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Syria rebels suspend talks over alleged truce violations

Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in a water-rich valley northwest of Damascus on Tuesday as 10 rebel groups announced they are suspending talks about planned peace negotiations because of what they described as government violations of a cease-fire deal.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says maybe now that GOP is in control, Congress will end ‘fire borrowing’

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who made her final official visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, said it’s “very frustrating” that after years of pressure and bipartisan agreement, Congress still hasn’t approved changes in how wildland firefighting is funded, to avoid robbing prevention budgets every time there’s a bad fire season.

Snowshoers break trail to ice-coated Star Peak lookout

WINTERSPORTS -- A lot of the work volunteers devoted to re-routing the trail to Star Peak went unnoticed on New Years Eve, buried under 5 feet of snow. But snowshoers Tyler Nyman and Shuwen Wang of the Spokane Mountaineers found the lookout, which itself was...

Hundreds flee fighting near Syria’s capital despite truce

Hundreds of civilians fled a mountainous region outside the Syrian capital on Sunday, where government forces were battling several insurgent groups, including an al-Qaida-linked outfit excluded from a recent nationwide cease-fire.

U.N. backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile country-wide cease-fire wavered.

Lacey family ‘starting from scratch’ after Christmas Day house fire

Clothing and furniture can be replaced. But Kristen Doig of Lacey is learning that it’s the little things – items like a set of keepsake “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments and her collection of oil lamps – that are irreplaceable. The South Puget Sound Community College student and her three children, ages 2, 7 and 10, lost everything when their home in the 4500 block of Ruddell Road caught fire Christmas Day.

Syria’s cease-fire holding despite minor violations

BEIRUT – A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight held Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has disregarded high-level peace initiatives for over five years. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes early Friday between troops and rebels in the central province of Hama and near the capital, Damascus. It said that later in the day a man was killed by sniper fire in eastern suburbs of Damascus, becoming the first fatality since the truce went into effect. The group also reported an aerial attack on the rebel-held Barada Valley near Damascus.

Cease-fire goes into force in war-ravaged Syria

A cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight Thursday, a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe.

Turkey, Russia discussing Syria cease-fire

Turkey and Russia are discussing a broader Syrian cease-fire after brokering the deal that evacuated rebel-held eastern Aleppo, Syrian opposition factions said Wednesday, but a number of rebel groups say they won’t agree to anything until they get more details.

Flaming truck spotted driving on Interstate 90

Multiple calls of a burning semi driving eastbound on Interstate 90 were received just after noon on Dec. 14, prompting a response from the Washington State Patrol and the Spokane Valley Fire Department.