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The cost of natural disasters this year: $155 billion

Natural disasters cost $155 billion this year, and several of them struck the U.S. particularly hard.

Spokane resident Katie Connelly selected to help unfurl flag at Alamo Bowl

When local Washington State University football fans turn on the television to watch the Alamo Bowl on Friday, they might see a familiar face participating in the ceremonies before the …

Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho.

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Authorities launch manhunt after killing of police officer

Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after they said a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town.

2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number …

Australian trader pleads guilty to ‘spoofing’ in Chicago

An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and canceling them within milliseconds to sell …

World’s richest people lost $511 billion in 2018

The richest people on Earth lost $511 billion this year after record first-half gains were obliterated by a succession of bruising market sell-offs.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

End of death penalty, new hockey team among top 2018 stories

The abolishment of the death penalty was voted the state’s top news story of 2018 by Associated Press staff and member editors. Other top news items of the past 12 …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop, leaves HSN after 20 years

The inventor of the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hanger, infomercial royalty Joy Mangano, has left HSN after two decades with the shopping network.

Customers draw guns on men attempting to steal tools

Authorities say two men were surrounded by customers with guns while attempting to steal tools from a Marysville store.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Trump signals no end to shutdown: ‘You have to have a wall’

A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Indonesia widens exclusion zone around island volcano

Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Early holiday shopping numbers on track to break season records

On Wednesday, MasterCard SpendingPulse – which tracks retail spending trends – said holiday sales had seen the strongest growth in the past six years, surging 5.1 percent to more than …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Sea lion bill signed into law by President Trump

Legislation that allows the lethal taking of sea lions that prey on at-risk fish populations on the Columbia River and select tributaries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho has been signed …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,000 points – it’s biggest point-gain ever – as Wall Street notched its best day in 10 years Wednesday, rallying back from …

Russia is poised to add a new hypersonic nuclear warhead to its arsenal

Russia on Wednesday conducted a final test of a nuclear-capable glider that flies at 20 times the speed of sound, President Vladimir Putin said, adding that the weapon will be …

No end in sight to partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON – Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Trump in Iraq on first visit to troops in troubled region

President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday, leaving behind a partially shuttered U.S. government to greet American troops helping hold off extremists in a country where …

Ice ribbon attendance remains above former rink’s numbers, park leaders say

As the second season of the newest Riverfront Park attraction, the Skate Ribbon, is underway, the parks department says attendance is growing, but not as much as last year.

Marijuana businessman and former federal inmate Cip Paulsen faces new legal problems

A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

Megan Hulsey helps spark entrepreneurs in Spokane

As entrepreneur program manager for StartUp Spokane, Megan Hulsey helps people turn their business ideas into reality.

Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …

100 years ago in Spokane: Suitors remain focus of investigation into woman’s death from strychnine

The “sensational developments” in the Rosa Kempf strychnine poisoning case, promised by the Spokane Daily Chronicle a day earlier, turned out to merely deepen the mystery.

Planned $15M behavioral health building at Spokane VA Medical Center canceled

While discussions and promises of moving to 24-hour urgent care has dominated much of the discussion around Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, the leadership has continued to pursue other construction projects …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018

Man dies after getting struck by train near downtown Spokane

A man was killed Tuesday after getting struck by a train on the edge of downtown Spokane

Police block Chinese court where rights lawyer to be tried

Reporters, foreign diplomats and supporters were prevented from approaching the municipal court in Tianjin city where lawyer Wang Quanzhang was to be tried.

Mexico helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor

A husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash, officials announced.

Inundated by Camp fire survivors, Chico is a ‘city within a city’

Because of its size and proximity to communities destroyed by the fire, Chico was the logical place for many displaced survivors to move. Now, however, the city is struggling to …

Christians quietly mark Christmas in Muslim-majority Pakistan

The message of Christmas had special resonance this season among Pakistani Christians, an old but often persecuted minority of about 3 million in a country of 208 million that is …