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  • Police ask Austin public for surveillance video in serial bomber case

    AUSTIN (AP) - Authorities are urging the public to provide surveillance video that could assist in the investigation into the string of bombings in the Texas capital of Austin. During a news conference Monday, police Chief Brian Manley asked homeowners and others to forward video to investigators that might offer insight into the bombing Sunday night or three earlier this month.

  • Little Caesars to give out free lunch on April 2 after 'crazy' NCAA upset

    KHQ.COM - Pull out your calendar and mark out April 2 as "Free Lunch!" After #16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County knocked off #1 Virginia, Little Caesars is making good on their promise to give everyone a free lunch.  The pizza chain is going to be providing a free, $5-dollar lunch box on Monday, April 2nd, between 11:30 am and 1 pm local time. You can click here for the details.  

  • Jim Carrey criticized for portrait believed to be Sanders

    LOS ANGELES - Jim Carrey is being criticized on social media for a portrait he painted that is believed to be White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.The actor and comedian on Saturday tweeted the painting with the caption: "This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!"    

  • Sheriff: Boy shoots sister in video game controller dispute

    Authorities in Mississippi say a 9-year-old boy has shot his 13-year-old sister in the head and wounded her after an argument over a video game controller.    Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told local news outlets that the girl wouldn't give up the video game controller when her brother wanted it on Saturday. He says the boy shot the girl in the back of the head and that the bullet entered her brain.

  • Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law.    Administration officials say Trump also wants Congress to pass legislation reducing the amount of drugs necessary to trigger mandatory minimum sentences on traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids.

  • Police ID woman shot dead by ex-husband at California mall

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of the woman and the ex-husband who shot her to death at a busy Southern California mall.    The Ventura County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in Saturday's shooting as 29-year-old Parisa Siddiqi and the suspect as 33-year-old Kevin Crane.

  • Deputies investigating drive-by shooting in Okanogan County

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office reports deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting.  It happened Friday around 10:20 p.m. Deputies responded to the Blue Mountain Motel. When they arrived they spoke with a group that was standing outside. Witnesses told the deputies they had heard shots and when they came outside they saw a gray colored four-door sedan.

  • Okanogan deputies: 19-year-old man shoots mom, then self

    BREWSTER, Wash. - Deputies and officers in Okanogan County are investigating after a shooting Sunday morning. Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Brewster police Department responded to a call at 502 North Star Road in Brewster for a report of a 19-year-old man with a gun.

  • Teen, man who often got her out of school located in Mexico

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The mother of a Pennsylvania teenager says she went from not eating or sleeping to crying tears of relief when her missing daughter was located in a popular Mexican resort city.    Miu Luu tells The (Allentown) Morning Call she's happy 16-year-old Amy Yu has been found.    Federal agents and Mexican authorities found Amy and 45-year-old Kevin Esterly Saturday in Playa del Carmen.

  • Police: Car with baby inside stolen; baby found unharmed

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)  - Police in Tennessee say a teenager has been charged with kidnapping after a car with a baby girl inside was stolen outside a Memphis restaurant.    Memphis police said on its Facebook page that 18-year-old James Williams was charged Sunday with kidnapping and theft of property.

  • Yakima City Council to consider repealing decades old ban on pit bull terriers

    YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima City Council is expected to take a vote on whether to repeal a ban on pit bull terriers Tuesday. The ban has been in place for more than 30 years.  Pit bulls have been banned since the late 80s and city councils have voted repeatedly to keep it in place. More recently there have been bills in the legislature to repeal breed-specific bans, but those bills have failed.

  • 2 former Pierce County deputies allege cover-up, retaliation

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Two former Pierce County sheriff's deputies are suing the county, saying the agency tried to cover up how a man who killed his wife and himself obtained the gun he used in the killings. 

  • 3 killed in Massachusetts residential building blaze

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Three people have died in a residential building fire that caused residents to jump from windows. reports the fire broke out shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday. They found residents jumping out of second- and third-story windows to escape the flames. High winds caused the fire to spread.

  • Interior secretary defends Japanese comment to congresswoman

    SASABE, Ariz. (AP) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is defending his use of a Japanese greeting when responding to a question from a congresswoman of Japanese descent.    The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that Zinke was asked about his use of the word "konnichiwa" while touring the U.S-Mexico border in Arizona on Saturday.

  • APNewsBreak: Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016

    MIAMI (AP) - Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided to have him forcibly committed more than a year before the shootings.

  • Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Florida show

    TAMPA. Fla. (AP) - A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after falling during a show in Tampa.    The theatrical company announced on Twitter Sunday that Yann Arnaud fell Saturday night while performing an aerial straps number during the show VOLTA.

  • Police find nearly 300 bunnies hopping in California home

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento animal shelter is seeking supplies and cash donations to care for nearly 300 rabbits taken from a single property.    KTXL-TV reports the bunnies are of varying ages and not available for adoption because they are part of an investigation.

  • Colorado firefighters pluck baby foxes from storm drain

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters in Colorado plucked eight animals they thought were puppies from a storm drain, only to find out later they were young red foxes.    Video of the would-be rescue showed a Colorado Springs firefighter lifting the squirming foxes one by one from the storm drain and placing them on a sheet.

  • PHOTOS: Gonzaga wins thriller against Ohio State, advances to Sweet 16

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs held on Saturday to emerge victorious against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. After grabbing an early lead, and finishing the first half strong, the Buckeyes stormed back. The Zags made big plays down the stretch to advance to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles.

  • Pub in Detroit refuses Irish people to make a point about immigration

    DETROIT - The No Irish Pub opened Saturday in Corktown during Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The pub raised eyebrows and turned heads for refusing to serve Irish people, specifically on a day when "everyone's a little bit Irish." Those behind the idea say they want people to experience how Irish people used to be treated in America.

  • Two teens rescued after falling through ice on Avondale Lake

    HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reports two teenagers were rescued from the water after falling through thin ice on Avondale Lake in Hayden Lake, Idaho, Saturday afternoon. Northern Lakes Fire and Rescue, Coeur d’Alene Fire and Rescue, and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office all responded.

  • Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Zach Norvell Jr. had 28 points, Rui Hachimura added 25 and Gonzaga is headed back into the Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in the West Region on Saturday night. 

  • Future Zags take the court in Spokane middle school tournament

    SPOKANE, Wash. - While the men and women’s Zags play for the top spot, hundreds of future potential Zags took to the court in Spokane Saturday. The state championship for boy and girl’s middle school basketball are underway. Teams from across the state of Washington descended upon Spokane to claim bragging rights and the title for this years top middle school teams.

  • Spokane celebrates St. Patrick's Day

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The green bear was flowing Saturday as hundreds of people lined the streets of Spokane to celebrate the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Kids, parents, dogs, even alpacas walked the parade route. The two-hour parade wouldn’t have been complete without those in attendance.

  • Man kills person at California mall, wounds self

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man shot and killed someone at a Southern California mall and then turned the gun on himself.    Ventura County fire Capt. Steve Swindle says the shooter was wounded Saturday and taken to a hospital.    Swindle says there's no threat to the public, but firefighters opened up a nearby fire station as a safety zone for shoppers. 

  • Texas authorities: At least 12 arrested for animal ritual

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice.    The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County sheriff's deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after receiving calls that animals were being sacrificed.

  • Coercion allegations emerge in ex-college president case

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Newly-filed court records reveal details of sexual harassment allegations against the former acting president of Spokane Falls Community College.    The Spokesman-Review reported Friday that documents show Darren Pitcher is accused of exposing himself to a co-worker and coercing subordinates to have sex with him. 

  • Boulder pushed off California overpass kills car passenger

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The pregnant wife of a man killed by a boulder that crashed through the window of their car near Los Angeles is pleading for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for pushing the rock off an overpass.

  • Teacher who fired gun apologizes to California community

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) - A teacher at a Northern California high school has apologized for accidentally firing a gun inside his classroom, injuring three students.    The Monterey Herald reports Saturday that teacher and reserve police officer Dennis Alexander apologized and thanked community members for their support at a city council meeting Thursday night in Seaside. 

  • School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students

    The walkouts to protest gun violence that mobilized students nationwide also created tensions in hallways and classrooms.    In some cases, personal relationships have been strained as classmates take different views of the protests and calls for tighter gun restrictions.

  • Police: Man shot, killed trying to get into patrol vehicle

    GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in western Washington say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 28-year-old Spanaway man attempting to get into the deputy's patrol car.    The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the shooting took place not long after a woman called at about 9:30 p.m. Friday to report her friend was having a mental breakdown in the middle of the road in an area called Elk Plain.

  • State: Voicemail about cracking in bridge wasn’t picked up

    MIAMI (AP) - An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn’t picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

  • Facebook bans Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica

    Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling Facebook it had deleted the information. The social network issued a blog post explaining its decision, although the tale is convoluted.

  • US probes 4 deaths in Hyundai-Kia cars when air bags failed

    DETROIT (AP) - Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government’s road safety agency wants to know why. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s investigating problems that affect an estimated 425,000 cars made by the Korean automakers. 

  • Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

    MOSCOW (AP) - Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain’s government said the move was expected, and that it doesn’t change the British conviction that Russia was behind the poisoning of ex-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury.

  • Trump lauds firing of ex-top FBI official as ‘great day’

    WASHINGTON (AP) - In what President Donald Trump called “a great day for Democracy,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director long scorned by Trump, two days before McCabe’s scheduled retirement date, acting on the recommendation of bureau disciplinary officials.

  • Shots fired, armed man arrested on Spokane's South Hill

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Just before 9 p.m. Friday evening, neighbors told police that a man was reportedly firing a gun outside of his home on the South Hill, saying his home was being burglarized.  Officers and a SWAT team arrived and found the man, confirming that the man had fired a shots inside and outside a home in the area. Officers say no burglars were found. Nearby neighbors were told to shelter in place.  The armed man, who police say 


    Nearly 600,000 pacifier, teethers recalled for choking hazard

    Some of Dr. Brown's Lovey pacifier and teether holders were recalled due to a newly discovered choking hazard for children. After 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap detaching, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission posted the recall alert Thursday. The company is recalling about 590,000 units in the United States about another 10,500 in Canada. No injuries have been reported.  The teething holders were sold in eight different styles: giraffe, zebr...
  • Washington man gets 23 years in prison for crash that killed friend

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for a September 2016 crash that killed a friend. KOMO-TV reported Friday it is the second time Jacob Lee has been sent to prison for killing a passenger in a car crash. Lee was found guilty in February of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the death of Chris Grice.    Grice died Sept. 11, 2016, when the vehicle Lee was driving went off Mountain Hig...

  • B.C. backs high-speed rail study

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A study looking at high-speed rail connecting Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle and Portland is getting funding from the government of British Columbia. Premier John Horgan was joined by Gov. Jay Inslee during Friday's announcement that B.C. will contribute $300,000 toward the study that will build upon an economic analysis released by Washington state last month. That previous report estimated that a high-speed corridor link could create up to 200,000 jobs for B.C.

  • No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia 74-54 to make NCAA history

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed. Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition. But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and th...

