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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

Trump no longer looking at payroll tax cut, he says

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is no longer looking to cut payroll taxes, pivoting away from an option he’d confirmed was under consideration a day earlier.


Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park will reopen in September with inaugural performance by new Spokane Symphony director

James Lowe will perform with the symphony on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m., part of a full weekend of activities scheduled to celebrate the reopening of the signature attraction …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Amazon’s strategy to win over congressional critics: Tours of its giant warehouses

From the White House to the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination, politicians have found a popular punching bag in Amazon, accusing the retail giant of paying subsistence wages …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Police arrest man who allegedly filmed women in changing rooms

Police arrested a man accused of filming women in a changing stall at Hut 8 clothing store in north Spokane on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8 p.m.

Tomato trade war eases as U.S. agrees to end Mexico tariffs

The U.S. reached a deal to suspend tariffs on tomatoes from Mexico and implement import restrictions demanded by Florida growers to protect their industry.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Spokane Valley police arrest work release inmate who left hospital Sunday

Shannon B. Morley was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in a parking lot near the intersection of University Road and East Sprague Avenue, according to a news release.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

Trump calls Denmark leader’s comments ‘nasty’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, saying she had made “nasty” comments about his interest in having the United States purchase Greenland.


U.S. budget gap set to top $1 trillion in 2020, 2 years sooner than expected

The U.S. budget deficit is set to widen to $1 trillion by fiscal year 2020, two years sooner than previously estimated, according to the Congressional Budget Office.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Suspect shot by deputies after he allegedly fired in business park identified

A man suspected of shooting at a building in a Spokane Valley business park last Friday before sheriff’s deputies shot and killed him has been identified as Colin Osborn.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

U.S. military drone shot down over northern Yemen

An American military drone was shot down in a rugged patch of northern Yemen, said U.S. officials and Yemeni rebels, immediately triggering accusations of Iranian involvement in a region where …


China threatens retaliation over U.S. arms sale to Taiwan

China vowed retaliation against a proposed $8 billion U.S. sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan, threatening to impose sanctions on American firms participating in such a deal.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

China’s warning to global CEOs: Toe the party line on Hong Kong

As anti-government protests in Hong Kong intensified this month, KPMG issued a directive to its employees in the city: Don’t speak on behalf of the company in public. It went …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

U.S. and Mexico settle tomato squabble to stave off tariffs, shortage

The United States and Mexico have settled a bitter trade dispute over tomatoes, with the United States shelving an anti-dumping investigation against Mexican growers and withdrawing from tariffs that could …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren meets her look-alike at a rally

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. One of the women pictured above is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the 70-year-old Massachusetts Democrat with presidential aspirations. The person shaking her hand …


Two victims of mysterious Russian missile blast died of radiation sickness, report says

Two of the Russian specialists killed in the explosion at a White Sea missile testing range died not of traumatic injuries from the blast itself but of radiation sickness before …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Iceland’s leader won’t be around to welcome Pence

Iceland’s leader has announced she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep a prior commitment to attend a trade union conference …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane County Prosecutor clears officer in fatal shooting; family to file lawsuit

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell on Wednesday cleared a Spokane police officer who shot and killed a Spokane man last January, but the man’s family vowed to sue, claiming the …


Powell may signal future rate cuts, but would they matter?

Under the glare of a spotlight, Chairman Jerome Powell may signal Friday what the Federal Reserve will do – or can do – to strengthen the economy and restore confidence …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

U.S. home sales rose 2.5% in July, aided by low mortgage rates

U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Solid earnings from major U.S. retailers drive stocks higher

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading Wednesday as investors welcomed a batch of strong earnings reports from several big retailers.


Investigation of reporter’s weekend inquiries stokes ire

Journalists are defending a small Oregon newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying to get comments from a government …


U.S. has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

The U.S. job market isn’t quite as strong as originally believed – with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Williams Flats Fire 90% contained; smoke expected to linger

Firefighters have mostly contained the Williams Flats Fire, which had burned 44,515 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation as of Wednesday, making it the largest wildfire in the state this …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing ‘strong economy’

Trump’s flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and amid a debate about whether the United States was heading for a slowdown that would imperil his reelection chances. …


Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


Spokane Parks faces nearly $1 million budget shortfall in 2020

The division will present potential options to close that gap to the Spokane Park Board in the fall. Officials say the increase in costs is driven primarily by salary and …


100 years ago in Spokane: Local air industry debuts with $10 flights; electric power sent to coast

Spokane’s passenger air industry debuted when Lt. Fred Kelso began carrying passengers for $10 a flight, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.