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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

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

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

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Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor.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

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

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear

The agreement by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a cease fire on tariffs postpones the threat of more disruption for China’s exporters and their Asian …


2 men found fatally shot in Tacoma

Authorities say two people were shot to death in Tacoma.


Louisiana governor’s race surprise: Sen. Kennedy won’t run

Ending months of speculation, Sen. John Kennedy announced Monday he won’t run against Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2019, leaving Republicans scrambling without a well-known contender.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain boards International Space Station as Gonzaga Prep follows the journey

Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October’s aborted mission.


Getting There: The steep climb from Poverty Flats to Peaceful Valley

Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

A 150-year history precedes opening of Lorraine Fine Jewelry in Liberty Lake

Naim and Lorraine Tunca opened the doors of Lorraine Fine Jewelry last month.


Volunteering puts Arby’s Jerry Pederson in the Christmas spirit

Arby’s Director of Operations Jerry Pederson has been volunteering with the Christmas Bureau for 16 years, ever since he was recruited by his boss, Dave McGann.


WSU coach Mike Leach thinks his Cougars should have made the New Year’s Six. Here’s why his wallet agrees with him.

Similar to other coaches, Mike Leach has hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives wrapped up in his employment contract.


100 years ago in Spokane: Schools closed as flu spreads to the young

Spokane schools were shut down indefinitely at noon, by order of the city board of health.


Then and Now: Spokane’s rocky landscape

When Spokane city father James Glover arrived in 1874, science had yet to explain the rocky buttes and basins of Eastern Washington or the other varied landscapes of the Washington …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

A new record: Idahoans are taxing themselves an extra $202M for schools now

Idaho school districts will collect a record $202.2 million in voter-approved supplemental property tax levies this year.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

It’s happening again: Inside Western Washington’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tourism

David Israel is a man who can appreciate a damn fine cup of coffee. In fact, I first met him in a coffee shop: a clean-cut, fresh-faced guy in a …