  • All the luck in the world won't save you if you drive drunk

    SPOKANE, Wash. - St. Patrick's Day and a big Zags game this weekend has Spokane buzzing with excitement. It also has area law enforcement reminding our community to have a blast…responsibly. In downtown Spokane, parade preparations are well underway for Saturday's big show. "It's a religious holiday, it's a family holiday, it's a food holiday" said Tim O'Doherty. And to just about everyone in O'Doherty's Irish Grilled this weekend, it's

  • Super Bowl champion Bryan Braman returns to Spokane to help kids through SYSA

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been 40 days since the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LVII, and for me, a die-hard Eagles fan, the excitement hasn't worn off.  Sitting on my couch Friday, on my day off, I received a call from work.  "Should I answer it?" I thought. "Yeah, I better." (Because I always do, if management is reading this) It was KHQ Executive Producer Luke Thoburn.  

  • Fred Meyer phasing out sales of firearms

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. The company said Friday in a news release that it is currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition. The company made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that there have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over 

  • The Latest: Caller reported cracks in bridge before collapse

    MIAMI (AP) - The Latest on the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Florida's Department of Transportation says an engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure to say some cracking had been found at one of the concrete span. However, the agency says the voicemail left on a landline wasn't heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the 

  • Latest pet flight mix-up: United Airlines puts dog on wrong plane from Newark Airport

    NEWARK, N.J. - In its third public pet mishandling in less than a week, United Airlines mistakenly loaded a dog onto the wrong aircraft Thursday, and this time diverted the plane from Newark Airport in order to reunite it with its owner. NBC New York reports that the dog was on United Express flight 3996 from Newark to St. Louis, when it was supposed to be on a plane to Akron, according to the airline.  The plane diverted to Akron so that the dog 

  • Woman finally gets a new roof after 2015 windstorm

    Spokane, Wash. It's been nearly three years since the 2015 windstorm. Debbie Cox of North Spokane has to worry about water leaking into her house from her damaged roof. But on Friday afternoon, Debbie finally received a new roof. Thanks to Dave Hageman at Glacier Property Solutions "She had a couple of hardships come up in her life, and she had one side of this roof here damaged by the windstorm and really couldn't afford to get the other half done," said Dave. In 2014,

  • Family favorite Five Mile Pizza closing its doors in April

    Spokane, Wash. Five Mile Pizza has been Spokane staple for over 30 years, but in just over a month they will be closing their doors for good "It is sad, but it's something we are moving on to the next chapter in my life," said owner Steve Yunk. Five Mile Pizza has been a Spokane favorite for generations of Spokanites. They are known for its kid-friendly atmosphere it's been the go-to place for birthday parties and family get-togethers. Jennifer Johns was one of those loyal 

  • Woman won't face charges in fatal shooting on Interstate 5

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors say a woman will not face charges in connection with the shooting death of a man on Interstate 5 in February.    Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Friday that Aubrey Bowlin said she acted in self-defense and given the evidence, the prosecutor's office can't prove otherwise. Witnesses told authorities that an altercation began Feb. 8 when Bruce W. Jones got upset at how Bowlin was driving her 

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    Spokane County golf courses are ready for 2018 season

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Golf Courses are ready for another exciting season. All three golf courses are in fantastic condition for golfers to come and check out. • Liberty Lake Golf Course - (509) 255-6233 - 24403 E. Sprague Avenue, Liberty Lake All permanent greens are now open. • Hangman Valley Golf Course - (509) 448-1212 - 2210 E. Hangman Valley, Spokane The back nine, driving range, and putting green will all be 

  • Courtesy USDA

    Over 109,000 pounds of pork sausages recalled for possible foreign matter contamination

    Johnsonville, LLC. has recalled 109,603 pounds of their smoked pork sausage product that may be contaminated with foreign material, the USDA announced Thursday. The national sausage producer's "Jalapeño Cheddar Smoked Sausage" is the subject of the recall and packages of the product were shipped to retailers nationwide. The sausages were produced Jan. 4, 2018, and have a "Best By" date of 04/04/2018.  The problem was discovered af...
  • Othello Police warn of fraud text message circulating

    OTHELLO, Wash. - Othello Police want to warn people of a fraud text message circulating in the area. They've received multiple reports of citizens receiving a text message regarding a "power disconnect notice for PUD." The text message mentions that power will be cut off within 30 minutes if no payment is received. The text says to call (509) 485-7509 to arrange the payment.  Police say that this is a scam; PUD does not operate in the Othello area.

  • Police: Hotel worker asked to clean room, then gets stabbed

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Police say a hotel guest in New Hampshire asked a housekeeping employee to clean her room, and then stabbed the worker in the face, neck and chest with a pair of scissors. Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Merner tells the Portsmouth Herald no argument preceded the stabbing Friday at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel and that it appeared to be a random attack. Merner said the 58-year-old employee was stabbed six times, but the injuries are not life...

  • USDA rejects Mercy for Animals humane bird slaughter request

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has rejected a petition from an animal rights group that sought more humane treatment for turkeys and chickens sent to slaughter. California-based Mercy For Animals filed a petition in November asking the USDA to include poultry in the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, a 1958 law that makes it a crime to abuse or neglect pigs and cows during slaughter. The head of the USDA's Office of Food Safety said in denying the pe...

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    Sonic to roll out pickle juice slushies for summer

    Sonic Drive-In is adding a potentially polarizing new drink to their menu this summer. Food & Wine reports that the fast food restaurant plans to roll out pickle juice slushies at locations nationwide in June. As strange as it may sound, the salty brine will be mashed up with the famous icy drinks that dye your tongue a variety of bright colors. Food and Wine's Maria Yagoda got the chance to taste the bright green beverage during a recent ...
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    Wolf population continues to grow in Washington

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The population of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2017.  The state Department of Fish and Wildlife's annual survey found at least 122 wolves living in Washington last year. The survey found 22 wolf packs and 14 successful breeding pairs. The agency said Friday that the 2016 survey documented 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 breeding pairs. All of the known wolf packs are located east of the Cascade Mountains. Wolves...

