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Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care

Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they …

Regulators fine BancorpSouth $10.6 million for redlining

The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Mississippi-based BancorpSouth $10.6 million, alleging the bank deliberately discriminated against minorities in its lending practices.

Spokane police to receive federal assistance for extra six months

The Spokane Police Department will have an extra six months to work with the Department of Justice on proposed changes to use of force policies and procedures.

Justice Department says indigent defendants have right to sue Idaho

The U.S. Justice Department is supporting the right of criminal defendants to sue Idaho over inadequate public defense in a case that involves two North Idaho prosecutions. Attorney General Loretta …

Apple asks judge to delay iPhone data case, citing FBI quest

Apple wants a judge to delay government demands for data from a locked iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case while the FBI sees if it can get contents from a …

Doug Clark: Zehm didn’t die in obscurity, thanks to unsung heroes

With the 10th anniversary of the beating of Otto Zehm upon us, it’s time to thank some of the unsung heroes who kept him from dying in obscurity.

Forum brings out critics of Spokane police leader Jim McDevitt

About 100 people showed up to a community forum hosted by the city of Spokane Wednesday to talk about race relations and the Spokane Police Department.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane statistics on crime, use of force are heartening

When police Chief Frank Straub steps before the Spokane Use of Force Commission for the final time today, he will have a lot to report. But if he had to …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

Justice Department wants Spokane to improve how it investigates police force

On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report’s release, which is expected …

Extendicare Health Services to pay $38 million in settlement

WASHINGTON – A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 25, 2014

White House official: Eric Holder to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.

Shawn Vestal: Seattle Police Department lawsuit justifies reason for DOJ reforms

The Department of Justice went to Seattle and examined the police department. It determined that the department had a pattern of using excessive force and biased tactics. It imposed a …

Spokane police to hold forum on body cameras

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Spokane Police Department’s draft policy for body cameras at a town hall in October. Residents can also weigh in …

Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …

UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2013

Feds make deal to end fraud case at Hanford

Federal prosecutors announced today a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations caused by years of defrauding the …

Spokane police to get federal review

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Department of Justice officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other uses of force by Spokane …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013

Feds to review Spokane Police uses of force

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Justice Department officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other use of force by Spokane Police …

Medical pot dispensaries hope legalization opens new doors

Among the antique stores and other shops of Spokane’s historic Garland District is a door painted with a happy snowman. Inside, the merchant is peddling medical marijuana while harboring hopes …

Interim police chief inherits challenge

Scott Stephens was taught by his father to respect everyone and never to lay hands on someone in anger, Spokane’s interim police chief said. That’s why it was hard for …

From the Spokane police chief

Interim Spokane police Chief Scott Stephens weighs in on some issues facing the department.

Authorities snag escapee in North Spokane

Authorities today arrested a federal inmate that walked away from a scheduled medical appointment on Spokane’s South Hill several days ago. The U.S. Marshals-led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force …

Thompson defense seeks new trial

Defense attorneys for convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Friday claiming everything from judicial error to juror misconduct in their attempt to persuade a federal …