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Driverless cars of the future confront regulations written for drivers

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Google canceled all-hands meeting after employees were harassed online

Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, canceled an all-hands meeting Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.


State denies company request to bring back some Duck boats

State regulators are – for now – denying a request from a Seattle tour company to once again begin using the type of duck boats involved in a 2015 crash …


U.S. plans to bar Americans from travel to North Korea, tour groups say

Tour groups that specialize in travel to North Korea said Friday that the Trump administration plans to bar Americans from visiting the country starting next month, in apparent retaliation for …


‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.


U.S. marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating.


North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments

The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil.


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

Miami judge rules Florida’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is unconstitutional

Florida’s updated “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional, a Miami judge ruled on Monday.


British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

When a short-circuiting fridge transformed London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower from a home for hundreds to a charred ruin, officials described it as a horrific anomaly – an “unprecedented” blaze, in …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US trail

Several hikers reported harrowing incidents tackling the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail across this year’s massive snowpack, which has fed swift streams and turned the dream trip of a lifetime into …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said Wednesday in unveiling its summer safety report that the ubiquitous spinners, already banned in many schools, can fall apart and the small pieces …


Overpass planned for Bigelow Gulch, Forker roads

Spokane County is preparing to build a curved overpass linking Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads, the latest phase of a major expansion aimed at increasing traffic capacity and reducing accidents.


Michael J. Rush: Local laws would impede railroad operations

One wouldn’t have guessed from some of the publicity surrounding crude oil shipments, but more than 99.99 percent of all railroad shipments involving crude oil reach their destination without an …


Spokane Sheriff’s Office wins national award for social interaction training

It’s a common enough scene: Officers on-site, responding to allegations of a crime; the public milling about, curious and uncertain. An officer approaches, poses direct questions: What did you see? …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

University of Idaho examines safety updates after explosion

The University of Idaho has identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies following an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students, according to a …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 7:19 a.m.

WSP troopers investigating 3-car collision near Loon Lake treated as vehicular assualt

Washington State Patrol troopers are investigating a three-car collision on U.S. Route 395 at the State Route 292 intersection near Loon Lake as vehicular assault.


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Huge sinkholes are now appearing in unexpected places

Huge sinkholes that opened last week on streets in New York City, suburban Atlanta and San Francisco exemplify a phenomenon that is prompting growing alarm across the U.S.


Washington ferries required to carry more life rafts

A riskier world prompted the Coast Guard to require more life rafts aboard Washington state ferries.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Moscow man gets three months in jail for trying to hook up with underage girl

Prior to being sentenced to three months in jail Friday, a Moscow man said he hopes his efforts to hook up with a fake underage girl, set up by Colfax …


Train stuck in tunnel 3 hours, then stun gun sparks stampede

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.

Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …


Portland council meetings too unsafe to attend, commissioner says

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish has directed members of his staff to no longer attend City Council meetings because they are unsafe.


Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports

The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.


State fines Cascade Natural Gas $1M over safety violations

Cascade Natural Gas has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it broke state and federal pipeline safety rules.


Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers

Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes

Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds …


Potlatch teens lose their safe Landing

After four years in operation, the Potlatch Landing Community Center has closed because of funding mishaps.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

U.S. airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive

While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those have been eliminated, replaced …


Schools chief defends arming staffers

Some details remain to be honed as a new policy allowing trained staff members to carry firearms in schools is rolled out, Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes said. …