Yakima School District employees may not be in schools when classes start on Monday.


Verizon says it shouldn’t have throttled California firefighters during wildfire emergency

Verizon said it made a mistake by not removing data restrictions on a California fire department’s wireless service after firefighters went over their data cap as they struggled to contain …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

North Carolina will keep 3 Confederate monuments at Capitol

A North Carolina historical commission decided Wednesday that three Confederate monuments will remain on the state Capitol grounds with newly added context about slavery and civil rights, weighing in less …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Hurricane Lane weakens but still packing wallop

Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday.


Official say 3-year-old girl died in Auburn apartment fire

Authorities say a 3-year-old girl died in an apartment fire in Auburn.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Study: Many teens – and parents – feel tethered to phones

Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.


Disney offers tuition for hourly workers in tight job market

Disney is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree or finish a high school diploma.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 1:29 p.m.

Police: 2 Kentucky inmates injure jail staff, escape

Police were seeking two southeast Kentucky felons Wednesday who escaped from jail by spraying a bleach concoction in the eyes of one jail worker and physically attacking another before running …


Congo approves 4 experimental Ebola treatments in outbreak

Congo has approved the use of four more experimental treatments in the Ebola virus outbreak in its northeast, as health officials try to contain the spread amid the threat from …


U.S. home sales fell 0.7 percent, 4th straight monthly decline

U.S. sales of existing homes slipped for the fourth consecutive month, declining 0.7 percent in July to the slowest pace in more than two years as the real estate market …


Aftershock hits Venezuela following biggest quake since 1900

A strong aftershock jolted Venezuela’s northeastern coast on Wednesday following the most powerful earthquake to hit the area in more than a century, though officials said neither caused major damage …


U.S. traffic deaths fell slightly in first half of year

The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11 p.m.

Trump says he’s done nothing wrong, Cohen making up stories

President Donald Trump accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grappled with allegations that the president had orchestrated a campaign cover-up …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Wednesday morning air is rated ‘unhealthy’

After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes off Oregon Coast; no damage reported

The quake, which was about 165 miles from land, was felt along coastal towns in Oregon as well as Salem, according to reports submitted to the U.S. Geological Service.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …


New Christian school, Great Northern University, accepting applications after closure of Moody Bible Institute in Spokane

A new Christian college taking the place of the Moody Bible Institute, which closed its Spokane branch last fall, has received state approval and begun accepting applications for the fall …