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These are the world’s most innovative countries

South Korea retained the global crown in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe’s largest economy to near-parity in the annual ranking.

Gonzaga, looking out for No. 1, entertains North Dakota State

The debate began shortly after Gonzaga outlasted Duke and picked up steam a couple days later when Kansas rallied past Tennessee in overtime. It simmered over the weekend. Two strong resumes, coming off big-time wins. Two worthy candidates, but room for only one atop the rankings … unless the AP media panel votes one way and USA Today coaches go in a different direction.

Providence ranked No. 2 best hospital in state

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital ha has again been again ranked No. 2 in the among the state’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Washington schools 2nd worst in U.S. for chronic absenteeism

SEATTLE – A new report shows nearly 17 percent of students in Washington are chronically absent from school, meaning that each misses at least 18 days of instruction. The Seattle Times reports a new national report, “Portraits of Change,” analyzing attendance rates, notes in 28 percent of Washington schools almost a third of all students are missing weeks of classwork.

Spokane snoozes onto Top 10 Fittest Cities list

CITY RANKINGS -- Spokane ranks among the country's top 10 fittest cities, according to a new list released by the Physical Activity Council and based on surveys as well as data from personal activity tracker devices. The rankings used aggregated data – daily steps, calories...

Zags’ secret to success? They like each other

This isn’t their first rodeo. Gonzaga knows exactly what it’s like to be the No. 1 team in the nation. And when it happened the first time back in 2013, the naysayers couldn’t wait to shake their heads and talk about strength of schedule and whole bunch of other numerologically based hoops hokum that sounds a little like one of those uncomfortable medical tests where you’re told not to eat the night before.

Leading Chinese provincial official dead in apparent suicide

A leading official in China’s southern manufacturing powerhouse of Guangdong province has been found dead in an apparent suicide, state media said Tuesday, underscoring the extreme pressure some local leaders are under over job stress and an ongoing crackdown on corruption.

Increasing per-capita personal income in Idaho reflects improving economy

BOISE – Idaho’s per-capita personal income has jumped from 49th in the nation to 47th, a change from 2012-13 that state officials say is a real, inflation-adjusted sign that the state’s economy is improving. That year-to-year growth in income topped the nation, though admittedly the state is still near the bottom of the list.