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  • Trump says 2nd North Korea summit 'quite soon'

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - President Donald Trump says a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to take place "quite soon."    Speaking at the United Nations, Trump says the relationship with the country whose leader he branded last year as "Little Rocket Man" is much improved.  He said Monday: "It was a different world. That was a dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time." 

  • Cosby arrives for start of sentencing hearing

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine the punishment for the 81-year-old comedian convicted of sexual assault. Cosby, the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era, was convicted of drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball administrator at his home in 2004.

  • Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

    HYDRO, Okla. - It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space - and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in Hydro, about 60 miles west of Oklahoma City. 

  • Cold Case: The Missing Wedding Guest

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - It's been nearly two years since anyone has seen or heard from Paul Brazeau. He was last seen at his son's wedding. His brokenhearted family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner with a letter asking for his case to be featured in our Q6 Cold Case series. The day Paul vanished started out so wonderful. "It was a happy day," said Paul's aunt Georgine Glatt. 

  • Kavanaugh denies 2nd claim of sexual misconduct

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The New Yorker magazine is reporting that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his teenage years. In a story posted Sunday night on its website, The New Yorker reports that the claim dates to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's freshman year at Yale University.

  • Grant County crews fully contain five-acre fire in Ephrata

    EPHRATA, Wash. - Crews in Grant County were successfully able to contain a wildfire that started in Ephrata and threatened a shop late Sunday morning. Around 11:15 a.m., Grant County Fire District 13 responded to the fire that was started by welding/grinding in the 13000 block of Rd. A.5 NW. Upon arrival, crews found a wind-driven fire threatening a shop.

  • State defends no-jail sentence in Anchorage assault case

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Law stood by a judge’s sentence that calls for no jail time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious. Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. A kidnapping charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. 

  • NC woman arrested after sheltering animals

    BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) - A woman who took in more than two dozen dogs and cats during Hurricane Florence has been charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Tammie Hedges, founder of Crazy's Claws N Paws animal rescue, was arrested Friday after 27 dogs and cats were confiscated from a temporary shelter.    

  • Woods a winner again for 1st time since 2013

    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiger Woods is a winner again, capping off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history. More than five years after his last win, after four surgeries on his lower back that left him wonder if he could ever play again, Woods ended his comeback season with a dominant victory at the Tour Championship. He nearly won the FedEx Cup, too, until Justin Rose survived a late meltdown with a birdie on the final hole.  

  • Update: Four hospitalized in military vehicle crash on I-90 in Kittitas County

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after an armored vehicle went over a 25-foot cliff during a military exercise in central Washington state. The green and tan 2018 Military Stryker crashed about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on an unnamed dirt road near Kittitas. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen of Lecompte, Louisiana, told Washington state troopers he didn't see the cliff's edge.

  • The name Heather's epic rise and fall

    Heather won't be too pleased about this… wait, who?  The name has officially taken one of sharpest declines since 1880. According to a study by Quartz, "Heather" once ranked in the top 3 nationally for girl's names. In 1975, there were more than 24,000 girls named Heather, trailing only "Jennifer" and "Amy". In 2017, Heather's have plummeted, with only 219 girls born with that name in 2017. 

  • Sandpoint newspaper publisher attacked in anonymous robocalls

    SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - The publisher of a Sandpoint weekly newspaper is being attacked in anonymous robocalls. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Sandpoint Reader's Ben Olson is the subject of robocalls appearing on answering machines this week. Olson in a statement decried it as an attempt to impugn people who stand up to racism and intolerance but said it's been "free advertising" and brought an outpouring of kindness in the community.    

  • Mix of setbacks, gains unsettles many transgender Americans

    NEW YORK (AP) - For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a transgender candidate in Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary.  

  • $18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

    HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation arrived Friday.    

  • 7 riders rescued from stuck Ferris wheel at New Jersey fair

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say seven riders were rescued from a stuck Ferris wheel at a New Jersey county fair. Gloucester Township police say they were called to assist the fire department after the malfunction was reported Saturday at the Camden County Fair. Police say the occupied seats were at various heights, with one at the top "approximately 40 feet (12 meters) off the ground.

