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Seattle’s hotel-workers measure passing

Seattle voters Tuesday night were approving a ballot measure that would grant new rights and benefits to hotel housekeepers.


Colorado gives marijuana candy a new look to avoid confusion

DENVER – Wondering if that brownie contains pot? Colorado has you covered. A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C – not just …


FCA recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash.


Truckers warn speed caps will cause crashes, jam highways

Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 too dangerous to use, U.S. agency says

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should turn them off and stop using them because of the risk that their batteries can …


110 people stuck in cable cars at Mont Blanc in Alps

A series of cable cars became stuck over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, trapping 110 people who were being evacuated by helicopter on Thursday, French officials said.


1,000 rush stage at outdoor concert in Philadelphia, police say

Police in Philadelphia say they’ve had to clear an outdoor concert stage after more than 1,000 people rushed it during a Labor Day weekend show.


Louisiana boy finds bag of meth in video game package

It was Grand Theft Auto come to life: When an 11-year-old bought a video game Wednesday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he opened the plastic case to find a bag of …


Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions

Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Friday after finding some of their batteries exploded or caught fire.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 2:49 p.m.

FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps, cites no evidence

The federal government is banning more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps and washes, saying manufacturers have failed to show that they are safe and prevent the spread …


Samsung delays phone shipment after battery explosion claims

Samsung says shipments of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have been delayed for quality control testing.


Mazda recalls SUVs over potential steering problem

Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling more than 190,000 CX-7 sport utility vehicles because of a potentially dangerous steering control defect.


Lower speeds for truck and bus drivers proposed

The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways.


Experts say keyless entry vehicles can be hacked

A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could, in theory, break in …


Running scared: 2 slayings reinforce female runners’ fears

The slayings over the past week of two women who had gone running in New York City and rural Massachusetts just reinforce the fears of many female athletes and help …


Jeep hackers back at Black Hat with new and scarier method

In front of a packed lecture hall at the Black Hat hacker conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated how they could take control of …


Starbucks recalls stainless-steel straws on reports of cuts

Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel straws it sold in its stores and online after three reports of children suffering “mouth lacerations” while using them.


Post Falls day care shut down after violations

A Post Falls day care has closed its doors after an investigation by the state’s Department of Health and Welfare found multiple violations.


Three workers not exposed to internal radiation at DOE site, contractor says

A cleanup contractor says three Idaho workers involved in a radiological incident at a U.S. Department of Energy site earlier this year did not receive internal exposure.


Recall of dangerous Takata air bags affects 1 in 8 vehicles, report says

Recalls of cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags affect about 1 in 8 vehicles nationwide, but a lot of people don’t know whether they are personally at risk, according …


Appeals Court opens door to more GM ignition switch lawsuits

A federal appeals court has decided that people injured in crashes caused by faulty General Motors Co. ignition switches can sue the company even if they were hurt before GM’s …


Washington to require ‘Not For Kids’ label on edible pot products

Washington officials say they plan to require a new “Not For Kids” label on edible marijuana products sold at the state’s legal pot shops.


Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.


Testing finds more elevated lead levels at Oregon university

Oregon Health & Science University has shut three more drinking fountains due to high lead levels.


Hanford company offers reforms to reduce exposure to vapors

The contractor that operates radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is proposing some reforms after dozens of workers reported becoming sick from chemical vapors associated with the …


‘CHiPs’ actor Erik Estrada becomes reserve officer in Idaho

The man famous for his many years as a motorcycle cop on the hit `80s TV series “CHiPs” is now a St. Anthony police reserve officer. Mayor Neils Thueson swore …


Five train cars derail in Texas, spilling chemical, injuring 2

Authorities say five train cars overturned outside of San Antonio, spilling about 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide and prompting a temporary evacuation.


Ban fireworks sales in Idaho, Boise fire chief says

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan is calling for lawmakers to ban the sale of fireworks in Idaho.


Oso landslide liability debated by state, Stillaguamish Tribe

The Stillaguamish Tribe is fighting off suggestions by the state Attorney General’s Office that it might face liability for the devastating Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighborhood and …


California gun control bills sent to governor

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic …