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  • 16 vehicle crash closes westbound I-90 at Ellensburg

    CLE ELUM, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol has closed all lanes of westbound I-90 at Ellensburg due to a major crash involving 16 cars and three semi-trucks.  Trooper Brian Moore tweeted the crash happened about 3 miles east of Cle Elum.  Initial reports are that so far there are only minor injuries involved.  Motorists should expect "extended delays" according to Trooper Moore. 

  • Man facing animal cruelty charges and deportation for force-feeding goat cocaine and whiskey

    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County, Georgia man is facing animal cruelty charges and possible deportation after footage of him and two men force feeding a goat cocaine and whiskey surfaced on social media.  Footage from the January 2, 2018 incident shows 28-year-old Sergio Palomares-Guzman holding the goat’s horns while another man inserted cocaine into the goat’s nostril. 

  • The Latest: Suspect said to have chosen gun over home

    PARKLAND, Fla. - The teen accused of shooting and killing 17 people in a Florida high school is said to have left a suburban Palm Beach County mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, "He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house" in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page. 

  • Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with how to respond. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the final days. But the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland has revived an ongoing debate about dealing with gun violence.  

  • Pullman psychologist arrested and charged with raping patient during session

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman police have arrested a therapist and psychologist on suspicion of sexually assault a patient last month.  Police say a woman reported that psychologist Dean Funabiki, PhD, sexually assault her during a therapy session in his office. Swabs were collected from the woman during a sexual assault examination, and a search warrant was obtained to collect DNA from Dr. Funabiki. 

  • Florida man's Facebook post goes viral after he surrenders his legally owned AR-15

    BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Following the deadliest high school mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a Florida man says he is "putting his money where his mouth is" and turned in his AR-15 rifle to local law enforcement, according to a now viral Facebook post.  Ben Dickmann described himself in the post as a "responsible, highly-trained gun owner" but said "I do not need this rifle. 

  • Family left high and dry after Trader Tots consignment store's surprise closure

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Billie Swanson has her hands full. Taking care of two boys could be a full-time job. “Kids grow in and out of stuff so quickly and it's a nice place to go and to have that option and some extra money in our pockets,” Swanson said. Swanson is taking about Trader Tots Consignment Store in Post Falls. It’s a place she’s gone to in the past to sell her kids old clothes and buy new ones. That is, until recently. “They 

  • Mom demands change after school threat at Reardan High School

    It was a late September afternoon in 2017. Most remember the time frame because the community was still reeling from the shooting at Freeman High School. But Trina Ryan remembers the day for another reason. ”I don't want anybody else to have to get the phone call,” said Ryan. “It was just an automated call.” That call was a warning to parents alerting them to a social media gun threat at Reardan High School, where Ryan's son attended.

  • Disney announces opening day for Disney World's 'Toy Story Land'

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toy box will come to life at Wald Disney World in Florida this summer.  Disney confirmed Friday that their upcoming Toy Story Land will officially open to guests on June 30.  Located at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the 11-acre land will include two new attractions and a new entrance to the existing Toy Story Mania attraction.  Guests will 'shrink' down to the size of toys while riding the new Slinky Dog 

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    North Idaho man tries to make off with 40 ft long poles

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

  • The Latest: Korean man dies in media village at Olympics

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Pyeongchang Olympics organizers say a Korean man in his 50s has died in one of the media villages at the games. Organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you says the manwas working for a consortium of Japanese broadcasters during the games. The man was not responsive when he was found in his room by a co-worker.    Sung says police were called and the Korea...

  • Poodle dashes off, stops New York subway line

    NEW YORK (AP) - It doesn't take much to slow down the New York subway system. On Friday afternoon, one bundle of fur stopped train service on a transit line between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Officer George Tsourovakas (tsoo-roh-VAH'-kahs) says a poodle named Dakota got away from a Brooklyn park run near the Manhattan Bridge and dashed into the York Street station, making it to the tracks of the F train and running southbound on the northbound tracks. To spare the animal...

  • Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say the former student accused of fatally shooting 17 people at a Florida high school had excelled at marksmanship in the school's air-rifle program, which received a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation. The NRA Foundation gave nearly $2.2 million to schools across 30 states as of 2016, the latest year in which its federal tax filings are publicly available. The money was used by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other

  • Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana. The Montana Standard reports 50-year-old Frank Piazzola's body was found at the base of the Anselmo gallows head frame in Butte on Thursday, and investigators believe he fell to his death. He was last seen Jan. 28. Butte-Silver Bow Coroner Lee LaBreche says an autopsy and toxicology tests are planned.    The Anselmo Mine Yard once was an ...

  • Boy Runs To Raise SIDS Awareness

    SPOKANE, Wash. - 10-year-old Kaedan Adams is one of the smallest people on the treadmill at the YMCA, but he might have one of the biggest hearts. He’s working out at the gym every other day getting in shape to run the Windermere Half Marathon. He isn’t just running, he’s raising money for a good cause. Kaedan is asking people to sponsor him and pledge $13.10 for the 13.1 miles he’ll run in the race. The money will go to the Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation,

  • Spokane man gives car to total stranger in need

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man made it his mission to help those going through some tough times. Rick Clark has helped out in more ways than some people could ever try to. Friday, he helped gift a new car to two people. It all started when residents approached Clark about spare cars they had and they wanted to donate them to people in need. A Honda Accord and another car were gifted, but Rick selected Kendra McQueen and another 

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    The Latest: Trump visits hospital, meets Florida shooting survivors

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida (all times local): 7:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has met with victims of a school shooting who are recovering at a Florida hospital. He's praising the "incredible" work of doctors, nurses and first responders who helped victims after the shooting. Trump is calling the quick response of medical personnel "record-setting" and says some vict...

  • Everett teen charged with attempted murder for alleged school shooting plot

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A teen in Everett has been charged with attempted murder related to an alleged school shooting plot. The Daily Herald reports 18-year-old Joshua O'Connor also was charged Thursday in Everett District Court with robbery and assault. O'Connor was arrested Tuesday at ACES High School after police say his grandmother called 911 and showed officers a journal where he allegedly drew up plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at the school.  ...