  • Ex-OpenTable worker charged in bogus reservations scheme

    CHICAGO (AP) - A former OpenTable employee has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly making hundreds of bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants to undermine a rival booking service. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that prosecutors allege in charging documents that 30-year-old Steven Addison booked more than 300 reservations at at least 45 Chicago restaurants using Reserve, aiming to hurt the company's reputation.    

  • Man wanted in Spokane County for failing to register as sex offender

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A 53-year-old man has a warrant for his arrest in Spokane County for failing to register as a sex offender. Umar El Rhashi has been previously listed as a Level III sex offender. According to the Sex Offender database, he's listed as non-compliant for failing to verify/register in Spokane County. El Rhashi been convicted of second-degree rape in Washington in 1998,  kidnapping in Wisconsin in 1998, and sexual assault of a child in 1994.

  • 20-year-old woman killed, 2 hurt in head-on crash in Billings

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say a 20-year-old woman has been killed and two other people, including a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries following a head-on collision. Billings Police Sgt. Ben Milam said in a Sunday statement that speed and alcohol appeared to have contributed to the accident in the city's Heights neighborhood.   

  • Montana investigating abuse claims against school trainer

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 students decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance. Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials looking into the allegations contained in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City.  

  • Meghan reveals 'something blue' she wore at royal wedding

    LONDON (AP) - It's an old tradition that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, and the Duchess of Sussex followed that when she wed Prince Harry. The former Meghan Markle has revealed in a television documentary that she had a piece of blue fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Harry sewn into her wedding outfit.  

  • Opponents and activists for I-1639 sound off

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Initiative-1639 has been the root of controversy ever since supporters began asking for signatures. It became even more complicated when the Washington Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County judges decision after the judge initially threw out over 300,000 signatures saying the petition didn't follow election law claiming it was unreadable. 

  • Thieves try to break into Mead cemetery again

    MEAD Wash. - Dale Baker takes time out of his busy schedule to make sure the Peone Cemetery in Mead right off of North Bruce Road is well cared for "It's a personal thing to me to volunteer here to keep something up that’s important to everybody in this community," said Volunteer Dale Baker Baker has relatives and friends who are buried in the over 100-year-old cemetery. 

  • Wind topples tree limb, concrete post; 1 killed, 2 injured in Tri-Cities

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - High winds toppled a tree limb and a concrete light post at two festivals in the Tri-Cities, killing one woman and sending two other people to a hospital. The Tri-City Herald reports that sustained winds of 18 mph (29 kmh) and gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) knocked down a tree limb at Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire on Saturday afternoon, killing a woman.  

  • Columbia Gas to cover losses related to gas disaster

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) -  Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a series of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley.  Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related to bodily injury, property damage, disruption of business and other inconveniences caused by loss of gas service.  

  • US lawmakers scuttle plan to limit airline change fees

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging "unreasonable" fees for changing or canceling tickets. But U.S. House and Senate leaders say they will direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats as part of a new spending bill. The bill also prohibits airlines from removing passengers against their will from overbooked flights. 

  • Deputies: Florida man threatened to shoot helicopter flying overhead

    DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is facing a felony charge after authorities say he told a television station and sheriff's deputies that he was going to shoot down the sheriff's helicopter if it didn't stop flying over his house. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Saturday that 54-year-old Robert Moni is charged with making a false report of a bomb, arson or weapon of mass destruction.

  • Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid

    LONDON (AP) - British regulators say Comcast has beat 21st Century Fox in a rare auction that allowed both sides to bid for European broadcaster Sky. After three rounds of bidding behind closed doors, Comcast offered the higher price of 17.28 pounds ($22.58) per share, the equivalent of nearly 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). Fox offered 15.67 ($20.47) per share.

  • Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain

    SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) - Actor Danny DeVito has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's most prestigious film festival in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian. DeVito, 73, received the award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival during Saturday's gala. The American comic film star is promoting the animated children's film "Smallfoot" at the festival.  

