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  • Washington man sentenced for Manchester shooting

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a man while he was sleeping.    The Kitsap Sun reports 22-year-old Robert Hackett was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office says Hackett, a woman and the victim were inside a house in Manchester in January after spending the day together. Hackett later shot the victim in the arm while he slept. 

  • Illinois man stabs himself after jury's guilty verdict

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a central Illinois man stabbed himself in a courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty in a sexual assault case. The Pantagraph reports 78-year-old Johnny Icard was sitting alone Wednesday at a defense table in Bloomington where he had represented himself at trial. When the judge said he was revoking Icard's bond, the Bloomington man said he had family affairs to attend to and wasn't expecting the verdict.   

  • Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs. The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show that honors the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.  

  • Bill Clinton: Leaders must remember 'our common humanity'

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says the key to political leadership is remembering "our common humanity." Clinton's comments came Wednesday night during the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, where he presented Willie Brown with the 2018 NAACP Springarn Medal for outstanding achievement by an African-American. Brown is the former California House speaker and former San Francisco mayor. Clinton said political leaders need to keep humanity in mind. 

  • Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed. Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions. 

  • Update: Highway 95 fire nears containment

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - Firefighters in Boundary County are responding to a fire at milepost 517.5 on Highway 95 Wednesday afternoon. Authorities ask that you avoid the area to help first responders on the scene. A unified command has been established at the scene including Boundary County fire agencies and Idaho Lands. Members of every agency in Boundary County are also involved, lending support where needed.

  • Coast Guard rescues 5 capsized kayakers near Cape Disappointment

    WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say three children and two adults who capsized while kayaking near Cape Disappointment State Park were rescued. The U.S. Coast Guard says their Columbia River command center received a call reporting at least one person in the water Wednesday afternoon near Waikiki Beach. The Coast Guard says a boat crew rescued two children and two adults while a helicopter crew rescued one child.    

  • Upriver/Beacon Fire now 20 percent contained

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters on the front lines of the Upriver Beacon fire are making progress on the 115-acre fire that started Tuesday evening.  Megan Hill, Public Information Officer for the fire, tells KHQ the fire is 20 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

  • One found dead in Oregon wildfire

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One person has been found dead near a tractor in a field that was consumed by a wildfire in Oregon. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the body was found a short distance from the burned tractor. The person's identity has not been released. It's believed the person was trying to use the tractor to create a fire line to stop the blaze. 

  • Austin firefighters respond to spontaneously combusting tortilla chips

    AUSTIN, Texas - Firefighters responded to two fires last week that were reportedly sparked by spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips. You read that right. The Austin Fire Department posted about the incidents on its Facebook page Wednesday.

  • Spokane man sentenced for meth distribution, court supervision violation

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man who was formerly accused of second-degree murder last year has now been sentenced to over 10 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and violating court supervision. Jason Obermiller, 34, was sentenced to 126 months after having plead guilty in April 2018 to distributing 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and admitting to violations of court supervision.

  • Victims in Stevens County plane crash were husbands, fathers

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Stevens County Coroner has identified all three people involved in a deadly plane crash near Deer Park last week. The two students killed in the crash were identified as 30-year-old Andrew Trouten and 24-year-old Joo Chan Lee. The instructor was identified as 30-year-old Diego Senn. 

  • Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court has blocked a measure that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot. The justices on Wednesday ordered the secretary of state not to put the initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court will now consider the merits of a challenge brought by the Planning and Conservation League. 

  • Oxygen tanker truck crashes, causes explosion in California

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say an oxygen tanker truck has crashed and caused an explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area, closing a key highway and forcing evacuations at a medical clinic.    However, no injuries are reported.    California Highway Patrol Officer John Sloat says 911 callers reported a blast Wednesday that caused buildings to shake at the Kaiser outpatient clinic in Santa Rosa

  • One dead in three-vehicle I-5 crash near Conway

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities closed Interstate 5 south of Mount Vernon near Conway because of a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured others. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the collision occurred at about 1:15 p.m. when a semi-truck failed to stop for traffic that had backed up near a construction zone. Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman says the truck rear-ended a passenger vehicle, causing it to crash into the vehicle in front of it.

  • What you need to know about wildfire smoke and air quality

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District says smoke from local and regional wildfires will continue to impact our area on Wednesday with air quality approaching the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range on the Air Quality Index. Depending on the winds and fire activity, Thursday should bring improved air quality. Officials from the health district and Spokane Clean Air want residents to take the necessary precautions during wildfire season.

  • Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lake. 

  • Spokane espresso bar offers free drinks for firefighters

    SPOKANE, Wash. - As fire crews have stepped up big in battling the Upriver Beacon fire, a local espresso bar is showing them gratitude with free drinks on Wednesday. Bigalow Gulp Espresso posted on Facebook showing a picture that reads "All Fire Fighters Drink Free, Thank You". 

  • Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook. Speaking with Recode's Kara Swisher, Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, said in an interview published Wednesday that he thinks there are things "that different people get wrong." He added that he doesn't think they are "intentionally" getting it wrong.

  • Spokane police need help finding robbery suspect

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department is asking for the public's help locating 53-year-old Timothy J. Lamere, who has a warrant for first degree robbery. The warrant is the result of the Washington Trust Bank robbery investigation that happened back on July 6. Police released a photo of Lamere Wednesday, but say he may or may not have facial hair and his hair length could be different than what's seen in the photo. 

  • Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the star, which is 10 million years old, along with pronounced dimming. MIT scientist Hans Moritz Guenther says he's never seen anything quite like this before.

  • Detroit man gets probation in livestreamed killing of friend

    DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit man has been sentenced to three years of probation for accidentally shooting and killing a friend while they were streaming live on Instagram.    Dawone Cook was sentenced Wednesday. In addition to the probation, he must complete 100 hours of community service, which includes speaking to schoolchildren about the dangers of playing with guns and gun violence. 

  • Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

    WASHINGTON (AP) - In an instantly controversial new comment on Russia, President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, a claim sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his top intelligence chief. The White House quickly said that wasn’t what Trump was saying.

  • Report: Weather was deteriorating before Alaska plane crash

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Investigators say a pilot who crashed a charter plane on a mountain in Alaska initially confused the snow-covered slopes with a body of water in deteriorating weather conditions.    In a preliminary report released Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board said the 72-year-old pilot initiated a steep, emergency climb but the airplane struck rising terrain.

  • Police: 2 children suffer bites in possible shark attacks

    ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say two children have been bitten in waters off New York's Fire Island in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings.    Newsday reports police are investigating the incidents Wednesday off Sailors Haven and Atlantique beaches.    Town of Islip spokeswoman Caroline Smith says a 13-year-old boy was treated at a hospital for a bite on his leg.

  • Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

    DENVER (AP) - A new study says visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of air pollution.    Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities looked at more than two decades of data on ozone pollution at 33 parks - from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. 

  • Idaho officials approve auctions for remaining cottage sites

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials have approved auctioning 128 residential lake lots in northern Idaho and west-central Idaho over the next six years as the state aims to wrap up efforts to get out of the residential-leasing business.    The Idaho Land Board on Tuesday approved the auctions for 102 lots on Priest Lake and 26 on Payette Lake..

  • Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

  • BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

    MISSOULA, Mont. - The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. According to the US Marshals, Marco Antonio Guzman fled the Libby, MT area with Sandra Carris. Guzman is believed to be armed and dangerous. Carris is not believed to be a willing participant in the travel and has been listed as a missing endangered person. 

  • Car slams into South Carolina apartment complex, bicyclist

    A car slammed into an apartment complex early Wednesday morning after a police chase that started in Greenville, South Carolina.  Greenville police began chasing the vehicle after it was reported stolen.  The car sped down a hill, lost control and hit the apartment building.  Police say the driver also hit a bicyclist who was taken to the hospital after losing a leg.  A resident inside the apartment suffered serious injuries. 

  • South Dakota mom sentenced for killing son who wet the bed

    A South Dakota woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.    Thirty-year-old Katrina Shangreaux, of Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the July 2016 death of 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux. She was sentenced Tuesday.                 

  • Connecticut woman finds deadly spider in grocery store grapes

    A Connecticut woman says she found a black widow spider in a package of grapes from the grocery store.    The woman says she bought the organic grapes from a Stop & Shop in Branford on Monday morning, and she and her 11-year-old son were eating the grapes together when they found the spider.    The woman says the venomous spider didn't bite, and the store offered her a full refund. She declined to give her name.    

  • Ford recalls 550K vehicles for gearshift issue

    Ford is recalling about 550,000 cars and SUVs in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.    The recall covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion sedans and some 2013 and 2014 Escape small SUVs.    Ford says a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission can fall off. If this happens, the driver could shift into park but the vehicle could be in another gear. 

  • Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  • Death of Spokane County Jail inmate being investigated

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of an inmate at the Spokane County Jail. Deputies were called to the jail Tuesday afternoon regarding an inmate who was found deceased in a cell while inmates were being released for "out time" for that floor. Major Crimes Detectives are processing the scene and conducting interviews of inmates and correction staff. 

  • JBS USA suspends shipments from Kentucky farm after video

    DENVER (AP) - JBS USA, the U.S. branch of the world's largest meat producer, says it has suspended shipments from a pig farm where workers were shown hitting, kicking and throwing pigs on undercover video. The Colorado-based company said it made the decision based on an initial review of the Mercy for Animals video at a Tosh Farms site in Simpson County, Kentucky, and will investigate the allegations.   

  • Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Medicaid expansion proposal has received enough signatures and will be on the November ballot. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney on Tuesday said more than 56,000 valid signatures have been counted. The signatures include at least 6 percent of the registered voters in at least 18 of Idaho's 35 legislative districts.    

  • Primary voters in Ferry County will not have to pay postage

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - It turns out that voters in Washington state's Ferry County will not have to buy their own stamps to mail in their primary ballots this year. Ferry County Auditor Dianna Galvan said Tuesday that she had overcome budget concerns that had prompted her to conclude the small county could not afford prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes.

  • Police investigating Downtown Spokane hit-and-run incident

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A female pedestrian was struck by a truck in a hit-and-run incident Tuesday afternoon in downtown Spokane. Around noon Tuesday, the pedestrian was crossing at S Monroe St at W Sprague Ave. when she was hit by a truck turning from Sprague onto Monroe. The truck stopped initially, but then sped off southbound on Monroe. The victim was left lying in the street, where several citizens stopped to provide aid and call 911.

  • Feds arrest 11 in alleged heroin, meth trafficking ring

    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say 11 people have been arrested on federal charges in connection with heroin and methamphetamine trafficking in the north Puget Sound region. U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes says the arrests happened Tuesday after a six-month investigation. She says search warrants also were served Tuesday at 30 locations which netted 18 firearms, 10 pounds of heroin, 20 pounds of meth and over $500,000 in cash.    

  • Robin Williams speaks for himself in new film on late comic

    NEW YORK (AP) - A new documentary on Robin Williams tells the late comedian's story mostly using his voice. "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" uses a wealth of archival footage to put viewers inside his thought process. Director Marina Zenovich notes that Williams had a routine in the 1970s that invited people into his mind. The film charts Williams' rise in comedy up until his death in August 2014. 

  • Bear tranquilized after taking dip in Los Angeles pool

    A large bear was hit with a tranquilizer dart after spending a few hours roaming a Los Angeles neighborhood and taking a dip in a backyard pool.    Police warned residents to stay indoors after the bear was spotted Tuesday in Granada Hills, along the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains.    The bear cooled off in a pool for several minutes, then climbed a wall and explored suburban backyards in the San Fernando Valley.   

  • 3 killed in midair crash of 2 small planes in Florida

    Officials say three people died after two planes crashed above the Florida Everglades.    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald that the planes collided in midair Tuesday afternoon.    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was responding to an area south of Tamiami Trail, which runs through the Everglades connecting South Florida to the Gulf Coast. Florida Highway Patrol closed the road, though Alligator Alley to the north remained open.    

  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, July 17th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, July 17th.

  • Denver widow penalized for late husband's legal marijuana use

    The state of Colorado is denying half the workers' compensation death benefits to a woman whose husband died while working on a ski lift because he had marijuana in his system.    KMGH-TV reports Erika Lee's husband, Adam Lee, was crushed to death in December underneath a ski escalator in Loveland.    

  • Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, believed to have bitten through steel cable

    A zoo official in New Orleans says a jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat.    Kyle Burks of the Audubon Zoo told reporters Tuesday that the jaguar apparently slipped through the resulting small gap in the barrier.    No people were hurt. 

  • Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

    Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care. Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Tuesday, asking a judge to declare the reporting law void.    The law, which went into effect on July 1, created a list of what lawmakers deemed to be complicati...
  • Spokane Police investigating hit and run crash downtown

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police officers, and other first responders were called to a hit and run crash at Sprague and Monroe in downtown Spokane.  

