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North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …


Air Jordans stolen in alleged assault at Spokane park

On Saturday a juvenile was punched multiple times, kneed and threatened with a sledgehammer – apparently over a pair of shoes.


Idaho doctor indicted in alleged drug ring sanctioned a year ago

A Coeur d’Alene doctor indicted as part of an alleged multistate drug trafficking ring surrendered his passport Monday and was released from federal custody. Dr. Stanley Alvin Toelle, 61, a …


Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been captured in Nevada.


Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants

Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.


Washington man accused of supporting Islamic State

Federal agents with the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force have arrested an Army deserter and purported sympathizer of the Islamic State group for illegally possessing machine guns and other firearms.


Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home port

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, …


Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos …


At least 30 injured, several critically, in bus crash

A charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring at least 30 people, several of them critically, and closing the northbound side of …


Turnbull refuge reopens after concerns over Oregon standoff

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge is back open Monday after closing late last week over concerns prompted by the armed occupation of a refuge in eastern Oregon.


Woman killed in head-on crash near Pinehurst

An 86-year-old woman died in a head-on collision Sunday evening near Pinehurst, Idaho.


Driver arrested after three morning pursuits in North Idaho

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday morning in Coeur d’Alene after he allegedly fled from officers in his truck in three separate pursuits, attempted to ram …


Driver arrested for vehicular assault after hitting pedestrian

A man was arrested for vehicular assault Friday night after hitting a pedestrian crossing Division near Euclid Avenue.


Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November.


Strong quake hits Taiwan, killing 3

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

Spokane interim police Chief Dobrow announces retirement

Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. The change at the top gives the department its …


Investigators search for clues in Spokane Valley woman’s death

Investigators are trying to determine whether the live-in boyfriend of a Spokane Valley woman found dead in North Idaho had anything to do with her death.


Woman killed in bed by falling tree, husband trapped

A 90-foot tree fell on a home in suburban Philadelphia early Friday, killing a woman in her bed and trapping her husband beside her for hours before he could be …


Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November.


Feds bust alleged drug trafficking ring with ties to North Idaho

Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with federal drug distribution and money laundering charges filed in the U.S. District Court of Idaho.


Michigan officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires’ link

High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the …


Police captain back on duty after investigation into furniture move

Spokane Police Capt. Brad Arleth is no longer on paid administrative leave, a police spokeswoman confirmed Thursday evening.


Letter expressed concern about new precinct before Spokane police moved in

A member of the Spokane Police Guild complained about “inadequate and unsafe” working conditions at the police precinct in Spokane’s intermodal center before the downtown precinct moved there at the …


Brothers to be tried as adults in Seattle homeless killings

Two of three teenage brothers accused of last week’s deadly shooting in the homeless encampment in Seattle known as “The Jungle” each have been charged as adults with two counts …


Police justified in shooting suicidal veteran, prosecutor rules

The Spokane County Prosecutor has ruled that police officer Nicholas Spolski was justified in shooting suicidal veteran Craig Burton on May 5.


Post Falls man arrested for ramming ex-girlfriend’s car

A Post Falls man was arrested for aggravated assault Wednesday evening after he allegedly used a Chevy Blazer to deliberately ram a car with his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend …


Fresh snow foils thieves

Mother Nature helped nab two thieves early Thursday morning after police followed footprints in fresh snow right to them


Cause of fire in vacant Spokane home unclear

Investigators are working to the find cause of a Wednesday night fire that damaged a vacant home in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 7:49 p.m.

Assistant principal in Coulee Dam arrested, suspected of child exploitation

The assistant principal of an elementary school in Coulee Dam, Washington was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually exploiting a minor.


Rise in homeless students seen in state

The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.