  • Kavanaugh accuser to tell her side to Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the woman who's accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault decades ago when they were teenagers say they've accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request for her to tell her story.   But attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say in a letter to the committee's Republican majority that they want to set up a time later Saturday to keep discussing terms of Ford's appearance.

  • Billionaires buying up media: Savior complex or civic duty?

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post. Time Magazine. The Atlantic. The Village Voice. The Los Angeles Times. All American media icons, all bought by billionaires in the past half decade. Some are thriving. One died. On the rest, the jury's still out. Still, for beleaguered news organizations the prospect of a deep-pocketed savior - even from the very same tech industry that has kneecapped the media's traditional business model - is all but irresistible.   

  • Nanny cam catches contractor creeping through children's underwear

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. - A contractor was caught on camera creeping through children's clothing at a home in Playa Vista, California. According to NBC Los Angeles, the repairman came to Jason Cooper's condo to fix several scratches in the hardwood floors. But Cooper could never fathom what he would later find on his security camera, which is positioned in clear view on his daughter's crib. 

  • Raccoon scales N.J. building, jumps off, acts like it was nothing

    OCEAN CITY, N.J. - A raccoon in New Jersey appears to have one-upped the infamous #MPRRaccoon. According to Fox 29, a South Carolina man caught video of a raccoon scaling the wall up about nine stories of an apartment building in Ocean City. Onlookers in the video gasp as the raccoon decides to abruptly end his ascent and dismounts, executing a sweet spinning back-flip before landing in some sand. 

  • Retired Montana athletic trainer admits to sexual abuse of student-athletes

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a former Montana high school athletic trainer being sued for sexually abusing athletes (all times local):    2:50 p.m. A former Montana high school athletic trainer has apologized to student-athletes via media interviews after they accused him of sexual abuse in the community of Miles City that lasted for decades.  

  • Crews respond to total-loss shop fire in Medical Lake

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - Crews responded to a structure fire Saturday morning in Medical Lake where a shop was a total loss. The fire began around 6:45 a.m. Saturday when a neighbor noticed and called it in. Upon arrival, the 30-by-50 foot shop was fully involved. Crews from Fire District 10, Airway Heights Fire and Fairchild AFB responded to the scene. 

  • DVR cuts ties with contractor, leaving hundreds of disabled people hanging in Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a life-changing resource for hundreds of disabled people in Spokane. Finding them jobs, counseling and places to live. A big part of the agency's mission is at a standstill after DVR cut ties with one of it's major contractors without warning. For twenty-seven years, Compass has been a one-stop shop for launching disabled and disadvantaged residents on a path to a better, independent life. 

  • California man arrested in 10 'horrific' cold-case rapes

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento police have arrested a married 58-year-old man in connection with at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006. Sacramento police say they arrested Roy Charles Waller of Benicia on Thursday in the NorCal Rapist case. He was arrested at the University of California in Berkeley, where he worked as a safety specialist in the office of environment, health and safety.   

  • Ford granted another day to consider testifying

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms for her to testify about allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens. That's according to a late-night tweet from Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley said he "just granted another extension" to Ford.

  • Man sentenced for bat attack on Special Olympics athlete

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula man who attacked a Special Olympics athlete with a baseball bat, causing a severe head injury, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight years suspended. KTMF-TV reports Paul Ekstedt was sentenced Friday for the June 14 attack on Gary Fuller.   

  • Coeur d'Alene woman's quick thinking saves her from identity theft

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Surveillance video obtained by KHQ from the McDonald’s in Spokane Valley shows an alleged thief who Krystalynn Tekancic says broke into her home while she was moving. "We're pretty sure that the person who broke in my house while I was home and they took my laptop and my phone and a few personal items,” Tekancic said.

  • Panhandle Health District prepares for flu season in Idaho

    HAYDEN, Idaho - It’s already been a busy few weeks for staff at the Panhandle Health District. Doctors say in the last two weeks, over 100 people have come to get their flu shots, and that’s just at the Hayden office. This comes after one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. According to the Panhandle Health District, 37 people died from the flu last year in north Idaho alone, which makes it the deadliest flu season in a decade.

  • Spokane boy fighting rare illness gets wish to see law enforcement motorcycle granted

    SPOKANE, Wash. - All a little Spokane boy wanted was to sit on a motorcycle, a huge bonus if it was one belonging to law enforcement. The boy has overcome some unimaginable hardships in recent months after he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. The disease left him temporarily paralyzed. His family says during the darkest days, talking about motorcycles kept his spirits high. 

  • Highway 520 bridge reopens after police activity

    SEATTLE (AP) - Authorities say the Highway 520 floating bridge has reopened between Seattle and the eastern suburbs after a possibly armed person in a pickup truck was taken into custody. The Washington State Department of Transportation said on Twitter at about 5 p.m. that the bridge was closed to all traffic because of police activity.

  • Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

    (AP) - Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting feel on him. 

  • Lawmaker accused of underage relationship with ex-student

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A former Idaho high school student of embattled Washington lawmaker Rep. Matt Manweller says she had a sexual relationship with him in the 1990s, when she was 17 and he was 27. Under Idaho state law at the time, sex between an adult male and a female younger than 18 constituted statutory rape.

  • Harvard black culture awards to honor Kaepernick, Chappelle

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

  • Sheriff's office confirms no stolen dogs in Stevens County puppy mills

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Stevens County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate dog breeding operations in Suncrest and Ford.  Deputies reported Friday that they have taken every photo they have received of people's lost or stolen pets and compared them to the 255 dogs recovered from the two puppy mills. No photos matched. They also checked every dog for microchips and have confirmed there are no stolen chipped dogs.

  • PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - You won't be able use PayPal anymore to buy fluoride-free toothpaste or a bottle of The Real Red Pill Plus from right-wing conspiracy promulgator Alex Jones. The digital payments company is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his Infowars site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles "I Stand With Trump" T-shirts, Wake Up America coffee, dietary supplements and survival food.  

  • Jordan, Hornets pack food boxes for hurricane relief

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets players and members of the organization spent the day packing 5,000 food boxes that will be sent to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Jordan said the food boxes will be shipped to Wilmington and Fayetteville, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - three areas hit hardest by the hurricane. 

  • Oregon officials call off cougar hunt after hiker's death

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities in Oregon are ending a cougar hunt that was prompted by the fatal mauling of a hiker by one of the large cats earlier this month. Hunters killed a roughly 3-year-old female cougar on Sept. 14 after its image was captured on a remote camera set up at the spot where 55-year-old Diana Bober's body had been found four days earlier. 

  • Investigation finds Maryland culpable in death of player

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) - An independent investigation into the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has determined that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after he collapsed on the field. McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. The family attorney said the cause of death was heatstroke. 

  • VP Mike Pence plans to visit Spokane in early October

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Vice President Mike Pence is tentatively scheduled to campaign for Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane on Oct. 2.    A spokesman for the congresswoman says Pence's appearance is dependent on how the schedule of Congress shakes out.    The Spokesman-Review says McMorris Rodgers and Pence were colleagues for nearly a decade in the House.

  • Sheriff: Boy found naked, chained in Alabama home; 3 charged

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has been found naked and chained at an Alabama home.    Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger tells news outlets authorities responded to an anonymous call of child abuse Thursday afternoon. Deputies found the child naked with chains padlocked around his ankles. The chains were attached to a door, preventing the boy's normal movement.

  • Spokane deputies searching for driver who seriously injured man in crash

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County deputies are searching for a driver who they believe caused a crash on Market Thursday evening, then careened into a parking lot, striking a man and seriously injuring him. Deputies first responded to the hit-and-run call around 5:40 p.m. in the 7200 block of N. Market St.

  • Bear sleeping off honey binge removed from Montana yard

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A black bear, apparently sleeping off a honey binge, was removed from a Bozeman yard and released out of town.    Police say a Bozeman resident called Thursday morning after being unable to rouse the 25-year-old female bear from her slumber and scare her away.    Police reported on Facebook that it appeared the bear "partook" in the neighbor's honey bee hives before lying down to rest. 

