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  • California sea lions contracting potentially-fatal infection

    A rescue center says California sea lions are coming down with a potentially fatal bacterial infection in near-record numbers. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito says more than 220 sea lions rescued this year have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. It's the second-largest outbreak recorded by the rescue center. 

  • Former Washington State Bar Association president charged with theft, identity theft

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against former Washington State Bar Association President Robin Haynes. The 40-year-old Haynes is facing multiple counts of second degree theft and identity theft. She allegedly law firm credit cards without permission.

  • Idaho State Police arrest 2 after finding 117 pounds of pot

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say two people were arrested after officers discovered more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana during a traffic stop near Idaho Falls.    KIFI-TV reports police arrested 25-year-old Javier Luna-Gutierrez and 19-year-old Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez following the stop Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.

  • Man arrested after trying to sell car he didn't own on eBay

    A Spokane man is in jail Tuesday because police suspect he was trying to sell a car on eBay that he didn’t own. Deputy Mark Gregory said Samuel Richardson took pictures of a 1964 mustang that was on sale for $10,000. Richardson then posted those pictures on eBay, selling the car for $3,000. 

  • Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter. The cameras of ESPN turned their attention to one lonely Coug fan in the 300 level.  There was one man. His feet were reclined, his arms were sprawled.

  • Changes may be on the way for problem intersection at Highway 2 and Colbert Rd

    COLBERT, Wash. - With multiple accidents at Highway 2 and Colbert Road in the past weeks, people living nearby say the intersection is dangerous, and they don't want to wait until someone is killed for changes to be made. Thanks to them being proactive and vocal, changes could soon be on the way. For people like Staci Litrell, there's only one word to describe the intersection: Scary.

  • Facebook group confronts man who thought he was meeting underage girl

    POST FALLS, Idaho - "What's your name? My name is Jesse," Jesse Weeks said. An encounter at a gas station in Post Falls turned into Post Falls Police responding. "I was just going to get her a bear," Jeffrey Christenot said on camera.

  • Suspected hit-and-run driver makes first court appearance

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Last week KHQ told you the story of Santana Rivera, the man who was hit by a car and lost his leg. Over the weekend, KHQ told you how the man that police think was driving at the time, had been caught. On Tuesday, that man, Andrew Clifton, made his first appearance in court. He had a lot to say when his bond was posted to $50,000.

  • K9 Khan stays busy, nabs two separate suspects hiding from police

    It was a busy night for Spokane Valley Deputy Tyler Kullman and his partner, K9 Khan, as they assisted in making two separate arrests after suspects attempted to hide from authorities. The first incident took place at about 11:30 at a business in the 6600 block of E. Broadway where a suspicious car was parked. 

  • 20-year-old man killed in crash near Rathdrum

    RATHDRUM, Idaho -  Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.

  • Mexican couple held in prison after being caught carrying human remains in baby carriage

    A Mexican man and his female companion have been ordered held in prison pending trial for the slaying of a woman, though the man has confessed to murdering at least nine more. The couple was caught earlier this month carrying dismembered human remains in a baby carriage. Authorities say they may have sold the women's bones to a religious cult. 

  • State's Dem congressional candidates top GOP in fundraising

    SEATTLE (AP) - Democratic contenders in Washington's most competitive midterm congressional races have bested their Republican rivals in campaign fundraising over the past few months.

  • Campaign raising money to prevent new taxes on soda and groceries

    A campaign funded almost entirely by the soda industry has raised $20.21 million to pass a measure that would prohibit local governments from imposing new taxes on soda or grocery items. The money raised so far by the Yes to Affordable Groceries campaign, sponsored by the American Beverage Association, positions it near the top of fundraising efforts in a statewide initiative campaign.

  • Astoria works toward reducing illegal parking near "The Goonies" house

    The Astoria City Council has taken a step toward cracking down on motorists who illegally park near "The Goonies" house. The Daily Astorian reports the City Council held a first reading of an ordinance Monday to modify city code and enhance the fees people will have to pay if they violate parking rules in the neighborhood.Under the proposal people parking illegally could face a $100 fine. 

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

    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. 

  • Idaho man hospitalized after being shot by elk-hunting partner

    An Idaho man is in the hospital after being shot while elk hunting near Harrison, Idaho. On October 15, Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a 31-year-old man who said he’d accidentally shot his hunting partner, 20-year-old Nicholas Christensen of Potlach, Idaho. The caller said Christensen had shot a bull elk and the pair separated to look for it. The older man shot at another elk, but instead hit his partner. 

  • Arrest made in molestation of miniature horse in Delaware

    Delaware State Police have charged a suspect in the sexual assault of a miniature horse and a subsequent burglary at the same barn several weeks later.    Authorities said Tuesday that 45-year-old Adelio Guzman of Camden was released on $11,750 bond after surrendering Friday.    Guzman is accused of assaulting the horse in August at a home near Dover. 

  • 39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

  • Mississippi officials investigate toddler found dead in oven

    A grandmother is being questioned after her dead granddaughter was found inside a heated oven in a Mississippi town.    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams tells local news outlets the 20-month-old girl had also been stabbed when she was found dead Monday night in Shaw.    The grandmother isn't currently charged but Williams describes her as being in custody. Officials haven't named her or the toddler.    

  • Ohio haunted house suspends actors after mock rapes on guests

    Complaints from visitors about being pushed onto a mattress where actors simulated raping them at an "edgy" haunted house in northeast Ohio has led to the suspension of the actors involved.    The Akron Beacon Journal reports Akron Fright Fest owner Jeremy Caudill says he was "shocked and appalled" when he learned Monday what had happened over the weekend at his haunted house in Summit County's Springfield Township.    

  • Googly eyes placed on historic Nathanael Greene monument in Georgia; city says it’s ‘no laughing matter’

    The city of Savannah, Georgia, has its eyes out for a vandal who put "googly eyes" on a statue of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene in a prank that has Facebook users rolling with laughter. The city government posted a call for answers to Facebook on Thursday, including photos showing the Greene statue with the expressive eyes.

  • Bear breaks into Colorado car during snow storm and leaves doors open

    A bear searching for food was caught on camera opening car door handles during a snow storm in Boulder, Colorado.  The breaking and entering occurred over the weekend. Using its paws, the black bear can be seen easily using the handle to get inside the vehicle. The animal rummaged around inside for about a minute before going around to the driver's side to open those doors.   The bear eventually wandered off without closing the doors. Bear breaks into Colorado ca...
  • North Carolina man shot after triggering his own booby-trap

    CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. - A North Carolina man has suffered a severe arm injury after getting shot by his own booby trap. Cleveland County authorities say the 68-year-old man was caught in his own trap around 11:30 Monday morning. Edwin Smith booby-trapped his back door with a shotgun, only to have the contraption backfire on him. When he opened the door to feed some squirrels, the weapon discharged and struck his right arm.

  • WATCH: White woman who blocked black neighbor from entering apartment building gets fired

    A woman blocks the entrance and refuses to let her neighbor into their St. Louis apartment complex... D'arreion Toles was blocked from entering his apartment when he would not show a fellow renter proof of his residency. Toles began filming the interaction when the woman repeatedly asked the man where he lived continuing to follow him through the building all the way to his door. 

  • Donald Daters, new app for Trump supporters, aims to 'Make America Date Again'

    Making America date again just got easier with the new Apple and Android app. It's the latest in the dating scene for Trump supporters.  According to the app's website for $29.99 a month you can find, quote "the right person without bias, judgment or liberal intolerance". Shortly after the launch security researchers discovered the app exposing user information such as names and profile photos.\

  • Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport

    ATLANTA - A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. 

  • Melania Trump spokeswoman calls for T.I. boycott over video showing First Lady lookalike stripping

    A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office.    WXIA-TV reports that Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted Saturday asking how the video was acceptable.    T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, tweeted Friday "Dear 45, I ain't Kanye" before sharing the video. 

  • ESPN College Gameday location in Pullman set

    PULLMAN, Wash. - If you're planning on traveling to Pullman this Saturday to take part in the ESPN College Gameday festivities and are wondering where they will be broadcasting from, look for the giant crowd by the stadium with all of the ESPN College Gameday logos.  If you're the kind of person who likes exact intersections, then head to the corner of Stadium Way and Ferdinad's Lane. 

  • Man dies after shirt gets caught in NY subway escalator

    NEW YORK - New York police say a man who died after he was found unconscious in a subway station probably choked to death when he fell on an escalator and his shirt got caught. Police say 48-year-old Carlos Alvarez fell at a station in the Bronx early Sunday, where he was found unresponsive. He was cut out of the shirt, rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead.

  • Trump Administration says 66 children remain in US custody after being separated from families at border

    WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration says 66 children remain in US custody after they were separated from their undocumented parents this summer.  That's according to the latest filing in the ACLU class-action case over family separations. The filing states that one of those kids, is just under 5-years-old and 50 kids have parents that have already been deported. 

  • Spokane bomb squad removes explosive device from Smelterville home

    SMELTERVILLE, Idaho - The Spokane bomb squad was called in to assist with an explosive device found in the Smelterville area on Monday. Shoshone County Sheriff's Office Deputies and the District 2 Fire Department responded to a residence in Smelterville for a possible explosive device. Following some questioning and investigation, the Spokane bomb squad was dispatched.

  • Oregon hunter kills advancing cougar near Mt. Hood

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man hunting for deer near Mt. Hood killed a cougar after he says three of the big cats advanced toward him. KGW-TV reports Bill Nylund of Rhododendron was hunting near Badger Lake earlier this month when the cougars approached. He says the animals didn't appear scared of him, leaving him no choice but to shoot one. He shot an adult female cougar that was about 50 feet (15 meters) away.    

  • Little, Jordan talk issues at Idaho gubernatorial debate

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's gubernatorial candidates struck starkly different tones on transparency, health care and education during a live televised debate Monday evening. Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a longtime Republican lawmaker who has served as lieutenant governor since 2009, faced Democrat Paulette Jordan, a former state lawmaker and member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council on the Idaho Public Television debate. 

  • Fred Meyer recalls angel food cakes due to possible unlisted allergens

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Fred Meyer stores are recalling Angel food cake bars due to possible unlisted allergens. According to a Fred Meyer spokesperson, the 12-ounce bars may contain milk and soy not listed on the label. Clackamas Bakery initiated the recall when it discovered the Fred Meyer Bakery Angel Food Cake Bar label had been incorrectly applied to packages of cornbread. 

  • Sheriff's Office investigating string of mail thefts in Chelan County

    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Chelan County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance in locating suspect(s) after a string of mail thefts. Sheriffs have received several complaints of mail theft, including a report from a postal carrier who found mail littering the roadway along their route. 

