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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?


Mount Vernon homeless meals cut due to neighbor complaints

Officials say a cafeteria in Mount Vernon will no longer serve breakfast and lunch to people who lack permanent shelter because of complaints from neighboring businesses.


Tri-City flagger killed by accused drunk driver

A traffic flagger from Kennewick was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Oregon who then tried to run from police.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Schools urge families of asthmatic students to update records early

Spokane Public Schools picked the perfect time for an unofficial celebration of asthma awareness.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

STA investigation finds no racism by human resources director

An investigation done for the Spokane Transit Authority determined that allegations the agency’s human resources director made racist comments on social media were unfounded.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Salvation Army school backpack giveaway helps 4,000 Spokane children; 1,000 backpacks remain

As her 9-year-old daughter’s legs sagged under her new backpack and school supplies, a big weight was lifted from Erica Durbin’s shoulders.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gay couple sues again

A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple – an argument partly supported by the U.S. Supreme Court …


Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Stocks tumble as tech, commodities trigger fears

U.S. stocks had their worst day in seven weeks Wednesday amid a broad decline in global equities as technology shares were roiled by disappointing results from Chinese internet giant Tencent …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Traffic impact of 226-lot development project in Spokane Valley top concern with residents

The Vistas at Belleaire, a proposed 226 lot development in south Spokane Valley, is moving forward despite concerns from residents about increased traffic in the neighborhood.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Tech positions top highest-paying U.S. jobs list

For the fourth consecutive year, the technology sector boasted the highest-paying jobs in the U.S., according to an annual report from Glassdoor.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

A Pearl Jam poster depicting a dead President Trump draws controversy in Montana Senate race

In their bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Republicans have seized on a new controversy: an apocalyptic poster depicting a dead President Trump that promoted a Pearl Jam concert …


How Washington state made its abortion laws Trump-proof

In 1991, activists rallied behind a law protecting abortion access in Washington. Their goal? To limit the reach of attacks on Roe v. Wade in an abortion-hostile political climate marked …


Wall Street’s yearning for quick Tesla verdict hits SEC snarl

As the bizarre Tesla Inc. go-private saga enters its ninth day, many investors are wondering when regulators will decide whether Elon Musk broke the rules by dripping out details so …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

How an Idaho couple survived 30 cold and wet hours trapped in an ice cave

The couple, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, were rescued Sunday night following a weekend adventure-turned-catastrophe which left the two fighting simply to stay alive. The Christiansens set out early Saturday morning …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Trump yanks ex-CIA chief’s clearance, hitting vocal critic

President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Single-car crash north of Cusick kills three, injures two

A single-car crash killed three and injured two north of Cusick, Washington, on Wednesday morning, according to Washington State Patrol. The crash happened at LeClerc Road and Cee Cee Ah …


Missing Ohio hiker found alive on flank of Mount St. Helens

Authorities say an Ohio man has been found alive after he went missing nearly a week ago on a hike near Mount St. Helens in Washington state.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

‘Manafort and his lies’ at heart of case, prosecution argues

Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash and to maintain his luxurious lifestyle when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments in the former …


Zimbabwe president urges court to toss opposition challenge

Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country’s Constitutional Court to throw out an opposition challenge to his election.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Alexa, Cortana finally get the conversation going

Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are coming soon to a smart device near you – together, with new integrated features that allow the digital assistants to talk to each other.


Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump

For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

Warren Buffett’s firm adds to Apple, Teva investments

Investor Warren Buffett’s company added to its stakes in Apple and Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter while tweaking several of its other stock investments.


U.S. factory output rose solid 0.3 percent in July

U.S. manufacturing output rose a solid 0.3 percent last month, led by increased production of cars, electronics, and appliances.


Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state’s GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck …


Suspicious fire burns three homes

A fire that destroyed two mobile homes and damaged a third early Tuesday morning at Palouse Hills Mobile Court on the 900 block of West Palouse River Drive marks the …


Plastic bag ban discussed in Burlington

Wearing her signature plastic bag scarf, self-proclaimed “Bag Lady” Carol Sullivan encouraged Burlington residents to support a plastic bag ban Monday at the Burlington Public Library.


Tesla forms committee to assess proposal to go private

Tesla is forming a special committee to evaluate proposals to take the company private one week after CEO Elon Musk said he was considering it.