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    Dead man walking: Court rejects man's claim he's alive

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A Romanian court has rejected a man's claim that he's alive, after he was officially registered as deceased. A court spokeswoman said Friday that 63-year-old Constantin Reliu lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.    Media reported Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife 

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    Police say Indiana man took taxi to and from bank robbery

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police say a 19-year-old Indiana man took a cab to and from a bank robbery and that he paid the driver with some of his stolen cash. Derrick Faria was arrested less than an hour after Thursday's robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch in Evansville. The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Faria reportedly passed a teller a note demanding money, but that he didn't show a weapon. Faria is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminar...

  • Washington man sentenced to prison for beating death

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A southern Washington state man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for the beating death of a man on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports 25-year-old Nolan Patrick John was sentenced after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the death of 31-year-old Ronald Alex Jim. Authorities say the Toppenish resident fought with Jim after he had attacked John's mother during an argument in Marc...

  • Idaho lawmakers OK bill updating school threat penalties

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Legislation cracking down on people who make threats against schools is now headed to the Idaho governor's desk. Senate lawmakers on Friday agreed to send the measure to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter after passed the House earlier this month. Currently, Idaho law prevents prosecutors from bringing charges against someone who threatens a school while off-campus or through social media. The statute hasn't been updated in more than 10 years. &nb...

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    The Latest: Idaho turtle euthanized amid reports it ate a puppy

    PRESTON, Idaho (AP) - The Latest on turtle eats puppy (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Idaho officials have euthanized a snapping turtle at the center of an investigation over whether a biology teacher gave it a sick puppy to eat in front of students.  The Idaho State Department of Agriculture in a statement Friday says snapping turtles are an invasive species in Idaho requiring a permit. Officials seized the turtle Tuesday and euthanized it Wednesday.  ...

  • Montana high school student arrested after shots fired, police chase

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana high school student is in custody after a police chase in which shots were fired in a school parking lot in Missoula. Missoula Police say no one was injured in the incident Friday afternoon. Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh tells the Missoulian that school staff and a resource officer were conducting an investigation when they contacted a student. He ran from Big Sky High School, got into a car and shots were fired. Welsh did not know how many sho...

  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, March 16th

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

  • SEE INSIDE: The Ridpath apartments are now leasing after full renovation

    KHQ.COM - The Ridpath Club Apartments are now available for lease. All of the rooms that used to be part of the historic Ridpath Hotel have been fully renovated and are ready for tenants who can start moving in next month. The historic Ridpath Hotel is a landmark of Spokane. It was once a prime spot for dances, social gatherings, political gatherings and was even visited by A-list celebrities including Elvis and Michael Jackson.

  • Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the divorce filing by Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa Trump (all times local):   8 p.m.   Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, say in a joint statement issued after an uncontested New York divorce filing they've decided to go their separate ways.   The couple said Thursday they "will always have tremendous respect for each other" and their families.

  • Tripp Halstead, Georgia boy whose story touched millions after hit by falling tree branch in 2012, has died

    ATLANTA (AP) - The parents of a Georgia boy who was struck by a falling tree branch outside his day care five years ago say he has died.   Bill Halstead, the father of 7-year-old Tripp Halstead, tells WSB-TV that his son died Thursday. Stacy Halstead, Tripp's mother, says in a Facebook post that he died at a hospital after fighting an infection.Tripp was 2 years old when the branch fell and hit him while he was at the playground of his day care.

  • Following an active shooter threat, 6th grade boys write out will

    KHQ.COM - After learning of a threat at their school, two Alabama 6th graders wrote out wills. Mariama Davies, the boy's mother,was in disbelief when her 12-year-old son Javon came home from school and told her what he did. She says Javon and his friend both voluntarily wrote wills at school after an active shooter drill. The sixth graders exchanged notes to give to each other's parents in case they die in a school shooting.

  • Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter of New York dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.   Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led it from 2007 through 2010. Liam Fitzsimmons is her chief of staff. In a statement, he says Slaughter died early Friday at George Washington University Hospital after injuring herself.

  • Mom says Mississippi 6th grader hanged self over bullying

    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - The parents of a 6th grade-boy in Mississippi who hanged himself in the family garage say he was bullied at school after saying he might be bisexual. WREG-TV reports that 12-year-old Andy Leach left a note for his family before killing himself on March 6. His parents, Cheryl Hudson and Matt Leach, say they learned after his death that other Southaven Middle School students called their son worthless and ugly and threatened to beat him up.

  • Amber Alert for 1-year-old kidnapped at gunpoint cancelled; Suspect still at large

    UPDATE: The Amber Alert issued for a one-year-old kidnapped at gunpoint has been cancelled and the baby has been found safe.  However, police are still searching for the suspect, Terrance L Lee-Hammond Jr, who is believed to have kidnapped his son at gunpoint Thursday night from his mother's residence in Bothell. Lee-Hammond is believed to be driving a 1998 blue Toyota Corolla license plate BIH7899 with a second black male passenger.

  • Authorities searching for suspect who fled on foot after police chase and car crash in Airway Heights

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Authorities in Airway Heights are searching for a suspect after a police chase with a stolen vehicle ended in a car crash near Sunset Highway and Flint Rd.  Washington State Patrol attempted to stop the suspect vehicle for a traffic violation and that's when a police chase ensued, but it was short lived. Authorities say within 10 seconds the vehicle did a 180 and crashed.

  • Romanian man officially listed as dead even though he's alive

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - A Romanian court has rejected a man's claim that he's alive, after he was officially registered as deceased.    A court spokeswoman said Friday that 63-year-old Constantin Reliu lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.  Media reported Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family.

  • U.S. Military helicopter crash in Iraq kills all 7 service members on board

    BAGHDAD (NBC NEWS)- A military helicopter with U.S. service members aboard crashed in Iraq late Thursday, U.S. Central Command and military officials said. All seven service members aboard American helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed. "A U.S. military aircraft has crashed in western Iraq with U.S. service members aboard," CENTCOM said in a statement. Rescue teams were sent to the scene soon after the crash.