  • US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The federal government wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said a proposal unveiled Monday would apply to brand-name drugs that are covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.    

  • Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot. Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's drawing increases to the fourth-largest in U.S. history , the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve. They're stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.    

  • Jurors: Don't throw out $289M weed killer cancer verdict

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors who found that Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper's cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their $289 million award in his favor. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that juror Gary Kitahata told Judge Suzanne Bolanos in a letter that the jury was convinced by the evidence and she should honor its verdict.  

  • Spokane Police mourn loss of K9 Ryker

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police said the department's first Explosive Detection K9, Ryker, passed away over the weekend. The SPD K9 Unit Facebook page said in a Facebook post that K9 Ryker succumbed to an illness he had been battling for a number of weeks. The K9 unit said doctors were unable to diagnose or defeat the illness.

  • McMorris Rodgers and Brown raise combined $9 million so far

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The latest campaign finance report for eastern Washington's U.S. House seat shows that Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Lisa Brown have raised more than $9 million between then. By the period ending Sept. 30, McMorris Rodgers had raised $5.1 million and Brown has raised a total of $4.6 million. Brown's money is the most ever raised by a challenger to the seven-term incumbent.

  • Trump plans Missoula airport stop to campaign for Rosendale

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - President Donald Trump's visit to Missoula this week to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale will be held at Missoula International Airport. Trump's campaign initially said the rally would be held at Neptune Aviation Services at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Organizers decided Monday to moved it to Minuteman Aviation so the president could be photographed speaking in front of Air Force One. 

  • Judge tosses Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed porn actress Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued the order Monday in Los Angeles. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April. The lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair. 

  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

  • Police investigating apparent self-defense homicide in Bonner County

    BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - A 39-year-old Spirit Lake man was shot and later died after an apparent attack of a woman and her mother in south Bonner County Friday evening. Friday around 5:15 p.m., Bonner County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a disturbance report at the 100 block of Rebel Ridge Rd. 

  • Spokane Detectives collaborate with victims to track down, arrest internet scammer

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office, with help of victims, successfully arrested a 40-year-old man behind an internet scam involving the sale of classic cars. On Oct. 4, Investigative Task Force Detectives arrested Samuel Richardson for second-degree theft with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Service & Newport Police. .

  • Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner Paul Allen dies at 65

    SEATTLE (AP) - Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, had returned. Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks  

  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month.

  • Mad Minute stories from Monday, October 15th

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

  • Trump arrives in Georgia to see hurricane damage

    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - President Donald Trump has arrived in Georgia to survey damage by Hurricane Michael. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Robins Air Force Base on Monday afternoon. State and local officials were to brief the president at the base.  

  • Thousands raised for kids of Chicago cop convicted of murder

    CHICAGO - More than 500 people have contributed over $45,000 for the two daughters of the Chicago police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.  One of Jason Van Dyke's attorneys, Tammy Wendt, launched the GoFundMe campaign shortly after a jury earlier this month found the officer guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm - one for each time Van Dyke shot the teen on Oct. 20, 2014.   ...

  • Website based out of University of Washington lists names of men accused of sex assault

    SEATTLE, Wash. - A group of anonymous University of Washington students have launched a website that is courting controversy. The site, Makethemscared.com, publishes the names of individuals, all men so far, both at UW and outside of the school who have been accused of rape, sexual assault, harassment and abuse. 

  • Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage; Trump denies offering $1M for test

    BOSTON - President Donald Trump is falsely denying that he offered $1 million for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to prove whether she had Native American ancestors. Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is a widely rumored 2020 presidential candidate.

  • Government spends millions to guard Confederate cemeteries

    ALTON, Ill. - After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries. That's according to documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs reviewed by The Associated Press.
      

      

  • US eyes military bases for coal, gas exports

    BILLINGS, Mont. - The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia. The proposal would advance the administration's agenda of establishing American "energy dominance" on the world stage. It's tantamount to an end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports.

  • Sears, inundated by debt, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    NEW YORK - Sears is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, inundated by debt and falling sales, said Monday that it would begin liquidation sales and close another 142 stores before the end of the year. The company that dominated the American retail landscape in the 20th century joins a long list of stores ravaged by changing technology and shopping patterns.

  • WATCH: California deputies use Doritos to lure wayward pig back home

    HIGHLAND, Calif. - Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home. The pig was running around a neighborhood when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office received the call Saturday. One of the deputies had Doritos in her lunch bag. Video shows the deputy leaving a trail of the chips, which the pig followed.
      

  • Medical Lake dogs found in silo win 'Hambone award'

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A scary story of two previously lost Medical Lake German Shepherds being found in a silo got an even happier ending Sunday, as Zeus and Ziva officially won the 2018 Hambone Award. Zeus and Ziva's story out of Medical Lake went viral after the dogs spent 22 days stuck in an abandoned missile silo. The novelty of the situation led them to being nominated for an award last month. 

  • TripAdvisor: Spokane one of the best US cities for families to visit

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lilac City appears to be growing in popularity nationally for its family-friendly attractions. Spokane made the list of 25 best cities for families to visit in the country by TripAdvisor. In the article, TripAdvisor broke the list of "Best Family Weekend Getaways with Kids" into multiple US regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest and Southwest.

  • Alec Baldwin urges 'overthrow' of Trump government via voting

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Actor Alec Baldwin says voters should see the Nov. 6 midterm elections as an opportunity to peacefully "overthrow the government of Donald Trump." Baldwin spoke Sunday night at a fundraising dinner for the New Hampshire Democratic Party a night after returning to "Saturday Night Live" to portray the president.  

  • FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's Panhandle on Sunday with Gov. Rick Scott. Long said afterward the storm damage will require officials to help meet housing needs of displaced residents for the next several months.

  • 25 hospitalized, 5 serious, after LA highway crash

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say 25 people were transported to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a crash on a Los Angeles highway involving a bus and multiple cars. Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says five patients were in serious condition following the collisions Sunday afternoon on Interstate 405. 

  • Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

  • Alabama grocery store refuses to stock Pepsi products with NFL logo

    ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - In the midst of the NFL's ongoing controversy of players kneeling during the national anthem, a store owner is protesting back. An Alabama grocery store is refusing to stock Pepsi products that bear the NFL logo. "I will not sell the product here. I do not stand behind that," said store owner Phillip Stewart. S&Z Grocery in Athens, Alabama, said on Facebook this week that it would remove Pepsi items that feature the NFL logo. 

  • Who's Trump listen to on trade? Chinese ambassador at a loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) - China's ambassador to the United States says he and other foreign diplomats in Washington are having a difficult time figuring out which trade advisers President Donald Trump listens to in his administration. Cui Tiankai (sway tee-yehn-KY') was asked on "Fox News Sunday" about trade tensions between the economic powers and if he was clear whether the president follows the guidance of trade moderates or hard-liners. 

  • Bear cub with bucket on its head rescued after 3 days

    McHENRY, Md. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Maryland tracked a black bear cub for three days in order to tranquilize it and remove a bucket that had gotten stuck on its head. The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday the 100-pound cub was freed near the Wisp Resort in McHenry during an annual autumn festival.    

  • Oink oink, honk honk: Rogue pig goes hog wild in traffic

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - It was a classic case of a ham on the lam. Police in Maine's capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping. The Portland Press Herald reports Augusta police went door to door looking for the animal's owner without any luck.    

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    Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

  • Driver okay after car windshield impaled by plywood on Florida highway

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla - As per usual, something crazy happened in Florida, but this time luckily no one was seriously hurt. A driver walked away with minor scrapes after an unsecured sheet of plywood impaled the windshield of their car. According to NBC-2, the car was traveling on I-95 when the sheet of plywood fell out of a pickup truck and pierced the windshield of the car traveling behind. 

  • 4 men killed in shooting at child's birthday party in Texas

    TAFT, Texas (AP) - Investigators say a party in South Texas to mark a toddler's first birthday erupted in gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi.

  • Two children, two adults hospitalized after Highway 20 crash near Colville

    COLVILLE, Wash. - A three-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near Colville sent four people, including two young children, to the hospital Saturday afternoon. On Saturday around 12:41 p.m., a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling eastbound and crossed the center line, striking a Ford F-250 head on that was pulling a Jeep Cherokee around milepost 357 two miles east of Colville.

  • Spokane 10-year-old takes on American Ninja Warrior Jr

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When you think of American Ninja Warrior, you probably think of athletes who've been training for years. One Spokane competitor, Lindsey Zimmerman, is making her debut Saturday, at just 10 years old. Three years ago, the Zimmermans found their sport, but it wouldn't be as easy as installing a basketball hoop.

  • Driver suspected of seriously injuring man in hit-and-run crash jailed on drug charges

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jail records confirm a man wanted for seriously injuring a Spokane father in hit-and-run crash last month was booked into jail Friday for possession of a controlled substance. Andrew D. Clifton had been on the run from deputies since September 21, when deputies believe he caused a crash on Market and ran from the scene on foot.

  • Someone put googly eyes on a Georgia monument

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia city is searching for a vandal who put googly eyes on a historic monument.    A post on the City of Savannah Government Facebook page asks: "Who did this?! ... It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime."

  • Property believed stolen from the Spokane area recovered in Okanogan County

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement agencies have recovered a number of stolen items and vehicles after serving a search warrant. Investigators believe the majority of the stolen property was stolen from the Spokane area.

  • Teacher says Cruz posed as student months before shooting

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Records released by prosecutors reveal that Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz trespassed on school grounds about six months before the massacre that left 17 dead.    A Parkland computer science teacher says she saw Cruz on the first day of school in August 2017, carrying a backpack and hanging with other students as if he were one of them. He was kicked out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the previous year.

  • Police: Florida man hid heroin in 5-year-old's shirt

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man hid packets of heroin and other drugs inside his 5-year-old's shirt while police were executing a search warrant.    West Palm Beach Police say they entered Frederick James' apartment on Friday. They say James grabbed the child and carried him against his chest as a shield.

  • 11 suspected migrants killed in Greece car crash

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - Greek police say they have recovered the bodies of 11 people believed to be migrants who recently crossed from Turkey, after the car they were travelling in crashed in northern Greece. 

  • Army reservist convicted of running prostitution ring

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Army reservist accused of running a sex trafficking enterprise in North Carolina has been convicted by a federal jury.    The Department of Justice said in a news release Friday that 29-year-old Xaver M. Boston of Charlotte was found guilty of six counts of sex trafficking and one related charge.

  • Transgender student allegedly barred from locker rooms during active shooter drill

    STAFFORD, Va. (AP) -Officials at a Virginia middle school are facing criticism after allegedly barring a transgender student from using the boys’ or girls’ locker rooms during an active shooter drill. The LGBTQ rights group Equality Stafford said that during the drill, the girl was forced to sit on the bleachers and later in the hall while other students in her physical education class took shelter in locker rooms.

