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  • Official says at least 6 hurt in Tennessee church shooting

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee say at least six people were injured in a shooting at a church in the Nashville area. Nashville fire department spokesman Joseph Pleasant tells the Tennessean newspaper that at least six to eight people were hurt and were being transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The nature of the injuries weren't immediately known.

  • It took 66 million years, but California gets state dinosaur

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It took about 66 million years, but California finally has a state dinosaur. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday the signing of a bill making Augustynolophus (Aw-gus-tin-o-lo-fus) morrisi the official dinosaur of the Golden State.

  • Steelers will stay in locker room during National Anthem in game against Chicago

    PITTSBURGH - In the wake of President Donald Trump's remarks on Friday, many football players, teams, and other athletes have issued statements condemning the president. On Sunday several players have taken a knee during the National Anthem in response to Trump's statement that players who kneel should be fired.

  • Colorado hikers rescue dog stuck on mountain for 6 weeks

    PARK COUNTY, Colo. - Mountain climbers came together on social media to help rescue a dog stuck atop a 14,177-foot mountain in Colorado. A group dedicated to climbing so-called 14ers (mountains with elevations of at least 14,000 feet) worked together to find a dog stranded on Mt. Bross.

  • Damage in Puerto Rico strains relief efforts by agencies

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agencies are grappling with the vast scale of the disaster in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria, the third major storm to strike the U.S. in less than a month. Three days after the massive hurricane crossed the U.S. territory, towns in Puerto Rico remain without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service.

  • Hundreds try to set world record for human peace sign in Boston

    BOSTON (AP) - Hundreds have gathered at the country's oldest public park to try to set a Guinness world record for the largest human peace symbol. At around noon Saturday, 1,682 people reportedly assembled in a circular formation, holding up the "V'' hand sign for peace, on Boston Common. The gathering failed to set a record- it needed more than 5,000 people.

  • Congressman to Texas flood victims: 'God is telling you to move'

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey's devastation a sign from on high. U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.

  • Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68 after battle with cancer

    Soul singer Charles Bradley has died after battling cancer.  The Florida-born, Brooklyn-based performer found success later in life after he was discovered working as a James Brown impersonator by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth.

  • North Korea: Trump insult ensures attack on US

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more."

  • Death toll reaches 305 in central Mexico quake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials say the death toll from this week's magnitude 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico has climbed to 305. Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente sent out a tweet on Saturday saying 167 of those deaths were in Mexico City. Morelos state accounted for 73, Puebla for 45, Mexico State for 13, Guerrero for six and Oaxaca for one.

  • Following Trump remarks, NFL union defends players' right to demonstrate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The executive director of the NFL players' union is responding to President Donald Trump's comments about players who kneel during the national anthem, saying no one should have to "choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights."

  • Texas man turns himself in after being caught on camera dumping dog on the side of a busy road

    DALLAS, Texas - A Texas man caught on camera abandoning his dog on the side of a busy road has turned himself into police.  The Dallas Marshal's Office teamed up with the SPCA of Texas to post a camera near Teagarden and Dowdy Ferry roads, a common dog dumping spot, and it recently paid off with their first arrest. Last month, a Dallas man was caught abandoning a 1-year-old dog. 

  • PHOTOS: Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over. The Denver Post reports that officer Chris Frabbiele was responding to an accident scene in a large van used by police to investigate crashes when the raccoon landed on its windshield late Wednesday night. 

  • Sheriff: Stop calling 911, 'body' is Halloween display

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee sheriff's office is asking people not to call the agency about a "body" trapped under a closed, blood-stained garage door. That's because the scene at a home in Greene County isn't real; it's an early Halloween display. The Green County Sheriff's Department says it has been inundated with so many calls about the lifelike display that it posted a message Wednesday on the agency's Facebook page to let people know it's not real.

  • US: North Korea bomb test would draw tough response

    WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation. Susan Thornton is acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific. She told reporters Friday that such a weapons test would be "outrageous" and would draw a "concerted and determined international response." 

  • Ex-Mafia Hit Man ‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano Released From Federal Prison

    PHOENIX — Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said Thursday. Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.