  • Idaho prison officials send more inmates out of state

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Department of Correction officials say they have moved another 150 inmates to a prison in Texas because there aren't enough prison beds in Idaho. 

  • Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is denying a report in The New York Times that he suggested last year he secretly record President Donald Trump in the White House to expose chaos in the administration.    Rosenstein says the story is "inaccurate and factually incorrect."

  • Teens accused of cutting Christmas decorations for ill boy

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Police say two teens accused of slashing Christmas decorations set up in an Ohio neighborhood to help a child diagnosed with terminal cancer celebrate the holiday early have been arrested.    Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township said Thursday the juveniles were caught after a neighbor saw them slashing a decoration late Wednesday.

  • Scientists confirm mysterious fossils belong to Earth's earliest animal

    NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists say they've confirmed that puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal.    That would make it one of the earliest known creatures.    The fossils are impressions in rock: oval shapes with internal lines, looking somewhat like a leaf imprint densely packed with veins.  First described in 1947, they are found in Australia and Russia. 

  • Sheriff: Maryland shooter had mental illness but legally owned gun

    ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - The woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage, a law enforcement official said Friday.

  • Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement.

  • Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

    ATHENS, Greece - It’s not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start. Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.

  • State troopers go after carpool-lane violators

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol had a busy week catching carpool lane violators.

  • US slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.    The announcement comes despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year's cap of 45,000 was too low. 

  • Hiker injured after fall from Mt. Stuart

    CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Chelan County Sheriff's Office reports a hiker was injured in the Mt. Stuart area Thursday night. Deputies got the call right after 8 p.m. The initial investigation showed a 21-year-old man was repelling the west side of Mt. Stuart when he suffered equipment failure, causing him to fall about 30 yards.The sheriff's office says the man suffered substantial injuries and was airlifted by helicopter for medical treatment.

  • Psychiatric hospital coming to Spokane

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new 100-bed psychiatric hospital is coming to Spokane.    The Inland Northwest Behavioral Health hospital, which opens to patients in October, will have about 200 employees.    The Spokesman-Review says the $33 million facility will be split into four units, each with 25 beds for inpatient services. One unit will be reserved for adolescent patients between the ages of 13 and 17.

  • 5 people, 3 of them infants, stabbed at home day care center

    Police say three infants and two adults were stabbed at an overnight day care center in New York City. All are in critical but stable condition.    Authorities say the stabbings happened just before 4 a.m. Friday at a home in Queens.    They say a 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the abdomen, and a 20-day-old girl suffered cuts to her ear, chin and lip.  

  • Train deliberately derails in Tasmania

    Two people were hurt after authorities purposely derailed an out-of-control driverless freight train in Tasmania. The automated train was going about 31 miles per hour when it derailed and crashed through a fence, sending debris flying that injured two people. The debris hit a 20-year-old woman on the head.  A 40-year-old man also suffered broken elbow and cuts.  Police described the pair's injuries as minor. Both were taken to the hospital. The compa...
  • Uber driver accused of kidnapping after rider jumps from car

    An Uber driver is accused of kidnapping and false imprisonment after a passenger told investigators she jumped from the window of a moving vehicle.    Police in Tallahassee said they found the intoxicated victim at a Walgreens on Wednesday night. She told them she'd ordered an Uber to take her home. Officers arrested 30-year-old Destiny Green, who's being held without bail.    

  • Tacoma soldier charged with accidentally shooting girlfriend

    Prosecutors say a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier playing with his pistol shot and wounded his girlfriend in Lakewood.    Pierce County prosecutors say the 21-year-old man was charged Thursday with one count of assault and was released on his own recognizance with orders to live on base.    The News Tribune reports Division spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness says the soldier is a specialist within the 7th Infantry Division.  

  • Police say girl, 8, among 5 shot during memorial in upstate New York

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say five people, including an 8-year-old girl, have been shot during a memorial service in upstate New York.    Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says the shooting happened about 9 p.m. Thursday on Midland Avenue. He says ages of the male and female victims range between 8 and 35 years old.  

  • Unreleased Chris Cornell songs to be released in November

    NEW YORK (AP) - New Chris Cornell music is being released more than a year after his death. Cornell's widow Vicky is behind the new album "Chris Cornell," as well as a four-disc box set. Both will be released November 16. The first track from both projects is titled "When Bad Does Good ." Vicky Cornell says it came from her husband's archives.    

  • School bus hit by car while taking students home

    A school bus was hit by a car on the intersection of Joseph Avenue and Standard Street on Thursday. Nobody was hurt. All students were picked up from the scene of the accident by parents or guardians. The bus was taking Libby Center students home from school on Joseph Avenue. That's when a car hit the side of the bus while traveling on Standard Street, destroying the doors and stairs leading up to the vehicle's floor, according to a representative from Durham School Services.
  • Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence, immigration in videos

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence at schools and immigration in two new music videos for their song, "Big Love." The trio released the videos Friday. Proceeds from the song will benefit the student-led March for Our Lives organization, calling for stricter gun laws, and Families Belong Together, a protest against the Trump administration policy of separating children from families after they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.   

  • Police: Suspect dead after shootout near Miami airport

    MIAMI (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a wanted suspect is dead after he used an assault rifle to fire upon officers near Miami International Airport.    News outlets report the suspect was fatally shot a few blocks away from the airport Thursday night. Officials did not immediately release the identity of the man. It is unclear why the suspect was wanted.    

  • School bus drops off kids over an hour late after driver was lost

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Durham Bus Services has had a rough start to the school year. Less, than one week in, Durham had to answer for a bus driver who dropped off a kindergartner at the wrong bus stop. Then, they had to respond to parents' concerns about overcrowding on school buses. On Thursday, they were once again addressing a serious parent concern.

  • SVFD utilizes opioid hot spot chart to tackle overdose crisis

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The frontlines of the opioid crisis aren't in giant cities. They're in your neighbor's backyard. A man sent KHQ a video today, saying he watched his neighbor overdose. And then be rescued. All over the course of an afternoon. "I think there's a lack of understanding in the seriousness of an overdose, and how quickly death can develop," Rich Llewellyn, Division Chief of Medical Services for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, said. 

  • U.S. Army vet, Spokane firefighter running for mayor

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Shawn Poole isn't a career politician. In fact, he calls himself a "working class, knuckle-dragging firefighter," who has spent his entire life as a public servant. "Civil servitude is about giving back to the community," said Poole. "And my entire adult life I've been a servant." Poole is running for mayor of Spokane. The 54-year-old believes voters will relate to his working class attitude. 

  • Spokane equestrian rider's Olympic dream hits snag after false sponsorship

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Cheyenne doesn't have a lot of luxuries in life. But one thing she does have is her horse, Benjamin. "I've started riding him in January, and we've built on from there," Cheyenne Clark said. Cheyenne is part of Team Legacy. One of the many equestrian clubs organized by Hearts and Horses, a non-profit, with the mission of giving underprivileged kids the chance to ride. 

  • Detectives identify woman found in Spokane River

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Detectives have identified the woman found in the Spokane River September 15 just hours after releasing a rending of what she may have looked like. Detectives continue to work to determine what occurred prior to her death.

  • Hayden students go viral for patriotic flag photo

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Old Glory flies triumphantly above Hayden Meadows Elementary. But, every day at the end of school, three keepers of the flag make sure she’s in safe hands. Fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan go through the steps necessary to make sure the U.S. flag is properly folded and stored without it ever touching the ground.

  • Second arrest made in shooting near LA school

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police say a second suspect has been arrested and a gun has been recovered near the scene of a Los Angeles shooting that wounded a high school student and a school employee. Officials say the victims - a teenage boy and a woman - were shot Thursday at a Jack in the Box restaurant across the street from a charter school.   

