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UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Report: FTC to lead possible Facebook antitrust probe

Facebook’s stock is plunging following a Wall Street Journal is report that the Federal Trade Commission will lead any antitrust investigation into the company as part of an arrangement that …

U.S. agency probes effectiveness of 2014 GM seat belt recall

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is investigating whether a 5-year-old General Motors seat belt recall fixed the problem

Yellowstone’s federal workers to resume some basic services

Yellowstone National Park officials say federal employees will start providing some basic services again, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ …

Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin

A federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.

Federal judge denies Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain families

A federal judge in California Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to indefinitely detain immigrant families apprehended at the border, calling it an attempt by the federal government to simply …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

Apple to respond to U.S. inquiries into slowdown of old iPhones

Apple is cooperating with U.S. government inquiries into its secret slowdown of older iPhones, further complicating its efforts to move past an issue that irked customers whose devices bogged down.

Tech firm Lenovo to pay $3.5M in settlement over preloaded software

A technology company will pay $3.5 million and change how it sells laptop computers as part of a settlement reached with federal officials and 32 states, including Washington.

Colville Tribes receive $3.9 million for reforestation of wildfire-raked lands

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has received $3.9 million in federal appropriations for reforestation work across its sprawling reservation.

SCC to offer welding, fabrication certificate program in Newport

A federal grant will help Spokane Community Colleges fund a welding and fabrication certificate program for students at its Newport Center.

UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

$1.3 million grant to help WSU, CHAS address regional primary care shortage

The WSU College of Nursing and CHAS have joined forces with the result being a $1.3 million federal grant that will enhance the university’s program that prepares students to become …

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Man faces federal charges in pipe bomb blast

A 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma had been enlisted in that branch of the military and was …

UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017

TSA’s medical marijuana mix-up doesn’t discourage this guy

Cannabis users had a brief but intense moment of euphoria this week after the Transportation Security Administration seemed to give a green light to air travelers to pack medical marijuana …

Spokane County settles jail medication lawsuit for $50,000

A Spokane family has won a $50,000 settlement from the county after mental health medications were withheld from their son for more than a week in May 2013.

UPDATED: Wed., July 30, 2014

House Republicans vote to sue Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a party-line vote of 225-201 Republicans pushed legislation through the House authorizing an official lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to enforce the health care …

Federal officials giving tribal police more authority

BOISE – Law enforcement is being hampered in Indian Country by what federal authorities describe as jurisdictional gaps. So they’re working with three Idaho tribes, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, …

Editorial: Public has right to see research it has paid for

While it might seem at times that congressional debate is seat-of-the-pants silliness, much of what informs legislation is the product of empirical research and in-depth analysis. Congress, in essence, has …

State’s stimulus take hefty

In the race for stimulus dollars, Washington is well ahead of the pack in winning valuable government contracts. Federal contracts awarded to companies and government agencies in the state are …

Power play: Avista dams relicensed

Five hydropower dams on the Spokane River are entering a new era. Avista Corp. received a new federal license for the dams Thursday that spells out how they will operate …

Student sues SFCC over anti-abortion display

A Spokane Falls Community College student who was barred from putting up an anti-abortion display is suing the college in federal court in Spokane.

Audit Confirms Abusive Irs Work Finds Employees Judged On How Much Money They Collect, Not Taxpayer Services Provided

A new internal audit has revealed that taxpayers’ rights have been abused nationwide because the IRS has routinely measured the performance of employees on the basis of how much money …

Bowles To Remain Clinton’s Chief Of Staff

Ending one of the biggest suspense stories inside the Beltway, Erskine Bowles bowed to pressure from President Clinton and said he would remain as White House chief of staff rather …

Thompson Sheds Light, Takes Heat Just When He Had Democrats Down, Critics Say, Republican Attack Dog Failed To Go For The Throat


Gingrich Says ‘Fast Track’ In Deep Trouble

President Clinton got a wake-up call from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., who said Tuesday that the proposed fast-track authority for negotiating new trade agreements was “in very deep trouble.” …

Clinton Asks Gop’s Help On Budget President Names Erskine Bowles White House Chief Of Staff

Setting an ambitious pace as he enters his second term, President Clinton said Friday he will begin working with congressional leaders next week to see if they can strike a …

Panel Votes To Cut Funds For Farmers Nethercutt Backs Midstream Change

Inland Northwest farmers are flocking to federal offices by the thousands these days to sign contracts that would end farm subsidy programs. But a House panel wants to change the …

Recess Could Be A Breather For The Gop Critics Say The Republican Revolution Is Bogging Down

Despite a docket of unfinished business and the prospect of a national default, the House has now recessed for three weeks amid growing signs that the year-old Republican revolution has …

Shutdown Slowly Affects Everyone

Want to report a dangerous toy to the government? Leave a message. If it’s life-threatening, they’ll get back to you. Got your eye on one of those 400 new border …