  • Coeur d’Alene armed robbery suspect arrested thanks to tips from citizens

    UPDATE: Detectives with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department were able to identify and arrest Christopher N Guinasso for the armed robbery at Jordan’s Grocery on September 20, 2017. Guinasso is a 20 year old male from Coeur d’Alene. He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail for one count of Robbery.

  • After murder conviction and suicide, Aaron Hernandez found to have sever CTE

    KHQ.COM - A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says the brain of the former Patriots tight end showed he had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a type of traumatic brain injury that can only be diagnosed postmortem. Researchers at Boston University said the late 27-year-old had the worst case of CTE they had ever seen in a person his age, stating that his brain resembled that of a 67-year-old football player.

  • JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

  • Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    NEW YORK - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels are praising Facebook's decision to provide thousands of ads bought by a Russian agency to Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia say the contents of the ads will aid them in their investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections, but also that the move is just a first step. 

  • Are automatic traffic enforcement cameras unconstitutional?

    KHQ.COM - Rarely do simple misdemeanors ever make it to the supreme court,let along speeding tickets. But today for the first time ever, Iowa Supreme Court Justices heard a case from a woman who says automatic traffic enforcement systems are unconstitutional. Marla Leaf claims she was wrongfully ticketed by one of the traffic cameras back in February of 2015.

  • PHOTOS: Frida, the hero dog, hard at work rescuing people after earthquake in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY - With dozens of saves already under her belt (collar?), Frida the Labrador Retriever is hard at work in Mexico trying to save people trapped in debris following a devastating earthquake this week.  A 7.1 earthquake has already killed nearly 250 people and injured more than 2,000 in Mexico. Search crews are using all possible means to search for survivors, including dogs like Frida. 

  • Bodily fluids found in soap dispensers at Detroit airport

    DETROIT - Crews at Detroit metro airport are pulling out soap dispensers in the bathrooms after what they call an "unusual substance" was found in the soap at several locations. The exact substance has not been definitely identified because no testing has been done, although officials say they're fairly certain what the substance was. 

  • Washington farm opening Huskies vs. Cougars corn maze

    KHQ.COM - Fall is pretty much here which means it time to pull out the sweaters, bake a loaf of pumpkin bread, carve pumpkins and of course... get lost in a corn maze! This year one Washington farm has created a corn maze that's playing into one of the states biggest rivalries: Huskies Vs. Cougars. Farm Fresh Produce is located in Buckley, Washington and has carved out the logos for both schools in their corn field.

  • Boy Describes How He Survived His School Collapsing During Mexico Earthquake

    MEXICO CITY — The wiggling fingers of a young girl trapped in the rubble of her collapsed school in Mexico City raised hopes and prodded rescuers to work furiously hour after hour early Thursday — a drama that played out at dozens of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 245 people. But it was the rescue operation at the Enrique Rebsamen school, where at least 21 children and four adults perished in Tuesday's quake...

  • Manafort offered to brief wealthy Russian during campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said during the presidential race that he was willing to provide "private briefings" for a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. That's according to a July 2016 email exchange Manafort wrote to a former employee of his political consulting firm about offering to brief Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

  • Report: Hackers snooping inside Equifax since March

    A report says that hackers broke into Equifax's computer systems in March, giving them time to probe vulnerabilities and eventually gain access to the data of 143 million Americans. That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited a report from security firm FireEye sent to some Equifax customers including financial firms this week.

  • Big quake's death toll rises to 230 in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican federal authorities say the death toll from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook central Mexico has been raised to 230, after the number of confirmed dead in Mexico City rose to 100. The nation's capital bore the brunt of the deaths and damage in Tuesday's quake, but it has also been the scene of dramatic rescues.

  • School claims 5-year-old California boy made bomb threat

    MODESTO, Calif. - A 5-year-old boy from Modesto, California, was suspended for a day after he reportedly told his teacher he had a bomb in his backpack. The boy's parents say the incident happened last month at Great Valley Charter School. His teacher told Jackson Riley to take off is backpack and he told his teacher he couldn't because he had a bomb and it would explode if he took it off. 

