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City loses appeal of electrical damage caused by squirrel

The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn’t have to pay for damages after a squirrel climbed onto an electrical transformer and triggered a high-voltage spark that damaged a …

Special airlift for baby flamingos in peril in South Africa

A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril.

The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …

Changes in ocean circulation could have major consequences for climate science

It may be the biggest wild card in the climate system. Scientists have long feared that the so-called “overturning” circulation in the Atlantic Ocean could slow down or even halt …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Occultists indicted for fraud

A federal grand jury indicted two Spokane “occult” spiritualists on fraud charges.

Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona say they’ve made their biggest fentanyl bust ever

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the synthetic drug that is fueling a national epidemic of …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

UI administrators double down amid criticism of text alert implying professor was a safety threat

The Vandal Alert system, like similar tools in use at other schools, was designed to promptly notify the campus community of ongoing threats to public safety, such as violent crimes, …

Pullman School District monitoring state’s measles outbreak

Local school officials say Pullman students are at low risk of contracting measles despite an outbreak of the virus in a southwestern Washington county that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Knezovich refuses to join ‘grandstanding’ sheriffs in opposition to new gun laws

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a message to those who want him to publicly refuse to enforce Washington’s new restrictive gun law: Don’t tread on me.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

U.S. expected to announce treaty withdrawal as soon as Friday

The Trump administration is poised to announce Friday that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Judge sets $1 million bond for former student for school shooting threats

A judge on Thursday set a $1 million bond for Ryan B. Lee, the suspect in a second school shooting threat in a year at Lewis and Clark High School. …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

Changes for independent hair stylists dropped

A controversial proposal to require independent hair stylists to become employees of the salons where they rent a booth was dropped by its sponsor Thursday.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Lawmaker proposes $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025

Studded tires would carry a $100 fee if purchased after July 1 of this year and be banned after mid-2025 under a proposal being considered by the state House Transportation …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Montana authorities deciding on charges in bus hijacking

Montana authorities are deciding on charges against a 52-year-old Spokane man who they say hijacked a bus and forced a nearly 10-hour standoff with police.

Seattle area’s life-science sector is on the upswing, and it is scrambling to fill jobs

In a quiet Bothell business park far from booming South Lake Union, players in the Northwest’s “other” tech sector are coping with growing pains of their own.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Facebook says Apple its restoring a key developer tool

Facebook says Apple is restoring its access to a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday.

Amazon has another ‘Prime’ holiday: Profit tops $3 billion

Amazon had another strong holiday season: Its quarterly profit topped $3 billion for the first time as revenue grew across many of its businesses, including online shopping, advertising and cloud …

Canadian Parliament uses language to reconcile with its indigenous peoples

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has often repeated that Canada’s most important relationship is with indigenous Canadians, a group that past governments had long sought to forcibly assimilate into the larger …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Spokane County returns $4.4 million in overpaid taxes

Spokane County has returned more than $4 million in taxes to residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations that made overpayments or were eligible for tax exemptions.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Dwarf tossing denounced, defended to Senate panel

Dwarf tossing and similar staged activities were denounced as discriminatory, dehumanizing and dangerous, even to little people who aren’t participating in those events, supporters of a proposed ban told a …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:12 p.m.

US prosecutors announce Chinese birth tourism crackdown

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Dongyuan Li’s business was called “You Win USA,” and authorities say she coached pregnant Chinese women on how to get into the United States to deliver …

S&P 500 index delivers biggest monthly gain since 2015

Wall Street got its mojo back in January after finishing 2018 with its worst December since 1931.

High-speed broadband to increase in parts of Spokane and Stevens counties

Some rural homes and business Spokane and Stevens counties will get high-speed broadband in the future with the help of federal funding.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Junior Bloomsday returns to Spokane

Children too young or inexperienced to participate in the annual Bloomsday race in Spokane can again participate in the smaller Junior Bloomsday run, which will resume after a two-decade hiatus.

Trump says State of Union address to stress ‘unity’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that “unity” will be the theme of his first State of the Union address under divided government and that he respects Stacey Abrams, who will …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Schultz faces hometown protests as he eyes 2020 bid

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has faced a rocky reception since he announced last weekend that he’s considering an independent presidential bid – and it’s not clear his welcome will …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.