  • 6 dead in pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida

    MIAMI (AP) - Miami-Dade Police say the death toll is up to six people in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge to Florida International University. Det. Alvaro Alvaro Zabaleta says the operation has turned from rescue to recovery. He says they can't yet release any information about the victims. He says 10 people were initially hospitalized.

  • Rosalia firefighter arrested for stealing, pawning department's equipment

    ROSALIA, Wash. - Whitman County Deputies arrested 35-year-old Kelly Brown of Rosalia Thursday afternoon while serving a search warrant on his home.  Deputies had been investigating several property related crimes in the area when they received information about a vehicle that may have been involved in a burglary on Gashous Rd. The theft was reported to authorities in late February. It was later identified as belonging to Brown. 

  • Family who found human remains in Coeur d'Alene rock quarry speaks out about identification

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says they have positively identified the human remains found in a rock quarry last September as David Patrick Mcghee, of Spokane.  On September 3, 2017, Coeur d'Alene Police responded to the rock quarry located on W. Kathleen Ave for human remains that were located near the bottom. 

  • Courtesy NASA

    NASA: Astronaut’s DNA no longer matches identical twin’s after time in space

    Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook on life- it transforms your genes, too. Preliminary results from NASA’s Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genes did not return to normal after his return to Earth two years ago. The Twins Study brought ten research teams from around the country together to accomplish one goal: discover what happens to the human body after spending one year in space. The study looked a...

  • Army veteran who faces deportation is denied US citizenship

    CHICAGO (AP) - An Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a 2008 drug conviction has been denied U.S. citizenship.    The decision Thursday by immigration officials means Miguel Perez Jr. can be deported to Mexico at any time. The 39-year-old Perez petitioned immigration officials to be granted citizenship retroactive to when he joined the military in 2001. Perez served two tours in Afghanistan. He says he mistakenly thought he becam...

  • Workers at DC jail complex fall ill after package is opened

    WASHINGTON  (AP) - Fire and corrections officials in the District of Columbia say over a dozen employees at the city's jail complex fell ill after a package that likely contained the powerful opioid fentanyl was opened. The Washington Post reported Thursday that four workers in the mail room were immediately taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and three decided to go later. Nine others were treated at the jail facility. Officials described the symptoms as r...

  • St. Patrick's parade in Boston won't let anti-war vets march

    BOSTON (AP) - Boston's popular St. Patrick's Day parade is all about veterans - but not all who've served in uniform will be allowed to march this weekend. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which runs the annual event, is refusing to accommodate Veterans for Peace in Sunday's parade. Council leader David Falvey says the anti-war group won't be allowed to participate because members have staged protests elsewhere against the U.S., and some have been detai...

  • Coyote bites 5-year-old boy at California college campus

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Professional trappers will try to catch a coyote that bit a 5-year-old boy on a Los Angeles college campus Lt. J.C. Healy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the child was walking with his father Wednesday when the boy cried out, "He bit me!" Healy says the father chased the coyote away. The boy suffered a minor leg wound. The Los Angeles Times says that shortly after the biting, a coyote aggressively approa...

  • The Latest: University head laments fall of campus bridge

    MIAMI (AP) - The Latest on the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at a Florida university (all times local):  6 p.m.  A doctor says his hospital received 10 injured people - two of them critically - from the pedestrian bridge collapse at a Florida university.  Dr. Mark McKenney says at a news conference Thursday that two of the people Kendall Regional Medical Center received were in "extremely critical" condition. He says the other eight were stabl...

  • Stranger's kindness helps ill Spokane great-grandmother's dream come true

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local great-grandmother in declining health just wanted to watch Dancing with the Stars in a live Spokane show. Her loved ones say a glitch as the family went to buy tickets meant all handicap seats had sold out. Desperate, they said "Help Me Hayley." "She has pneumonia," said Nicole Floate. "They think her double infection is back." It's been a terrifying few months for the many loved ones of Marylin Eskew. "We almost 

  • Walk up, not out: Coeur d'Alene student's message goes viral

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class, including students at Coeur d’Alene High School. Grace Hamilton was not one of those students; she says she didn’t agree with the message of the nationwide walkouts. So instead, she and a friend created T-shirts with a simple message, walk up instead of walk out. "I wanted to be a voice for those people who didn't have a voice for themselves,” 

  • Toxicology reports: Driver's BAC nearly twice legal limit in deadly Hayden Lake crash

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Team and the Kootenai County Coroner’s Office have concluded their investigation into the January 13, 2018 crash at the Hayden Lake Boat Launch, which resulted in the death of 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster of Spokane, WA. His autopsy and toxicology reports show Lancaster’s blood alcohol level was .144, nearly twice the legal limit. "I wake up everyday and 

  • NBC News

    Batman roller coaster leaves riders dangling at Six Flags in Texas for 45 minutes

    SAN ANTONIO NBC -  Riders on a Batman roller coaster at a San Antonio Six Flags were left suddenly hanging when the ride jerked to a halt at the top of a drop Tuesday. Park officials say a safety sensor went off, causing the ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas to stop at the top of one of its 12-story lifts. The ride is designed to flip riders, and video showed some of them stuck at odd angles and upside-down. The riders were stuck there for 45 

  • Ephrata man spends night in cave after nearly driving off cliff

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say an Ephrata man is counting his blessings after he nearly drove off a cliff in the Douglas Creek area of Douglas County Tuesday evening.  Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said that 37-year old Kevin Remington was on his way home to Ephrata from Leavenworth when he left the roadway.  Remington told deputies that he thought Douglas Creek would allow him to bypass Quincy on his drive 