  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems. Crowds of people gathered on central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as the ground shook. The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's preliminary magnitude at 7.5 and said its epicenter was 2 kilometers southeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 43 kilometers.   ...

  • Former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

    Man who sued former Seattle mayor over sex abuse claims found dead

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A 47-year-old man who sued former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray over sexual abuse claims that effectively ended Murray's political career has been found dead. The King County Medical Examiner's Office said that Delvonn R. Heckard died Friday in the Seattle suburb of Auburn. The cause and manner of Heckard's death are pending. Heckard's lawsuit filed in April claimed Murray raped and molested Heckard as a teen. Other men came forward with similar claims after...

  • Royal City man arrested, accused of assaulting parents with a shovel

    ROYAL CITY, Wash. - A man is accused of assaulting his parents with a shovel at their Royal City home. Royal City Police tell iFIBER One News that 25-year-old Wilmer Guerrero was talking with his father on Feb. 4 when things got heated. He eventually took off his jacket and punched his father several times in the face. Guerrero allegedly pushed his father to the ground, then kicked kicked him and stomped on his head. Police say that 

  • Kennewick lawyer accused of stealing $330K from clients

    KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has disbarred a Kennewick attorney charged with stealing nearly $330,000 from clients. The Tri-City Herald reports that Christoper Lee Neal's disbarment took effect Thursday. The 43-year-old lawyer had been suspended in 2016 from practicing in Washington state after a client who hired him to handle a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service raised concerns. Neal was previously disciplined in 2015 for losing a couple's cli...

  • Priest River man convicted of ritualized abuse of his family

    Priest River man convicted of ritualized abuse of his family

    SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man accused of using his religious beliefs to justify the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and children was found guilty of more than a dozen felony charges. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports a jury on Thursday convicted 49-year-old Dana Andrew Furtney on charges that included lewd conduct, sexual abuse of a child, ritualized abuse and domestic violence. Against the wishes of his counsel, Furtney testified Thursday that he might...

  • N. Idaho inmate's death due to undiagnosed heart condition

    N. Idaho inmate's death due to undiagnosed heart condition

    OROFINO, Idaho (AP) - Officials say a hereditary heart condition led to the death of an inmate at the Idaho Correctional Institute in Orofino. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office in a statement Thursday says 30-year-old Alexander Mecklin's death in January was due to the undiagnosed heart condition. Mecklin collapsed in the weight room at the northern Idaho facility on Jan. 23 and died a short time later at Clearwater Valley Hospital.    Mecklin was serving tim...

  • Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) - A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting a massive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods has pleaded guilty. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the boy from Vancouver, Washington listened Friday to an hour of testimony from those affected by the wildfire and then read a statement apologizing for his actions. He was sentenced to community service and five years of probation. Au...

  • The Latest: No evidence of a shooting at Highline College

    DES MOINES, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on reports of shots fired at a Washington state community college (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Authorities say they found no evidence of a shooting at a Washington state community college where there were reports of shots fired. Kent Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla said Friday that authorities walked the entire Highline College campus and did not find anything. The school of about 17,000 in Des Moines, Washington, was pla...

  • 9 infected deer killed during hunt to gauge Montana disease

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed at least nine infected deer during a pair of special hunts intended to gauge the prevalence of a newly-found wildlife disease in Montana.  State officials announced Friday that hunters killed more than 450 deer before the special hunts ended this week in Bridger and Liberty counties.  Tests on some animals are still pending. Biologists are looking for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological illness that first appeared in Montana last

  • SCAM ALERT: Spokane County Sheriff's Office warns of caller posing as county official

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants to warn you about a scam call circulating, where the scammer pretends to work at the Spokane Clerk's Office. During the call, the scammer identifies himself as ‘John Witter’ from the Spokane Clerk’s Office.  This scammer, calling from 509-552-4304, goes on to say there was an arrest warrant for the person’s spouse and the “fees” needed to be payed to clear his record.

  • FBI failed to investigate tip on school shooter

    PARKLAND, Fla. - The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting. The agency said Friday that the tip should've been investigated thoroughly because it was a potential threat to life. On Jan. 5, a tipster who was close to Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz's guns, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

  • Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns

    KHQ.COM - Nikolas Cruz is just the latest U.S. mass shooter to legally obtain and own weapons because of limited weapons laws, lapses in the background check process or law enforcement's failure to heed warnings of concerning behavior. The 19-year-old had made threats and was expelled from school, bragged about killing animals, posed with guns on social media and went to a clinic for mental health treatment before took an AR-15-style rifle he had bought legally to a Florida high school.

  • Teen charged with killing first-grader at elementary school playground to be tried as adult

    ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A boy who was 14 when he was charged in the shooting death of his father at their home and a first-grader on a South Carolina elementary school playground will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Friday.   The decision from Family Court Judge Edgar Long means Jesse Osborne, now 15, could face decades in prison if convicted of murder. If he had been tried as a juvenile, he could have been kept behind bars only until his 21st birthday.

  • Republican senator arrested & charged with video voyeurism, extortion

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island state senator has been arrested on charges of video voyeurism and extortion. State police say Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle was arrested Friday and was being taken to their headquarters to be processed. They say they're unsure when Kettle will appear in court. 

  • Juvenile arrested on felony charges for threatening students at Trentwood & South Pines Elementary

    KHQ.COM - Modified lockdowns at Trentwood Elementary and East Valley Midle School has been lifted after authorities say they've made in arrest in an investigation into threats made against students on social media.  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office tells us a juvenile has been arrested for making threats to two juvenile students who attend Trentwood Elementary and South Pines Elementary.

  • 13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities.   The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.   Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

  • Father of Florida shooting victim speaks out against gun violence: "I sent her to school! She was supposed to be safe!"

    KHQ.COM - Ninth grader Jaime Guttenberg, 14, loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist and mother. Her father also spoke out against gun violence during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims.  "My girl! My 14-year-old baby!... I sent her to school yesterday. She was supposed to be safe! My job is to protect my children and I sent my kid to school!"

  • Russell Wilson and Ciara reveal first images of baby Sienna

    KHQ.COM - Has anyone else been wondering... didn't Russel Wilson and Ciara have a baby recently? Where are the photos of their beautiful baby girl?  Well the reason no one has seen their baby girl Sienna, is because no photos of their daughter have been released, until now.  For the first time Ciara shared photos of their brown-eyed, curly haired little girl saying, "Today is just the beginning, I’m sharing something near and dear to my heart with you..."

  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, February 15th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, February 15th.

  • Spokane family searches for driver who hit, injured teen crossing the street

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Tonight a Spokane teen is recovering from a hit and run crash where a driver drove into him and then took off.   Avery Plank founded and runs the charity "Project Unconditional Love," a project that gives dog and cat food to homeless people so they can feed their pets.    While he helps others every week, tonight he's the one hoping for help. The accident happened hear near Columbia and Magnolia, just a few blocks from Whitman E...

  • Florida high school shooting claimed students and teachers

    (AP) - When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, he claimed the lives of students with their whole lives ahead of them, along with those of the teachers who tried to protect them. Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities say died in the deadly shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland:    COACH AND SECURITY MONITOR    Assistant football coach Aaron Feis was shot to death while selflessly shi...
  • The Latest: US beats Slovakia 2-1 in Olympic hockey

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 2:45 p.m. College players have led the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia in group play at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed. Donato, who plays for his father Ted at Harvard, delivered the kind of offense USA Hockey wanted when it picked four NCAA players for its no-NHL Ol...

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    WATCH: Suspect barricades self inside Garden Grove police cruiser, fires round at officers

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - A suspect barricaded himself inside a Garden Grove, California police cruiser for hours and fired a round at officers before being arrested Tuesday night. According to ABC 7, officers arrived to Morningside Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, around 10 p.m. to assist during a psychiatric evaluation on a man.  While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, the man was placed in the back of a vehicle. Officers say 

  • 2 Swiss athletes contract norovirus at Olympics

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):  1:15 p.m. The Swiss Olympic team says norovirus was detected in two of its athletes in recent days at the Pyeongchang Games.  The Swiss team did not identify the athletes Friday but said they haven't been staying in the main Olympic village. The team says they no longer have symptoms of the virus and should compete in their events.    The athletes were immediat...

  • Mother hugs her daughter following deadly Florida shooting

    Psychologists: Focus on filling your own home with love

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With another school shooting this week in Florida, it's likely your children are asking you questions. Local experts say they best thing you can do is focus on creating a safe loving home for your family. Dr. Michelle Estelle said it's important to ask you children questions. She said reserve voicing your opinion until you really hear what it is your child has to say. "We want to guide the conversation according to age appropriate talk 

  • Bicyclist killed in Milton hit-and-run crash identified

    MILTON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities have identified a bicyclist killed early Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash in Milton. The News Tribune reports King County medical examiners identified the man as 29-year-old Ryan B. Joe. The Washington State Patrol says Joe was riding south on Meridian Avenue East when he was struck and killed by an unknown motorist that fled the scene.  Detectives believe he may have been knocked off his bike before being run over.   ...

  • Community rallies to help woman whose home was ransacked

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The community rallies after a woman’s house is burglarized, and donations for a charity are stolen. KHQ first told you about Dorothy Balum a week ago. Burglars ransacked her home and took jewelry, checkbooks, and bags of donations for Hope House, an organization that helps homeless women. A former student of hers who saw our story started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Hope House in her name. He wrote, “This is one of the most caring women I’ve ...

  • Montana won't hunt Yellowstone grizzly bears in 2018

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana won't hold a Yellowstone region grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said they want to avoid complicating a lawsuit over the animal's legal status. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday against a hunt this year. Commission Chairman Dan Vermillion says the move doesn't mean there won't be a grizzly hunt in the future.  Federal officials last year lifted Endangered Species Act protections for about

  • House passes tougher greenhouse gas emissions targets

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state would set more aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under a bill that passed the House. After lengthy heated debate, the House passed the measure Wednesday night on a 50-48 vote, along party lines. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. The measure calls for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions than what the Legislature set in 2008.  By 2025, the state would reduce emissions to 19 percent be...

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    Boyfriend mistakenly buys tickets for bagpipe band instead of Red Hot Chili Peppers

    CHESTERFIELD, England - A man's plan to take his girlfriend to hear Red Hot Chili Peppers ended with the blare of bagpipes instead.  13 News Now reports that Duncan Robb was shopping online and thought he'd found a great deal on tickets for a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Belfast, Ireland. The California band is his girlfriend's favorite group. Robb purchased the tickets, but once he received them, his girlfriend realized something wasn't quite right.

  • House panel OKs bump stock ban

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill that would ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly, similar to the ones used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. The measure, which passed out of the full Senate last month on a 29-20 vote, passed the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 10-3 vote. The move to ban the devices - known as bump stocks - came in response to last October's mass shooting at a country music festival in Las...

  • Quincy Police Dept.

    Career Day at the Monument School went off without a hitch, but had plenty of bark

    QUINCY, Wash. - Quincy Police Officers and Grant County Sheriff's Deputies assisted at the Career Day at the Monument School. K9 Grizzly and K9 Chicka showed off their skills while others talked about law enforcement. "Kids were very polite and asked great questions," Quincy Police Department said in a release. "Parents and teachers should be very proud of the kids." Animal Control and Animal Shelter personnel were also on 

  • Victim's aunt calls for action, not prayers, after shooting

    MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - The aunt of a 14-year-old killed in a Florida school shooting is calling for action - not prayers - to prevent more mass shootings.    Abbie Youkilis wrote a letter Thursday that begins "Dear America" and calls for politicians to be held accountable for gun violence. Her niece, Jaime Guttenberg, was one of 17 people killed Wednesday in the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Youkilis wrote "My family does not want your hopes and p...

  • Ex-teacher accused of making bomb, using students for help

    NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City high school teacher has been accused of paying students to dismantle fireworks for gunpowder so he could eventually make a bomb. Christian Toro was charged in a federal complaint Thursday with offenses including unlawfully making an explosive. His brother, Tyler Toro, also has been arrested in the case. It's unclear who will represent the two in court.    The complaint says the case grew out of a bomb threat called into a school by ...

  • Assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students.

    The Latest: Officials release names of 17 killed at Florida school

    PARKLAND, Fla. - The Latest on victims of a mass shooting at a Florida high school. (all times local):    6:50 p.m.    Authorities in Florida have released the final three names of the 17 confirmed dead in Wednesday's school massacre.    Officials identified them Thursday afternoon as 17-year-old Helena Ramsey, 14-year-old Alex Schachter and 14-year-old Cara Loughran.    Ramsey's cousin Sefena Cooper described her as soft-spoken but 

  • KCSO Sonar Team continues search for missing boater

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Sheriff’s Office Sonar Team is continuing their search of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the area of Powderhorn Bay for 68 year old Larry D. Isenberg, who was reported missing on February 13, 2018. As of Friday, the KCSO Sonar Team has searched approximately 250 acres of the lake bed using a side scan sonar system, which provides searchers with detailed images of the lake bed. The KCSO sonar system is 

  • Spokane Police: Stay safe when driving near commercial vehicles

    SPOKANE, Wash. - With the construction season right around the corner, the Spokane Police Department wants to remind motorists to use caution and avoid unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles.“We tend to see more commercial vehicles around the construction seasons so it’s a perfect opportunity to remind motorists to use extra caution and drive safely,” says SPD Traffic Sergeant John Griffin. 

  • Massachusetts city sues firefighter foam makers over water contamination

    WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts city is suing the makers of firefighting foam blamed for water contamination. Westfield's Democratic Mayor Brian Sullivan announced the federal lawsuit against the 3M Co., Chemguard Inc. and Tyco Fire Protection Products on Thursday.    The manufacturers produce foam used for years at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport for firefighter training.    

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    George Washington's hair found inside New York college library book

    NEW YORK - Archivists at a New York college library stumbled upon an artifact of George Washington- they discovered a lock of his grey hair tucked away inside an 18th century almanac.  USA Today reports that the rare find has Schenectady's Union College wondering how the hair made its way inside the book. It was found on top of a shelf by the college's archivists, but no one is sure how the book got there to begin with.  The almanac 

  • Sheriff: Florida school gunman fired into 5 classrooms

    PARKLAND, Fla. - A Florida sheriff says the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people stopped at fast food restaurants after the attack. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday that Nikolas Cruz tried to mix in with a group of students fleeing the school. The sheriff says he then headed to a Wal-Mart and bought a drink at a Subway restaurant before walking to a McDonald's.

  • Montana school bus skids off road in whiteout conditions

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A school bus carrying a high school boys' basketball team skidded off a road in whiteout conditions, but none of the 14 people on the bus were injured. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Jerome Steiner tells the Great Falls Tribune the driver reported he couldn't see the road as the Augusta team was returning home from a tournament game in Shelby. It was snowing and the wind was blowing about 35 mph (56 kilometers per hour).  The bus carrying the 1...

  • Man arrested, charged with setting man on fire in Seattle

    Man arrested, charged with setting man on fire in Seattle

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - A man accused of setting a man on fire in Seattle in November has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.    The SeattlePI reports 31-year-old Christopher Burrus was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Mountlake Terrace.    He was booked into jail and had bail set at $1 million. Police say Burrus was identified in surveillance video from Nov. 7 on the 4500 block of Northwest Leary Way.    Court 

  • Restaurant owner admits to bringing 4 Thai nationalists into U.S. for cheap labor

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man originally from Thailand has admitted bringing four Thai nationals into the United States to provide cheap labor at his restaurants. Paul Jumroon pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy and filing a false income tax return. Prosecutors say Jumroon, of Depoe Bay, used threats of deportation, control over identification documents and other methods to force the victims to work about 80 hours a week.

  • Washington Senate votes to abolish death penalty

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.    Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration. This comes after controversy caused by multiple failed attempts to abolish it in recent years, despite a moratorium put in place by Governor Jay Inslee in 2014. 

  • Texas police mistakenly shoot man who took gun from suspect

    AMARILLO, Texas - A Texas Panhandle shelter worker who wrestled a gun away from a man holding hostages was then shot by a police officer who mistook him as the suspect. Amarillo police say they received a report Wednesday of a man holding dozens hostage in the chapel of Faith City Mission, a shelter serving the indigent and others. 

  • Lawsuits challenge U.S. cuts to anti-teen pregnancy grants

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nine organizations covering several states have filed lawsuits seeking to reverse a decision by President Donald Trump's administration to cut short funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. The lawsuits were filed Thursday on behalf of three Planned Parenthood affiliates, including those covering Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Nebraska and Washington state, as well as organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Maryland.

  • Level 3 sex offender with multiple convictions living as transient in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office would like to alert the public that there is a level 3 sex offender living as a transient in Spokane.  Grady L. Jackson has multiple offenses on his record. In January of 1994 he was charged with child molestation in the 2nd degree and in March of 2007, he was charged with 3rd degree assault with sexual motivation.  Jackson is described as 41-years-old, brown hair and blue eyes. 

  • McDonald's cutting cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from Happy Meals

    OAK BROOK, Ill. - McDonald's is planning on getting rid of cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal in an effort to cut down on calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.  If you still want a cheeseburger in your happy meal, you can, but McDonald's said that not listing them will reduce how often they are ordered. 

  • Trump: Nation 'joined together' after shooting

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said the nation is "joined together as one American family" after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. In a national address from the White House on Thursday, Trump said he wanted to speak directly to America's children, saying "you are never alone, and you never will be." He said no child should have to go to school fearing for their lives.

