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50-plus homes evacuated after New York train derailment

Authorities say dozens of homes have been evacuated after 16 cars on a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous liquids derailed in far southwestern New York.


Thousands without power after Western Washington storm

Officials say more than 10,000 customers around western Washington remained without power following blustery, rainy weather.


Payette police suspect 4 teens set fire to principal’s home

Idaho police believe four teenage boys are responsible for setting fire to the high school principal’s house.


Boston shortens St. Patrick’s Day parade route

A decision by Boston’s mayor and police commissioner to shorten the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade route is not sitting well with organizers.


Powerful quake hits off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday and could trigger a tsunami, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or …


Crash injures deputy; stolen car spotted at the scene

A crash involving a Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy indirectly led to a police chase involving a stolen car that ended with another crash on Spokane’s north side.


Jury convicts former VA doctor Craig Morgenstern of child sex abuse

Dr. Craig Morgenstern’s secret life as a serial child molester unspooled in front of a federal jury that convicted him Tuesday.


Homicide investigation closes I-90 near Ritzville

A homicide investigation has closed westbound Interstate 90 near Ritzville.


Rathdrum man dies in Kootenai County Jail

A 71-year old man was found dead in the Kootenai County Jail on Monday. The Rathdrum man was found alone and unconscious inside his cell around 4 p.m., according to …


At child rape trial, victims take stand against physician

Dr. Craig Morgenstern led a secret life as a reckless child molester who made sex videos of himself with young boys he had drugged with prescription sedatives, federal prosecutors told …


Records: Woman says jammed gun prevented estranged husband from shooting her

A Spokane Valley woman allegedly escaped being shot by her estranged husband when the gun he used jammed.


Shoshone County employee resigns during investigation into missing evidence

A Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office employee has resigned in the middle of an investigation into missing evidence.


Washington officials prepare for massive earthquake drill

Though it’s still months away, officials in Washington are preparing for a massive, four-day earthquake and tsunami drill in June.


Victims upset with plea deal given to airman

Two people who awoke to find a man armed with a knife in their downtown apartment building last fall say they didn’t know the U.S. Air Force airman had his …


Security video catches hoverboard catching fire in home

A security camera inside a suburban Chicago home recorded a hoverboard catching fire shortly after a child left the house, which was extensively damaged by the blaze.


Spokane Valley leaders say they want to stick with sheriff contract for policing

Spokane Valley’s mayor stood with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Friday to declare that the city won’t set up its own police department, despite persistent rumors to the contrary. Joining …


Home explosion that killed 2 caused by propane leak

The Kitsap County fire marshal says a propane leak caused the powerful home explosion that killed two people in Port Orchard.


Recalls this week: child seats, pellet stoves, gas boilers

Here’s a detailed look at recalls issued this week:


Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted, regulators say

Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, according to a report Friday by a …


Federal regulators issue safety notice at Western State Hospital

Federal regulators issued an “immediate jeopardy” notice at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital after a patient was given the wrong medication.


Valley crews put out fire in industrial lot

Spokane Valley fire crews responded to a commercial structure fire inside an industrial lot early Friday morning.


FBI agent laments not catching Craig Morgenstern years ago

Federal prosecutors continued Thursday to make their case against former VA emergency room doctor Craig Morgenstern, saying investigators found about 1 million pornographic images and items on electronic gear belonging …


62-year-old Spokane man arrested on child sex charges

A man who works for Sodexo, a company that provides dining services to Gonzaga University, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly arranging to have sex with a 16-year-old girl in exchange …


Newport student expelled for placing hidden camera in boys’ locker room

A student has been expelled and will face criminal charges after a hidden camera was found in the boys’ locker room at Newport High School earlier this month.


Gov. Otter declares disaster following landslide

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for Idaho County following a landslide.


Deputy placed on leave for inappropriate conduct

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave while under investigation for “inappropriate conduct” that may be criminal in nature, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.


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Henrikson found guilty in murder-for-hire case

A Richland jury on Thursday found James Henrikson guilty in the murder-for-hire killings of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke.


Weather Service: Virginia tornado had winds of up to 165 mph

Storms systems brought tornadoes to the East Coast – killing four in Virginia – heavy snow that canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages that left hundreds …


Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.


Report of Fukushima meltdown was delayed, Japan utility admits

The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors.