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  • California students baked cookies with human ashes; police investigating

    Police say they are investigating a report that a Northern California high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade cookies and shared them with several classmates.    Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov on Wednesday said two students baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Sacramento on Oct. 4.    

  • US home construction falls 5.3 percent in September

    U.S. home construction fell 5.3 percent in September, a sign that rising mortgage rates may be weighing on the market.    The Commerce Department says that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million, down from 1.27 million in August. So far this year, starts have increased 6.4 percent. But the pace of homebuilding has downshifted since May.    

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    Avista customers in Kettle Falls will experience an outage on Oct. 22

    Avista will be performing infrastructure upgrades near Kettle Falls on October 22.   Customers in Kettle Falls and the surrounding areas will experience an outage starting October 21 at 11:59PM till 6AM on October 22. Approximately 762 customers will be affected by the outage.  Customers who will be impacted by the outage will be notified. 

  • Boy dies after touching electrified fence in Georgia park

    A boy has died after touching a fence that became electrified at a park in east Georgia.    News outlets report 12-year-old Melquan Robinson was at football practice Monday evening in an Augusta park when he grabbed the chain-link fence that had been electrified by a live wire.    Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says Melquan was electrocuted. 

  • Hillary Clinton unharmed after car crash in New Jersey

    Hillary Clinton was seemingly unharmed when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash.    The former secretary of state and first lady was headed to a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey in Jersey City on Tuesday night. The vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete column.    

  • Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring after 50 years

    The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.    Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch.    Spinney says "I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?"    Spinney says the physical requir...
  • Family offers cash reward after giant nose theft

    An Oregon family is offering a reward for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the family nose. The Albert family of Portland recently rescued the two-foot-tall 50-pound plastic nose from a trash pile. They put the nose on their porch where it sat until last weekend, when someone made off with the giant sniffer. The Albert kids pooled their money and posted signs offering a $6.27 Reward. 

  • Wendy's worker who put 'Chubby' on customer receipt fired

    A franchise owner of a North Carolina Wendy's says an employee who called a customer "Chubby" on an order has been fired. News outlets report the Carolina Restaurant Group issued a statement Tuesday that says they apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and terminated the employee, whose identity hasn't been released. Shue says he went to the Gastonia restaurant this month and ordered two sandwiches, providing the cashier with his name "clear as day."    

  • Smoke forces First Lady Melania Trump's plane back to military base

    First lady Melania Trump's plane has been forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin.    Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says "everyone is fine and everyone is safe" after the plane returned to Joint Base Andrews.    Mrs. Trump had been scheduled to visit a Philadelphia hospital and meet with families of children affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.    

  • Pennsylvania man dies in crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one man has died and a woman is in the hospital after a crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Investigators say 26-year-old John L. Scott of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  was headed westbound on SR 290 east of Flora in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup when he crossed the center line into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

  • Alleged drug dealer arrested after standoff

    A man was arrested on two warrants, including a felony charge for allegedly dealing drugs, on Tuesday. John C. Buchanan was arrested after a brief standoff with SPD's Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT). Police said he refused to come out of his home on Broad Avenue and North Haven Street. Police said Buchanan attempted to flee through a window, but shortly ran back into his building. Buchanan faces two charges: a felony charge for possession of narcotics with intent to dis...

  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, October 16th

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

  • Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in US history

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The already-giant Mega Millions prize is now at $868 million after a drawing Tuesday night turned up no winners.    Lottery officials raised the estimated jackpot, which had been $667 million.    The next drawing will be Friday. If someone wins the jackpot, it would mark the second-largest lottery grand prize in U.S. history.

  • California police investigating reports of students handing out cookies with human ashes in them

    DAVIS, Calif. - Police in Davis, California, are investigating reports that students at a local charter school  baked cookies that contained one of their grandfather's cremated remains and gave them out to nine other students. The cookies were brought to school on Oct. 4, Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov told NBC affiliate KCRA. Doroshov says there were no reports of students getting sick.

  • Scope of Michael's fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - The scope of the Hurricane Michael's fury has become clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches of the Florida Panhandle neighborhoods devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.    Florida officials say the storm is responsible for at least 16 deaths in the state.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Man arrested for DUI, threats to kill works at Kadlec, Richland hospital says

    Man arrested for DUI, threats to kill works at Kadlec, Richland hospital says

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-10-16 23:58:21 GMT

    There is new information tonight on the lock down at Kadlec in Richland Monday night, where a man threatened to kill himself and others.

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    There is new information tonight on the lock down at Kadlec in Richland Monday night, where a man threatened to kill himself and others.

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  • ESPN College Gameday location in Pullman set

    ESPN College Gameday location in Pullman set

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-10-16 14:23:13 GMT

    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. 

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    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. 

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  • Oregon hunter kills advancing cougar near Mt. Hood

    Oregon hunter kills advancing cougar near Mt. Hood

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 1:01 AM EDT2018-10-16 05:01:26 GMT
    Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on UnsplashPhoto by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

    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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  • 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...>>
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  • Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

    Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 5:08 AM EDT2018-10-17 09:08:17 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 2:10 PM EDT2018-10-17 18:10:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File). FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Dustin Shaw lifts debris as he searches through what is left of his sister's house at Parkwood Meadows neighborhood after a tornado in Vilonia, Ark. A new study finds that torn...(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File). FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Dustin Shaw lifts debris as he searches through what is left of his sister's house at Parkwood Meadows neighborhood after a tornado in Vilonia, Ark. A new study finds that torn...
    A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.>>
    A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.>>
  • Driver opens fire on North Carolina trooper, killing him

    Driver opens fire on North Carolina trooper, killing him

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-10-17 12:08:03 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-10-17 17:53:15 GMT
    Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect was captured within hours.>>
    Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect was captured within hours.>>
  • Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

    Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 1:18 AM EDT2018-10-17 05:18:15 GMT
    Wednesday, October 17 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018-10-17 17:10:33 GMT
    No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million.>>
    No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million.>>

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