  • Spokane Lowe's looking to hire 235 employees

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Lowe’s is getting ready to help customers with their spring projects, and could use a hand. Lowe’s stores in Spokane will hold open interviews and make on-the-spot job offers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 as part of the company’s first National Hiring Day. Lowe’s is hiring more than 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees nation-wide to help customers this spring – the busiest time of year for home improvement projects.

  • Coach who shielded students among shooting victims

    PARKLAND, Fla. - A football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida. The football program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweets that assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students. 

  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 14th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, February 14th.

  • Florida gov: Shooting 'absolutely pure evil'

    PARKLAND, Fla. - A sheriff says 17 people have died in the shooting attack on a South Florida high school. Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County says the 19-year-old suspect is in custody and that investigators are beginning to "dissect" what happened in the attack Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

  • Man says Luke Wilson was hero in deadly crash

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A witness says actor Luke Wilson pulled an injured woman from a car after a Los Angeles crash that killed a 71-year-old man who was in a Ferrari with professional golfer Bill Haas.    Tattoo artist Sean Heirigs says he was directly behind the Ferrari and saw the whole accident and told his 14-year-old daughter to call 911.

  • I, spy: New Manhattan attraction offers espionage history

    NEW YORK (AP) - Visitors to a new attraction opening in New York City can learn about the elements of spying, its history and find out what kind of spy they could be. SPYSCAPE opens Friday in Manhattan. Visitors can get a glimpse of spying's past and present, from World War II code-breaking machines to the most famous names in espionage and their deeds of derring-do.    Visitors can also take a series of tests that gauge everything from their powers of observation to the...

  • Spalding County Sheriff's Office

    Thief finds missing man's body in wall of abandoned motel

    GRIFFIN, Ga. - The body of a missing man was found in an abandoned Spalding County motel after someone breaking into the property stumbled upon it. AJC.com reports that Timothy Johnson was last seen Dec. 6. Griffin police recovered his car the next day at Crestview Baptist Church. 

  • Spokane police searching for suspect after shooting in N. Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating after a shooting in north Spokane Wednesday night. It happened near the intersection of Frederick and Lincoln. Witnesses say the victim was walking down the street when the suspect approached him.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in deaths of two adults in Grant County

    COULEE CITY, Wash. - Investigators are looking into the deaths of two Coulee City adults due to what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Responders were called about 7 p.m. Monday to a trailer park in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Coulee City after a landlord found the renters -- a male and a female -- dead inside a home. Investigators believe the two were overcome by carbon monoxide from either a propane appliance or propane heater. Foul play is not suspected. 

  • Flu-stricken Texas teacher's death puts focus on antivirals

    DALLAS (AP) - A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn't immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116 insurance co-pay too high.

  • Broken pipes cause hundreds to lose water on reservation

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week.    Yellowstone Public Media reported Wednesday that the reservation has been plagued by water shortages because federal funding for a much-needed water project hasn't come through. The project would install a multi-million-dollar pipeline to provide water for the reservation and nearby communities.

  • Everett man arrested on suspicion of school shooting plan

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Everett police say they arrested an 18-year-old student they believe was planning to shoot people at his high school. The Daily Herald reports that officers on Tuesday arrested Joshua Alexander O'Connor at ACES High School on attempted murder charges. Police say O'Connor's grandmother called 911 earlier Tuesday and that she showed them a journal where he allegedly drew up plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at the school.  &n...

  • A 9-year-old's quest to become a world champion

    Rocksie Marchand may look like an everyday 9 year old: Playing basketball for Wilbur Elementary school,  being a big sister to her younger siblings, and a kid out enjoying the seasons... But put her on her horse Roo, and it’s clear to see this beauty was born to ride. Since the age of 3 Rocksie has been competing in many rodeo events.

  • Armored truck rolls over, sends passenger to hospital

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- One person is recovering after an armored truck rollover on State Route 904 near Cheney. Troopers say it happened around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Troopers say an armored truck from Garda was headed westbound on State Route 904. 

  • WSP: One person dead after rollover crash near Cheney/Tyler exit

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol Troopers say one person is dead following a crash on I-90 west of Spokane.  The crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-90 near milepost 259, or about 20 miles west of Spokane. Trooper Jeff Sevigney urges motorists who may have to travel that way to use caution through the area.  

  • Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty.    Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration.

  • Fabian Bösch

    WATCH: Swiss Olympic skier casually rides up escalator with only one arm

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Competing at an Olympics is a serious affair, not that it seems to worry Fabian Bösch too much. The 20-year-old Swiss skier isn't scheduled to compete until next Sunday in the men's Slopestyle event, so in the meantime he's having a bit of fun with his strength training. "After 20 years, I still couldn't figure out how these things work! Am I doing it right?" Bösch posted a video of his antics on Instagram, where 

  • Search continues from man who fell into Lake Coeur d'Alene

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The search continues for a missing north Idaho man in the cold waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Deputies say Larry Isenberg fell in the lake Tuesday while out near Powderhorn Bay. On Wednesday Kootenai County Marine Deputies got ready for a 10-hour search of the lake.

  • Angus Glens Moorland Group

    WATCH: Rescuers spend 72 hour drilling through rock to save dog

    A Patterdale Terrier named Charlie was pulled to safety after a 72 hour rescue operation in Highland, Scotland. According to Angus Glens Moorland Group, working dog Charlie disappeared down a hole during fox control. Lucky for Charlie, he was wearing his tracking collar at the time, making him easy to locate. The  rescue operation took seven gamekeepers from the Angus Glens Moorland Group three days to cut through 12.5ft of rock using drills and a rock breaker. Charlie wa...
  • No air travel for Indiana woman charged with attacking crew

    DETROIT (AP) - An Indiana woman charged with attacking a Delta Air Lines crew on an international flight is barred from air travel while her case is pending.    Camille Krueger of La Porte, Indiana, appeared in Detroit federal court on Wednesday, a week after she was charged. A judge ordered several conditions, including a ban on commercial air travel.

