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More volatility: U.S. stocks wobble on another turbulent day

Wall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market’s first weekly gain since November.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

Snow hits Spokane and North Idaho just as commuters head home for weekend

A winter storm will bring snow accumulations throughout the Spokane and North Idaho region and is expected to hit just as commuters head home from work Friday afternoon.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Multiple agencies pursue vehicle in high speed chase through Spokane, Cheney; suspects arrested after crash

A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured during a high-speed chase that began in Idaho and ended with a crash in Cheney early Friday morning.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Sheriff blames sanctuary law for California officer’s death

A suspected drunken driver accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over was captured Friday as he tried to flee back to Mexico, where he lived before …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Moses Lake man caught with bomb-making materials said he wanted to ‘prove a point,’ court records say

Ryan S. Palmer, 39, allegedly told investigators he had toyed with the idea of blowing up an agricultural chemical plant where he used to work – just to “prove a …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Spokane’s first Kmart to close in March as part of Sears bankruptcy

The location at 4110 E. Sprague Ave. was among 80 locations listed Friday for closure by the former retail giant, which is now navigating bankruptcy in partnership with the Sears …

Syria claims it has entered key Kurdish-held town

Syria’s military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment …

From duct-taped shoes to $11M: Washington man leaves surprise donations

Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Wells Fargo pays $575 million to settle state investigations

Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating its banking practices, which have included …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Yakima man hit, killed by truck after car breaks down on Interstate 90

Thomas B. Whitlock, 31, was standing in a westbound lane of the freeway next to his own vehicle, which had broken down about 7 miles east of the town of …

Government shutdown upends scientific research

The partial government shutdown will probably persist into the new year, which would mean a rocky start to 2019 for American science.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Premiums for new paid family program start this week

Employers and employees in Washington state will start paying into a new paid family leave program next week, and benefits from the program will begin in 2020.

Pelosi taps Florida Democrat to lead climate change panel

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Florida Rep. Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that will be reinstated in the new Congress.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, kills 4

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide, officials said.

Tesla names independent board members in SEC settlement

Tesla named two independent board members Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.

U.S. pending home sales slipped 0.7 percent in November

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.

Five myths about New Year’s Eve

Almost all societies have celebrated the change in the year, no matter what calendar they’ve followed, from ancient Babylonia to imperial Rome. Humans like moments that impart meaning to the …

Utah gears up to implement nation’s lowest DUI limit

New Year’s Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Spokane unaffected by nationwide 911 outage; CenturyLink says it’s fixing problem

Federal and Washington state regulators said Friday they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service.

New scandal around fired Macron aide troubles France

Alexandre Benalla hasn’t finished causing trouble for the French president.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

Kansas teen will receive high school, Harvard diplomas in same month

A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma – and a few days later he’ll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor’s degree.

Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base

Extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a key base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents, raising their flag and sending many people fleeing, residents and military sources …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

NYC utility probes electric flash that lit sky in eerie blue

Electric utility Con Edison was working Friday to figure out what caused a high-voltage equipment failure that unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Wild weather: Water rescues in South, heavy snow in Midwest

A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept …

As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …

Difference Makers: Taking art to the streets of Spokane

Karen Mobley isn’t that well known to the general public, even though she was a longtime city department head. Her work remains on display all over town, even if it …

State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …