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U.S. terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

In response to a U.N. court order that the U.S. lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said Wednesday it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the …


State Department changes visa rules for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats

Lawmakers and gay rights advocates are criticizing a new State Department policy that denies family visas to the same-sex domestic partners of diplomats posted in the United States and gives …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West

At the center of it all, doling out wristbands and comforting words, were siblings Kayla and Koby Gardner, who lost their brother Skyler to suicide in March. The Gardners organized …


Regulators approve lower electric rates for Avista’s Idaho customers

Avista has lowered electric rates for Idaho customers by 5.5 percent. Residential customers will see an average decrease of $4.85 per month.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Yakima police chief Rizzi’s firing came after “disappointing” review found him “disengaged” from department

A performance review identified a number of issues the city manager had with Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi Jr. before Rizzi was fired last month, including attendance, relationships inside the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Woman connected to Colfax homicide appears in court

Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey imposed a $1 million surety bond Monday for Ashley Myers, the 30-year-old woman arrested on Colfax Airport Road on Friday night in connection …


The Closer: How Mayor Durkan helped convince NHL execs to recommend Seattle expansion

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday afternoon that Seattle’s expansion bid has been unanimously forwarded for a December board of governors vote. The aim is to launch the new team …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Spokane Valley firefighters extinguish chimney fire at barbecue restaurant

Spokane Valley firefighters extinguished a small fire burning in Longhorn BBQ Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Holiday sales expected to grow in a strong economy

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Fire destroys multiple mobile homes in Okanogan County’s Elmer City

A fire tore through a mobile home park in Okanogan County’s Elmer City on Tuesday, destroying several homes and displacing multiple families.


Trump slams Times ‘hit piece’ on reported tax avoidance plan

President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed outrage over a New York Times report that he received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through …


Bloomberg pledges $1M to Washington state’s carbon measure

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged $1 million to back Washington state’s carbon fee ballot measure.


Barnes & Noble still searching for search firm after CEO ouster

Barnes & Noble shareholders anxious for a new chief executive officer have some more waiting to do.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

Electronic devices across the United States sounded off Wednesday as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its first-ever national wireless emergency alert test.


In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries

Idaho’s major-party candidates for governor got together Tuesday evening to talk tax and fiscal policy.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

After rape allegation against Washington state Sen. Joe Fain, questions linger over who should investigate

A woman who publicly accused the Republican state senator of raping her in Washington D.C. in 2007 has said she won’t pursue a criminal or civil investigation, but would cooperate …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

GM, Honda team up to produce self-driving vehicles

General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

McConnell sets Friday test vote on Kavanaugh nomination

The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide …


Mary Dye, Jenn Goulet battle in rematch for 9th District House seat

In southeastern Washington, state Rep. Mary Dye faces familiar opponent in the November election.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Spokane school bond would help Spanish immersion and On Track Academy programs

Two special programs that serve opposite ends of Spokane Public Schools’ broad collection of students stand to gain more space and traction as voters decide on a


Paul Turner: Spokane’s new boosterism is tradition

Spokane has had boosterism in its blood for a century.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer, former cop jailed on suspicion of bootlegging scheme

One current Spokane police officer and one ex-officer were in jail, charged with stealing whisky.


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China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine

Chinese tax authorities have ordered “X-Men” star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million but would spare her from criminal prosecution, state media …


Aid slowly is trickling to Indonesian disaster-hit areas

Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island, with one neighborhood’s residents clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their …


One in critical condition after semi crash on I-90

A semitruck crash on Interstate 90 Tuesday night left the driver in critical condition, according to Washington State Patrol. The incident, westbound on I-90, three miles east of Cle Elum, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Spokane City Council approves lease for new center to help residents get services

Spokane took one step closer to gathering housing services, medical care and employment assistance under one roof when City Council approved lease agreement for a pilot program site Monday night.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

City likely to cover the policing cost for Pence’s Spokane visit; new citizen thrilled to meet VP

The cost to the city of Spokane for providing police protection for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit likely will be in the thousands.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Stevens Pass sees first snowfall Tuesday

Stevens Pass was sprinkled with its first snowfall of the season on Tuesday, according to Washington state Trooper Brian Moore on Twitter.


Dust storm causes ‘very unhealthy’ air quality in Spokane

A dust storm that blew into Spokane from the Columbia Basin on Tuesday caused “very unhealthy” air quality in Spokane. Winds are expected to die Tuesday night, according to the …