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Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one’s around to notice they’re in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure …


A slur or a slip-up? Meteorologist is fired, city is roiled

Did a TV meteorologist broadcast a racial slur or simply flub a line?


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Spokane County Jail director John McGrath will step down; officials may launch nationwide search for replacement

McGrath wrote that he informed the county commissioners of his decision last week, and his last day on the job will be Feb. 18. The commissioners will be tasked with …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:28 p.m.

Coast Guard families told they can have garage sales to cope with government shutdown

Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard who are facing a long U.S. government shutdown just received a suggestion: To get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting or …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Three dead after commercial crabbing vessel capsizes off Oregon

A commercial crabbing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing the three men aboard and sending a shock wave through a seafaring community already struggling from a …


Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says

U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Donald Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

‘God told me he was a lizard’: Seattle ‘Proud Boy’ accused of killing his brother with a sword

A Seattle man who prosecutors say may be mentally ill was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, accused of killing his brother with a four-foot-long sword. His social media accounts suggest …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Optimism rises as U.S.-China trade talks conclude

U.S., China wrap up talks on tariff battle after Trump says they are ‘going very well!’ but no details immediately released.


Denver unveils new system for clearing marijuana convictions

A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions that occurred in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, …


Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race arrested

One of more than a dozen witnesses alleging ballot misconduct in the nation’s last undecided congressional election now faces drug and weapons charges.


Boeing tops Europe’s Airbus in airliner deliveries

Boeing narrowly beats Airbus in airliner deliveries to remain world’s biggest seller of commercial aircraft.


Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Iran says it is holding U.S. Navy veteran

A semi-official news agency close to the Revolutionary Guard has confirmed that Iran is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Democrats blast Trump for threatening to cut wildfire aid to California

In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera shuts down

The Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera has shut down.


Gov. Inslee will travel to Nevada on Saturday as presidential exploration continues

Gov. Jay Inslee plans a political trip to Nevada on Saturday as he continues to explore a possible 2020 run for president.


Build the wall? It could take at least 10 years, even with 10,000 workers

The current fight – and now 19-day federal government shutdown – over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall could look simple when you consider the logistics of actually building the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China trade

Stocks cinched their fourth consecutive gain Wednesday as indexes around the world build on their early 2019 rally. The gains for U.S. indexes faded slightly after President Donald Trump and …


Seattle braces for highway closure, historic traffic squeeze

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is set to shut down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Trump stalks out of shutdown session with Dems – ‘Bye-bye’

President Donald Trump stalked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday – “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted soon after – as efforts to end the 19-day partial government …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Many North Idaho schools close in response to freezing rain

Several school districts in North Idaho, including Post Falls and Lakeland, are closed Wednesday as a result of poor road conditions.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Father of Portland child killer Michele Dee Gates accused of shooting her husband in Stevens County

A fatal shooting near Colville involves a family with a history of homicidal violence.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two …


Education notebook: Cooper Elementary’s student penny drive raises $1,900 for Spokane Guilds’School

Cooper Elementary School students and staff recently donated more than $1,900 to help children at the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: It’s not too late for flu vaccine

A century ago, as Spokane was welcoming a new year, it was also tallying the dead.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Ice harvesters having good year at area lakes

The ice harvest was going strong in the Inland Northwest.


Second building announced as part of Catalyst project in Spokane

Development at the south landing of Spokane’s University District Gateway Bridge on East Sprague Avenue continues, with the announcement Tuesday of a partner building to Avista’s Catalyst building.


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Police arrest man suspected of setting car on fire

Spokane police arrested a man Monday on suspicion of lighting a car on fire in north Spokane.