  • Idaho wildlife official kills baboon family, shares photos

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The judgment of an Idaho Fish and Game Commission member is being questioned after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including young baboons, he killed while hunting in Africa.    Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spokesman Jon Hanian tells The Idaho Statesman in a story on Friday that the governor's office is looking into the matter involving Commissioner Blake Fischer.

  • More state patrol troopers file carbon monoxide claims

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two more Washington State Patrol troopers plan to sue the state over carbon monoxide poisoning, bringing the total number of troopers intending to sue to seven.    KOIN-TV reports Trooper Chad Prentice of Vancouver and Trooper Beth Joswick of Tacoma are the latest to file a $1 million tort claim with the state, according to lawyer Josephine Townsend.

  • Trump expected to meet American pastor freed by Turkey

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey is expected to meet President Donald Trump at the White House.    Andrew Brunson was due to arrive at a U.S. military base near Washington around noon Saturday after stopping in Germany for a medical check-up. 

  • Getting better: Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' named top album in UK

    LONDON (AP) - The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.    The Official Charts Company said Saturday that the band's 1967 classic is Britain's favorite album based on physical sales, downloads and streams in the U.K.

  • Congress heads toward postelection fight over border wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.    GOP leaders have signaled they're willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown while the president revs up rally crowds for the wall, which was a 2016 campaign centerpiece.

  • Tip leads to hidden infant remains at Detroit funeral home

    DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say an anonymously written letter led them to the decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home.    Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser says the babies' bodies were found in a hidden false ceiling between the first and second floors during Friday's search of the former Cantrell Funeral Home.

  • Man accused of robbing Wichita bank he robbed 7 years ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man suspected of robbing a Wichita bank earlier this week spent time in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing the same bank seven years ago. Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Brent Allen Drees, of Wichita, is charged with one count of bank robbery.

  • Two hospitalized after car hits moose on Highway 95

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho State Police report two people were taken to the hospital early Saturday morning after they struck a moose on Highway 95 south of Coeur d'Alene. Troopers say 34-year-old Derek Gregory of Hayden was driving a silver Subaru Legacy with his passenger, 35-year-old Amanda McCarthy of Post Falls, at around 2:30 a.m. when the crash happened.

  • 5 SKorean climbers and 4 Nepalese guides missing in storm

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Police in Nepal say five South Korean climbers and four Nepalese guides are missing on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp.    Police official Bir Bahadur Budamagar says that a storm Friday night destroyed their camp and rescue helicopters sent early Saturday were unable to land because of bad weather conditions on the mountain.

  • No winning Mega Millions ticket, jackpot now $654 million

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No winning lottery ticket was sold for the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, meaning the jackpot climbs to $654 million.    Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $548 million grand prize. The numbers were 4, 24, 46, 61, 70 and Mega Ball 7. 

  • Hurricane survivors wander debris, search for the missing

    MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - While most residents of Mexico Beach, Florida, fled ahead of Hurricane Michael's arrival, others stayed to face the hurricane.    They barely escaped as homes were smashed from their foundations, neighborhoods got submerged, and broken boards, sheet metal and other debris flew through the air. 

  • Former teacher convicted of hiding gun at school

    HARDIN, Mont. (AP) - A former high school art teacher has been convicted of hiding a gun that a student brought to school in southeastern Montana.    Nora Block was convicted Friday of felony tampering with evidence and misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer.    Big Horn County prosecutors said a 17-year-old student brought the gun to Hardin High School in January to try to steal someone's lunch money.

  • More delays sought in Freeman High school shooting case

    SPOKANE, Wash. - More delays are being sought in the effort to determine if the boy who shot four students at Freeman High School last year should be tried as an adult.    Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said Thursday the state will be requesting a delay, likely pushing the date of the declination hearing into the new year. 

  • Band halftime program showing police held a gunpoint draws backlash

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi high school band is being barred from a state competition and some performances after a halftime program depicting three police officers being held at gunpoint was performed in a community where two officers were recently shot to death. 

  • Young inventor donates to Post Falls K9 unit

    The Post Falls Police Department received a special donation from a young member of the community. On Wednesday, October 10, 13-year-old Alexander Knoll presented a donation he'd spent the last few weeks gathering along with Black Sheep Sporting Goods in Coeur d'Alene.  Knoll appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2017 to talk about his Ability App, which he developed to help people with disabilities, along with their caregivers, navigate public spaces and find safe and r...

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    You may have seen a Facebook post being shared around about a cat who appears to have suffered severe chemical burns from a flea collar. It's from a Facebook user in Florida, but it's been trending around the Inland Northwest. We looked into the story, to see if there's a bigger concern for cat and dog owners. The original post has been shared tens of thousands of times. The cat's owner says he put a "Sergeant's Dual Action Flea and Tick Collar" on his cat and a few days la...

  • Neighbors concerned about problem intersection at Highway 2 and Colbert Rd

    COLBERT, Wash. - With three serious accidents in just the last week, people living near the intersection of Highway 2 and Colbert Rd say they want to see changes made before someone gets killed.  For 10 years, Staci Littrel and her family have called Colbert home. She says lately, traffic in the area has become downright dangerous. Especially at the intersection of Highway 2 and Colbert Rd. 

