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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Spokane County Jail staff locate drugs, cellphone in cell of inmates with extensive criminal record

Drugs and a cellphone were found Thursday in the jail cell of two inmates with extensive criminal history – one an admitted gang member with a recent conviction of attempted …

Elizabeth Warren tries to quell DNA controversy with apology

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren attempted to put an early political stumble behind her by apologizing to the Cherokee Nation for using a DNA test to prove she’s …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Stevens County sheriff vows to ignore voter-approved Initiative 1639

Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke said on Friday that he will not enforce Initiative 1639, which brings sweeping changes for gun purchases, storage and background checks.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

BP backs shareholder initiative on climate plan disclosure

Energy giant BP plans to release more information about how new energy exploration and production projects would affect its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company said Friday in …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Boko Haram kills at least 60 in Nigeria attack: Amnesty

Boko Haram has killed at least 60 people in a “devastating” attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann, Amnesty International said Friday, calling it one of the deadliest …

As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centers a concern

The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo marked six months on Friday with officials noting a worrying number of confirmed cases linked to health centers.

Girls can now be Boy Scouts for the first time

Julia Carvalho can’t wait to get on the trail to becoming an Eagle Scout. Her dad, her brothers and her uncles have been involved with the Boy Scouts her whole …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

‘Love ain’t easy’: Booker brings upbeat vibe to 2020 fight

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common sense of purpose.”

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Skeptic on radiation limits will head EPA radiation panel

The Environmental Protection Agency has appointed a scientist who argues for easing regulations on lower-level radiation exposures to lead the agency’s radiation advisory committee.

Starbucks faces tricky time as ex-CEO mulls presidential run

For Starbucks, former CEO Howard Schultz is a hero – and a headache.

Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Trump suspends arms treaty, citing Chinese, Russian threats

The United States announced Friday that it is pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms treaty with Russia, arguing that it should not be constrained by a deal Moscow is …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Seal takeovers, downed trees: National parks clean up after shutdown

National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …

City loses appeal of electrical damage caused by squirrel

The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn’t have to pay for damages after a squirrel climbed onto an electrical transformer and triggered a high-voltage spark that damaged a …

Special airlift for baby flamingos in peril in South Africa

A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril.

The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City …

Changes in ocean circulation could have major consequences for climate science

It may be the biggest wild card in the climate system. Scientists have long feared that the so-called “overturning” circulation in the Atlantic Ocean could slow down or even halt …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

100 years ago today in Spokane: Occultists indicted for fraud

A federal grand jury indicted two Spokane “occult” spiritualists on fraud charges.

Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona say they’ve made their biggest fentanyl bust ever

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the synthetic drug that is fueling a national epidemic of …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

UI administrators double down amid criticism of text alert implying professor was a safety threat

The Vandal Alert system, like similar tools in use at other schools, was designed to promptly notify the campus community of ongoing threats to public safety, such as violent crimes, …

Pullman School District monitoring state’s measles outbreak

Local school officials say Pullman students are at low risk of contracting measles despite an outbreak of the virus in a southwestern Washington county that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Knezovich refuses to join ‘grandstanding’ sheriffs in opposition to new gun laws

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a message to those who want him to publicly refuse to enforce Washington’s new restrictive gun law: Don’t tread on me.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

U.S. expected to announce treaty withdrawal as soon as Friday

The Trump administration is poised to announce Friday that it is withdrawing from a treaty that has been a centerpiece of superpower arms control since the Cold War and whose …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Judge sets $1 million bond for former student for school shooting threats

A judge on Thursday set a $1 million bond for Ryan B. Lee, the suspect in a second school shooting threat in a year at Lewis and Clark High School. …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Changes for independent hair stylists dropped

A controversial proposal to require independent hair stylists to become employees of the salons where they rent a booth was dropped by its sponsor Thursday.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Lawmaker proposes $100 fee on new studded tires, a ban in 2025

Studded tires would carry a $100 fee if purchased after July 1 of this year and be banned after mid-2025 under a proposal being considered by the state House Transportation …