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UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Providence Street home sustained heave damage in house fire

A Providence street home sustained significant damage after a fire that started in the garage spread to the roof.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

Spokane Valley woman accused of killing husband in vehicular homicide

A Spokane Valley woman who told deputies her husband jumped onto her car was arrested with second-degree murder after detectives claimed her story didn’t match the evidence and she could …


Fire crews contain wildfire outside of Vantage

Fire fighters contained wildfire that burned 7280 acres west of the Columbia River, near Vantage and state emergency services have begun to move out of the area.


Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee get worst ratings in crash test

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee fared worst among midsize SUVs in the latest crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Idaho school district adding armed guards to improve safety

An Idaho school district will hire its first armed guard this summer in an effort to improve school safety.


Detective: Talk to kids about the internet

Lewiston police Detective Brian Birdsell said during a presentation at the Lewiston City Library on Wednesday night that the best defense against things like sexual extortion, revenge porn, blackmail, cyberbullying …


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology; NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk.

When Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX were looking to make their Falcon 9 rocket even more powerful, they came up with a creative idea – keep the propellant …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during …


U.S. regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Allegiant Air under fire after ‘60 Minutes’ safety report

Allegiant Air is fighting to reassure travelers and protect its reputation after renewed questions about safety at the low-cost carrier.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Uber to up its background checks for drivers

Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping …


Tips for running with your dog in Spokane

Tips for keeping you and Fido healthy while running.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Transport safety rules weakened under Trump

The government in 2016 proposed requiring that new heavy trucks have potentially life-saving software that would electronically limit speeds. But now, like many other safety rules in the works before …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Amtrak: We’ll stop service on tracks lacking speed controls

Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don’t have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad’s top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the …


Climber’s death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers

Oregon’s tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Skating ribbon fire pits doused amid concerns visitors were too close to flames

Three rustic, gas-fed fire pits ringing the new skating ribbon in Riverfront Park have been shut off by order of the Spokane fire marshal, over concerns visitors were putting their …


Overtourism and safety cited in Fodor’s where not to go list

As you contemplate all those “where to go in 2018” lists, here’s a twist: a list of places to avoid in the new year.


Drones beneath the Christmas tree: What to know before you fly

This winter, airports have more to worry about than just snowy weather and slick runways. There’s a new source of anxiety waiting under the Christmas tree: drones.


Subaru, Hyundai top insurance industry’s safety awards

Subaru and Hyundai have the most vehicles named top safety picks by the insurance industry.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era oil train rules

The Trump administration is angering environmental groups and residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety.


How to stay safe when riding Uber or Lyft

Phony driver incidents have sprung up all over the country. Often it’s just a money thing. Sometimes it’s more.


Feds probe effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver’s air bag from inflating in a crash.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2

A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …


House Democrats question safety efforts in youth football

After hearing from brain trauma researchers who said playing football at a young age is unsafe even for kids who don’t suffer obvious injuries, members of Congress on Tuesday asked …


Guest Opinion: Megan J. Ballard: Trump’s refugee rationale is a ruse

Reducing refugee admissions to a trickle is not justified by humanitarian concerns nor is it in the national interest.


Complex infotainment systems are putting driver lives at risk, says AAA

American drivers are demanding increasingly complex infotainment systems when they shop for new cars. But a new AAA study says they’re putting themselves at risk if they use the systems …


Senate bill to clear obstacles to self-driving cars advances

Legislation that could help usher in a new era of self-driving cars advanced in Congress on Wednesday after the bill’s sponsors agreed to compromises to address some concerns of safety …


Keep on driverless truckin’ (but help truckers)

As Congress debates a new law to promote self-driving technology, however, it may exempt big commercial vehicles in the hope of saving trucking jobs. That won’t work.


Samuelson: Pump the brakes on driverless cars

Driverless technologies are not to be coddled or promoted. Their development should be slow and sober.