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  • Spokane Police arrest drunk drive-by shooting suspect

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested a 41-year-old man they say fired shots in downtown Spokane while driving drunk.  Officers were called to the area of Sprague and Browne at approximately 9:30 pm Monday for a report of multiple shots fired in the area. The first officers were on scene in less than a minute. A security officer in the area was able to provide a description of the suspect's SUV and a direction of travel. 

  • FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

    NEW YORK - The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report released Tuesday shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias, religious bias and because of a victim's sexual orientation. 

  • Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - A southern Missouri school district has suspended a teacher who oversaw a class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Poplar Bluff district superintendent Scott Dill visited the American History class Monday to read the suspended teacher's letter of apology.
      

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    Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl serves BBQ to wildfire firefighters

    CALABASAS, Calif. - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl doesn't want firefighters battling the California wildfires to go hungry. Grohl served his Backbeat Barbeque at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas on Monday night. Firefighters, who have been battling the Woolsey fire, thanked Grohl on Instagram.    His publicist did not have any details.    Grohl posted an image on Instagram telling firefighters to "Dig in!"  

  • CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

    NEW YORK - CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked them last week following President Trump's contentious news conference, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn't want to hear anything more from him.

  • SLIDESHOW: Consumer group releases "worst toys" list for holidays

    BOSTON - A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its list Tuesday at a Boston children's hospital.

  • PHOTOS: Crash sends deer into back of New Jersey woman's SUV

    HOWELL, N.J. - Police are praising a woman for avoiding tragedy after a deer crashed through her windshield and landed in the back passenger seat of her SUV. Authorities say the deer darted in front of 36-year-old Melissa Misthal as she was driving early Monday in Howell, New Jersey.  Misthal tried to avoid the deer, but couldn't. 

  • Trump suggests France would have been defeated without US

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is suggesting France would have been vanquished in both world wars if not for the U.S. Trump tweeted Tuesday about French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion Europe protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. He argued Europe should build up its militaries because it can no longer depend on the U.S. for defense. 

  • UK police make arrest in hunt for 'Friends' lookalike thief

    LONDON - British police say they have arrested a suspect in their hunt for a shoplifter who bears a striking resemblance to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer on the TV show "Friends."  Facebook users noticed the similarity when police posted surveillance-camera footage last month of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool, northwest England.   

  • Rathdrum man finds arrow lodged in car after drive to work

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - "I heard a loud thud and it was louder than anything falling in my trunk, or at least I thought at the time," Alan Chatterton said. On his way to work last Thursday, Alan Chatterton thought it may have been a bolt that was loose on his suspension, or maybe it was something in his trunk that he was going through earlier that morning..

  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 12th

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

  • Spokane City Council defers vote on City Hall visitors proposal

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: On Monday, Spokane City Council deferred a vote on an ordinance that would allow visitors to City Hall to stay all day. Council deferred the vote for a month to work on the logistics of the proposal.

  • A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time

    It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth’s angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far more than that. It’s no stretch to say that he helped redraw the world of American fiction.

  • Lawsuit: Illinois guard shot by police had on security hat

    CHICAGO (AP) - A lawyer says a police officer fatally shot an armed guard who was wearing a hat with "security" emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside a suburban Chicago bar.    Attorney Gregory Kulis, who represents the family of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.

  • Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead

    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 -- making it the deadliest in state history -- as anxious relatives visited shelters and called police hoping to find loved ones alive. Lisa Jordan drove 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Yakima, Washington, to search for her uncle, Nick Clark, and his wife, Anne Clark, of Paradise, California.

  • Douglas Rain, who supplied HAL's voice in '2001,' dies at 90

    NEW YORK (AP) - A Canadian actor who played some of Shakespeare's most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the rogue computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" has died. 

  • UPS driver's viral photo of child in leaves urges drivers to be alert

    ELKHART, Ind. - A photo of a child playing in leaves close to an Indiana road has gone viral across the country.  Jordan Weaver, a UPS driver in Elkhart,Indiana, shared the photo on Monday. He spotted the young boy while delivering packages on his route and wanted to raise awareness of a safety issue. The child is seen hiding in a pile of leaves.

  • Retired Spokane Police captain seriously hurt in Costa Rica crash

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A retired Spokane Police captain is fighting for his life in the hospital.   Keith Cummings and his wife Holly were on vacation in Costa Rica and got into a head-on crash with another truck on Friday. In an online fundraiser, their daughter, Rachel Durkin, said her mother is recovering in a hotel room with several facial fractures and a pelvic fracture.

