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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

U.S. trade gap grew to $54 billion in September

Record imports expanded the U.S. trade deficit for the fourth straight month in September, as the politically sensitive trade deficit in goods with China hit a record.


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Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to …


Man gets nearly 16 years for role in shooting woman in shoulder

A Wapato man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for his role in the shooting of a woman and for trying to elude police.


Idaho ballot initiatives appear to boost early voter turnout

An unusually high number of Idahoans have voted early, and two high-profile ballot initiatives appear to be driving some of the turnout.


Fisherman makes dangerous plunge to free snarled humpback

The fishermen believed the humpback whale, already struggling to shake off a rope cinched to its massive body, would be even more bewildered by a boat ejecting humans into the …


Women marched, then ran: will they win in record numbers?

Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump.


Pipe bomb suspect agrees to NY transfer, no bail

The suspect accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Trump agreed Friday to be transferred to New York to face charges, while the FBI said an additional …


Turkey: Highest level of Saudi government ordered writer’s slaying

The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the international community had …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Avista, BNSF join list of donors seeking refunds from Shea campaign

Avista Corp. and the BNSF Railway Co. on Friday joined the list of organizations requesting refunds from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign. Both companies this year donated $2,000 to …


FDA approves a powerful new opioid amid criticism

The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid Friday for use in health care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its own advisors that it would inevitably be …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

‘Insensitive’ and ‘inappropriate’ costumes worn by Idaho school staff prompts investigation

The Middleton School District Administration is investigating after learning Middleton school staff wore inappropriate costumes during class on Halloween.


How well are Washington students prepared for the jobs of the future?

By 2021, 740,000 jobs are expected to open in Washington state.


Tanzania to crack down on gays; asks public for information

A Tanzanian regional official says authorities are cracking down on homosexuality as part of a wider drive against prostitution and immorality.


Trump, media get almost equal share of blame for politically motivated violence in new poll

Both President Donald Trump and the news media are seen by nearly half of American voters as encouraging politically motivated violence, with partisans taking predictable sides in the wake of …


Supreme Court cites security in change to Kavanaugh ceremony

The Supreme Court says new Justice Brett Kavanaugh won’t take the traditional walk down the courthouse steps after his ceremonial installation on the court because of security concerns.


Plea deal apparently reached in newlywed’s Caribbean sailing disappearance

Lewis Bennett has insisted he never knew what happened to his wife, who disappeared at sea last year during their sailing honeymoon. That is apparently about to change.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

‘We have to keep going:’ A day with the migrant caravan

On the 15th day of their journey, Joel Eduardo Espinar and his family were hurting. And they still had a country to traverse before they got to the United States.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service

The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated worship space to mark the time …


With Trump in Montana, Sen. Jon Tester turns to ‘The Dude’

Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale may not be a household name, but he’s surrounded on the campaign trail by President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans like Vice President Mike …


Python presents slithery situation at Texas Goodwill store

A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python clinging to the side of a bin.


U.S. adds robust 250,000 jobs; pay growth fastest since 2009

The final major economic report before Tuesday’s congressional elections showed that U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs in October and raised average pay by the most in nearly a …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

It’s not your imagination: Phone battery life is getting worse

If you recently bought a new flagship phone, chances are its battery life is actually worse than an older model.


Russia and Cuba vow to expand their ‘strategic’ ties

The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.


Police: Idaho child given rat poison while trick-or-treating

Police say the parents of a 7-year-old trick-or-treating in southwestern Idaho found rat poison among their child’s candy.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Islamic State attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7, wounds 19

Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding 19, …


Time on retreat this weekend in U.S. with standard time return

Time marches ahead, usually. It’s in retreat this weekend in the United States.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Trump pledges asylum crackdown and tent cities. Is it legal?

President Donald Trump says he plans to sign an order next week that could lead to the large-scale detention of migrants crossing the southern border and bar anyone caught crossing …


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US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal

The Trump administration on Friday restored U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, but carved out exemptions for eight countries that can still import …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018

Trump effect? Supporters of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown weigh in on president’s role in midterm contest

The party of the president rarely performs well in its first midterm after the election. With Republicans running behind President Donald Trump, supporters of both Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and …