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Work to demolish Hanford plutonium plant could resume next week

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


Top staffers for Idaho governor candidate Paulette Jordan resign

Two of the top staffers for Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan have resigned with less than two months left before the Nov. 6 election.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Trump wants $200 billion in China tariffs despite talks, sources say

President Donald Trump has instructed aides to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products despite his Treasury secretary’s attempt to restart talks with Beijing to resolve …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Airway Heights police looking for man suspected of child luring

Airway Heights police are looking for a man suspected of child luring after an elementary student reported she was stalked by a 20-to-30-year-old in a white truck.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Men’s earnings have fallen since 1970s, Census says

Earnings for men have fallen in the decade since the recession, and are even below levels for much of the 1970s and 1980s.


After Willie Nelson says he’ll perform for Beto O’Rourke, some mad fans say ‘Now git!’

After Texas music icon Willie Nelson announced that he’ll headline a Sept. 29 rally for Democrat Beto O’Rourke – who is challenging Republican Ted Cruz for a seat in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Trump, Pompeo bash ex-Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Could Trump meet Kim in New York this month?

In recent weeks it’s become clear that Donald Trump wants to meet with Kim Jong Un again, and the North Korean leader has told the White House he’d like more …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

U.S. mission defends costly curtains at U.N. ambassador’s Nikki Haley’s home

The U.S. mission to the United Nations is defending the installation of costly curtains at the official New York residence of Ambassador Nikki Haley on security grounds. It also said …


Native American bones will be turned over to tribes

The University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest say they’ve identified human remains from Native Americans in their holdings that will be turned over to present-day tribes.


Utah wildfires force evacuations of hundreds of homes

A swift Utah wildfire fanned by high winds has more than doubled its size as it burns through dry terrain and forces evacuations of hundreds of homes, the U.S. Forest …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

WSU’s Gesser denies accusations of sexual misconduct, calls report a ‘non-story’

Former Washington State quarterback, and current athletic department employee, Jason Gesser has issued a statement denying that he has had any inappropriate sexual relations with interns or staff, and wrote …


As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says ‘so what?’

President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling – and Russia says it couldn’t care less.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Judge rules striking Battle Ground teachers must get to work

A Clark County Superior Court judge has signed an injunction against the Battle Ground Education Association, whose teachers have been striking for 12 days.


Boise woman pleads guilty after car fire kills daughter

A 31-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony injury to a child following a car fire that killed one of her children and injured another.


Chicago officer picks jury trial in teen’s shooting death

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald announced Friday that they will stick with a jury for …


$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute

A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in school

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …


Congressional race in southwest Washington draws spotlight

Democrats see new opportunity in a southwest Washington congressional district as the party looks to make gains in a section of this blue state that has been out of reach …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.


Koreas open first liaison office for better communication

The rival Koreas on Friday opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders’ summit in Pyongyang next week.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Driver flees troopers at 115 mph, crashes at downtown Spokane exit

A freeway traffic stop turned into a Hollywood-style vehicle crash Friday morning when a car took out a tree, traffic sign and power pole before jumping several feet into the …


Abe aims to rewrite Japan constitution as he seeks 3rd term

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears headed for a third three-year term as ruling party leader, extending his hold on power and giving him time to pursue a long-cherished goal …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.


Monster typhoon barrels closer to north Philippines, China

Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength, gained speed and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Woman dies in Hillyard apartment fire

A woman was killed early Friday in an apartment fire in Hillyard.


Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria’s Assad

In cities and towns across Syria’s last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad’s government in defiance of an expected offensive …