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  • What you need to know about Initiative 1639's "safe storage" restriction

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

  • Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

    NEW YORK (AP) - Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about "matters that may warrant recusal" amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation. 

  • Q6 Cold Case Files: Somebody was watching

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It was one horrible crime, but two very different beliefs of how it went down. Police suspect the victim, 13-year-old Russell Evans, was run over by a hit and run driver. His body was found in the middle of the road. Some believe it was an accident and the driver fled the scene. Others say this was something much more sinister. "He was just a kid, he didn't deserve to die in the street," said Russell's cousin Chris Rosenau.

  • Barn fire in south King County kills 7 horses

    KENT, Wash. (AP) - A fire official says seven horses were killed when a barn in south King County went up in flames.    Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Capt. Kyle Ohashi says the fire was reported around 7:40 a.m. Monday near the city of Kent.    Firefighters weren't able to get inside the barn, which was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

  • Here's how you can help those affected by California wildfires

    Destructive wildfires in California have burned thousands of acres of land and thousands of home, which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. In total, 31 people have died. That matches the deadliest wildfire in state history. Washington firefighters have already been sent to California to help. If you'd like to help, there are several nonprofit organizations collecting donations.

  • Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

  • Spokane Humane Society looking for man suspected of stealing cell phone, laptop

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Humane Society is hoping the public will help them track down a man they suspect stole an employee's cell phone from its shelter and a laptop computer from the Pet Smart on North Division.  The Humane Society said in a Facebook post Monday that a man walked into the shelter on Saturday, walked a dog, returned the dog, and then stole a staff member's personal cell phone from behind the front counter.

  • Minnesota baby born on Nov. 11 at 11:11 p.m.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota baby girl was born on Veterans Day - the 11th day of the 11th month - at 11:11 p.m.    Erin and Mike Potts of Hugo, Minnesota, welcomed their first child on Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The girl was born at The Mother Baby Center in St. Paul.

  • Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and trees that provide the fuel, experts say. 

  • Authorities still assessing why California shooter snapped

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators trying to understand why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar said Monday they have no new information to release.    Authorities have not shared what motive might have led Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine, to snap last Wednesday night before killing himself.

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

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

  • Congress returns to new dynamic but old shutdown threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress returns to a changed political landscape as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington.    The parties are electing new leadership this week and incumbents are squaring off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House Republican control in last week's election.

  • Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane new Senate majority leader

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Senate Democrats have elected Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane to be their new leader.    Following Monday's vote, Billig takes over immediately, replacing Sen. Sharon Nelson, who announced earlier this year she wasn't seeking re-election to her seat.    He takes over a majority that has already increased its numbers to a 27-22 margin following last week's election.

  • Sheriff's Office: Convicted felon breaks into occupied home, is caught on camera ransacking the place and is later caught by K9 Bane

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County deputies were able to track down and arrest the suspect in an occupied home burglary early Sunday morning.  A woman called 911 at around 5:00 am to report that she could hear footsteps and loud banging inside her home near Spokane Falls Community College. The woman locked herself in her bedroom and stayed on the phone with dispatch to provide updates. 

  • Lewiston man dies in hunting accident

    LEWISTON, Idaho - Authorities say a north-central Idaho man died while hunting Sunday morning after accidentally shooting himself. The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Ryan S. Rigney of Lewiston was hunting near Soldiers Meadow Lake when he accidentally discharged his gun. The Lewiston Tribune reports emergency medical crews were sent to the rural location about 7:42 a.m. but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and Rigney died at the scene.

  • Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

    LOS ANGELES - Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee.

  • WATCH: Toy Story 4 trailer released

    KHQ.COM - Toy Story 4 is coming! Disney-Pixar released the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel on Monday. The new installment in the franchise was confirmed three years ago and last April it was confirmed the release would happen in the summer of 2019.

  • Northern California sheriff reports 6 more fatalities, matching deadliest wildfire in state history; 31 dead statewide

    LOS ANGELES - Some of the thousands of people forced from several communities by the huge Southern California wildfire are being allowed to return to their homes.  Authorities have also reopened U.S. 101. It's a major freeway artery through the fire zone in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County.   

  • Small town of Fairfield honors veterans in big way with 'Military Wall of Honor'

    It’s a wall that costs no tax dollars, has a near-perfect approval rating with voters, and is actually already built… but that doesn’t mean it’s complete. The town of Fairfield has less than 700 residents, spurring several locals to call it “small town America.” But there’s nothing small about how it celebrated Veterans Day: adding 30 new plaques/veterans to the town’s “Military Wall of Honor.” “As long as ...

  • Two Clarkston residents arrested arrested in connection with methamphetamine trafficking

    After several months of investigation, detectives arrested two Clarkston residents in connection with methamphetamine trafficking as well as a third person for resisting arrest. 

  • Australia police make arrest after sewing needles found in fruit

    Police have made their first arrest in the cases of strawberry sabotage in Australia, in which sewing needles were found in fruit sold in six states.    Police in Queensland state say they've arrested 50-year-old My Ut Trinh and charged her with seven counts of goods contamination. 

  • Second coach of California bar shooter says he was volatile, intimidating

    A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him as volatile and intimidating.    Evie Cluke coached Ian David Long on Newbury Park High School's track team in 2007 and 2008. 

  • Arizona 10-year-old avoids possible kidnapping by using codeword

    The mother of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who escaped a possible kidnapping, speaks out about what she says saved her daughter's life. Brenda James said her daughter had been playing at a park and started to make the short walk home when a white SUV pulled up alongside her.

  • Saturday night fire causes significant damage to Spokane home

    A home was significantly damaged after a fire Saturday night. The Spokane Fire Department responded to the fire on the corner of N Cincinnati St. and E Carlisle Ave. Crews worked to make sure all occupants had been evacuated from the building before attempting to extinguish the fire at the front of the home.

  • Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hospitalized with breathing problems

    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York.    Perry's publicists said in a statement Sunday that the musician is alert and responsive in the hospital and is expected to return to the road later this month.  

  • California-based startup Rocket Lab launches first commercial mission

    Aerospace company Rocket Lab launched it's first commercial mission Sunday from New Zealand. The company's electron rocket launched for a low Earth orbit, carrying a drag sail demonstrator and six small satellites. 

  • Washington gun shop owners expecting increase in sales after approval of Initiative 1639

    Gun shop owners say they expect an increase in sales after Washington voters approved an initiative that adds restrictions to semi-automatic rifle purchases. The Seattle Times reports voters last week passed Initiative 1639, which will raise the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles to 21.    Purchasers will be required to pass an enhanced background check, prove they have taken a firearms-training course and wait 10 business days to take possession of the gun....

  • More than 100 people missing after wildfire destroyed California town

    Relatives are desperately trying to locate more than 100 people who are missing after a wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California. Laurie Teague has been looking for her 80-year-old stepfather for days.

  • Five buildings engulfed by fire in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood

    A large fire that began in a lumberyard warehouse in Seattle engulfed several buildings near the city's ship canal and caused some power outages.    The city's fire department sent multiple engines as well as fire boats to battle the blaze which began about 9 p.m. Saturday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

  • Scientists say return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone is helping the landscape

    Scientists say the return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping restore a landscape that was altered in their absence and allowing streams to return to a more natural state. The widespread extermination of the two carnivores early last century meant the elk herds they prey on were able to grow in size. 

  • Anna's Homes open for families battling cancer

    Spokane, Wash. Anna's homes are two unique individual family townhomes located up on Spokane's south hill. They're designed for immune-compromised children who are receiving cancer treatment at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. The townhomes are for families who have traveled from out of town. Joe and Polly Schindler founded the foundation after their daughter Anna passed away "In 2010 our daughter Anna was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer hepatoblastoma, and from.....

  • Seven Pharaonic Age tombs discovered in Egypt contain cat mummies, wooden statues

    A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds. Mostafa Waziri told reporters Saturday that the discovery at Saqqara also includes mummies of scarabs, the first ever to be found in the area.

  • President Trump cancels Saturday visit to French cemetery for Americans killed in WWI

    President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit Saturday to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, the White House citing bad weather that grounded his helicopter. 

  • Wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking auctioned off, proceeds to go to charity

    A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie’s said Thursday. The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, raised 296,750 pounds in a Christie’s online auction.

  • Montana sheriff's office accused of illegally deleting comments, banning people from Facebook page

    President Donald Trump is being criticized for not finding a way to visit a cemetery in France for Americans killed in World War I. Trump was to visit the cemetery on Saturday, but the White House canceled the trip because of bad weather, which grounded the presidential helicopter that was to fly him to Belleau, about a two-hour drive east of Paris. 

  • Man accused of stabbing Washington cab driver in North Idaho pleads guilty

    A Washington man accused in the stabbing death of a Washington cabdriver in northern Idaho has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.    The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 21-year-old Jacob Corban Coleman pleaded guilty Friday. Prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty as part of the plea deal. 

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  • All Malibu residents again ordered to evacuate

    All Malibu residents again ordered to evacuate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

    Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

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

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

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

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

    University of Montana seeks to reduce budget by $5M

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

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

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

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  • Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

    Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

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

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

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

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