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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Judge rules striking Battle Ground teachers must get to work

A Clark County Superior Court judge has signed an injunction against the Battle Ground Education Association, whose teachers have been striking for 12 days.


Boise woman pleads guilty after car fire kills daughter

A 31-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony injury to a child following a car fire that killed one of her children and injured another.


Chicago officer picks jury trial in teen’s shooting death

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced Friday that they will stick with a jury for …


$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute

A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer …


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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in school

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school.


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New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …


Congressional race in southwest Washington draws spotlight

Democrats see new opportunity in a southwest Washington congressional district as the party looks to make gains in a section of this blue state that has been out of reach …


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State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.


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SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.


Koreas open first liaison office for better communication

The rival Koreas on Friday opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders’ summit in Pyongyang next week.


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Driver flees troopers at 115 mph, crashes at downtown Spokane exit

A freeway traffic stop turned into a Hollywood-style vehicle crash Friday morning when a car took out a tree, traffic sign and power pole before jumping several feet into the …


Abe aims to rewrite Japan constitution as he seeks 3rd term

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears headed for a third three-year term as ruling party leader, extending his hold on power and giving him time to pursue a long-cherished goal …


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U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.


Monster typhoon barrels closer to north Philippines, China

Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength, gained speed and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive …


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Woman dies in Hillyard apartment fire

A woman was killed early Friday in an apartment fire in Hillyard.


Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria’s Assad

In cities and towns across Syria’s last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad’s government in defiance of an expected offensive …


Fighting breaks out in South Sudan 2 days after peace deal

Fighting has broken out in South Sudan two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a “final final” peace agreement to end the civil war. Each side …


Dalai Lama meets alleged victims of abuse by Buddhist gurus

Four people who say Tibetan Buddhist teachers abused them physically or psychologically presented the Dalai Lama with written accounts from 12 alleged victims and appealed to him Friday in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Officials work to pinpoint cause of ‘Armageddon’-like blasts outside Boston

Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, …


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U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August

U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 percent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural gas.


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Paul Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

Paul Manafort signaled Friday that he intends to plead guilty ahead of a second trial as prosecutors filed new charging documents against the former Trump campaign chairman.


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Four dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the …


Convicted of fraud, Derrick Fincher tries to make deal with judge but gets prison instead

Derrick J. Fincher had one more deal to close. The man convicted of helping swindle more than $2 million from three investors tried to convince a federal judge Thursday to …


With new text reminders, Spokane County criminal justice officials hope to curtail rise in jail population

While county officials wrestle with how best to lower the jail population with the help of a $1.75 million grant, a new system that sends defendants text reminders for upcoming …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


100 years ago: Some 900 officers-in-training – including Gonzaga men – beset by food poisoning

About 900 college men – including 20 from Gonzaga – were training to be Army officers at the Presidio in San Francisco when they were attacked by an unexpected enemy.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


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A year later and still strong: Community comes together on anniversary of Freeman High shooting

One year after tragedy struck Freeman High, the school and the community are still Freeman Strong, even through the tears. Many were shed Thursday night as more than 200 people …


Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was “a big shock,” and she hopes there is a way the …