  • Halloween decoration prompts 911 calls to Tennessee police

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - A police department in Tennessee is getting into the Halloween spirit a little early thanks to one house's realistically frightening driveway decor. The Greene County Sheriff's Department in Greeneville, Tennessee, posted a photo on their Facebook page early Wednesday letting everyone know that what looked like a dead body in a driveway with bloody hand prints on the garage was in fact a Halloween decoration and not a corpse.

  • Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

    ROCKLAND, Maine - A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get over it." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger than the town allows. She could be fined between $100 or more per day. 

  • 1 shot, shooter arrested at central Illinois high school

    MATTOON, Ill. - Officials at a central Illinois high school say police have someone in custody after one person was wounded during a shooting. Mattoon Community Unit School District 2 officials said on the district's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that the Mattoon Police Department "responded to an active shooter" at Mattoon High School.

  • Widow of Linkin Park singer shares personal home video to raise awareness about depression

    KHQ.COM - It's been only two months since Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington was found in his California home after committing suicide. It was a tragedy that shocked the world, including members of his own family. Now Bennington's widow, Talinda Bennington, is doing what she can to raise awareness about depression, pointing out that depression doesn't always look like sadness and can in fact hide behind smiles and happy faces.

  • Suspect arrested after shooting at deputies during traffic stop near Day Mount Spokane Rd.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A man is facing attempted 2nd degree murder charges for shooting at deputies during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. The incident all happened around 1:30am  near Freya and Day Mount Spokane Road. Deputies say after the man fired shots he took off and there was a short pursuit. The man then stopped his car and took off running.

  • Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

    MIAMI - Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film "Raging Bull," has died at the age of 95. His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts. 

  • Maria continues strengthening, hits 175 mph

    MIAMI (AP) - Category 5 Hurricane Maria's maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph (280 kph). The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane took the reading Tuesday evening as the storm was about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of St. Croix.

  • Death toll from Mexico earthquake reaches 119

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's federal government says the death toll in a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 79. The announcement posted on Twitter did not break down the locations of the deaths, but said they included Mexico City and the states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico.

  • States expand opioid investigation as nationwide overdose crisis claims thousands of lives

    KHQ.COM - Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription painkillers and demands for information from three distributors. Forty-one attorneys general are involved.

  • Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores

    MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, says it will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free at the 82 stores offering the service.

  • Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

    NEW YORK (AP) - Problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside. The world's biggest social network has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That's after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the U.S. election by allowing the spread of fake news.

  • Toys R Us files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. A statement by the Wayne, New Jersey-based company late Monday says it voluntarily is seeking relief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond - and that its Canadian subsidiary is seeking similar protection through a Canadian court.

  • Woman fakes seizure to avoid robbery on San Francisco train

    SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco woman was threatened with death if she didn't hand over her wallet on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train over the weekend. The woman told BART police she was handed a note while on a Dublin-bound train.  The note told the woman that there were guns pointed at her and that she should hand her wallet and phone to the person behind her without turning around.

  • NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

  • California firefighters rescue tiny kitten from engine compartment of car

    SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - Fire crews rescued a tiny kitten from the engine compartment of a car by using air bags and taking the car apart Monday morning. Stephen Moran with the San Miguel Fire District says that on Saturday morning Adrienne Koroly had his Lexus parked outside his home in Morena Valley, California, then he drove to his parents home in the Casa De Oro are of Spring Valley.

  • Mexico investigates killing of 'Narcos' location scout

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Authorities in central Mexico say they are investigating the killing of a location scout working on the Netflix series "Narcos," which chronicles the violent world of drug trafficking. The Mexico State prosecutor's office says it believes Carlos Munoz Portal was working before he was found shot to death in a car in farm fields near the border of Hidalgo state on Sept. 11.

  • Maria intensifies into Category 5 hurricane

    MIAMI (AP) - A series of Facebook posts by Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is capturing the power of Hurricane Maria as it roars past the island as a Category 5 storm.About 8:45 p.m. Skerrit writes: "The winds are merciless! We shall survive by the grace of God!" A few minutes later, he writes that he can hear the sound of galvanized steel roofs coming off houses on the small, rugged island in the eastern Caribbean.

  • Senate approves $700 billion defense policy bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion Pentagon budget. The measure sailed through the chamber, 89-8, even though lawmakers have yet to agree on a plan for waiving restrictions imposed by a six-year-old law to control government spending.

  • Man dressed as clown running for city council seat in Boston

    BOSTON (AP) - A man dressed as a clown is running for a city council seat in Boston. The Boston Herald reports that Roxbury resident Pat Payaso will be on the November ballot along with seven other candidates for an at-large city council seat. The candidate's last name means clown in Spanish.

  • Mattis: Unclear if budget cuts play role in military crashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says senior military leaders are taking a close look at whether strict budget constraints have led to a recent rash of deadly training accidents and crashes across the armed forces.

  • Cluster of fatal birth defects seen in central Washington

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - State health officials investigating a cluster of fatal birth defects in central Washington have not been able to identify a cause for most of the cases. The Yakima Herald-Republic says (https://goo.gl/e5Uhm7) that the state Department of Health concluded that there was no sole factor to blame for the elevated rates of the anencephaly, a rare neural tube defect.

  • Small plane hits, kills 2 elk while landing on Oregon coast

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a small airplane hit and killed two elk as the aircraft was landing on an airstrip on the Oregon coast. Pilot Todd Rudberg of Shoreline, Washington, was touching down at the Nehalem Bay State Park airstrip Saturday evening when an elk ran in front of his single-engine airplane.

  • New Hurricane Maria aims at Irma-damaged area

    MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Maria is now a hurricane and is forecast to strengthen and brush by some islands that were recently wrecked by Hurricane Irma. The National Hurricane Center said Sunday that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). It is located about 140 miles east northeast of Barbados and heading west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

  • Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

    HONOLULU (AP) - Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables and a fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food during their isolation.

  • This cat is raising money for the homeless in Tulsa

    TULSA, Okla. - A cat at a business is creating a buzz on social media for his philanthropic work with a Tulsa, Oklahoma, homeless charity. The cat, nicknamed Cashnip Kitty, is an office cat for a Tulsa marketing firm called GuruStu. The business owner, Stuart McDaniel, says one day he noticed the cat sitting by the office door with dollar bills at his feet. 

  • Former Idaho officer held in parents' deaths in Idaho

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - A former Idaho police officer has been arrested in Oregon in connection with the death of his parents in their Nampa, Idaho, home. Authorities say 48-year-old William Taylor was being held in Deschutes County Jail in Oregon on $1 million bond and an Idaho county warrant for failing to report a death and other charges.

  • Prosecutor: 4 female US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station; woman arrested

    PARIS (AP) - The United States embassy in Paris says diplomatic staff in France is in contact with French authorities about the acid attack on four American women. An embassy spokesman said Sunday that the U.S. consulate in the southern port city of Marseille is communicating with French officials about the attack at Marseille's main train station.

  • Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it's unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again - an attitude echoed by other evacuees that experts say could put them in danger when the next storm hits. Pallot is a lifelong South Florida resident who never evacuated for previous hurricanes.

  • Top US diplomat says closing Embassy in Cuba 'under review'

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

  • Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

    NEW YORK (AP) - Equifax announced late Friday that its chief information officer and chief security officer would leave the company immediately, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans' personal information.

  • The Latest: Decision to reopen keys after Irma was difficult

    MIAMI (AP) - Officials in the devastated Florida Keys say they agonized over reopening parts of the island chain after Hurricane Irma, knowing residents were desperate to assess the damage, but worried about harsh living conditions for those who returned.

  • Gas station robbery suspect's getaway car runs out of fuel

    LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say an Indiana man who robbed a gas station made off with food, drinks and cigarettes. What he didn't steal was gas. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a state trooper arrested 33-year-old Sean Harris on Wednesday after finding him stranded by the side of a two-lane highway with his vehicle out of fuel.

  • The Latest: UK police search home in bomb probe after arrest

    LONDON (AP) - British police have made an apparent breakthrough in subway bombing investigation with what they are calling a "very significant" arrest, but the country remains on a "critical" alert, meaning that another attack is judged imminent.

  • Flathead County Schools cancels actives through the weekend after 'digital threats'

    FLATHEAD COUNTY, Mont. - Flathead County Schools has informed students and parents that they're canceling all activities Friday and over the weekend due to digital threats targeting Montana schools. The nature of the threats, which were sent by email and texts, has not been disclosed by law enforcement.  While law enforcement conducted interviews Thursday regarding the situation, no arrests have been made. 

  • Two Spokane Police Officers struck while investigating suspicious vehicle; Police chase ensued

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two Spokane Police Officers sustained minor injuries after a suspect struck both officers with the vehicle he was driving while attempting to speed away from both of them during a suspicious vehicle investigation. Spokane Police say that just after 11pm Thursday two officers were at the Econolodge mote in the 1500 block of S. Rustle.

  • Protesters march in St. Louis after cop's acquittal

    ST. LOUIS - About 100 people have gathered in downtown St. Louis to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. A judge on Friday found 36-year-old Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Protesters began gathering near the courthouse where the case was heard and were marching in the streets.

  • At least 22 injured in bombing at the London subway

    LONDON (AP) -  Health officials say the number of people injured in the London subway bombing has risen to 22. Eighteen were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and four more presented themselves at hospitals. None of the injuries is thought to be serious or life-threatening. The National Health Service says the patients are being treated at four London hospitals and clinics.

  • Police searching for two suspects in early morning stabbing at West Central neighborhood park

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police respond to a stabbing at Dutch Jake Park in the West Central neighborhood late last night. Two suspects are still outstanding. On September 15th, just after midnight, Officers responded to a reported stabbing. They responded to Dutch Jake Park, located at Broadway and Chestnut. When Officers arrived they located one victim who had a single stab wound to his mid-section.

  • How you can help following the tragic shooting at Freeman High School

    KHQ.COM - The community is rallying together, with several fundraisers already starting for the Freeman shooting victims, their families and the entire community.  

  • Home complete loss in house fire threatening area wild land; More than 60 firefighters on scene

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Flames could be seen from quite a distance during an early morning structure fire at a  house fire near Indian Canyon Golf Course by the intersection of Assembly and Deska. The two story home that caught fire is a complete loss as flames completely engulfed the structure up to the second story.

  • FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: 1 dead, 3 injured; Suspect in custody

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities have confirmed one person is dead and three more have been injured after the shooting at Freeman High School. The suspect is in custody. Sheriff Knezovich said in a press conference the shooter, a sophomore identified by witnesses as Caleb Sharpe, pulled out a gun during school and it jammed.

  • The Latest: Trump, top Democrats agree on young immigrants

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children - along with some border security enhancements.

  • Florida nun dons habit, grabs chain saw to help after Irma

    MIAMI (AP) - A Florida nun is pitching in on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma by taking a chain saw to downed trees while dressed in her full habit. Miami-Dade police posted video of Sister Margaret Ann at work on social media taken by an off-duty officer who came across her. Police say the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School near Miami.

  • 6th person dies at Florida nursing home

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - City officials say a sixth patient from a Florida nursing home has died in aftermath of Hurricane Irma. A news release from the city of Hollywood says that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there. A late morning news release said a total of six have died.

  • Hurricane Harvey rescuer becomes the heartthrob of the internet

    KHQ.COM - The internet has fallen hard for this "hot rescue guy" or #RescueBae as he's become known for on social media. After this selfie was posted on Facebook by a woman whose friend was rescued by this handsome fellow, it quickly went viral and the heartthrobs of the internet were determined to track him down. 

  • Hillary Clinton in first live interview since presidential race shares why she believes she lost

    NBC NEWS - Hillary Clinton was stunned when then-FBI Director James Comey reopened the agency's investigation into her private email server just days before the 2016 election, she told TODAY on Wednesday in her first live interview since the race. "I was just dumbfounded. I thought, 'What is he doing?' 

  • Video shows police officer taking all the cash from an unlicensed hot dog vendor's wallet

    KHQ.COM - Public outrage has been sparked by this video that shows a University of California Police Department officer taking all the cash out of a vendor's wallet who was selling hot dogs without a permit on campus during a football game.  Since this video was posted, a Go Fund Me account for Juan, the hot dog vendor, has raised almost $70,000 in just 3 days.

  • House fire spreads to become new wildfire in Okanogan County

    KHQ.COM - A house fire in Okanogan County has spread to become a wild land fire on Blue Grouse road in the 9 Mile area north east of Oroville. According to Okanogan County Emergency Management, deputies are making door-to-door notifications to alert other home owners in the area whose homes may be threatened and an emergency notification message has been sent out.

  • House OKs measure condemning white nationalists

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence. Lawmakers backed the measure by voice vote Tuesday. It now goes to President Donald Trump, who has been criticized for his response to the August incident.

  • Son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is arrested in Arizona

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The 21-year-old son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is accused of holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Tempe police say Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Retro Nintendo gaming system returning to shelves next year

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP)  - Nintendo says the retro version of one of its iconic video game platforms will return to store shelves next year. The company says its Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will return next summer. The 8-bit system went on sale for the holidays last year. The Classic Edition includes 30 games like "Super Mario Bros." and "The Legend of Zelda."

  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to resign amid sex abuse allegations

    SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation after a fifth man came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray had already announced earlier that he would not seek a second term. He said day that he would step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday. Four men had previously accused him of sexually abusing them. 

  • Police searching for man who shot at, carjacked employee at Cheney pot shop

    CHENEY, Wash. - Cheney Police have released the name of the two suspects they believed are involved in the shooting, carjacking and kidnapping of an employee at a Cheney pot shop Sunday afternoon. Police are actively searching for Donavon Culps and Violetta Culps and are asking the public to share photos provided from surveillance video.

  • Plane crash in Connecticut caught on tape

    PLAINVILLE, Conn. - A plane crash in Plainville, Connecticut was caught on tape and the video is pretty incredible. Police say a man was flying a 1981 Cessna 172 when he hit a tree and crashed behind a business adjacent to an airport. Officials say the pilot is 79-year-old Fred Frost. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Frost told local affiliate WVIT that he was on his way to get breakfast when the plane crashed.

  • Motorcyclist killed after hitting a deer in Reardan

    REARDAN, Wash. - A motorcyclist has been killed after hitting a deer early Tuesday morning just east of Reardan. The crash happened around 4:20am near the intersection of W. Coulee Hite Rd. and N. Wood Rd.  According to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office the deceased victim in a 64-year-old white male. W. Coulee Hite Rd. will be closed for the next 2-3 hours. Authorities ask that you avoid the area.

  • Sacramento man in possession of meth urinates on deputy during arrest

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California man was arrested on drug charges last week, but it's what he did during his arrest that is cringe-worthy.  A peed on a deputy.  55-year-old Steven Holley was loitering in Miners Ravine Nature Reserve, near Sacramento, last Thursday when deputies noticed he was "acting bizarrely" and "definitely did not look like he was interested in the beauty that the park offers," according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

  • Everyone is mocking this ESPN reporter... but let's talk about why you shouldn't

    KHQ.COM - Sergio Dipp has become the latest victim of internet mockery and meme making after delivering a painful sideline report for ESPN during the Broncos vs. Chargers game Monday. At first Dipp appeared to have a good sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting out a screen grab of his google search, "how to deal with fame." However, he later posted a video with a much more somber tone as he struggled to explain himself.

  • US warns China, Russia to comply on North Korea sanctions

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is warning that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea. State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea's weapons development.

  • Student suspended after doing 'the right thing' with knife brought to Pennsylvania school

    BROWNSVILLE, Penn. - A 13-year-old student received a three-day suspension and a citation after turning himself in for bringing a pocket knife to his Pennsylvania middle school on Monday.  Thomas Ross Jr. told WTAE in Pittsburgh that he used the knife to help hi dad open a box on Sunday night and then put it back in his pocket. 

  • Battered Florida tries to assess scope of Irma's destruction

    MIAMI (AP) - Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma's vicious path of destruction across the peninsula. The fate of the Florida Keys, where Irma rumbled through with Category 4 muscle, remains largely a question mark.

  • Samsung says it aims to launch foldable smartphone next year

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics says its aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand. Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said Tuesday that the company is currently setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display but there are several hurdles it has to overcome. He did not elaborate.

