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Using fallen trees for eco-friendly reconstruction promoted in disaster-hit northern Japan

Three months have passed since a strong earthquake hit Hokkaido in early September. In disaster-affected areas, an increasing number of people are using large numbers of trees felled by landslides.

U.S. states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been …

Nick Ayers, Trump’s once-likely replacement for chief of staff Kelly, won’t take the job

Nick Ayers announced Sunday that he is leaving the White House and will not be President Donald Trump’s next chief of staff, with four other candidates now in the running …

Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests

Pressure mounted on French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening, and breaks a long silence widely …

Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition

Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family and friends, as well as figures …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

The nation’s fattest president loved steaks for breakfast. Then he went on a diet.

One of the most entertaining White House memoirs in history was written not by a president, but by a maid.

A blood clot formed in the exact shape of a man’s lung passage – then he coughed it up

What they found was astonishing. The patient’s blood pooled in his right bronchial tree – part of the network where air travels through the lungs – and solidified “like Jell-O,” …

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Police clear homeless encampment in front of City Hall

Spokane police removed the homeless encampment in front of City Hall Sunday morning.

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday – causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds …

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 9 p.m.

Couple adopt, help boy, 9, address his behavioral health, skills

Three years, seven months and five days: That’s how long Kaine was in the foster care system, having been removed from his birth parents’ home by Child Protective Services at …

UI football player arrested on rape charge

University of Idaho football player Kyree Curington was arrested Saturday afternoon and faces a charge of rape, according to the Latah County Jail roster.

At NPR, an army of temps resents a workplace full of anxiety and insecurity

For decades, the public broadcaster has relied on a cadre of temporary journalists to produce its hourly newscasts and popular news programs. Without temporary workers – who are subject to …

China summons U.S. envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of an executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington’s behest and demanded Washington cancel …

Real estate firm’s renovation of downtown Spokane building will lead to move

When complete, 4 Degrees Real Estate will consolidate its property management and real estate offices there. The real estate company purchased the building in July for $1.08 million through a …

Harrowing tree-hunting trip nearly ends in tragedy

What started as a trip into the mountains of eastern Bingham County to find a Christmas tree almost ended in tragedy.

Spokane Federal Credit Union CEO Charlotte Nemec has taken an uncommon path to the top

Charlotte Nemec has been at the helm of Spokane Federal since June. She rose up the ranks from human resources specialist to overseeing the credit union, which has more than …

Shawn Vestal: Homeless volunteers get to work through Goodwill Hope Works program

Hope Works is run by Goodwill in partnership with the city of Spokane, Catholic Charities and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. The goal is to reach out directly to panhandlers, gather …

Business Beat

Architecture Bernardo|Wills Architects has announced three additions to the company’s staff. The company has hired Paz Ochoa and Stan Griswold as landscape architect. Ochoa previously worked eight years with Spurlock …

Motley Fool: Garbage Greatness

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) owns a network of garbage-collection routes, waste-processing facilities and landfills that would be hard, if not impossible, to replicate.

Tom Kelly: Don’t trust another to communicate with your real estate agent

The first thing to remember is that nobody can read your mind. Make sure your real estate agent knows your concerns and keep all communication lines open.

100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities crack down on violators as flu death toll reaches nearly 300

City health authorities shut down the Empress Theater because it violated the Spanish flu quarantine.

Eye on Boise: The Idaho Legislature’s freshmen class is well-educated, mostly male, mostly GOP

When the Idaho Legislature convenes in January, 25 of its members will be brand-new, and that’s not counting two who were just elected after earlier being appointed and serving in …

Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records

Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.

BBB Tip of the Week: In aftermath of the Marriott data breach

In the aftermath of the data breach by Marriott International Inc. that affected 500 million customers, Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific has some suggestions for consumers concerned their credit …

Rob Curley: Among the Christmas trees, Hutton Settlement’s Trevor McArthur finds place and purpose

It’s the smell. Not the warm and familiar fragrance of the trees, though he loves that scent as well.

Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.

Tesla may consider buying idle GM plants

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year, making …