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    Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho

    BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus. The Times-News reports the Black Angus bull rampaged across the town of Burley on Tuesday, trampling over signs and charging at people before arriving at Burley High School. Sheriff Jay Heward says the officers were not able to capture the bull, so the animal was killed in order to keep the public safe. He says no gunshots w...

  • Idaho panel kills bill to raise smoking age to 21

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel has killed a bill that would have increased the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, a Republican from Boise, would have applied to smoking, chewing tobacco and using alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. The goal was to join California, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii and Main to ban smoking until age 21. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday killed the p...

  • Man convicted of robbing casino twice gets 50-year sentence

    Man convicted of robbing casino twice gets 50-year sentence

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A man convicted of robbing a southern Montana casino twice within the same week in 2016 was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 47-year-old Duane Burchill was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty in August of robbery, conspiracy to commit deceptive practices and felony drug possession.  Authorities say Burchill stole about $1,500 in the two robberies at a Magic Diamond Casino in Bozeman. He was arrested ...

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    Man pleads guilty to charge he sprayed manure on fed's car

    ALBURGH, Vt (AP) - A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sprayed liquid cow manure on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally.  MyChamplainValley.com reports that Mark Johnson, of Alburgh, entered pleas Tuesday to simple assault on a law enforcement officer with bodily fluids and disorderly conduct. Johnson, who does custom manure spreading, was charged...

  • DeVos donates salary to education, special needs charities

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A spokeswoman says Education Secretary DeVos will donate her nearly $200,000 salary to four charities focusing on education and special needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement Wednesday that DeVos' one-year salary of $199,700 will be divided evenly among the four organizations. One of the groups, Dreams Soar, works to encourage girls to pursue careers in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics. Another, Kids Hope USA, help...

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    Maine daycare workers think a parent brought them pot cookies

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine say daycare workers suspect a parent brought them cookies tainted with marijuana. Bangor Sgt. Brent Beaulieu said no children ate the cookies that were dropped off at the Watch Me Shine daycare. But some of the staff reported "a feeling of marijuana intoxication." The daycare was closed Wednesday while police investigated. The cookies are being tested. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine law ...

  • Apple's new speaker making an unwelcome mark in some homes

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed.    Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting it leaves a white ring on wooden furniture.

  • Official: Flight lands in Honolulu after losing engine cover

    HONOLULU (AP) - A United Airlines flight landed safely Tuesday in Honolulu after an engine cover came off during its flight from California, the airline said.    "Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft," United said in a statement, adding that all passengers departed the Boeing 777 normally at the gate.

  • Agencies investigate pet food company over contamination

    SEATTLE (AP) - State and federal authorities are investigating a raw pet food company based in a Seattle suburb after finding a pattern of salmonella and listeria contamination in its products.    The Seattle Times reports the Food and Drug Administration and the state Department of Agriculture have launched investigations into the Tukwila-based Darwin's Natural Pet Products following multiple complaints and four recalls related to its products.

  • Spokane deputies arrest would-be burglar busted trying to cut through fence

    SPOKANE, Wash. - After they received a call of a man cutting a fence behind the Maverik store at store at Broadway and Evergreen, deputies arrived within three minutes and detained two men. They subsequently arrested 29-year-old Adam S. Bauch for second degree attempted burglary. Just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a citizen reported two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and cutting the fence behind Maverik.

  • How to plan a lovely day that doesn’t bust your budget

    So you’ve found someone to spend your life with. Congrats! Now all you have to do is make it official and throw a party. As you plan a wedding, it’s not unusual to watch the cost skyrocket. But weddings can be both memorable and affordable.

  • Spokane City & County launching full plow operations

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The snow fell (is still falling as of 9:00 a.m.) and the City of Spokane has decided to launch a full-city plow. Both the City of Spokane and Spokane County announced they are in full plow operations Wednesday morning.

  • Meals on Wheels fundraiser hits 10-year mark with Cinnagrams

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday marks day two of preparations for Cinnagrams, an annual Valentine's day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.  Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers meals to disabled and homebound seniors in Spokane.  

  • SCHOOL CLOSURES AND DELAYS

    SPOKANE, Wash. - School closures and delays are coming in fast this morning.  Here are the latest closings and delays we have right now.

  • Suspect held, SUV stopped after shooting at NSA gate

    FORT MEADE, Maryland - Police say authorities are responding to a shooting outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, where police have surrounded a handcuffed man after a black SUV ran into a barrier. Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed by phone that one person was injured in the shooting outside the base and was taken to hospital. 

  • Man saves two people from north Spokane house fire

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters knocked down a house fire in north Spokane Tuesday night.  Crews responded around 9 p.m. Neighbors say there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.  There is no word yet whether anyone was injured, but one man told KHQ he saved two people from the home. He even caught someone who jumped from a second story window.

  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, February 13th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, February 13th.

  • Lawmakers propose program to monitor car theft felons in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - This week the Washington State Senate approved a bill that would set up a new pilot program in the Spokane area to combat car thefts. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Spokane and Spokane Valley saw a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles from 2015 to 2016, jumping from 25th to 11th, among the nation's worst cities for car thefts.

  • Women's Heart Health: Spokane mom suffers heart attack while getting son ready for school

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Think of the three women closest to you. Maybe it's your sister, your mom and your best friend. Now think that of those three, one will die because of heart disease. It's the gut wrenching reality that many don't want to think about or talk about. KHQ wants to start the conversation about women's heart health, because it very well could impact someone you love very much. 

  • ICE lawyer in Seattle charged with stealing immigrants' IDs

    SEATTLE (AP) - A lawyer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants' identities.    Raphael Sanchez, identified as ICE's chief counsel in Seattle, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in a charging document filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

  • State police: Woman defecated in cul-de-sac 3 separate times

    EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut State Police say they finally got the scoop on the poop.    State police said Tuesday that they arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with human excrement deposited on three separate occasions in the middle of the same cul-de-sac in East Granby.    Holly Malone was charged with misdemeanor breach of peace. She lives a few miles away from the cul-de-sac in Simsbury.