  • Bodies of 11 babies found in Detroit funeral home ceiling

    Detroit police say the bodies of 11 babies have been found hidden in a ceiling of a funeral home that the state of Michigan closed six months ago.    Authorities say construction workers found the bodies Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on the city's east side. Police say nine bodies were found in a cardboard box and two were found in caskets. 

  • Sister Jean wins Illinois Senior Hall of Fame award

    Officials gathered to present Catholic nun and celebrated Loyola-Chicago basketball chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt with Illinois' 2018 Senior Hall of Fame award. WLS-TV reports Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner helped present the award Friday to the 99-year-old Schmidt for her work to expand higher education opportunities for immigrant students. She's also involved in a program that pairs students with members of a nearby retirement community.   

  • Michigan police search for suspects in violent attack of bowling alley worker

    ROSEVILLE, Mich. - Police in Roseville, Michigan, are searching for several suspects wanted for a violent assault of a bowling alley worker. It happened Wednesday night, just before midnight, at the Apollo Lanes bowling alley. Police say the worker asked the group to leave because they were causing a disturbance in the business. That's when several members of the group surrounded the counter and began punching the employee.

  • Lakeland High School senior to represent Team USA in China for drone racing championships

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - Watch out, or you might miss Christopher Hartman's drone. The 16-year old from Rathdrum picked up the hobby a few years ago. "I just took my ingenuity and it grew from there," Hartman said. And it flew into this. Competing at an international level, placing first at Canadian Nationals then taking his talents to the US Nationals in Indiana, where he would secure his spot on Team USA and prepare for the World Drone Racing Championships in China.

  • Former 3 Doors Down member sentenced to 10 years on gun charges

    The founding member and former bassist of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been sentenced to 10 years in Mississippi state prison for possession of a firearm by a felon. News outlets report Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs gave Todd Harrell the maximum penalty during a hearing Thursday. 

  • Georgia woman dies of overdose, accidentally smothering infant

    Authorities in Georgia say a 31-year-old woman who died from a methamphetamine overdose accidentally smothered her 8-month-old son.    Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Jay Baker said in a statement Friday that the bodies of Holly Whitley and her son were found in a home July 17.

  • Local assisted living community offers free cognitive screens for memory loss

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Have you or a loved been struggling to remember simple things? Memory loss is common in aging, but it can also lead to something more serious. The Sullivan Park Assisted Living Community is offering free cognitive screenings now through the end of November. Alzheimer's specialists will be ready to give free tests to anyone who is showing signs of their memory declining.

  • Powerlifters prepare for Raw Nationals competition in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Athletes have been training all year getting ready for the largest ever USA power lifting competition: Raw Nationals. It's happening in Spokane this weekend at the Centennial Hotel. 1,200 athletes will struggle, scream and a lucky few will come out on top! Men and women ranging from 13 years old, all the way to 80 years old, will be competing now through Sunday.

  • Deputies: Mason County Jail inmate attempted escape using plastic spoon

    SHELTON, Wash. - Mason County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged an inmate who attempted to escape by digging her way out of jail with a plastic spoon. Deputies report the woman allegedly used the spoon to dig away at sheetrock around a duct over a shower.  County Jail Chief Kevin Hansen said the inmate stood on the handicap railing in the shower to reach the duct.

  • Man likely got 'brain-eating amoeba' at Texas resort

    WACO, Texas (AP) - Health officials say a New Jersey man who died from a rare "brain-eating amoeba " was likely exposed to it during his visit to a Texas water resort last month.

  • Remains of Bellingham snowboarders missing since 2017 found

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The remains of two Bellingham snowboarders have been found after the men were reported missing near Mount Baker in November 2017.    News outlets report the remains of 20-year-old Drew Lenz were found Wednesday northeast of Huntoon Point off Lake Ann Trail.

  • Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $548 million

    A lucky player could soon overcome remarkably bad odds to win the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.  Numbers will be drawn Friday night for a chance at the estimated $548 million Mega Millions prize. The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

  • Police: Man angry ex is dating firefighter sets house ablaze

    REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been charged with lighting his own home on fire, grabbing a rifle and waiting outside because he was upset that his ex-wife was dating a firefighter.  The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35-year-old Jason Hawkins, of Republic, pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his arraignment on charges of arson, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

  • Vermont fifth graders given survey about sexual history, preference and gender identity

    A survey that asked fifth-grade students in Vermont about their sexual history, preference and gender identity has drawn complaints from parents.    WPTZ-TV reports the survey sent to Windsor Elementary School students was conducted by WISE, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and advocacy group.

  • City of Spokane asks for feedback on bikeshare program

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  • Facebook gives update on security breach affecting 29 million accounts

    Facebook says it has gotten a handle on a security breach affecting nearly 30 million accounts, but it hasn't ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale efforts to exploit the same vulnerability.    Facebook is offering a website for people to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen.

  • Hutton Settlement receives $152K grant to help with aging sewer lines

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Hutton Settlement Children's Home will use a $152,000 grant award from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, WA to replace more than 2,000 feet of old sewer lines.  Construction on the $325,000 project will begin right away and should last about 5 weeks.  

  • The most popular Halloween candy in every state

    KHQ.COM - Washingtonians love salt water taffy! It's our favorite (apparently).  CandyStore.com, one of the largest bulk-candy retailers in the U.S., looked at more than a decade of data to determine the favorite Halloween candy in every state and Washington's favorite sweet treat turned out to be salt water taffy. (Last year it was Tootsie Pops) 

  • Lewiston teen continues recovery from paralyzing illness known as AFM

    LEWISTON, Idaho - Dylan Wilkins still remembers what doctors and nurses told him when they discovered he had acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare illness that causes weakness in the arms or legs.

  • Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes

    SALEM, Mass. - The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as "Willy Wonka" or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges. The Salem News reports that 47-year-old William "Willy Wonka" Rodriguez pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in crimes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut that netted more than $300,000 in property and currency. 

  • Toyota recalls trucks, SUVs and cars to fix airbag problem

    DETROIT - Toyota is recalling more than 168,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers 2018 and 2019 Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs as well as 2019 Avalon sedans. Toyota says the airbag control computer can erroneously detect a fault when the vehicles are started. With a fault, the airbags may not deploy in a crash. 

  • Purging long-forgotten online accounts: Worth the trouble?

    NEW YORK - The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice.    There's Google Plus, the social network that recently shut down following a bug affecting personal data on a half-million users. Then there's your old Tinder account, long after you found a mate or gave up.    It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. 

  • Florida school bus drives into pool

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida school bus plowed through a fence and into a backyard pool after a collision, but no one on board was hurt. The Orlando Sentinel reports that nine students and the driver were onboard Friday morning when a car pulled in front of the bus. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kim Montes says the bus driver swerved to avoid the car, but clipped it.

  • Melania Trump says she ignores rumors of Trump's infidelity

    WASHINGTON - Melania Trump says she has "much more important things to think about and to do" than worry about allegations of President Donald Trump cheating on her.  Mrs. Trump says she's "a mother and a first lady." She says allegations of her husband's infidelities are not a "concern and focus."  

  • Stock open sharply higher on Wall Street

    NEW YORK - Stocks are opening sharply higher on Wall Street following a two-day rout that shattered a long period of calm on the market.    Big technology and consumer-focused companies, which took some of the worst losses earlier this week, were solidly higher in early trading Friday.    Amazon jumped 3.8 percent and Apple clawed back 2.9 percent. 

  • Virginia reports 5 Michael-related deaths, bringing death toll to 11

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Virginia authorities have confirmed five storm-related deaths in the state. Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jeff Caldwell told The Associated Press on Friday that four people drowned: three in the western part of the state and a fourth in central Virginia. He says a firefighter also was killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into his fire truck while he was responding to a two-car crash in heavy storm conditions.   

  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, October 11th

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

  • China trade surplus with US widens to record $34.1B

    BEIJING (AP) - China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the U.S. market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.    Customs data on Friday showed growth in Chinese imports of U.S. goods decelerated to 9 percent over a year earlier.

  • Sale on for Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction

    LONDON (AP) - Sotheby's says the winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to go through with the purchase.    The auction house says a female European collector was the successful bidder who offered 1.04 million pounds for "Girl With Balloon."

  • 'Changed Forever': Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. At least three deaths were blamed on Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 50 years, and it wasn’t done yet:

  • Texas man thanks the city of Wallace for an act of kindness, 56 years later

    WALLACE, Idaho - In 1962 Seattle hosted a World's Fair and it attracted attention from, as you'd imagine, the world. It also attracted the attention of three recent high school graduates from Odessa, Texas who had stars in the eyes and plan to take over the world.

  • Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

    NEW YORK (AP) - A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

  • Georgia girl dies when storm sends carport leg through roof

    ATLANTA (AP) - By all accounts, Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents’ home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia. If the family feared anything, it was probably falling trees — not a carport next to the house. In what could only be described as a freak accident, authorities say Michael’s powerful winds lifted the portable structure high into the air and slammed it back down on the house.

  • Gonzaga holds peace vigil in response to visit from hateful group

    SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 100 students and faculty at Gonzaga University gathered in the center of campus Thursday to talk about tangible ways to respond to hate. The gathering, tagged as a Vigil for Peace, was in response to the Westboro Baptist Church's visit to Spokane. "Often times their signs and language are inspired by hate," said Luke Lavin, Director of Mission and Ministry at GU. 

  • Rocking their way to redemption, inmates make furniture for local charities

    SPOKANE, Wash. - We all have a past, things we wish we could take back. Most of us aren't lucky enough to make amends like some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Facility. Rocking a sweet baby into a deep, peaceful sleep. It's as close to heaven as it gets. But the comfort each rock provides at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery comes from a place as far away as many would say it gets.

  • California man arrested for threatening to kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein

    A Southern California man has been arrested after authorities say he sent an email threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Authorities say Craig Shaver of Lancaster sent a Sept. 30 email to the senator. Other details weren't disclosed. 

  • Spokane dad loses leg, portion of remaining foot following hit and run

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a case of horrible luck and even worse timing. Back in September, a man was hit by an out of control SUV near Market and North Haven. In seconds, he not only lost a good portion of his leg and remaining foot, but also the means to support his son. "Normally where there's an accident you hear screeching tires, but there were none," Santana Rivera said.

  • Overpressurized lines caused deadly gas explosions, feds say

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Federal investigators are confirming overpressurized natural gas lines were the source of the deadly explosions and fires in communities north of Boston last month.    Thursday's preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says Columbia Gas workers failed to account for the location of critical gas pressure sensors in Lawrence on Sept. 13.

  • Mother: Limo crash is wake-up call for needed regulations

    ELWOOD, N.Y. (AP) - A woman whose daughter survived a limousine accident that killed four women on Long Island in 2015 says Saturday's deadly crash in rural upstate New York is a reminder that strict legislation is still needed for stretch vehicles.    After the 2015 crash, a special grand jury implored Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the safety of stretch limousines.