  • Reward offered for information on North Monroe vandalism

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Within 24 hours of its completion, a community mural in the North Monroe Business District was vandalized with graffiti. Spokane Police are seeking information related to the tagging of the mural, located on North Monroe Street, just north of W. Cora Ave. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

  • WATCH: Town hall event with McMorris Rodgers, Brown

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Wednesday night KHQ and the Spokesman Review will hosted a town hall candidate forum with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top ranking female GOP member in the house, and her democratic rival, former state Sen. Lisa Brown. You can rewatch our coverage of the debate below:

  • FIRE MODEMore>>

  • Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

    Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

    Monday, September 3 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-09-04 01:39:59 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command. His son, Bo Brooks, is a wildland firefighter who a few days earlier during that 2015 fire season fled a wall of flames that killed three of his fellow firefighters in eastern Washington.

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command. His son, Bo Brooks, is a wildland firefighter who a few days earlier during that 2015 fire season fled a wall of flames that killed three of his fellow firefighters in eastern Washington.

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  • Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

    Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

    Sunday, September 2 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-09-02 15:46:29 GMT

    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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    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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  • All evacuation orders lifted for Boyds Fire

    All evacuation orders lifted for Boyds Fire

    Monday, August 27 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-08-28 00:05:11 GMT

    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - Overnight rain helped firefighters on the front line of the Boyds Fire near Kettle Falls. On Monday all evacuation orders for the fire were lifted, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office.  At last report, the fire was 4,549 acres in size and 81 percent contained.

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    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - Overnight rain helped firefighters on the front line of the Boyds Fire near Kettle Falls. On Monday all evacuation orders for the fire were lifted, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office.  At last report, the fire was 4,549 acres in size and 81 percent contained.

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  • Update: Four hospitalized in military vehicle crash on I-90 in Kittitas County

    Update: Four hospitalized in military vehicle crash on I-90 in Kittitas County

    Sunday, September 23 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-09-23 21:16:36 GMT

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after an armored vehicle went over a 25-foot cliff during a military exercise in central Washington state. The green and tan 2018 Military Stryker crashed about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on an unnamed dirt road near Kittitas. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen of Lecompte, Louisiana, told Washington state troopers he didn't see the cliff's edge.

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    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after an armored vehicle went over a 25-foot cliff during a military exercise in central Washington state. The green and tan 2018 Military Stryker crashed about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on an unnamed dirt road near Kittitas. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen of Lecompte, Louisiana, told Washington state troopers he didn't see the cliff's edge.

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  • 20-year-old woman killed, 2 hurt in head-on crash in Billings

    20-year-old woman killed, 2 hurt in head-on crash in Billings

    Sunday, September 23 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-09-23 17:25:39 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say a 20-year-old woman has been killed and two other people, including a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries following a head-on collision. Billings Police Sgt. Ben Milam said in a Sunday statement that speed and alcohol appeared to have contributed to the accident in the city's Heights neighborhood.   

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say a 20-year-old woman has been killed and two other people, including a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries following a head-on collision. Billings Police Sgt. Ben Milam said in a Sunday statement that speed and alcohol appeared to have contributed to the accident in the city's Heights neighborhood.   

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  • Montana investigating abuse claims against school trainer

    Montana investigating abuse claims against school trainer

    Sunday, September 23 2018 1:20 PM EDT2018-09-23 17:20:46 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 students decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance. Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials looking into the allegations contained in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City.  

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have launched a criminal investigation into claims that a school athletic trainer sexually abused at least 18 students decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance. Attorney General Tim Fox said state investigators will assist Custer County officials looking into the allegations contained in a lawsuit filed Friday against James E. "Doc" Jensen of Miles City.  

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  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Saturday, September 15 2018 1:57 AM EDT2018-09-15 05:57:25 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Kennewick Hermiston

    Kamiakin Hanford

    Richland Sunnyside

    Walla Walla Chiawana

    Pasco Southridge

    Selah Davis

    Northwest Christian Tri-Cities Prep

    Kiona-Benton Riverview

    Naches Valley Zillah

    Highland Granger

    Eisenhower Cour d' Alene

    Kittitas Columbia

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    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Kennewick Hermiston

    Kamiakin Hanford

    Richland Sunnyside

    Walla Walla Chiawana

    Pasco Southridge

    Selah Davis

    Northwest Christian Tri-Cities Prep

    Kiona-Benton Riverview

    Naches Valley Zillah

    Highland Granger

    Eisenhower Cour d' Alene

    Kittitas Columbia

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  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18

    SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18

    Friday, September 14 2018 9:10 PM EDT2018-09-15 01:10:32 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18 Hermiston Richland Chiawana Kennewick Eastmont 35, Pasco 7 Southridge 0, Kamiakin 41 Hanford 34, Walla Walla 6 Federal Way 7, Eisenhower 14 West Valley 14, Prosser 21 (canceled due to lightning) Royal 56, Othello 0 Cle Elum/Roslyn 0, College Place 30 Toppenish Kiona-Benton Sunnyside Christian Garfield Palouse

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    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18 Hermiston Richland Chiawana Kennewick Eastmont 35, Pasco 7 Southridge 0, Kamiakin 41 Hanford 34, Walla Walla 6 Federal Way 7, Eisenhower 14 West Valley 14, Prosser 21 (canceled due to lightning) Royal 56, Othello 0 Cle Elum/Roslyn 0, College Place 30 Toppenish Kiona-Benton Sunnyside Christian Garfield Palouse

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  • Former WSU Quarterback Ryan Leaf speaks at Southridge High School

    Former WSU Quarterback Ryan Leaf speaks at Southridge High School

    Thursday, September 13 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-09-14 01:28:42 GMT
    KENNEWICK,WA - Former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf, selected second overall in the 1998 NFL draft, gave a speech at Southridge High School on Thursday morning. Leaf was sentenced to prison in 2012 after breaking into a house in Great Falls, Montana, and stealing prescription painkillers. He served 32 months, during which time he was able to get sober and found a new found passion for helping people. "It actually was the perfect example of being in a terrible place and circumsta...>>
    KENNEWICK,WA - Former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf, selected second overall in the 1998 NFL draft, gave a speech at Southridge High School on Thursday morning. Leaf was sentenced to prison in 2012 after breaking into a house in Great Falls, Montana, and stealing prescription painkillers. He served 32 months, during which time he was able to get sober and found a new found passion for helping people. "It actually was the perfect example of being in a terrible place and circumsta...>>
  • NationalMore>>

  • Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

    Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

    Monday, September 24 2018 7:02 AM EDT2018-09-24 11:02:09 GMT
    Monday, September 24 2018 9:35 AM EDT2018-09-24 13:35:11 GMT
    (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP). Maura Walbourne sits in the front of a canoe looking in at her flooded Long Avenue home as David Covington wades through the wreckage in Conway, S.C. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 The Sherwood Drive area of Conway began to loo...(Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP). Maura Walbourne sits in the front of a canoe looking in at her flooded Long Avenue home as David Covington wades through the wreckage in Conway, S.C. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 The Sherwood Drive area of Conway began to loo...
    Thousands of coastal residents in South Carolina told to be ready to evacuate as rivers rise more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas.>>
    Thousands of coastal residents in South Carolina told to be ready to evacuate as rivers rise more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas.>>
  • Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencing

    Cosby, accuser in court for start of sentencing

    Monday, September 24 2018 1:21 AM EDT2018-09-24 05:21:47 GMT
    Monday, September 24 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-09-24 13:34:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia.  Cosby’s sentencing hearing Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 is set to start with testimony about ...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby’s sentencing hearing Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 is set to start with testimony about ...
    Bill Cosby faces the start of a two-day sentencing hearing in which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian.>>
    Bill Cosby faces the start of a two-day sentencing hearing in which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian.>>
  • Cosby accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

    Cosby accusers say they hope he is sentenced to jail time

    Sunday, September 23 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-09-23 19:11:28 GMT
    Monday, September 24 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-09-24 13:33:29 GMT
    (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Chelan Lasha, a Bill Cosbys accuser, right, embraces with her Attorney, Gloria Allred minutes before a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia Pa., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Cosby is du...(Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Chelan Lasha, a Bill Cosbys accuser, right, embraces with her Attorney, Gloria Allred minutes before a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia Pa., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Cosby is du...
    Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.>>
    Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.>>

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