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Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban

Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich …


John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, …


Trump expected to pick Andrew Puzder for Labor post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary.


Woman sentenced for stealing mail from more than 900 Spokane residents

A 27-year-old Spokane woman will serve five years in prison for stealing thousands of pieces of mail from more than 900 Spokane residents, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Wednesday.


Snoop Dogg welcomes fans during brief appearance at Spokane pot shop

Hundreds of fans gathered along Division Street on Wednesday afternoon to welcome Snoop Dogg, the rapper known for his affinity for marijuana, at a north Spokane pot shop.


Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment

With an atypical burst of bipartisanship, the Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end …


K-12 standardized testing rules could mean fewer exams for students

Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must …


Michigan recount over; Pennsylvania sets hearing

Michigan’s presidential recount was halted Wednesday after three days, assuring Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the state, when a federal judge said he’ll abide by a court ruling that found …


Trump picks WWE’s Linda McMahon for Small Business Administration post

Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level position.


Lawsuit says Idaho agency fired whistleblower, used its subpoena power to go after his personal cell phone records

The Idaho Department of Labor used subpoena powers granted for specific purposes to instead obtain a whistleblower employee’s personal cell phone records, then fired the employee over the results of …


Oklahoma attorney general who’s suing EPA on climate change is picked to lead EPA

In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive …


Study: ‘Obamacare’ repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.


Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake

Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed …


Donald Trump is named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Donald Trump has finally been named Time’s “Person of the Year.” “It’s a great honor,” the president-elect said on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday morning. “It means a lot, especially …


Wartime Zags team beat UW in three out of four thrilling games

Ask a Gonzaga fan about the school’s first great basketball team and you’ll likely hear about the 1998-99 run to the Elite Eight. But the 1943-44 Gonzaga Bulldogs were the …


Frantic rescue after earthquake kills 54 in Indonesia’s Aceh province

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.


Museum puts recollections of Pearl Harbor, other battles online

With the help of a software billionaire, an Everett museum is preserving both the memories of World War II veterans and the planes and tanks they fought in.


Grammy nominations: Beyonce leads with nine, followed by Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West

The 2017 Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday morning and, as expected, Beyonce leads everyone with nine nominations on the heels of her hit “Lemonade” album. Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West …


Michigan recount expands, Pennsylvania awaits federal ruling

The presidential recount in Michigan expanded Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other large counties, with the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaiting …


Mistrial in South Carolina police shooting of black motorist

A South Carolina judge has declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked in the murder trial of a white police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black …


Pacific fishers return to historic range in Washington

The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park – returning to a …


Army Corps blocks route of Dakota Access oil pipeline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing …


North Dakota emergency officials: We won’t let pipeline protesters freeze

The head of North Dakota’s emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some …


Green Party switches strategy in Pennsylvania recount bid

A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and said late Saturday night that it …


Fire at Oakland dance party kills at least 9 people

Fire tore through an Oakland warehouse converted into artist studios during a late night dance party, killing at least nine people, and officials said Saturday that the death toll could …


Clinton gains 22,000 votes on Trump in Pennsylvania

President-elect Donald Trump’s margin of victory in Pennsylvania is shrinking as more counties finish tallying their votes.


Trump supporters seek legal halt to Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

Supporters of Republican Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit trying to halt Wisconsin’s ongoing presidential recount, and Michigan’s attorney general on Friday sued to stop a recount from happening in …


U.S. economy adds 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released Friday morning.


White House announces support for women in military draft

The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.


Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.