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Four coronavirus patients at Sacred Heart remain in satisfactory condition; Legislature prepares financial response

Four coronavirus patients who were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship remain in satisfactory condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

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New cable company enters Spokane market, will invest $100 million in fiber network

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a 10-year franchise agreement Monday with TDS Telecommunications, a Minnesota-based company that plans to bring high-speed internet and more than 100 channels of cable …

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Sweet Frostings becomes third Spokane business hit by a car in two weeks

A car slammed into the cupcake shop at First Avenue and Washington Street on Saturday morning. No serious injuries were reported.

Local stocks experience decline as investors react to coronavirus fears

Several of the region’s companies felt the sting Monday as the U.S. stock market had its worst day in more than two years amid investor fears that the coronavirus could …

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Here’s how leaders in Washington’s Legislature want to spend an extra billion in tax revenue

House and Senate leaders released plans to spend an extra $1 billion on state programs over the next 16 months, taking advantage of an influx in unexpected tax revenue from …

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Domestic violence suspect crashes into boulder after car chase in Spokane Valley

Marionette Eblacas, 22, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to elude police, making false statements, hit-and-run, possession of a stolen vehicle …

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Idaho lawmaker comment seen as threat to Planned Parenthood

A state lawmaker from Kootenai County is facing criticism for comments considered threatening by abortion rights advocates.

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Sara Lee to acquire Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery has agreed to acquire Cyrus O’Leary’s Pies, the Airway Heights-based bakery that has been a household name in Spokane since 1981.

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Spokane woman accused of killing roommate’s boyfriend enters not guilty plea

Melissa Martin told police the victim had raped her before she shot him in the back of the head.

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Spain closes airports on Canary Islands due to sand storm

Spanish authorities said Sunday that they have closed airports on the Canary Islands because of a wind storm that is blinding the archipelago with sand and dust.

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NPR’s Mara Liasson to speak at Spokane Community College

The lecture on March 12 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Mars lander confirms quakes, even aftershocks on red planet

NASA’s newest Mars lander has confirmed that quakes and even aftershocks are regularly jolting the red planet.

Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislation

An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to …

Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

He was the front-runner to be president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to pay …

Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion – his own

Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant’s …

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U.S. appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

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Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that …

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White House unveils $2.5B emergency coronavirus plan

The White House on Monday sent lawmakers an urgent $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets.

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder’s long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.

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German man drives car into Carnival crowd, injures 30

A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd at a Carnival parade in a small town in central Germany, injuring around 30 people including children, officials said Monday.

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Suspect in shooting that critically injured man in Spokane Valley captured after chase

A 34-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a shooting Sunday night in Spokane Valley.

Canadian police move to clear indigenous protest in Ontario

Canadian police moved on Monday to clear an indigenous rail blockade in Ontario that has crippled freight and passenger rail traffic in most of eastern Canada for nearly three weeks.

CenturyLink to layoff 70 field technicians in Washington, including 5 in Spokane

Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink is planning to layoff dozens of field technicians in the state, including five employees in Spokane, the company confirmed Monday.

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Couple lost in woods survived on muddy water, fern fronds

A couple who went missing in the woods of Northern California for a week survived by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds, said rescuers who had given …

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma starts ad campaign for claims

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma launched an ad campaign Monday to tell people harmed by their powerful prescription opioid where they can file claims against the company.

Audi pauses electric-car production as Tesla zooms ahead

Audi halted output of its E-Tron SUV to resolve production issues including battery-supply bottlenecks as it prepares to flank the model with a sportier variant, underscoring the struggles traditional automakers …

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Huawei’s new MatePad looks a lot like Apple’s iPad Pro

Huawei Technologies reaffirmed its bet that expensive folding smartphones will excite consumers into upgrades, and that Apple’s iPad Pro is a design worth imitating for a new line of tablet …

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Seattle tech employees earn 56% more than NYC finance workers

Employment increased in about 80% of the largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2019 from a year earlier and wages grew in 350 of 355, according to the …

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Woodward announces new downtown Spokane police precinct at Wall and Riverside

The new precinct will open inside the former Umpqua Bank Building at Riverside Avenue and Wall Street.

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Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black …