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Trump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe

By now, many Africans know to cringe whenever “Trump” and their continent are mentioned together.


Science Says: Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so

Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it’s even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Expect a brief reprieve of smoke Thursday night

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.


Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly.


Sears to close 46 unprofitable stores in November

Sears Holdings Corp. continues to clean house, announcing plans to shutter an additional 46 unprofitable stores in November.


An otter in Seattle has asthma, but her trainers were ready as smoke settled over region

Puget Sound is barely visible through the glass windows of the Seattle Aquarium otter tank during afternoon feeding time — a thick layer of haze obscures the view. But, Mishka, …


California congressman, wife plead not guilty to charges

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Diego to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses.


Gun control activists marching 50 miles to Smith & Wesson HQ

Gun control advocates, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and the parents of one of the victims, are marching 50 miles across Massachusetts this week …


Eight bodies – two dismembered – found in streets of Cancun, Mexican officials say

Officials in Mexico said Tuesday that they discovered eight bodies in multiple locations across Cancun, a popular beach resort city – and magnet for American tourists – on the Yucatan …


Mandatory evacuations over wildfire near Twisp

Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in eastern Washington state as a wildfire continues to spread.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

There’s no meat, eggs or dairy – but don’t call them vegan

It’s not vegan, it’s “plant-based.” So will carnivores bite?


Priest urges Vatican family conference to welcome LGBT Catholics

One of the Catholic Church’s leading advocates for the LGBT community told a Vatican-sponsored conference Thursday that LGBT Catholics deserve to be loved, listened to and welcomed by the church …


4 troops killed, 7 wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine

An outbreak of fighting in Ukraine’s rebel-held east has killed four troops and left another seven wounded, officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Betsy DeVos considers allowing schools to use federal funds to buy guns

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal grant money to buy guns for schools, people familiar with the matter said.


Pompeo to visit North Korea next week, names Ford exec as envoy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said they both would visit Pyongyang …


Police break up Spanish ring selling endangered turtles

Spanish police have shut down what they believe to be Europe’s biggest illegal turtle farm, selling endangered species worth $11,500 each.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

WSP says Olympia abduction report a hoax

The Washington State Patrol says a reported a possible abduction at a downtown Olympia park was a hoax.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

5 rescued from flooding as hurricane pelts Hawaii with rain

Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Sessions hits Trump back: Won’t be ‘improperly influenced’

President Donald Trump, newly incensed by campaign allegations, plunged back into his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claiming in an interview that Sessions “never took control of the Justice …


Six-year-old goes on $350 Barbie shopping spree. Here’s what her parents did with the dolls.

Katelyn Lunt, 6, had earned a coveted Dreamtopia Rainbow Fairy Doll through extra chores. After watching her mom order it on Amazon, she checked the shipping status, but instead noticed …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their environmental impact.


Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking gets 5 years

A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years Thursday as part of a deal …


Drought reveals ancient ‘hunger stones’ in European river

Due to this summer’s drought in Central Europe, boulders known as “hunger stones” are reappearing in the Elbe River.


Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist to Trump for use of song

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is again demanding that President Donald Trump stop using the band’s songs at rallies.


Yakima city settles with utility over fire started by police

A city in eastern Washington state has agreed to a settlement with a power company after a large fire started last year during a gun-shooting training exercise for local police …


Multi-agency police chase ends with arrest in Pullman

A high speed police pursuit sped through downtown Pullman on Wednesday just before 2:30 p.m.


False alarm: Democrats now say hacking attempt was just a test

What the Democratic Party first thought was a malicious attempt to hack the party’s massive voter information file turned out to be just a security test.


Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

A juror in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts.


Driver ejected in rollover crash struck by semitruck near Ritzville

A driver ejected from a car after it rolled was struck and killed by a passing semitruck Thursday morning near Ritzville.


Fire roundup: Valley crews respond to call of man in river; passing boat pulls him on board

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a man in the Spokane River on Aug. 6 near the Denny Ashlock Bridge.