  • Family who buried wrong man sues California county

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relatives who thought they had buried their loved one only to find out he was alive 11 days after his funeral are suing the California county responsible for what they say started as a mix-up but became a cover-up.    Frank Kerrigan's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday alleging negligence and concealment against Orange County.

  • East Valley math teacher pleads ‘not guilty’ to burglary, theft charges

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A former Athletic Director and current math teacher at East Valley Middle School plead not guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and theft Tuesday. Andrew Breneman, 35, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft stemming from an incident last October. According to court records, Breneman stole thousands of dollars in fishing equipment from a fly shop where he worked. His trial starts on May 7.

  • Serious crash serves as reminder for children to use car seats

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two adults and a child are recovering in the hospital after getting into a serious car crash Monday night. The crash investigation closed off Hamilton at Montgomery overnight. Police say initial reports show that the child wasn’t in a car seat even though due to his age and size he was supposed to be. There are organizations around town that help with making sure you have the right car seat or booster seat for your child. Safe Kids Spokane does car seat safety c...

  • Video shows failed subway bombing attempt, police response

    NEW YORK (AP) - Newly released security video of a failed suicide bombing in the New York City subway system gives a fuller picture of the police response.    The recording was posted online by WNBC-TV on Tuesday and shows a sudden flash from a partially detonated pipe bomb that sends commuters fleeing from a busy passageway in midtown Manhattan in December.

  • Coeur d'Alene board votes to build Hayden Lake School expansion

    HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho - When you walk inside Hayden Lake School, it’s like taking a step back in time. The old floors and the brick building represent the history in the city of Hayden; history that Principal Bill Rutherford embraces. “It's a piece of who Hayden is,” Rutherford said. But with changing times and more people moving to the area, it’s time to expand.

  • Climber airlifted off Oregon mountain dies

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a climber who fell up to 1,000 feet (305) meters and was airlifted off Mount Hood has died. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the male climber was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Portland, Oregon, hospital Tuesday afternoon.

  • Quest for unconditional love: Spokane teen works to help homeless with pets

    SPOKANE, Wash. - As Olympic athletes strive for gold, a teenager in Spokane is striving for a cause. Avery Plank is only 15, but five years ago, he founded his own charity called Project Unconditional Love. The freshman at Mt. Spokane High School took his love for animals, and created a way to make it possible for other people to experience the same joy you can only feel from having a pet.

  • Spokane Valley deputies quickly recover vehicle reported stolen, make two arrests

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley and Spokane County deputies worked together to recover a stolen vehicle quickly after it was reported stolen, they also located a second car involved in the theft after the driver tried to block the deputy from getting behind the stolen car.

  • Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah.    Wasatch County authorities say the elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as it flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground, trying to capture the animal with a net.

  • SUV's accelerator sticks at speeds up to 100 mph in Florida

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles (80 kilometers) on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph (160 kph).    A Florida Highway Patrol report says 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn't slow down.

  • City of Spokane says it's ready for winter storm

    Spokane, Wash. This winter has been pretty calm. But after several days of blue sky, the city plows are ready to hit the streets Wednesday morning "We are prepared throughout the winter season to be able to respond to snow and ice as it comes into our region," said Marlene Feist. The city's street department spokeswoman Marlene Feist says her crews are prepared to be out all night, but for handyman Steven Lawrence, the snow would be a change of pace. He hasn't needed 

  • Dive team searching for missing boater on Lake Coeur d'Alene

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team has been actively searching Lake Coeur d'Alene in the area of Powderhorn Bay for a 68-year-old man identified as Larry D. Isenberge. Isenberg had reportedly fallen into the lake.

  • Man with 'DIRTBAG' vanity license plate arrested at car wash

    BELLVUE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a Washington man with a custom "DIRTBAG" license plate on his car was arrested after purposely rear-ending a driver at a car wash and punching an officer.    Court documents say the man - upset the driver ahead of him wasn't moving faster - bumped the car in front of him Sunday with his Chevy Camaro.

  • Sheriff's deputy shot man reported to be suicidal

    GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man reported as being suicidal was shot by a sheriff's deputy in western Washington state.    The 34-year-old man from Lynnwood had texted a friend that he wanted to kill himself, hours before the shooting happened along the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls Monday night.

  • Police: Woman dead after falling from car during chase

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Idaho say a woman has died from her injuries after falling from a car driven by a man attempting to elude police.    Nampa police say 46-year-old Joe A. Navarez kept driving after the woman fell out and was eventually stopped early Tuesday morning after police rammed his vehicle. 

  • Letter to Donald Trump Jr. says, 'You're an awful person'

    NEW YORK - A law enforcement official says a letter with a white powder sent to Donald Trump Jr. at his mother-in-law's New York City home read, "You're an awful person." The official wasn't authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday about the letter, which was mailed from Massachusetts and was received Monday. 

  • Rep. Timm Ormsby charged with DUI in Olympia

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Representative Timm Ormsby was pulled over and charged with a DUI last weekend in Olympia.  “I made a very poor choice this weekend and want to apologize to my constituents, colleagues, friends and family,” Ormsby said in a statement released Tuesday. “I have faith in our justice system and will abide by whatever consequences I receive." Ormsby represents Spokane's 3rd District and is the most senior Democrat in the Legislature. 

  • LeBron James to produce new "House Party" movie

    CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James is going old school to make a new movie.   The Cavaliers star and business partner Maverick Carter are producing a new version of "House Party," the comedy featuring hip-hop duo Kid 'N Play that debuted in 1990.   James' SpringHill Entertainment production company described the project as a "fresh re-imagining" of the original.

  • Chicago news station confuses PyeongChang with restaurant chain PF Chang's

    KHQ.COM - An ABC affiliate in Chicago accidentally broadcast a report about the Winter Olympics illustrated with a graphic that read “P.F. Chang 2018” on Saturday morning. Unfortunately the mistake did not go unnoticed. They've since said the mistake was a "graphics mix-up." P.F. Chang's even took notice of the blunder and responded on their Twitter account saying, "contrary to this broadcast, we’re not hosting the games."