  • Teen faces adult charges in killing of police K-9 named Fang

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say a teenager is facing adult charges in an armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang.    The Florida Times-Union reports the State Attorney's Office filed upgraded charges Thursday against the 17-year-old boy. The charges include killing a police dog, possession of a firearm, aggravated fleeing, armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping with a firearm.

  • Second-annual Stop the Silence fundraiser happening Sunday

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "Unfortunately I had to tell my mom over the telephone that her daughter was killed. Our lives haven't been the same since then," Shauna Kennedy-Carr said. On May 1st, 2017, Shauna's sister, Jesseka Musson, was killed at the hands of her fiance, Eric Dante in Bonners Ferry.

  • Second fatal Florida shopping center shooting in 2 days

    Authorities in Florida say they're investigating the second targeted shooting in as many days, just miles apart and both at shopping centers. The News-Press reports that 41-year-old Torre Deontray Fulcher and 43-year-old William Allen Merrill III were fatally shot by a high-caliber rifle at the Sungold Plaza strip mall in Fort Myers on Wednesday night. Fort Myers police say Fulcher was declared dead when he arrived at a nearby hospital, and Merrill died Thursday morning. 

  • Slithering suspect nabbed in Virginia high school

    Police in Alexandria, Virginia got quite the surprise when they responded to an alarm at a local high school. A huge snake had found its way into Hayfield High School after hours and tripped the motion alarm.

  • 2 men banned from Texas gun range after selfie with firearm

    HOUSTON (AP) - Two men have been banned from a Houston gun range for life after one pointed an unloaded gun at the other while taking a picture.    Top Gun Range manager Kyle Harrison tells television station KTRK he was alarmed when he saw the one man point the handgun at himself then at his friend's head while he took a selfie.

  • Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

    NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook says it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with garbage links and clickbait.    Facebook accuses their backers of "coordinated inauthentic behavior" for setting up networks of pages and accounts designed to mislead users about who they are and what they're doing.

  • Washington Dept. of Health investigating possible sixth case of polio-like virus known as AFM

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health is investigating reports of five children who have been hospitalized after a sudden onset of paralysis of one or more limbs. The Department of Health is working with four public health agencies and experts in neurology from the CDC for confirmation of a rare illness known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). 

  • Ice-skating dog prefers hockey sticks over Tennis balls

    One Las Vegas dog is spending his days fetching hockey sticks instead of tennis balls. Benny is a five-year-old yellow field lab who made the leap from a rescue shelter, to the ice rink. His owner found Benny right before he was set to be euthanized. Now Benny is learning to zip around on his own special ice skates.

  • Spokane Police make arrest after shots fired at Audubon Park

    A man was taken into custody after reports of a gun being fired at a city park Thursday night. Spokane Police Officers responded to Audubon Park in the 3400 block of N Milton just before 7:00 p.m. and apprehended 18-year-old Masijah M Daniels after a brief foot chase.

  • Eight inmates on Washington's death row to have sentences converted

    The state of Washington has executed 78 people since 1904, the last in 2010. The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the death penalty violates Washington's Constitution because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner. The justices ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison. 

  • Dow Jones drops more than 500 points, suffers second day of huge losses

    NEW YORK - Stocks are opening modestly lower on Wall Street following volatile trading in Asia and Europe. U.S. markets are coming off their steepest losses in eight months. A report showing only a modest pickup in consumer prices seemed to calm investors just before the open. Tech stocks, hit hard Wednesday, fell slightly in early trading. Apple shares fell 1.2 percent.  

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  • Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

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    EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - A fire burning on the north edge of East Wenatchee, Washington, in Douglas County is 30 percent contained according to crews on the front line. The Crystal Fire started just after midnight on September 1. Strong winds accelerated the spread of the blaze through dry brush and grass through the night, threatening nearby homes and orchards. 

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  • Oregon hunter kills advancing cougar near Mt. Hood

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man hunting for deer near Mt. Hood killed a cougar after he says three of the big cats advanced toward him. KGW-TV reports Bill Nylund of Rhododendron was hunting near Badger Lake earlier this month when the cougars approached. He says the animals didn't appear scared of him, leaving him no choice but to shoot one. He shot an adult female cougar that was about 50 feet (15 meters) away.    

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man hunting for deer near Mt. Hood killed a cougar after he says three of the big cats advanced toward him. KGW-TV reports Bill Nylund of Rhododendron was hunting near Badger Lake earlier this month when the cougars approached. He says the animals didn't appear scared of him, leaving him no choice but to shoot one. He shot an adult female cougar that was about 50 feet (15 meters) away.    

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    (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file). FILE--In this June 18, 1997, file p photo, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen joins in with the band and plays electric guitar at an election night victory party in the early morning hours in Seattle. Alle...(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file). FILE--In this June 18, 1997, file p photo, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen joins in with the band and plays electric guitar at an election night victory party in the early morning hours in Seattle. Alle...
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  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

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    (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP, File). FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Thomas Clarke poses for a photo outside his cannabis store, THC Distribution, in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Canada ...(Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP, File). FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Thomas Clarke poses for a photo outside his cannabis store, THC Distribution, in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Canada ...
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  • Indicted California incumbent steps up attacks on Democrat

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    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter steps up attacks on opponent's family's background _ something contender rejects as desperate attempt by indicted incumbent.>>

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