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Discovery Networks films documentary of Coeur d’Alene pastor shooting

After working into the wee hours the night before, Sgt. Johann Schmitz of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department spent the better part of a recent morning walking through a crime …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

County approves $790 million budget without raising taxes

Spokane County commissioners unanimously approved a $790 million balanced budget for next year that largely avoids cuts to county departments while maintaining funding for public safety, infrastructure, parks and capital …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year

Backers and foes of a successful ballot measure with new standards on the use of lethal force by police said Monday they will work together to get improvements they both …


Spokane City Council considers $5.8 million property tax increase for police, firefighters

The city of Spokane may ask voters to approve a $5.8 million increase in property taxes to pay 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers in a special election …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

College Republicans want to build another Trump wall at WSU

The Washington State University chapter of the College Republicans wants to build another mockup of a border wall on the Pullman campus to “own the libs mercilessly” and show support …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Metallica donates $10,000 to local food bank

In the wake of


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Man accused of downtown Spokane hit-and-run crash claims he was drugged

A man accused of a downtown hit-and-run crash early Thursday morning told police he believed he had been drugged.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone

Apple plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, according to people …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Driver found dead after crashing into field in southeast Spokane County

A man was found dead in his vehicle Sunday morning after apparently crashing into a field in southeast Spokane County, according to the sheriff’s office.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Car theft suspects found sleeping in stolen truck

Spokane Valley deputies found and arrested two people sleeping in a stolen car parked in the parking lot of a gas station Sunday.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Man arrested for domestic violence and pointing gun at police

Police arrested a man early Monday on suspicion that he assaulted his fiance and pointed a gun at officers. No shots were fired.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Paul Turner: I’m giving up on ‘Washington state’

Our nation’s capital has “D.C.” as part of its official name, but out here in the Northwest we are the ones who have to be described in a way that …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Robot janitors to mop floors at some Walmarts

The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Where are the drones? Amazon’s customers are still waiting

The day may not be far off when drones will carry medicine to people in rural or remote areas, but the marketing hype around instant delivery of consumer goods looks …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Michelle Obama cursed when criticizing Facebook executive’s ‘lean in’ mantra

In a brief moment of uninhibited candor – complete with some spontaneous swearing – that set the internet ablaze, Michelle Obama said the belief that women can “have it all” …


U.S.-China trade truce sends U.S. stocks solidly higher

A welcome truce in the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending U.S. stocks solidly higher and extending the market’s gains from last week.


‘It’s the real me’: Nigerian president denies he died and was replaced by a clone

Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Garlic holds promise in treating lingering Lyme disease, research finds

Oils from garlic and other common herbs and medicinal plants are showing promise in the lab for treating the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and may prove especially useful in …


Mexico’s new leader says military essential to fight crime

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Comcast upgrades Deer Park network, adds services for local customers

Comcast has invested nearly $2 million to upgrade its network in Deer Park since it acquired the Northstar Broadband Cable TV system earlier this year, officials said Monday.


Exam: Black man killed by officer shot 3 times in back

A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back side of his body when an Alabama police officer mistook him for the shooter after gunfire …


French premier holds talks after violent protests in Paris

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with political rivals Monday in a bid to ease protesters’ anger after facing widespread criticism following violent anti-government protests that rocked Paris.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

George H.W. Bush returns to capital to lie in state

George H.W. Bush came back to Washington for a final time Monday, heading for the Capitol to lie in state as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for …


Israeli firm rejects alleged connection to Khashoggi killing

An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology on Monday rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Washington mental hospital sees rise in attacks

Attacks are on the rise at Western State Hospital, leaving patients, their families and health care workers fearful on a daily basis, an Associated Press investigation has found.


GlaxoSmithKline to spend $5.1B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

Shares of Tesaro soared Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.


Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall

President Donald Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall, even as lawmakers appeared likely to avert a partial government shutdown this week …


Rallies, rafting and a gun scare: George H. W. Bush’s many visits to Idaho

From the late 1970s into the early ’90s, Statesman archives document Bush visiting Idaho nine times. It was a different era: In the reliably Republican Idaho of today, visits from …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Richland marijuana initiative is not valid, says city attorney

A group trying to legalize marijuana sales in Richland says they may take their fight to court after the city’s attorney says their initiative is not valid.


Dow sinks 500 points as Britain’s Brexit mess fuels investor angst

U.S. markets deepened their losses Monday as Britain’s political crisis around Brexit clouded investors’ outlook. British Prime Minister Theresa May put off a key parliamentary vote on her country’s exit …