  • Georgia paraplegic man assaults exotic dancers after refusal of sexual advances

    A Georgia paraplegic man is accused of assaulting at least two exotic dancers.    Police told WSB-TV that 31-year-old Johnnie Thompson paid exotic dancers to perform in his Decatur home last week. After one woman refused his sexual advances, police said he shocked her with a stun gun and restrained her with zip ties. When she fought back, he fired a handgun at her twice.    The woman freed herself and escaped. 

  • Alabama man sentenced in kidnapping of woman who escaped from car trunk

    A man has been sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of kidnapping an Alabama woman who later escaped by jumping from the trunk of a moving car.    Al.com reports 29-year-old Manuel Ali Towns was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of first-degree kidnapping and other charges. The sentence was handed down because of Towns' prior felony convictions.    

  • Twitter suspends 58 million accounts in final months of 2017

    Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.    The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.    The number of suspended accounts originated with Twitter's "firehose," a data stream it makes available to academics, compa...
  • Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling

    WASHINGTON (AP) -   President Donald Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he doesn't see why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.  Back at the White House on Tuesday, the president told reporters that he said he meant he doesn't see why Russia "wouldn't" be responsible. 

  • MGM sues Vegas mass shooting victims, argues it isn't liable

    MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.    The company argues in lawsuits filed Friday in Nevada and California that it has "no liability of any kind" to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.   

  • Stray bullet strikes, kills 9-year-old girl inside her New Jersey home

    Authorities say a stray bullet struck and killed a 9-year-old girl inside her southern New Jersey home.    Bridgeton police say the shooting was reported around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. They say relatives drove the girl to a hospital but she was pronounced dead there a short time later.    The girl's name has not been released.    The shooting occurred about a block away from the girl's home. 

  • Texas woman accused of biting, swallowing part of another woman's nose

    A woman is accused of biting off and swallowing part of another woman's nose after being asked to leave the victim's home in Southeast Texas.    Station KTRK-TV reports that 41-year-old Jessica Collins of Conroe, Texas, has been arrested and charged with assault-bodily injury in the July 11 attack.    The victim says she went out drinking with her neighbor and Collins then all three returned to her home. Collins demanded more cigarettes and alcohol. 

  • Florida mom blames teen's death on confusing packaging for peanut cookies

    A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies.    Kelli Travers-Stafford says her daughter Alexi mistakenly ate one of the cookies at a friend's house despite her peanut allergy, because the top of the familiar red packaging was peeled back, hiding the Reese's label.  

  • New Hampshire woman suffers head injuries after bear encounter inside her home

    New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says a 71-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries from an encounter with a bear in her home.    The department says the bear somehow got inside the woman's home about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Groton, a rural community in the central part of the state. The woman, who uses a wheelchair, was hospitalized. Authorities haven't been able to talk to her yet.   

  • Schumer wants hearings on what Trump told Putin

    WASHINGTON (AP) -  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for immediate hearings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials to learn more about President Donald Trump's private meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn).    Schumer says the American people deserve to know what, if anything, Trump...

  • WATCH: Wisconsin bicyclist falls through gap as drawbridge is opening

    MENASHA, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has released some jaw-dropping video showing a bicyclist who fell through a gap of a drawbridge as it was being raised to let a boat through.  The incident happened on July 4 after a fireworks show in Menasha, Wisconsin. The video shows the warning gates closed with lights flashing on the Racine Street Bridge as a woman on a bicycle rode past the gates and then fell through the gap.

  • Texas fisherman catches hammerhead shark with intentions to release it, dies before it's released

    A fisherman in Corpus Christi, Texas caught a very large shark, he says with the intentions of returning it to the ocean. However, it didn't work out as planned.  The giant hammerhead shark began dying before the catch and release effort was complete.  The fisherman, reeled in the 14-foot shark, measure it, and took photos.  The photos he posted on social media sparked controversy.  He says the sharks health began to fail when he tried to release it. 

  • Astronomers discover a dozen new moons around Jupiter

    It's getting more crowded around Jupiter. A team of astronomers is reporting the discovery of a dozen new moons circling the giant gas planet.    That brings the number of moons at Jupiter to 79, the most of any planet. Saturn is next with 61.    The astronomers were looking for objects on the fringes of the solar system when they spotted the Jupiter moons. They found a dozen small moons. The confirmation of 10 was announced Tuesday; two were confirmed earlier.

  • Nickelodeon announces new 'Rugrats' episodes, movie

    Tommy, Chuckie and the gang have a new TV and movie deal.    Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced the animated children's series "Rugrats" is returning to the network with 26 episodes. The creators of the series will be executive producers.    A live-action movie, written by David Goodman, featuring computer generated characters is slated to hit theaters in November 2020.

