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  • Security video catches hoverboard catching fire in home

    A security camera inside a suburban Chicago home recorded a hoverboard catching fire shortly after a child left the house, which was extensively damaged by the blaze.

  • Government says it will go after hoverboard makers, sellers

    In a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this …

  • Etch A Sketch owner sells classic toy to Toronto company

    The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for more than five decades has sold the classic toy to a Toronto-based toy firm.

  • Mattel, Hasbro looking into merging operations, reports say

    LOS ANGELES – Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. may be looking for a bigger toy box. The two toy manufacturers have held talks about merging their businesses, according to Bloomberg …

  • Are your kids safe? Connected toy security could expose them to risks

    Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure – not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read …

  • 100 years ago in Spokane: 1,000 girls attend tea party at Crescent department store

    From our archives, 100 years ago More than 1,000 little girls, most carrying dolls in their arms, descended on the Crescent department store to attend a “doll’s tea party.”

  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page waxed poetic about “The Yuletide Spirit in Spokane.”

  • Christmas Bureau’s buyers bargain hunters

    The Christmas Bureau toy buyers had a lengthy shopping list. Stand-up kitchenettes and nursery sets, electronic keyboards and guitars, sporting equipment, scooters and skateboards, dolls and remote control cars, makeup …

  • Leaking Halloween toy injures boy’s eye

    A Spokane mom is looking for answers after her 5-year-old son was injured by a popular Halloween toy that has been recalled multiple times. Heidi Mitchell’s son Mike was playing …

  • Buying goodies is a craft in itself

    When Christmas Bureau gift buyers shop, it’s as if they’re shopping for their own kids. They peruse catalogs, read online reviews and hit the stores to check out products firsthand. …

  • PIRG warns of toy dangers but finds fewer of them

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Toys are safer than ever before, consumer advocates say, but parents should remain vigilant in keeping their little ones away from powerful magnets and small items that …

  • Consumer group warns of dangers on store shelves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels and finger-fidget desktop magnets are among the toys that consumer advocates are warning about as the holiday …

  • ‘Star Wars’ figures, dominoes in Toy Hall of Fame

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia outmuscled little green army men for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame. “Star Wars” action figures join centuries-old …

  • NY’s National Toy Hall of Fame to reveal inductees

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Will the Magic 8 Ball knock over the tea set? Will little green Army men outmuscle “Star Wars” action figures? The answers come Thursday when the …

  • NY’s National Toy Hall of Fame to reveal inductees

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Will the Magic 8 Ball knock over the tea set? Will little green Army men outmuscle “Star Wars” action figures? The answers come Thursday when the …

  • Toys given to comfort kids

    Thanks to a donor, Spokane police officers have plenty of stuffed toys to help comfort children they encounter in traumatic situations. A young woman who wishes to remain anonymous recently …

  • 1,600 Beanie Babies donated to Spokane police

    Thanks to a donor, Spokane police officers now have fresh toys to use to comfort children in traumatic situations.

  • Do Your Part: Organize clutter before you trash it

    Got clutter? Are you like me and determined to make some room before the holidays hit? Do your part as you sort, organize and get rid of all that stuff …

  • Collectible toys target boys

    NEW YORK – Most children love to collect things. This year, toy makers are banking on it. Taking a cue from last year’s hits, many holiday offerings are sets or …

  • Loaded with toys, Christmas Bureau opens

    Towers of toys, tables stacked with children’s books, and a small army of volunteers are ready for a crowd today at the Christmas Bureau. No hurry, though.

  • Christmas Bureau prepares for Thursday opening

    The first of five trucks stuffed with toys backed into a cavernous building just after 9 Tuesday morning, its trailer striped with green and red. Coincidence? Well, yes. That’s the …

  • Consumer group warns about toy hazards

    Holiday shoppers should look out for toy hazards such as small parts, loud sounds, soft plastics and lead contamination, consumer advocates warned today.

  • New-look Barbie gets mixed reviews

    Mattel has launched a new line of black Barbie dolls with fuller lips, a wider nose and more pronounced cheekbones – a far cry from Christie, Barbie’s black friend who …

  • Closing reel

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Amber LaPointe’s introduction to one of the country’s greatest tourist attractions came from small square pictures on a white wheel. “It was like you could look into …

  • Toy makers worry about new lead laws

    SAN FRANCISCO – Worries over lead paint in mass-market toys made the holidays a little brighter for handcrafted toy makers last year, but now the federal government’s response to the …

  • Taking toy tradition for a holiday spin

    DEER PARK – When 84-year-old Robert Forman spins a small, dented brass top on Christmas Eve, it will move for a matter of seconds. But for Forman, his children, grandchildren …


    As the surplus of holiday toy catalogs arrives in the mail, parents, grandparents and others often find themselves overwhelmed by the endless variety of gifts and gizmos available for children. …



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