  • Sen. Cotton says there's no debating DACA plan: 'Best and final offer'

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator who introduced President Donald Trump's immigration proposal says it's "the president's framework bill or nothing." Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas calls the bill "not an opening bid" for negotiations with Democrats on immigration but the "best and final offer."   

  • Man on bicycle shot outside KHQ; Suspect(s) on the loose

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A man is in the hospital recovering from serious injuries after being shot on the corner of Sprague and Jefferson right outside KHQ in downtown Spokane early Tuesday morning. The shooting was actually captured on KHQ's security cameras. Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, video shows a car driving north on Jefferson, turn west on Sprague, stop at the corner and shoot a man on a bicycle.

  • Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his 3-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the state's top office after reading stories about six teenage candidates.

  • Snow Queen: Kim dominates to take gold in women's halfpipe

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Chloe Kim's coronation is complete.    The 17-year-old from Torrance, California, dominated the Olympic women's halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, soaring to a gold medal four years in the making.

  • 3 people hospitalized in crash at Hamilton and Montgomery

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police traffic investigators were on the scene of a bad crash near Hamilton and Montgomery Monday night. Officers on scene say three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital as a result of the collision but all of them have injuries that are not considered life-threatening. 

  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, February 12th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Monday, February 12th.

  • Can gene therapy be used to fight the AIDS virus?

    Scientists are trying to perfect gene therapy to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.    The efforts are inspired by a man who was cured of HIV infection a decade ago by a cell transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus. Researchers have been trying to get similar results using a patient's own blood cells.

  • Spokane man stabbed over custom pool cue

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 52-year-old man is in the hospital after he was stabbed by people who wanted to take his custom pool cue. Police say the victim was on his way to Moezy Tavern on Monroe when he was approached by three people who tried to steal his cue. He refused to hand it over and was stabbed twice near Ash and Grace, he then walked about a half a mile to the bar, where police and medics were called. 

  • Elderly woman randomly attacked in LA's Koreatown; Police search for suspect

    LOS ANGELES - Police in southern California are hoping that surveillance cameras can lead them to a person of interest in a weekend attack on an elderly woman in Los Angeles.  The 85-year-old grandmother was left with severe facial injuries including eyes swollen shut, and stitches on her scalp. Surveillance video shows the woman walking along a sidewalk in LA's Koreatown about four miles from downtown.

  • Police: Florida officers fatally shoot armed 84-year-old man

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say Florida police officers fatally shot an elderly man who had been threatening to kill himself.    A Miami-Dade Police Department news release says officers responded to a Homestead-area apartment complex Monday afternoon after a report of an 84-year-old who was armed and threatening to take his own life.

  • 14 worms pulled from the eye of woman with rare infection

    NEW YORK (AP) - An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.    Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday.    The woman was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa, a type of eye worm seen in the northern United States and southern Canada - but only in cattle.

  • Quest to compete: Spokane city leaders' vision for multi-use sports facility

    SPOKANE, Wash. - An Olympic dream usually starts well before the Olympic reality. And right now there is a serious push that has traction to transform the north bank of the Spokane River with a multi-use Sportsplex, which city leaders call a "game changer" for the way our kids play any sports. The hours, days, weeks and years of practice, now realized at a state of the art facility.

  • Selkirk firefighter trains for Seattle stair climb

    SANDPOINT, Idaho - For over an hour everyday, Selkirk firefighter, Gwen LeTetour gears up from head-to-toe to do battle… with the stair master. He does this daily in preparation for a big race. “I have been training a lot, last year I placed in the top 100 so this year I will have a better start,” LeTetour said.

  • Surveillance camera captures car prowler casing car before break-in

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane business owner is urging everyone to make sure they don’t leave anything in their car after her son’s car is broken into. Tammy Hull says her son parked his car overnight at her business, Litz’s Bar and Grill. Sometime around 5:30 in the morning on Saturday, a man walked by, looking for things, and even walked around the entire building. He was dressed strangely, with a bandana around his face, a hoodie and a baseball cap. He then look...

  • Amazon to lay off 'small' number of people in Seattle

    NEW YORK (AP) - After a ramp-up of hiring last year, Amazon says it will cut a "small" number of positions at its Seattle headquarters.    The company did not give an exact number, but The Seattle Times, citing a person familiar with the cuts, says they affect a few hundred people.

  • National Portrait Gallery unveils Obama portraits

    The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.    The portraits were unveiled to the public Monday. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits. A second and different set of portraits of the former first couple will eventually hang in the White House.

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  • Idaho to send 250 inmates to Texas

    Thursday, February 8 2018 6:14 PM EST2018-02-08 23:14:26 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction say up to 250 male inmates will be moved to a correctional center in Texas due to a shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails. Director Henry Atencio said Thursday that he knows the move creates challenges for inmates and their families, but Idaho simply has no more room. 

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    BOISE, Idaho - Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction say up to 250 male inmates will be moved to a correctional center in Texas due to a shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails. Director Henry Atencio said Thursday that he knows the move creates challenges for inmates and their families, but Idaho simply has no more room. 

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  • Mom says Pasco daycare waxed toddler's eyebrows

    Mom says Pasco daycare waxed toddler's eyebrows

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 12:03 PM EST2018-02-07 17:03:28 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. - The two moms of the kids whose eyebrows were waxed by their daycare officially filed a police report today with the Pasco Police Department. The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center has been licensed for less than a year, and has had no complaints filed against them...until this one. 

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    PASCO, Wash. - The two moms of the kids whose eyebrows were waxed by their daycare officially filed a police report today with the Pasco Police Department. The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center has been licensed for less than a year, and has had no complaints filed against them...until this one. 

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  • Hemp Hearts: a brand new local 'superfood' on store shelves now

    Hemp Hearts: a brand new local 'superfood' on store shelves now

    Thursday, February 1 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-01 23:54:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 1 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-01 23:54:16 GMT

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