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Ask Dr. Universe: How do bugs have poison?

Whether an animal is venomous or poisonous, it will often use its bright colors or patterns to warn a predator. For example, monarch butterflies have orange and black patterns on …

Putin opponent sent back to jail after suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was moved back to jail from a hospital Monday even though his physician raised suspicions of a possible poisoning after he suffered facial swelling and …

100 years ago in Spokane: Suitors remain focus of investigation into woman’s death from strychnine

The “sensational developments” in the Rosa Kempf strychnine poisoning case, promised by the Spokane Daily Chronicle a day earlier, turned out to merely deepen the mystery.

100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators raise doubts that strychnine death was suicide

The mystery surrounding the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22, continued to baffle investigators.

Utah vet confessed to sending ricin envelopes, officials say

A Utah Navy veteran confessed to sending four envelopes containing the substance from which ricin is derived to President Donald Trump and members of his administration, authorities said in court …

Russian suspects in poisoning: We were in UK as tourists

The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England’s famed Salisbury Cathedral but were …

Ex-TV chef contestant accused of poisoning neighbor’s tree

A onetime contestant on the TV reality show “Top Chef” has been arrested on charges he poisoned his Brooklyn neighbor’s giant maple tree that’s now in danger of dying.

UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018

UK to boot 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Britain will expel nearly two dozen Russian diplomats, sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow and take both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run …

100 years ago in Spokane: State officials launch rules aimed at combatting sexually transmitted diseases

State authorities were launching “the most remarkable offensive against the vice infections which has ever been attempted in the West.” By “vice infections,” they meant sexually transmitted diseases.

100 years ago in Spokane: Soup poisoned with strychnine suspected in farmer’s death

Peter Bayer, 60, a Garden Springs farmer, staggered into a neighbor’s home and said, “Oh, Jim, I’ve been poisoned eating soup.” He collapsed into a chair and died about 20 …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Prosecutor: Container Croat drank from held deadly chemical

A deadly chemical was in the container from which a Croat war criminal drank shortly before dying, a Dutch prosecutor said Thursday, as an independent

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Croat war criminal’s shocking death stuns UN tribunal

Seconds after a U.N. judge confirmed his 20-year war crimes sentence on Wednesday, former Bosnian Croat military commander Slobodan Praljak shouted, “I am not a war criminal!” threw back his …

Video shows North Korean motionless on gurney after attack

A Malaysian airport security video shows the poisoned half brother of North Korea’s leader apparently unconscious on a gurney and being pumped with oxygen by medical attendants as they wait …

Shellfish poison levels force recreational harvest ban

The Washington State Department of Health has closed all Vashon beaches, except Quartermaster Harbor, for recreational shellfish harvesting.

50 million at risk of arsenic poisoning in Pakistan, study shows

A new study suggests some 50 million people living across Pakistan’s Indus Valley are at risk of arsenic poisoning from tainted groundwater.

Six Eastern Oregon counties will no longer use cyanide traps

Six eastern Oregon counties say they are halting the use of cyanide traps to kill coyotes to protect the state’s wolf population.

Over 200 hospitalized in Macedonian food poisoning outbreak

Macedonian health officials say 223 factory workers in an industrial zone near the western town of Gostivar were hospitalized for food poisoning.

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

New measures approved to protect birds from contaminated pit

Federal officials said Friday they have approved new measures meant to prevent a repeat of last fall’s mass bird deaths in a contaminated former open-pit mine in Montana, including noise-making …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent killed Kim Jong Un’s brother

Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep …

Trudy Rubin: Truth of Putin lost on Trump

Yet Trump’s moral equivalence between Russian and American behavior should not be quickly dismissed, because it has scary implications for Trump’s policymaking at home and abroad.

Dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in can. One dog dead.

It was New Year’s Eve when Nikki Mael fed her four pugs – Tito, Tank, Tito, Tinkerbell and Talula – the single can of dog food, Evanger’s Hunk of Beef, …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017

Def Leppard to play Spokane Arena on June 7

The veteran English rock band were last in Spokane in September 2015. Tesla and Poison are on the bill.

4 children killed after pesticide released toxic gas underneath their home, police say

By the time first responders arrived at the home in Amarillo early Monday, one child inside was already unconscious.

Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic

A Montana water and sewer district is suing Yellowstone National Park over arsenic leaking from the park that infiltrates its sewage treatment system.

Clinton campaign: No health issues after mailed powder found

The Hillary Clinton campaign says four people have been examined by medical personnel after a white powdery substance arrived at a New York campaign office and they have reported no …

Central Oregon man sentenced for poisoning Idaho wolf

A central Oregon man who put poison on a deer carcass in a central Idaho wilderness leading to the death of a wolf and a dog has been sentenced to …

14 working dogs poisoned with strychnine in southwestern Idaho

Fourteen stock and guard dogs in southwestern Idaho have been poisoned and 12 have died as a result of the same type of chemical.

FBI: Man admits to contaminating food at Michigan stores

A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said.

100 years ago near Glacier National Park: Spokane brakeman, 3 ‘hoboes’ injured in train wreck

From our archives, 100 years ago A Great Northern brakeman and three “hoboes” were injured when a Spokane-bound freight train derailed near Glacier National Park and badly damaged a bridge.