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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital completes $1 million pediatric unit remodel

Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital recently completed a significant remodel of its third-floor general pediatrics unit to ensure quicker response to patient needs. The $1 million project, which began early …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Group scours Pacific for sunken battleships, lost war graves

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Fighting continues in Syrian border town despite Turkish agreement to halt offensive

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Turkey’s military offensive would resume within days if Kurdish fighters do not fully withdraw from a “safe zone,” even as ongoing violence in …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said …

Mexican president defends retreat in face of cartel gunmen

Mexican security forces backed off an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel enforcers …

Spokane Housing Authority renovating building on Nora Avenue

The Spokane Housing Authority is embarking on a $1.2 million renovation of a building it purchased last year on Nora Avenue, according to permits issued by the city.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Mattis jabs Trump in comedic address; critics say former secretary should go further

For the last year, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has taken heat for his reluctance to directly criticize President Donald Trump, especially after he resigned from the position in protest …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Man accused of repeatedly stealing cars from dealership in north Spokane

Wayne R. Mellgren was arrested early Thursday for allegedly trying to steal a Mercedes-Benz from Northtown Auto Liquidators. Earlier this month, he was arrested for stealing a Jeep from the …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after trace asbestos found in bottle

Johnson & Johnson is recalling a single lot of its baby powder as a precaution after testing found trace amounts of asbestos in one bottle bought online. The recall announced …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Hong Kong protesters don cartoon masks to defy face mask ban

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks as they formed human chains across the semiautonomous Chinese city on Friday night, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings …

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform’s refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy “even if it goes against our standards.” But while he promoted …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

World’s first female spacewalking team makes history

The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.

Shawn Vestal: The chill between cops and watchdog deepens, as controversial case approaches public release

The relationship between police chief and ombudsman – always bound to have some inherent tension – has devolved into a chilly estrangement, growing partly from criticisms regarding a still-secret case …

100 years ago in Walla Walla: ‘Model prisoner’ kills vicious inmate

When McLennan continued to provoke him in the prison yard, Stevens turned on him with a pair of scissors and severed McLennan’s jugular vein. McLennan died “in agony two hours …

Thousands of genealogy books being phased out at downtown Spokane library ahead of renovations

Members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, who’ve been meeting in the downtown library since it opened in 1994, said they were surprised when asked to reduce their collection of …

Catholic Charities adds security team with arrest authority to enhance safety around properties

Catholic Charities announced this week it has hired a four-person security team trained by Spokane police to increase safety around its properties.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Rob Curley: Revisit Zags’ rise with Big Ed and Q on eve of Bulldogs’ season

The evening will feature tons of cool videos, fun and revealing live interviews on stage with Gonzaga men’s assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and women’s head coach Lisa Fortier, as well …

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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Vancouver dental office owner fined $5,000 in death of 4-year-old

Washington’s Dental Quality Assurance Commission has fined an owner of Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver in connection with the death of a 4-year-old Vancouver boy after a dental …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Sheriff accuses county of ‘half truths’ to takeover Benton jail. Commissioner fires back

Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher swapped insults with a fellow elected leader Wednesday as he mounted a spirited defense of his stewardship of the county’s 700-plus-bed jail.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oregon’s Court of Appeals has put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued Thursday …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Small hazmat leak closes weigh station at westbound I-90 near Idaho border

A small hazardous materials leak closed the Washington State Patrol port of entry at westbound I-90 near the Washington-Idaho border Thursday evening.

Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year’s end

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended …

Study: California’s big July quakes strain major fault

The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby …

Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

Washington state’s wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state.

Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

The separatist movement in northeastern Spain has been rocked by violent outbursts from its most radical elements after the sentencing of several leaders to lengthy prison sentences.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

‘Totally avoidable’: 3 firms fined in Seattle crane collapse

The state Washington on Thursday fined three companies for their roles in a crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle in April, with officials calling it “totally avoidable,” and …