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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Family displaced by fire on South Hill

A house fire Wednesday on the South Hill didn’t injure anyone, but it displaced a family of seven.

Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick

Ukraine’s president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up …

GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

U.S. consumer watchdog to investigate video game loot boxes

Federal regulators have vowed to investigate a growing trend in video games that analysts say could soon become a $50 billion industry but which has drawn fire from critics who …

U.S. new-home sales fall in October, missing projections

Sales of new U.S. homes fell in October to the weakest pace since March 2016 as rising borrowing costs and elevated prices keep buyers out of the market.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Lori Isenberg accepts plea deal on wire fraud, theft charges

A Coeur d’Alene woman has agreed to a plea deal in Idaho District Court on charges that she committed three counts of wire fraud and stole almost $580,000 from the …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Ben Franklin didn’t champion turkeys. In fact, they never survived encounters with him.

Benjamin Franklin, the most colorful of America’s Founding Fathers, had a misunderstood, electric and ultimately homicidal relationship with turkeys.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Virginia wildlife officials: Man secretly fed bears for decade, saying he wanted ‘to keep them safe’

For 10 years, a Virginia man has been secretly feeding bears “to keep them safe from poachers” – a violation of the state’s “bear no-feeding” law, wildlife authorities say.

Flash flood swamps Sydney, killing three

At least three people died after a deluge that brought chaos to Australia’s largest city Wednesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

General Motors to discontinue Chevy Impala amid plant closures

General Motors plans to ax the Chevrolet Impala as part of its dramatic restructuring announced this week, ginning up nostalgia for a vehicle name that first appeared in the 1950s.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Spokane Valley drug house where 20 detained in SWAT raid owned by Spokane-area man charged in 2009 drug sting

An alleged drug house in Spokane Valley – where almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday – is owned by a once-prominent Spokane Realtor, who a little less than 10 …

Pentagon identifies 3 servicemen killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has released the names of three U.S. servicemen killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

WSU scientist: Serious questions for scientist who claims to have gene-edited embryos

Chinese scientist He Jiankui received backlash in the scientific community when he announced the birth of twin girls whose genes he had edited. WSU scientist Lisette Maddison said his research …

Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows

A key instrument reading on Lion Air flight JT610 was faulty even as the pilots taxied out for takeoff. As soon as the Boeing 737 MAX was airborne, the captain’s …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Consumers sue potato chip maker over use of ‘Hawaiian’ brand

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikes

U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in eight months Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted the Fed might not raise interest rates much further. The Dow Jones …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Man in custody after shooting kills one in Royal City, 20 miles east of Vantage

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting homicide in the small town of Royal City, 20 miles east of Vantage on State Highway 26

Jonathan Torres arrested for allegedly shooting, killing father

A Royal City man has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing his father early Wednesday morning.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Pelosi nominated by Democrats to be speaker

Nancy Pelosi isn’t speaker of the House just yet, but her path back to the gavel is now firmly in sight.

Rise in U.S. deaths in Afghanistan clouds outlook for peace

A rash of American combat deaths in Afghanistan is putting a spotlight on a stalemated 17-year war that is testing President Donald Trump’s commitment to pursuing peace with the Taliban.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Powell: U.S. economy healthy, rate increases aren’t automatic

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes …

Amid political turmoil, Ivanka Trump attempts a quiet swing through Idaho

The head of one of the world’s leading technology companies, and an adviser to and daughter of the nation’s president came to Idaho on Tuesday.

Putin blames Ukraine for standoff, boosts defenses in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed the latest standoff with neighboring Ukraine on the presidential ambitions of Ukraine’s leader, as the Russian military announced it was boosting its defenses …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags

Washington legislators, environmental leaders want to limit the use of plastic bags.

Document: Mueller focused on tip about WikiLeaks plans

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team believes a conservative author and conspiracy theorist tipped off Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone months before WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s …

China’s growth slows, as does tourist spending at Tiffany’s

There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.

Union Tavern opens on East Sprague in old palmistry building

Palms were read there. Hair was cut there. Radios were rented there. Now, the 111-year-old “palmistry” building on East Sprague Avenue is slinging microbrews and fish and chips. This week, …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan

A proposal that would have more than quadrupled the amount of protected wilderness in Eastern Washington came to a screeching halt this fall.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Christmas Bureau volunteer brings out her elf persona

Christmas Bureau volunteer Brenda Parker has a bag of Christmas cheer that she brings out every year. It includes her elf outfit, several decorated Christmas headbands, Christmas earrings and the …