  • Investigation into deadly plane crash near Deer Park continues

    DEER PARK, Wash. - In a statement on its Facebook page Friday evening, Moody Aviation in Spokane confirmed that three people died in a plane crash near Deer Park Friday morning.

  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 16th


    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, July 16th.

  • WATCH: Intense body cam video shows Las Vegas police in chase, shootout with suspects

    LAS VEGAS - Body camera footage released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Monday shows an intense pursuit from the front seat of a patrol car. It happened Wednesday morning in downtown Las Vegas. For roughly four minutes, Officer William Umana was trying to stop two shooting suspects, identified as Fidel Miranda and Rene Nunez.

  • Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration appears to be shifting tactics in Afghanistan, saying it's open to holding direct talks with the Taliban as a way of encouraging negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government.    U.S. officials say that an Afghan-to-Afghan negotiation remains the goal of any engagement with the Taliban.

  • Employees attack, subdue would-be robber armed with box cutter

    TUCSON, Ariz. - A man armed with a box cutter got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob a Tucson, Arizona, restaurant last week.  Security shows the man, identified as 20-year-old Jerry Evans Madril, enter the Mi Nidito restaurant and demand money from employees. But the workers weren't having any of it.  At least six workers attacked Madril.

  • FCC head has 'serious concerns' with Sinclair-Tribune deal

    NEW YORK (AP) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is raising "serious concerns" about Sinclair's $3.9 billion deal for Tribune's television stations.    Sinclair wants to buy Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations, including KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York. To address potential antitrust concerns, Sinclair has said it would sell stations to several buyers.

  • Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Exactly seven months before the 2016 presidential election, Russian government hackers made it onto a Democratic committee’s network. One of their carefully crafted fraudulent emails had hit pay dirt, enticing an employee to click a link and enter her password.

  • Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

    HONOLULU (AP) - An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Three others were in stable condition at a hospital with unspecified injuries. 

  • Tips for staying hydrated on hot days

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - It’s hot. And while water may feel refreshing hitting your skin, drinking it in will help cool you off. “If you can find like a big flask or a gallon jug or something that's going to hold you accountable to drink water throughout the day,” Chris Buskirk said. Buskirk, a fitness professional at Peak Fitness in Coeur d’Alene, says kids and adults often forget to drink water when they are playing outside.

  • Spokane Valley massage parlor under investigation for sex trafficking

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol is investigating a Spokane Valley massage parlor for sex trafficking and prostitution. According to court documents, several men contacted authorities about the parlor, Space Oil Massage, and told them that the women who worked there asked them in private to call 911 because they were being forced to perform sex acts against their will.

  • Meals on Wheels needs fan donations for seniors

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Meals on Wheels Spokane normally gives out fans with their food to elderly families who desperately need it, but they have not been able to give out fans due to lack of donations. Mollie Dalpae, the executive director for Meals On Wheels Spokane, says they were able to give out fans earlier this summer but they’ve run out.

  • Spokane Valley firefighters rescue man clinging to rock in Spokane River

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a report of a man yelling for help in the Spokane River near the Barker Road bridge Monday afternoon. The caller said the man said he was too tired to swim and was holding onto a rock. He was not wearing a life jacket. Firefighters found the man, who was clinging to the rock about 20 feet from the north bank of the river and about 100 yards west of the bridge. 

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  • BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

    BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:39:01 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. According to the US Marshals, Marco Antonio Guzman fled the Libby, MT area with Sandra Carris. Guzman is believed to be armed and dangerous. Carris is not believed to be a willing participant in the travel and has been listed as a missing endangered person. 

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    MISSOULA, Mont. - The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness. According to the US Marshals, Marco Antonio Guzman fled the Libby, MT area with Sandra Carris. Guzman is believed to be armed and dangerous. Carris is not believed to be a willing participant in the travel and has been listed as a missing endangered person. 

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  • Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Thursday, July 12 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-12 17:48:43 GMT

    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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  • It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-07-11 12:31:45 GMT

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    Hey! It's gonna be hot today! Leslie Lowe thinks it'll be about 83 degrees today. Couldn't you use a nice treat to cool yourself down? 7-Eleven has you covered today! For years, the convenience store chain has been giving away free Slurpees on July 11th, because you know... 7-11!  All you have to do is visit a participating 7-Eleven between 11am and 7pm (see what they did there?), and you can help yourself to a free small Slurpee! 

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