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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Washington considers new agency to study firearm violence prevention, safety

Washington could get a new state agency dedicated to reducing gun violence and improving safety, while certain parts needed to build a firearm could require a background check under bills …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Bill would allow Washington to offer undocumented students college loans

The Undocumented Student Support Loan Program would offer students low-interest loans.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign plans to ask for a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results after the state Democratic Party released results of its recanvass that show Sanders and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Trial begins in lawsuit over missing woman’s murdered sons

A final chapter in the horrific saga of a Utah woman who vanished about a decade ago and the killings of her young sons in a fiery attack by their …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Washington woman pleads not guilty to trying to steal baby

A Washington woman has pleaded not guilty to drugging a mother after authorities say she posed as a photographer in an complex plot to kidnap the mother’s newborn baby.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

A nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to someone in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

How the coronavirus ‘jumped’ to humans is a story as old as evolution

Viruses have been spreading from animals to humans for many thousands of years, ever since we began to farm with them, live among them, and kill them for food.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Boeing using Spokane to test largest two-engine passenger plane ever built

Boeing’s latest variant of the jumbo jet has been flying test runs in and out of Spokane International Airport this week.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Cellphone use fines could double while driving in school zone

Using a cellphone while driving in a school zone could cost you nearly double under a bill passed Tuesday by the House.


White House correspondents’ dinner returns to comedic roots

Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year’s hiatus.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

SpaceX aims to launch up to 4 tourists into super high orbit

SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year.


India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

A 1,640-foot brick wall has been hastily erected in India’s Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

An extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship is ending in Japan, and many scientists say it has been a failure.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Trump says he knows identity of ‘Anonymous’ tell-all writer

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he knows the identity of the author known as “Anonymous,” the senior administration official who wrote an inside-the-White House account that painted the president as …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Trump confidant Roger Stone on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

After national group files bankruptcy, local Boy Scouts council says no changes expected

Barraged by sex abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning a long list of other people.


Spain looks to adopt digital tax that has angered the US

Spain’s government approved Tuesday the introduction of new taxes on digital business and stock market transactions, following similar steps by other European countries


Franklin Resources buying Legg Mason for $4.5 billion

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Franklin Resources is buying rival investment manager Legg Mason for $4.5 billion, the latest shakeup in an industry grappling with customers who continue to clamor for …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Stocks fall on Apple revenue warning; Dow drops 165

U.S. stock indexes closed with mostly modest losses Tuesday as the market gave up some of its solid gains from the past two weeks.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein’s rape trial

A jury has ended its first day of deliberations in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Bloomberg to go face to face against rivals after ad blitz

For Mike Bloomberg, the one-way conversation with Democratic voters is about to end.


It’s been a merry-go-round for Bette Largent, retiring caretaker of the Looff Carrousel

Bette Largent, who literally wrote the book on caring for carousels, was honored at a ceremony last week by the Spokane Park Board. She’s been the caretaker of the historic …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

DreamBox computer learning bolsters Westview student achievement

Students in Nikki Carney’s second-grade class are adding and subtracting three-digit numbers with ease. And not just any three-digit numbers. These involve carrying and borrowing – tasks that would test …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

‘Here’s the problem’: Body cameras show how police navigate Church at Planned Parenthood

Spokane Police body camera footage, posted online Sunday, shows how officers interpreted the city’s laws against excessive noise as scores of protesters gathered outside Planned Parenthood last summer.


Spokane-area Boeing suppliers begin to feel pinch of 737 Max grounding

As Boeing’s wait for federal approval for updates to troubled 737 Max grows longer, the trickle-down effect continues to strain several smaller Spokane-based companies that contract for everything from the …