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Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday.

Amazon’s exit could scare off tech companies from New York

Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine’s Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company’s anti-union stance.

Trump denies changes to Syria exit plan

President Donald Trump on Monday pushed back against media reports that he had altered the timeline for removing U.S. troops from Syria, denying his administration had issued a series of contradictory statements about plans for ending America’s role in the war.

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt change in policy harms U.S. interests and cedes influence to Russia and Iran.

Some Sessions allies hope White House allows graceful exit

Sensing that Jeff Sessions’ days at the Justice Department may be numbered, some of his supporters want the White House to allow for a graceful exit for an attorney general they believe has dutifully carried out the administration’s agenda even while enduring the president’s fury.

Iran says if U.S. exits deal, it likely will too

Iran’s top diplomat warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that a U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal would undermine talks with North Korea by proving that America reneges on its promises, telling the Associated Press that Iran would “most likely” abandon the deal as well.

Florida man indicted in brawl on flight to be released

A Florida man who fought with flight attendants and passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China has been ordered released from federal custody by a Seattle judge.

In London’s financial center, hope that EU exit will change nothing

At a financial conference this week in the City of London, Britain’s equivalent to Wall Street, four eminent executives and business experts on a panel were asked whether they thought the country actually would ever leave the European Union, as voters mandated in a referendum June 23.

UK business in limbo in face of years of Brexit uncertainty

Businesses in Britain already are seeing the impact of the seismic vote to have the country leave the other 27-nations in the trading bloc and strike out on its own. Companies large and small are feeling the shockwave which left Britain in uncharted waters, unclear of what the future will hold.

Plan for North Spokane Corridor, I-90 ramps worry East Central leaders

The current design for connecting the long-elusive North Spokane Corridor to Interstate 90 has some local leaders worried that traffic congestion would grow worse in east Spokane neighborhoods. The Spokane City Council last week asked the state Transportation Department to reconsider its plans calling for removal of an on-ramp and off-ramp from Interstate 90’s Altamont Street exit. The design for the proposed corridor project removes the ramps as a way to most efficiently move traffic along I-90, but neighborhood leaders say it could reroute traffic in a way that threatens development.

Vestal: Spokane man back home after unusual flight

When Ryan Oelrich was awakened on the red-eye home from Alaska by a loud hissing noise, he wondered if the plane was going down. He says he wasn’t scared, exactly. But he wondered if he might have time to quickly hop online and shoot a note of farewell to his friends and family.

Exit poll: Wash. state voters focus on economy

Washington voters were focused on the economy with a majority calling it the top problem facing the country — though more voters say it’s on the mend than think it’s getting worse. Just over 1 in 5 say the economy is now excellent or good.

West Plains Interstate 90 ramps under study

Industrial growth along Interstate 90 southwest of Spokane is leading transportation engineers to take a serious look at interchange improvements at the Geiger Road and Medical Lake exits. The arrival of Caterpillar Logistics off the Medical Lake exit underlines the need for better access to and from the freeway there.

U.S. 195 crossing will get exit lane

The deadly intersection of U.S. Highway 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road is getting the temporary fix that neighbors have been seeking. Washington state transportation officials said a new exit lane for southbound traffic will be separated from the roadway. Officials had said earlier they might only have enough money for an improved turn lane adjacent to the through lanes.