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UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

Investigators believe man, woman found in Coeur d’Alene apartment died in murder-suicide

A man and woman found dead Thursday afternoon at a Coeur d’Alene apartment likely died in a murder-suicide. The bodies were found after other residents at the Falls Creek complex, …


Montana broadcasters launch campaign to combat suicides

Montana broadcasters will begin airing public service spots aimed at increasing awareness of the signs of suicide and the help that is available.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Prominent widow dies in Spokane River; plans for Centennial Mill announced

A 72-year-old woman – described by the paper as a “deranged” widow – ended her life in the way she had foretold, by throwing herself in the Spokane River. She …


Prosecutor: Bullet meant for suicide killed girlfriend

Alaska authorities found one shell casing after a man tried to shoot and kill himself but the bullet passed through his head and took the life of his girlfriend, a …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable

Suicides are rare among children so young, but not unheard of. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an average of 14 suicides per year nationwide …


Dr. Kent Hoffman: Handle ‘13 Reasons Why’ with care

The best-case scenario for this series is that teens and parents will look at it together and openly discuss its many implications.


Ohio coroner reopens case in suicide of bullied 8-year-old

An Ohio coroner has reopened its investigation into an 8-year-old boy’s suicide, and his school district is expected to release video showing a bully knocking him unconscious two days before …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Attorneys say 8-year-old in Ohio was assaulted by classmate before killing himself

School officials never told the mother of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who killed himself that another student had thrown him against the wall two days earlier and knocked him unconscious …


The Latest: Police: 2 die in shooting at Dallas-area college

A police spokesman says the suspected gunman and a second person are dead in an apparent murder-suicide on the campus of a community college in suburban Dallas.


Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos and posts of crime and other questionable content following murders shown live on its site.


Gun bill intended to prevent suicides moves forward in Oregon

People considered at risk of suicide could have their guns taken away under a bill approved by the Oregon Senate.


Montana governor signs suicide prevention bill

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill that allocates $1 million for suicide prevention over the next two years.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

Thai husband kills baby, self on Facebook Live

Police in Thailand say a man upset with his wife hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself.


‘13 Reasons Why’ depicts a graphic suicide; experts say there’s a problem with that

The “Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide,” a list of guidelines for media outlets developed by suicide prevention experts and journalists, emphasizes that suicide is usually the result of multiple causes, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Deaths of despair: Millennials turn to drugs, suicide in unforgiving job market

Ryan Johnson was 22 when he succumbed to a heroin addiction that had intensified as the Erie, Pennsylvania, high school graduate grew disillusioned with his future. His mother found him …


After hundreds of suicides off Golden Gate Bridge, new net could save lives

The Golden Gate Bridge is among the most photographed bridges in the world, recognized internationally as a majestic symbol of San Francisco, and the United States. But for decades, and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 12:17 a.m.

Anti-suicide bill moves forward in Montana Legislature

Alarmed by suicide rates persistently among the highest in the nation, Montana lawmakers moved closer Saturday to sending legislation to Gov. Steve Bullock authorizing $1 million to address a crisis …


Prank gone wrong: Boy, 11, hangs himself after fake social media posts

Tysen Benz was at home when he saw social media posts indicating that his 13-year-old girlfriend had committed suicide. The posts were a prank, but the 11-year-old boy apparently believed …


Oregon man, bystander help save a man’s life, police say

Police are calling an Oregon man a hero after he helped distract a man who was attempting suicide while police pulled him to safety.


VA defends work to fix troubled veteran suicide hotline

Grilled by lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs insisted Tuesday it was well on its way to fixing problems with its suicide hotline and largely brushed aside the worst criticisms …


Review: ‘13 Reasons Why’ is Netflix’s newest must-see series

Perhaps you’ve heard: High school is treacherous place. Students are ruthless to one another. Hormones are bad-behavior accelerants. And adults? Utterly clueless.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

John Webster: Death rates among uneducated whites on the rise due to ‘despair’

As Republicans tried to repeal coverage for mental health and substance abuse, a Princeton research paper exposed a worsening death rate from suicide and drugs among white, poorly educated Americans.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Woman who fell from Riverfront Park pedestrian bridge committed suicide, medical examiner’s office rules

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled a woman’s death a suicide after her body was pulled from the Spokane River on the evening of March 20.


Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides. This time, there’s a twist: No mention of physicians or suicides.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor on leave as Canadian Army chaplain predicts U.S. will institute draft

War talk dominated the news in Spokane as Americans increasingly assumed that a declaration of war against Germany was inevitable. “Rush War Preparations; Plans For Mobilization,” declared one headline.


Jailed man who attempted suicide dies at hospital

Authorities say a man who was jailed in Hillsboro has died at a hospital after attempting to kill himself.


Butte man found dead after explosion shot himself

An autopsy determined that a 32-year-old Butte man who was found dead after a homemade bomb exploded in his house died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Ohio says condemned man kills himself on death row

A man who had no criminal record before he fatally shot his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row, the state prisons agency said Monday.


Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new …


Leonard Pitts Jr: Tragedy implicates people, not Facebook

The harsh laughter and cold ridicule of “people” – the word is used advisedly – who watched Naika’s suicide suggest that we flatter ourselves when we call ourselves a higher …