  • Death toll in N California wildfire jumps to 42

    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have reported 13 more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California that destroyed a town, bringing the total death toll so far to 42 and making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded state history.

  • Spokane woman's hometown "completely destroyed" in California wildfire

    Spokane real estate agent Amy Brown-Morfitt helps families find homes, but she's currently hoping more help is going to her hometown of Paradise, California. "Growing up there, you felt like you were at the end of the Earth because it's surrounded by canyons on multiple sides," Brown-Morfitt said. "We kind of always knew that if the right fire with the right conditions happened, getting out of town would be difficult. I think it's miraculous that as many peo...
  • What you need to know about Initiative 1639's "safe storage" restriction

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been nearly one week since Washington voters passed Initiative 1639, a sweeping package of stricter gun regulations - particularly for semiautomatic rifles. While the measure raises the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic rifles to 21, creates enhanced background checks, and forces customers to wait 10 days before taking possession of the firearm, I-1639 lays the framework for "safe storage" of semiautomatic rifles

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  • All Malibu residents again ordered to evacuate

    All Malibu residents again ordered to evacuate

    Friday, November 9 2018 4:02 PM EST2018-11-09 21:02:29 GMT

    CAMARILLO SPRINGS, Calif. - Portions of Southern California remain under siege as two large brush fires are threatening numerous communities.    ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. 

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    CAMARILLO SPRINGS, Calif. - Portions of Southern California remain under siege as two large brush fires are threatening numerous communities.    ABC7.com reports that one of the fires has now scorched 8,000 acres as winds picked up early Friday, with some 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. 

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  • Douglas County fire crews fighting 550-acre fire in Mansfield area

    Douglas County fire crews fighting 550-acre fire in Mansfield area

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-10-25 00:09:01 GMT

    MANSFIELD, Wash. - Firefighters now say a fire burning in Douglas County has grown to 550 acres in size. The Road 9 Fire is burning about 1 and a half miles west of Highway 17 and south of Highway 172.

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    MANSFIELD, Wash. - Firefighters now say a fire burning in Douglas County has grown to 550 acres in size. The Road 9 Fire is burning about 1 and a half miles west of Highway 17 and south of Highway 172.

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  • Idaho fire season will cost about $20 million, set to end below average

    Idaho fire season will cost about $20 million, set to end below average

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-10-16 22:13:37 GMT

    Idaho will owe about $20 million in firefighting costs for the 2018 wildfire season. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that this year's wildfire season is below the 20-year-average for acres burned and number of fires. But officials say 202 wildfires in Idaho were caused by humans, while just 56 were caused by lighting. 

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    Idaho will owe about $20 million in firefighting costs for the 2018 wildfire season. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that this year's wildfire season is below the 20-year-average for acres burned and number of fires. But officials say 202 wildfires in Idaho were caused by humans, while just 56 were caused by lighting. 

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  • Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

    Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

    Thursday, November 8 2018 12:47 AM EST2018-11-08 05:47:57 GMT

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima police officer who pepper-sprayed and kicked a teenager while breaking up a fight has returned to regular patrol duties. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports officer Ian Cole will not face administrative action after a use of force review board concluded his actions were reasonable.  

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    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima police officer who pepper-sprayed and kicked a teenager while breaking up a fight has returned to regular patrol duties. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports officer Ian Cole will not face administrative action after a use of force review board concluded his actions were reasonable.  

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  • University of Montana seeks to reduce budget by $5M

    University of Montana seeks to reduce budget by $5M

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-11-08 04:35:36 GMT
    University of MontanaUniversity of Montana

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021. The Missoulian reports provost Jon Harbor says the university expects to drop 12 percent of its faculty, but it aims to keep tenured members and those on track for tenure.    

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    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021. The Missoulian reports provost Jon Harbor says the university expects to drop 12 percent of its faculty, but it aims to keep tenured members and those on track for tenure.    

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  • Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

    Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-11-08 00:29:43 GMT
    Ken Balcomb - Center for Whale ResearchKen Balcomb - Center for Whale Research

    SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales. The group advising the governor voted Tuesday to recommend a three- to five-year moratorium on viewing southern resident killer whales by all boats in Puget Sound. 

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    SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales. The group advising the governor voted Tuesday to recommend a three- to five-year moratorium on viewing southern resident killer whales by all boats in Puget Sound. 

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