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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Member of motorcycle gang sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally possessing gun

Gabriel Trinidad Lopez will spend more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a firearms charge in July. Lopez is a member of the Mongols Outlaw motorcycle …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …

Tentative deal reached on deadly ‘cyanide bombs’

U.S. officials have reached a tentative deal with wildlife advocates trying to stop the use of predator-killing traps, including devices called “cyanide bombs” that earlier this year injured an Idaho …

Hanford contractor agrees to pay $5.3 million to settle timecard fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a contractor has agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle allegations that it knowingly bilked the government through a time-card scheme that …

Charge dropped against immigrant who took refuge in Portland church

The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against an immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church in 2014 to avoid deportation.

Spokane police making progress on Justice Department recommendations

Spokane police have completed five of 42 Department of Justice recommendations on improving training and policies related to use of force, according to a

Spokane Valley man sentenced for child porn

Spokane Valley resident Thomas G. Myers, 45, was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane police reform to get federal report card

The feds are getting ready to give the Spokane Police Department a report card of sorts – a wide-ranging set of recommendations arising from a two-year review of department practices. …

Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup

OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …

Condon fires city attorney

In the biggest shakeup of his administration yet, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Thursday fired City Attorney Howard Delaney following worsening criticism of the legal office’s handling of a series …

Union leaders vow openness

Spokane Police Department union leaders said Tuesday they’re happy to cooperate with a possible federal investigation of the department and have no concerns about what it may find. “We know …

The Thompson trial: Key players

Otto Zehm: A 36-year-old, recently out-of-work janitor who had schizophrenia, Zehm mostly kept to himself. The exception was a small group of friends he would invite over for late-night guitar …

Grant will help prosecute sex crimes against children

The Kootenai County prosecutor’s office received a $494,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute people who sexually abuse and exploit children and to enforce sex offender registration laws.

Federal judge orders ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ injunction

A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction today stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the U.S. military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.

Judge dismisses gun lawsuit from Idaho, other states

A federal judge in Missoula is dismissing a lawsuit launched by gun rights advocates and states seeking freedom from federal gun laws.

New tax deals cost Idaho millions

BOISE – Idaho stands to lose more than $75 million from tax compromises that are now in the works, according to a group of whistleblowers who are current and former …

Judge refuses to dismiss lying charge against Thompson

Otto Zehm, U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle, Karl F. Thompson Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Durkin, Carl Oreskovich, Mayor Mary Verner; Terry Ferguson; Mark Burbridge; Victor Boutros; U.S. Department …

Man charged with federal tax evasion

A former North Idaho resident has been charged with federal tax evasion. Michael George Fitzpatrick is accused of hiding his assets and of failing to file individual income tax returns …