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Israeli team: human error may have caused spacecraft crash

The Israeli start-up behind last week’s failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon.

North Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary …

Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program

Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Rapper Kodak Black arrested at border in upstate New York

Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Officials say the drinking water in Paradise, California, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene after a deadly wildfire last year. Experts say fixing the problem could cost $300 million …

Investigators think electrical short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK’s crumbling Parliament

For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the …

Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 11:18 a.m.

Legionnaires’ disease found in adjacent California prisons

Legionnaires’ disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results.

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to ‘check your ride’

Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they’re getting into the right vehicles.

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Mueller reveals Trump’s attempts to choke off Russia probe

For nearly two years, President Donald Trump and his allies sought to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, attacking investigators’ credibility and playing down their findings. As a redacted …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 6:35 a.m.

Nez Perce tribal officer shot, suspect killed

A man died and a Nez Perce tribal Police officer was injured in a cross-town shooting incident Wednesday in the Lewiston Orchards.

Spokane area middle school inventors advance to national competition

Five middle school students in the Inland Northwest earn Best in Show at the Invent Washington competition and qualify for the national convention in May.

Senate gives unanimous approval to new mental health care hospital at UW

A key component of the Legislature’s plan to combat the mental health care crisis and satisfy federal complaints about its current system passed the Senate Wednesday on a unanimous vote.

Education notebook: Riverside High sophomore Makenzie Jones earns six-week study-abroad trip to Spain

Makenzie Jones, a sophomore at Riverside High School, is one of 15 students announced earlier this month by Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib to be selected for this year’s Washington World …

Kendall Yards bus pass program reaches 200 users; riders log 64,000 miles

Nearly 64,000 miles have been ridden on Spokane Transit Authority buses by participants in a program that provides free bus passes to anyone who lives or works in the Kendall …

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Eva Lassman Memorial art and essay contests: Middle school, first place, essay

Emmalee Beck has won the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust’s annual Eva Lassman Memorial writing contest for middle school.

Shrine Circus to visit Spokane Valley

The 64th annual Shrine Circus will visit Spokane Valley the weekend of April 26 to 28, setting up tents in the vacant lot across from Spokane Valley City Hall on …

Senate votes to end personal exemption for measles vaccine

An effort to save the personal exemption parents can use to keep their children from receiving the measles vaccine failed Wednesday night.

North Idaho College Foundation plans to sell former site of Aryan Nations compound

The former site of the Aryan Nations compound near Hayden Lake will soon be put up for sale. The North Idaho College Foundation plans to sell the undeveloped 20-acre property …

Animal shelters team up to address Spokane’s feral cat population thanks to $50K ASPCA grant

Four local animal shelters have teamed up to trap, spay and neuter and adopt out feral cats in Spokane thanks to a $50,000 grant from the ASCPA that came from …

Mt. Spokane High’s Jonathan Ray named area’s Boys and Girls Clubs youth of year

Mt. Spokane High School junior Jonathan Ray was recently selected as the Spokane County Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Eva Lassman Memorial art and essay contests: Sydney Johnston takes first place in art for middle school

Sydney Johnston of Salk Middle School has won Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust’s 13th annual Eva Lassman Memorial art contest for middle school

GU’s marketing class tackles ad campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters

A unique marketing class at Gonzaga University offers students a chance to get real-world experience in advertising.

Riverside’s Payton Green wins Grand Slam poetry event

A Grand Slam isn’t just a breakfast served at Denny’s. On April 10, 14 students from area high schools faced off in the inaugural Northern vs. Valley Grand Slam at …

Gardening: Careful moving of mother-in-law’s treasured rose, step by step

I have to move a very special rose this spring.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Figure sharks’ give advice on the seemingly always baffling federal income tax

The federal income tax was apparently just as baffling in 1919 as it is today.

Front Porch: Quilts and the ties that bind

Necktie quilt hold fond memories of Dad, Cindy Hval writes.

Spokane firefighter and mayor candidate reprimanded for engaging in campaign activities while on duty

Spokane firefighter and mayoral candidate Shawn Poole was reprimanded by the city last fall for using images of city property in campaign materials, posting information he learned through his work …

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