  • Courtesy Spokane County Sheriff's Office

    Spokane County Deputies and K9 Enzo locate late night copper burglars

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of K9 Enzo, located two suspects burglarizing the closed Kaiser Plant facility.  The suspects were stealing copper wire found inside the buildings to sell/recycle later.  On March 13, 2018, just after 2:00 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Leavenworth’s attention was captured by a late 90’s Honda Accord parked behind a building at the closed

  • Billings, Montana

    Skeletal remains found by Montana landowner belong to Native American woman

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An investigation shows skeletal remains found by a central Montana landowner last year likely belong to a Native American woman. The remains were found near Winifred in November. Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown says they'd been there for many, many years.    The Billings Gazette reports the remains were sent to the state crime lab and forwarded to the University of Montana's Department of Anthropology. The department's report said the remains

  • Otter reluctantly OKs bill tweaking Idaho math requirements

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he has reluctantly allowed legislation eliminating the requirement for high school students to take math classes during their senior year to become law. Otter announced Wednesday that he feared the bill would undermine the state's investment in science and mathematics in Idaho's public education system. However, Otter said he didn't veto the bill because it does not lower the amount of math classes Idaho students ...

  • Swastika sketched into Stimson Hall

    Suspect arrested for bomb threats, Nazi symbols on WSU campus pleads guilty

    PULLMAN, Wash. - The suspect from last Summer’s case involving bomb threats and Nazi symbols on the Washington State University campus has pleaded guilty. 18 year old former WSU student Jose Andres Tecuatl pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony threat to bomb in Whitman County Superior Court.  In return for the plea, Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy tells KHQ that 2 additional counts for the same felony were dropped.

  • NBC News

    Portugal, Spain nab more than 2 tons of cocaine, arrest 10

    LISBON, Portugal AP - Spanish and Portuguese police said Thursday they intercepted about 2.5 metric tons (2.76 tons) of cocaine in a cross-border operation. The operation led to the arrest of nine men and one woman, from Spain and Colombia, Portuguese police said. The operation began when Spanish border police detected 800 kilograms of cocaine in the false bottom of four vehicles crossing into Spain. The gang was storing the cocaine at 

  • Snohomish County permanently bans heroin-injection sites

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington county unanimously passed legislation that would permanently ban supervised heroin-injection sites. The Daily Herald reports Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring proposed the restriction to keep any government-monitored injection sites, where federal nurses look on as users inject the drug, from popping up. Officials in King County and Seattle are considering opening a couple of sites based on similar models already in use in dozens of...

  • Idaho prison death highlights challenges of cellmate assignments

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The recent death of an Idaho prison inmate highlights the difficulties faced by prison officials across the U.S. in determining inmate housing assignments. Glenn Cox went before the parole board with a plan. He had already been accepted into a live-in substance abuse treatment center. For the first time in a long time, he was hopeful about the future. After reviewing his case, including the 12 drunken driving arrests on

  • Washington state coroner apologizes for racist Facebook post

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A rural county coroner in eastern Washington state has apologized, saying he mistakenly posted a white supremacy meme and will no longer share on Facebook. The Tri-City Herald reports that Franklin County coroner Dan Blasdel says he's not racist. The Republican as coroner for 24 years has previously shared political statements on social media.    He said the "white history month" meme was a tongue-in-cheek post on how "it seems...

  • Dale Peinecke (Photo from Washington Employment Security Department)

    Head of employment agency resigns after workplace report

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The head of Washington state's Employment Security Department has resigned following an outside investigation found several employees complained about him putting his arms around them or looking at their bodies in ways that made them uncomfortable. Dale Peinecke sent his resignation letter Monday to Gov. Jay Inslee, who announced Thursday he had accepted it. The resignation isn't effective until June 30, so Peinecke's last day is July 1. In interviews ...

  • Deputy Sam Palmer and Officer Scott Hice

    Names released of deputy, officer involved in Hillyard area shooting

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department have released the names of the deputy and officer involved in involved in a shooting which occurred on March 12, 2018, at an apartment in the 5300 block of North Regal St. in the City of Spokane: Deputy Sam Palmer and Officer Scott Hice. Deputy Palmer was hired by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office as a Lateral Deputy on January 14, 2002.  He began his career in law enforcement with the Coeur...
  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, March 15th

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

  • Afghanistan couple names their baby named 'Donald Trump'

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - When Asadullah Poya's wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of Donald Trump.   He had just read a Dari translation of what appears to be "Trump: How to Get Rich," published in 2004 by the then-star of "The Apprentice."   "I thought, 'This is a great man,'" Poya said.

  • Several killed and at least 5 vehicles crushed in pedestrian bridge collapse in south Florida

    NBC NEWS - A pedestrian walkway in Miami collapsed on Thursday, killing several people. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the fatalities after multiple vehicles were crushed by the span near Florida International University's campus. The bridge was scheduled to open early next year and was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds.

  • Prep for Tax Day (sponsored)

    We all love surprises, unless they’re terrible. Like when it’s midnight on Tax Day and you can’t find your middle child’s Social Security number. When it comes to doing your taxes, boring is good. So, start now to gather all the information you’ll need from employers, financial institutions, schools, and others ? then enjoy a pleasant, though boring, evening doing your taxes. Whether you do your own taxes or hire a professional, you’ll need to pr...

  • Study finds that 90% of bottled water contains tiny plastic particles

    KHQ.COM - Your favorite brand of bottled water is likely contaminated with tiny plastic pieces.  According to investigative research from experts at Orb Media, tests revealed that nearly all major bottled water brands are contaminated with micro-plastic particles. The study observed 250 bottles from 11 brands in nine different countries, including India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and the United States.

  • Toys R Us says they will sell or close all U.S. stores

    NEW YORK (AP) - Toys R Us's management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. That's according to a toy industry analyst who spoke to several employees who were on the call Wednesday. Jim Silver, a toy industry expert, says Toys R Us's CEO told employees the plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores and after that, it could do a deal with its Canadian operation to run some of its U.S. stores.

  • $368M in gold, platinum and diamonds falls out of plane taking off from Russian airport

    KHQ.COM - A plane with ten tons of gold, platinum and diamonds lost some of its cargo after taking off from an airport in Russia. The precious cargo had a total value of $368 million! Details are a little scare but the plane reportedly had some problems during takeoff causing the treasures to fall out of the hold all over the runway. An investigation is still underway. 

  • Coyote attacks a 5-year-old child on Cal State campus

    KHQ.COM - A southern California college campus is on edge after a coyote attacked a young child.  California State University Los Angeles Police say one of their officers fired at the coyote that was attacking a five-year-old Wednesday night. The coyote may have been struck, but it ran off, according to a report from the scene. The 5-year-old boy is in the hospital but is expected to be okay.  Update: The coyote bit a 5-year-old boy, and it also tried to attack a woman,...
  • Dylann Roof's sister accused of bringing weapons to school

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Deputies say the sister of church shooter Dylann Roof has been arrested for bringing drugs, pepper spray and a knife to her South Carolina school.  The Richland County Sheriff's Department tells WIS-TV 18-year-old Morgan Roof was arrested Wednesday after an administrator at A.C. Flora High School had contacted a school resource officer.

  • Idaho governor signs roadkill bill into law

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a roadkill bill that would allow motorists or passers-by to humanely dispatch a badly injured animal unintentionally hit by a vehicle.  Currently, Idaho law says only law enforcement officers can dispatch such animals.    Otter gave his signature to the proposal on Wednesday while signing more than 20 other bills into law.  The bill was backed by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle...

  • Preschool director accused of pulling knife on 4-year-olds

    PLAINFIELD, N.J. - A New Jersey preschool administrator accused of threatening two misbehaving students with a knife is facing charges. Union County prosecutors say 64-year-old Adetokunbo Akinnaso, of Sicklerville, is charged with two counts of cruelty or neglect of children. She has been removed from her post and could face up to three years in prison if convicted on both counts. 

  • 'Willy Wonka' star appears as contestant on 'Jeopardy'

    LOS ANGELES - He played a boy who does nothing but watch TV and wears cowboy clothing in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Who is "Jeopardy" contestant Paris Themmen. Themmen appeared on the game show on Tuesday. But he didn't tell Alex Trebek about his role as Mike Teevee when the host asked him about himself. 

  • United to use special tags for pet carriers after dog death

    CHICAGO - United Airlines plans to issue bright colored bag tags to people traveling with pets to prevent animal carriers from being placed in overhead bins following the death of a puppy on one of its flights. The Chicago-based airline says a flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin aboard a Houston-to-New York flight Monday didn't know there was a dog inside. 

  • Nearly 150 animals rescued after found living in horrific conditions in Thurston County

    THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say it's one of the worst cases of animal abuse they've ever seen and now, almost 150 animals have been rescued from a backyard farm in Tenino, WA.  The animals were found living in horrific conditions and included 23 miniature horses, 10 goats, eight dogs, cats, rabbits, pet birds and more than 100 chickens. One dog was even found lying dead on the property. 

  • Trump admits making up trade claim in Trudeau talk

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump free-styled with the facts when talking trade with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Republican described the discussion during a fundraising speech in St. Louis on Wednesday. According to audio obtained by The Washington Post , Trump insisted that the United States runs a trade deficit with Canada.  

  • Man suspected of fatally shooting parents shot by Thurston County sergeant

    THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. - A double homicide suspect is recovering in a hospital after being shot by a Thurston County sergeant early Thursday morning.  Investigators with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office believe the man fatally shot his parents at their home in Buckley sometime before 7 p.m. Wednesday and then fled to a hotel in Tumwater, WA. Pierce County authorities alerted Thurston County that the suspect could be headed their way. 

  • Navy jet crashes off Key West, killing 2 crew members

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, killing its two crew members.    The F/A-18 Super Hornet was on approach to land at the naval air station around 4:30 p.m. EDT, and crashed into the water about a mile east of the runway.    The pilot and weapons system officer ejected and were recovered, but U.S. Naval Air Forces reported late Wednesday night that both had died.

  • Surge in airline hiring boosts interest in aspiring pilots

    DALLAS (AP) - Major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots at a rate not seen since before 9/11, and that is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the cockpit.    Hiring is likely to remain brisk for years. Smaller airlines in the U.S. are struggling with a shortage that will continue as they lose pilots to the bigger carriers, which in turn will need to replace thousands of retiring pilots over the next few years.

  • Viral wrong number text ends up raising money for a good cause - When Tony Wood got a text from a wrong number, he decided to be a little creative with his response, and the text message set off a chain of events that ended up helping Wood's family in a big way. A woman accidentally sent a picture of herself in an evening gown to the wrong number. 

  • Thousands of Snuggie owners get refund in settlement over misleading TV ads

    A company that promised “buy one, get one free” deals to entice people to buy Snuggies on TV commercials is now paying out refunds to customers. And it's not because the full-length, wearable blankets were faulty.

  • Officials: California man shot 130 hawks, birds of prey

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife officers say a Northern California man shot more than 130 hawks and other protected birds of prey.    California fish and wildlife spokesman Capt. Patrick Foy said Wednesday that officers found hawks heaped in piles on the man's property in rural Lassen County, which borders Nevada.

  • Despite woes, Wells Fargo gives CEO Sloan $4.6 million raise

    NEW YORK (AP) - Well Fargo's board of directors has given CEO Tim Sloan a $4.6 million raise, despite the bank continuing to face the fallout of its sales-practices scandal and other issues.    In its annual proxy to shareholders, Wells Fargo said Wednesday that Sloan made $17.6 million last year, up from $13 million in 2016.

  • Viacom suspends programming in support of student walk outs

    Viacom suspended all programming on its networks for 17 minutes as students across the nation walked out of school Wednesday to protest gun violence.    The suspension coincides with the National School Walkout, which started at 10 a.m. The company's networks include MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, among others.

  • Ex-Equifax executive charged with insider trading

    ATLANTA (AP) - A former Equifax executive who sold stock for nearly $1 million before the company's massive data breach was publicly announced faces insider trading charges.    Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury indicted Jun Ying, the former chief information officer of Equifax's U.S. Information Solutions.

  • Aluminum and Spokane: Then and now

    Spokane Valley, Wash. Working for Kaiser was and still is a big deal. These manufacturing jobs pay very well if you have a high school degree plus a year or two of college or trade school. You can make anywhere between $60K-$90K plus benefits. Those union jobs are still there but are far, and few between there used to be more - much more. Nearly 20 years ago Kaiser Aluminum closed down it's Mead smelter. Over a thousand employees lost their jobs when that plant closed. 

  • Hundreds of Gonzaga Prep students participate in peaceful walkout

    On Wednesday morning students at Gonzaga Prep took action into their own hands on National School Walkout Day to say enough is enough "We really wanted to go beyond the walkout because we saw a lot of the criticism like what is walking out on the football field really going to accomplish," said Gonzaga Prep senior Jaime Dorsh. Students first gathered in the gym to listen to a presentation about gun violence. But at the same time being proactive and having students register to

  • Coeur d'Alene school walkouts draw counter protests

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene High School students walked out of their classes and high filled the gym Wednesday morning standing shoulder-to-shoulder with students near and far. After a brief speech, students left the bleachers and swarmed a small table where they would write letters and become registered to vote. Something organizers say is a huge component to Wednesday’s demonstration.

  • Police say 2 shot at Alabama hospital, gunman subdued

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police responded to reports of someone firing shots at a hospital in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, before issuing an alert that the situation was over and the shooter had been subdued.    Local media reported that two people were shot at UAB Highlands, and a gunman had turned a gun on himself Wednesday night.

  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, March 14th

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

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  • Little Caesars to give out free lunch on April 2 after 'crazy' NCAA upset

    Little Caesars to give out free lunch on April 2 after 'crazy' NCAA upset

    Monday, March 19 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-03-19 15:11:47 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Pull out your calendar and mark out April 2 as "Free Lunch!" After #16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County knocked off #1 Virginia, Little Caesars is making good on their promise to give everyone a free lunch.  The pizza chain is going to be providing a free, $5-dollar lunch box on Monday, April 2nd, between 11:30 am and 1 pm local time. 


    KHQ.COM - Pull out your calendar and mark out April 2 as "Free Lunch!" After #16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County knocked off #1 Virginia, Little Caesars is making good on their promise to give everyone a free lunch.  The pizza chain is going to be providing a free, $5-dollar lunch box on Monday, April 2nd, between 11:30 am and 1 pm local time. You can click here for the details.  

  • Local teens talk about what it's like living in fear of school shootings

    Local teens talk about what it's like living in fear of school shootings

    Thursday, March 15 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-03-15 23:11:01 GMT
    Thursday, March 15 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-03-15 23:11:01 GMT

    Benjamin Ullman and Graysen Rhoten are students at Southridge High School. They say they think about the possibility of a school shooting every day. 


    Benjamin Ullman and Graysen Rhoten are students at Southridge High School. They say they think about the possibility of a school shooting every day. 

  • WATCH @ 7pm TONIGHT: Gov. Inslee participating in town hall about guns

    WATCH @ 7pm TONIGHT: Gov. Inslee participating in town hall about guns

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-03-15 00:06:50 GMT

    SEATTLE, Wash. - At 7 o'clock tonight, KIRO 7 is televising a one hour live town hall on the issue of guns. Governor Jay Inslee will be among those participating in the panel discussion at Seattle University.  Also participating in the panel will be teachers, students, policymakers, experts and advocates. 


    SEATTLE, Wash. - At 7 o'clock tonight, KIRO 7 is televising a one hour live town hall on the issue of guns. Governor Jay Inslee will be among those participating in the panel discussion at Seattle University.  Also participating in the panel will be teachers, students, policymakers, experts and advocates. 

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  • Austin likely facing 'serial bomber,' police chief says

    Austin likely facing 'serial bomber,' police chief says

    Sunday, March 18 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-03-19 03:25:01 GMT
    Monday, March 19 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-03-19 16:17:43 GMT
    (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP). FBI agents work the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas' capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonat...(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP). FBI agents work the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas' capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonat...
    At least two people injured in another explosion in Texas' capital after three package bombs that detonated earlier this month in other parts of the city killed two people and injuring two others.>>
    At least two people injured in another explosion in Texas' capital after three package bombs that detonated earlier this month in other parts of the city killed two people and injuring two others.>>
  • 4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky

    4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Kentucky

    Monday, March 19 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-03-19 06:14:48 GMT
    Monday, March 19 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-03-19 16:17:18 GMT
    Officials in Kentucky say a train has derailed and residents near the scene have been asked to evacuate.>>
    Officials in Kentucky say a train has derailed and residents near the scene have been asked to evacuate.>>
  • Winning $457 million Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania

    Winning $457 million Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania

    Monday, March 19 2018 11:35 AM EDT2018-03-19 15:35:03 GMT
    Monday, March 19 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-03-19 16:17:14 GMT
    Pennsylvania Lottery officials say the winning Powerball ticket worth almost $457 million was sold at a convenience store in Lancaster County.>>
    Pennsylvania Lottery officials say the winning Powerball ticket worth almost $457 million was sold at a convenience store in Lancaster County.>>
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