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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Impairment suspected in fatal Palouse Highway crash

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies believe impairment was a factor in a Wednesday morning fatal crash on East Palouse Highway and Bruna Road.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Why slowing economies could prod U.S. and China to reach deal

Jittery markets and economic worries give U.S. and China reasons to settle differences over trade.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58

Blake Nordstrom, who led the upscale department store chain Nordstrom as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter, has died. He was 58.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Bob Einstein, comedian and actor best known for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and Super Dave character, dead at 76

Bob Einstein, a two-time Emmy-award winning actor known for his recurring role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Super Dave character, has died after battling cancer, his representative confirmed to the …

U.S. Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and …

A Mega Millions player rang in 2019 by winning one of the largest lottery jackpots

Here’s to happiness, health and a very prosperous new year, well, for at least one person in New York who won a Mega Millions jackpot worth an estimated $425 million …

Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on 1st day in office

Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro issued executive orders targeting Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi Arabia

Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China.

Moose moved away from road, but calf escapes capture

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers darted and removed a cow moose Monday afternoon that had been reported along the shoulder of Interstate 86 near the Pocatello Regional Airport.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Stocks waver after an early drop as markets stay volatile

The roller coaster ride on Wall Street resumed on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year, as stocks plunged in the morning and then climbed much of the …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

U.S. ambassador meets with American held for spying in Russia

U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman met in Moscow on Wednesday with a Michigan man who has been detained on espionage charges as the American government seeks answers about his …

Trump answers Romney criticism: ‘I won big, and he didn’t’

Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday, reminding him that “I won big, and he didn’t.”

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts’ estimates

Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday morning after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of …

Police: Six people killed in train accident in Denmark

A Danish passenger train apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight train Wednesday, an accident that killed six people and injured 16 others as it crossed a bridge linking …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to …

Hundreds ring in New Year with icy dip in Lake Coeur d’Alene for Polar Bear Plunge

Hundreds of people in shorts, bathing suits and sandals, shivering and and their teeth chattering in below-freezing temperatures, then willfully sprinting into the frigid waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Yep, …

Key Tronic will open Vietnam factory as hedge in U.S.-Chinese trade war

Spokane Valley electronics manufacturer company Key Tronic will open a factory in Vietnam this year as a hedge against the potential for a protracted U.S. trade dispute with China.

Spokane, Boy Scouts picking up fresh-cut Christmas trees

Spokane area residents have about a week and a half to dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees before the city’s and the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup programs end.

Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation

The Defense Department’s top spokeswoman, who had been under investigation since May over whether she mistreated employees, abruptly resigned Monday night within hours of the departure of Defense Secretary Jim …

‘Federal workforce shouldn’t be used as a pawn’: Union sues Trump administration over shutdown

A federal employees union filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration, alleging the partial government shutdown is illegally forcing more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay.

Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a national park in 2019

The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender spires that …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

CNN televised its news anchors getting drunk on New Year’s Eve

On Monday, CNN’s anchors and correspondents engaged in what has become an annual tradition for the network on New Year’s Eve: drinking on air.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

‘Considering it,’ ‘Looking at things’: How 2020 Democrats mastered the coy art of mulling

In the world according to Democrats, the president is a bully, a sexist, a criminal and a megalomaniac. Democracy and its institutions are under siege. The time has come to …

Incoming Sen. Romney questions Trump’s character in op-ed

Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump’s “conduct over the past two years … is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

Spokane couple welcomes their Baby New Year

Spokane’s first baby of 2019 has blue eyes, brown hair, and a name that would make any tax collector jealous.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

Tri-City company awarded $152 million Hanford contract

The Department of Energy has awarded a Hanford contract valued at up to $152 million to a Kennewick company.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

With Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration, Brazil moves sharply to the right

Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has promised radical measures to cut soaring crime and widespread corruption, was sworn in as president on Tuesday, marking Brazil’s starkest shift to …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised by skinhead headlines – and recent Lynnwood assault

Whidbey Island, which one local describes as “a mixture of hippies on the south end, and Navy people on the north end,” is also a draw for white supremacists; one …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019

Port Orchard residents see the best – and worst – in people after twister

Victims of the Dec. 18 twister are learning that disasters bring people and communities together, but they also can attract those who prey on the vulnerable.