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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Air refueling squadron touches back down at Fairchild, will bring 400 new service members

“We are the center of excellence for air refueling, which essentially is the backbone of our global reach capability,” said Col. Gene Jacobus, vice commander of the 92nd Air Refueling …


SCRAPS investigating physical abuse of cat found near Logan Elementary School

The cat, named Achilles, suffered a dislocated pelvis and right hip after a witness said the cat was kicked by students in alleyway near the school.


Spokane Valley deputies arrest man who allegedly trespassed, showed person his buttocks

Spokane Valley deputies arrested a man who allegedly trespassed and showed his buttocks to a Hico Mart Laundromat employee Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Search continues for SCC student missing since Oct. 8

Over a week after 17-year-old Sara McNease went missing from the Spokane Community College parking lot, police say they have no new information in the case while family continues search …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Gordon Sondland, key figure in Trump inquiry, overseeing $1 million renovation of Brussels residence

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, is overseeing a nearly $1 million renovation of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Two men on sex offender registry released in Spokane

Two sex offenders, classified as likely to reoffend, were released to supervised custody in Spokane this week. The sex offenders were both released from McNeil Island, a commitment center in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Sweet deluge: Treats are OK in candy season if balanced with nutrition, dental care

Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 8 p.m.

Spokane police ombudsman concerned about ‘alarming’ change that could skirt use-of-force oversight

The chief watchdog of the Spokane Police Department raised a red flag on Tuesday about what he said is an “alarming,” crucial and unannounced change to how uses of force …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Spokane County mental health court to offer weekly resource fairs

District Court Judge Aimee Maurer said the goal is “to reduce or eliminate barriers to participant’s success with their court-ordered requirements, and encourage a healthy and productive reintegration into the …


First-time candidates vie for Airway Heights City Council seat

Sarah Slater, a para-educator, faces Jennifer Morton, an assistant to Spokane’s mayor, in the race for a seat on the Airway Heights City Council.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

SpaceX seeks permission to launch 30,000 more satellites

California-based SpaceX has requested permission from an international regulatory group to operate as many as 30,000 satellites at a specific frequency, power level and location in space.


Education notebook: Spokane Public Schools STEAM auction fundraiser will showcase student projects

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation will host a STEAM Powered Fundraiser Oct. 24.


Little Free Pantries popping up in northwest neighborhoods thanks to Caritas Outreach partnership

Little Free Libraries offer neighborhoods a way to nurture souls, and now Little Free Pantries offer a way to fill empty stomachs.


Feature creature

Apollo is a very sweet, loving boy with lots of energy, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service said in a news release.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

The FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint deal in party-line vote

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the $26.5 billion combination of wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile on a 3-2 party-line vote.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Seattle-based Remitly opening second Washington office in downtown Spokane

Seattle-based Remitly, an online international money transfer company, is expanding to Spokane, with plans for a second Washington office in the Bennett Block building.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Prosecutors suspect man of illegally detaining Dutch family

Prosecutors said Wednesday they are charging a 58-year-old man arrested in connection with the discovery of a Dutch family who lived largely isolated from the outside world for nine years.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

9 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power

At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president’s bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Brexit talks close in on tentative deal before summit

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday’s EU …


Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps.


Spanish government readies measures amid Catalonia violence

Spain’s government said Wednesday it would do whatever it takes to stamp out violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police have injured more than 200 people …


No classes, parents scramble as Chicago teacher strike looms

Parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for an expected strike by Chicago teachers that prompted city officials to preemptively cancel Thursday’s classes in the nation’s third-largest school district.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Roadside Bigfoot: Georgia museum devoted to legendary beast

Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling kitschy knickknacks.


Trump says he thought grieving parents wanted to meet driver

President Donald Trump says he thought the grieving parents of a British teenager who was killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat’s wife wanted to meet with the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Man accused in probe of Giuliani associates is freed on bail

A Florida man accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions made an initial court appearance Wednesday after flying to Kennedy Airport in New York …


Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight US sanctions

North Korea released a series of photos Wednesday showing leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain he has often climbed before making key decisions. Near …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate remains unchanged in September

The state’s 4.6% unemployment rate in September remained unchanged from August, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting …