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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. …

Tri-City levees, Snake dams get better safety ratings

The levees along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities and two nearby Snake River dams have been reclassified to indicate a lower risk to the public. The levee system, Ice …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

Dworshak Dam’s safety rating climbs

Like the water behind it, Dworshak Dam’s safety rating is slowly climbing. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that Dworshak is now ranked at “low risk” …

Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships in Northwest rivers for safety issues

Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Fire marshal clarifies occupancy limit at McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office

The two-person limit on visitors to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office applies only to the public waiting space at the front of the suite, Spokane Fire Marshal Mike Miller said …

New Spokane school security system bars sex offenders, other banned individuals

Spokane middle schools and high schools installed a new entry security system this week that automatically bars sex offenders and other banned individuals.

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ legacy: 70,000 slain birds

Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their …

Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice …

Montana lawmakers debate primary seat belt law

Supporters of a primary seat belt law told legislators that it would save both lives and money, while those opposed say such a requirement is not the appropriate role of …

Northwest Children’s Home license at risk

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will revoke the operating license of Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston on Jan. 4 over allegations of sex offenses, assaults, fire safety problems …

FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix: Reboot power once in a while

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing a rule requiring urgent attention by operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to avoid the possibility all three computer modules that manage the jet’s …

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.