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White House lawyers consulted Treasury on Trump’s tax returns, Mnuchin says

ATTN: National editors; one video. Updates Mnuchin’s comments; adds reaction. Damian Paletta

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Human composting gets final approval in House

Human composting moved a big step closer Tuesday to becoming an alternative to burial or cremation in Washington.

Hikes on Medicare drug premiums could be delayed until after 2020 elections

The moves could alleviate a looming problem for Trump in key states. Individual premiums for Medicare prescription drug insurance could jump 19 percent next year under the president’s plan to …

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called “hateful comments.”

Coeur d’Alene Food and Wine Festival returns for a second year

Food, wine, demonstrations, and even a hike of Tubbs Hill are on the agenda in Coeur d’Alene this weekend.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Retired Spokane anesthesiologist’s body found dismembered, burned in backyard

Detectives are investigating the death of a retired Spokane anesthesiologist whose body was found dismembered and burned in the backyard of his Dishman Hills area home.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Airbnb reverses, will allow listings in Israeli settlements

The home-sharing company announced in November that it would remove approximately 200 listings in Israeli settlements, which are in a territory disputed by Palestinians. Airbnb said it will now allow …

Facebook tweaks tools for remembering dead friends

Facebook says it will use artificial intelligence to help it find profiles of people who have died, so their friends and family members won’t get, for instance, painful reminders about …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Black holes may finally be ready for their close-up

The Event Horizon Telescope is a network of 10 radio telescopes on four continents that collectively operate like a single instrument nearly the size of the Earth. The scientists behind …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Spokane Transit’s Central City Line wins $53.4 million in federal money, fully funding the project

When up and running in 2021, the streetcar-like, fixed-route, zero-emission bus will run through the city’s core, connecting Browne’s Addition with Spokane Community College with frequent service on a 6-mile …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Boeing orders and deliveries tumble as Max jet is grounded

Boeing reports that orders and deliveries of its popular 737 plane fell in the first quarter, which was marred by the second deadly crash involving a 737 Max jet.

China, EU agree to strengthen trade relationship

China and the European Union agreed Tuesday to strengthen their trade relationship, pledging to work toward making it easier for foreign investors to get access to China, the world’s second …

Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam

Federal authorities said Tuesday they’ve broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers.

Sudanese activists: 14 more killed in clashes with police

Sudanese security forces tried again to break up an anti-government sit-in outside military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, killing at least 14 people Tuesday, activists behind the demonstration said.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Mike Fagan running for Spokane City Council president

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan is running for the council’s highest position.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Netanyahu appears headed toward re-election in Israeli vote

Israeli voters decided Tuesday whether to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another term in office in a tight election that has become a referendum on his decade in power.

Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Marilyn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf …

Acting Pentagon chief defends space force amid skepticism

Sharpening his argument for a Space Force, the acting Pentagon chief on Tuesday called it a “low cost, low bureaucracy” way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations …

Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia’s foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Bank of America raising hourly minimum wage to $20

Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, the bank said Tuesday, starting with a hike next month.

From jets to cheese: Trump wants to impose new tariffs on EU

The United States wants to tax $11.2 billion worth of EU goods – from airplanes to Gouda cheese – in what some experts say marks another attempt by the Trump …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Retailers try to lure customers with free Uber rides

While shoppers are getting everything from morning coffee to complete work wardrobes delivered to their homes, some businesses are working with ride-hailing company Uber to entice customers back through their …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Ghost of Toys R Us still haunts toymakers

A year after Toys R Us imploded, toymakers are still readjusting to the big loss of shelf space. That means slashing the number of styles they carry, re-evaluating how they …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Police investigate possible rubber bullet shooting on the lower South Hill

A man was shot with what police are describing as a rubber projectile after a fight broke out at a lower South Hill apartment complex early Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.

Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security head

Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland Security.

U.S. businesses’ job openings fell sharply in February

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell sharply in February after nearly reaching a record level the previous month, a sign that businesses may pull back a bit …

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Redacted Mueller report to be released within a week

Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation report “within a week” as he defended his handling of …

Gonzaga Prep’s Ryan Decker turned open-heart surgery into a success story to help others

The best and worst day of Ryan Decker’s life came in the seventh grade when she had open-heart surgery.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Three rail cars fall into Spokane River

Three railroad freight cars were submerged in the Spokane River after they were mistakenly driven off the end of the track in the Great Northern freight yards.