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Trump picks South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as ambassador to the U.N.

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising star in the GOP, as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, an announcement that brings a …


Toyota recalling 834,000 Sienna minivans in North America

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 834,000 Toyota Sienna minivans in North America because the sliding doors could open while the vehicle is moving.


Dow surpasses 19,000 as a record-setting drive continues

The Dow Jones industrial average surpassed 19,000 for the first time Tuesday as a post-election rally drove indexes further into record territory. Discount store chains made large gains, but health …


Trump shifts on Clinton, climate

President-elect Donald Trump abruptly abandoned some of his most tendentious campaign promises Tuesday, saying he does not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton, has an “open mind” about a climate-change accord …


Trump will not pursue Clinton investigations, campaign manager says

President-elect Donald Trump has decided that his administration will not pursue criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 21, 2016

Official: Six dead in Chattanooga elementary school bus crash

Six people were killed Monday when a Chattanooga school bus with 35 young children aboard crashed, turned on its side and wrapped around a tree, according to the district attorney.


U.S. stock indexes set records as oil prices jump

A jump in oil prices helped pull U.S. stocks to record highs Monday as investors continue to hope for a cut in oil production that could help prices go higher. …


Storm dumps 18 inches of snow on parts of Northeast

A storm system is bringing wintry weather to the Northeast, dumping up to 18 inches of snow in parts of upstate New York.


Rescuers finish search of Indian train derailment, 133 dead

Rescuers finished searching the last of 14 mangled train carriages that derailed in northern India, killing at least 133 people and leaving more than 200 injured, police said early Monday.


Obama, Putin discuss Syria and Ukraine at summit in Peru

President Barack Obama spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria and Ukraine on Sunday as an economic summit got under way in Peru, in their first known conversation …


Trump, Romney meet; secretary of state role possible

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney met Saturday at the billionaire’s golf club in New Jersey, both emerging with smiles and a public handshake but no word on what, if …


‘Hamilton’ member gives Pence earful; Trump: ‘Apologize!’

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday demanded an apology from the “Hamilton” cast member who gave Mike Pence an onstage earful about equality.


President Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, …


Obama urges allies to keep an open mind about Trump

President Barack Obama left Europe on Friday urging U.S. allies to keep their relationships strong – and to keep an open mind about President-elect Donald Trump.


Hospital workers rush to evacuate infants in Aleppo bombing

Doctors and nurses at a pediatric hospital in eastern Aleppo scrambled Friday to evacuate babies in incubators to safety from underground shelters after the facility in the besieged Syrian city …


Trump taps Sessions, Flynn, Pompeo for top positions

President-elect Donald Trump is announcing his choices for three key administration jobs Friday, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and …


Deaconess, Valley hospitals and Rockwood Health System sold for $425 million to Tacoma-based MultiCare

A Tacoma-based nonprofit announced late Thursday that it plans to purchase Rockwood Health System, which includes Rockwood Clinic as well as Deaconess and Valley Hospitals.


New WSU medical school attracts hundreds of applicants

The newly accredited Washington State University School of Medicine has spots for 60 people in its inaugural class in August, but 600 applications from interested students have already arrived.


Intelligence chief James R. Clapper Jr. submits resignation

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said Thursday that he has submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, cementing his long-declared plan to leave his job …


Trump offers Flynn national security adviser job, AP source says

President-elect Donald Trump offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser as he began to build out his national security team Thursday, according to a …


Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation

Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year.


43-year low: Unemployment aid applications lowest since 1973

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their …


2015 windstorm whipped up by rare convergence of events

Pacific storms have long battered the region, but the one on Nov. 17, 2015 brought together nature’s forces in a most devastating way.


Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra convicted of murder

A jury on Wednesday convicted a man for fatally shooting a student and wounding two others at a small private Seattle university in 2014.


Pimping charges involving major escort site rejected by judge

A California judge has tentatively rejected pimping charges against the operators of a major international website that advertises escort services.


Court allows Robert Barber to return to the football field

Robert Barber will be allowed to play football again, thanks to a ruling from Judge David Frazier, presiding over the Whitman County Superior Court, who granted a motion to grant …


Washington Sen. Patty Murray to help lead Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats named Charles Schumer, a media-savvy Brooklynite, to succeed Harry Reid, the combative ex-boxer from a hardscrabble Nevada mining town, to be their party’s leader as they prepare for …


Transition ‘is going so smoothly,’ Trump tweets

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to push back against news coverage suggesting that his transition to power is in chaos, saying the process of selecting Cabinet secretaries …


Vast field of recoverable oil, natural gas found in Texas

The U.S. Geological Survey says it has discovered in West Texas one of the largest reserves of recoverable oil in the agency’s history.


Garco Building Systems laying off 112, closing Airway Heights factory

Garco Building Systems is closing its manufacturing plant in Airway Heights and has laid off 112 workers.