  • Family: Biracial boy pushed off table with rope around neck

    CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - The family of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire says teenagers taunted him with racial slurs and then pushed him off of a picnic table with a rope around his neck. The boy's grandmother tells the Valley News he was treated at a hospital for cuts to his neck following the near-hanging Aug. 28 in Claremont.

  • UN Security Council adopts new NKorea sanctions

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or international asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted. The resolution does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

  • The Latest: 2nd Irma death reported in Georgia

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Catherine Howden said the death was confirmed Monday in Sandy Springs, north of Atlanta. She had no further details. The storm is also being blamed for the death of a 62-year-old man in rural southwest Georgia.

  • ABQ police: Thieves take SUV pulling U-Haul with a casket inside

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police say thieves have stolen an SUV and an attached U-Haul trailer - with a casket inside - outside an Albuquerque motel. Albuquerque police say the heist occurred early Monday at a Residence Inn and the casket was later found not too far from the site it was taken. Authorities say the casket contained the body of the victim's father-in-law.

  • How to fix identity-theft issues posed by the Equifax hack

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Equifax breach didn't just expose sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans. It also underscored the huge vulnerabilities that make identity theft possible. Experts have warned for years that the widespread use of Social Security numbers, lax corporate security and even looser individual password practices could lead to an identity-theft apocalypse. 

  • Record-breaking weekend for 'It' grows to $123.1 million

    LOS ANGELES - The big screen adaptation of Stephen King's "It" has closed out its opening weekend at the box office with a higher than expected $123.1 million in earnings, according to Warner Bros. on Monday. The studio on Sunday projected a more conservative but still record-breaking $117.2 million tally, unsure of how Hurricane Irma and the start of football season might impact the weekend's totals. 

  • Air national guard lovers cancel big day for impromptu wedding to help with Hurricane Irma

    KHQ.COM - Lauren Durham and Michael Davis had big plans for a beach wedding this month. Hurricane Irma had bigger plans.  So instead of a poofy white dress, Durham got married in her Air National Guard fatigues, with no makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles in Orlando. Davis is a senior airman in the guard, like his bride, so they had called to say they'd miss their own wedding. 

  • 2 manatees stranded as Irma sucks water from Sarasota Bay

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Two manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked water out of Sarasota Bay, in Florida's Manatee County. Several people posted photos Sunday of the mammals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife officials would respond. Michael Sechler posted that the animals were far too massive to be lifted, so the rescuers gave them water.

  • The Latest: Irma weakens to Category 2 as it smacks Naples

    MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 2 storm, technically losing its major hurricane status, after making landfall in southwestern Florida. It is hugging the coast as it moves north.

  • Feds, Texas offer choices for students homeless after Harvey

    HOUSTON (AP) - Many families now homeless after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area are returning to class on Monday after weeks of delays or interruptions to the school year. Texas education officials estimate that 35,000 to 40,000 students have been affected by the storm. Federal and state laws are designed to make it easier for homeless students to get their educations, even in the midst of a disaster.

  • Surreal video shows 'missing ocean' in Bahamas as a result of Irma

    LONG ISLAND, Bahamas - An unusual sight has emerged in the Bahamas and parts of Florida as a result of Irma. In a video shared by Kelly Johnson on Saturday, you can see empty ocean as far as the eye can see on Long Island, in the Bahamas. In the video you can see a man jump off a pier onto what used to be the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • How hard is Irma hitting Miami? Cuban coffee 1 way to tell

    MIAMI (AP) - To gauge Hurricane Irma's impact on Miami, some won't be watching just the weather; they'll be tracking Cuban coffee consumption. Cuban-style espresso, or cafecito, is a staple of daily life in Miami. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate says how fast Cuban coffee stands reopen may indicate how the city is faring.

  • FEMA sees trailers only as last resort after Harvey, Irma

    HOUSTON (AP) - In a 2017 hurricane season that has already seen two monster storms, manufactured homes are turning out to be just a small fraction of the federal government's plan to deal with displaced people, with a mere 1,700 trailers available. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a contract out for 4,500 more, but has made it clear they will only be used as a last resort.

  • Trump receives 'comprehensive update' on Hurricane Irma

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump has received a "comprehensive update" on Hurricane Irma. Irma has plowed into the Florida Keys as the storm begins its march up the state's west coast. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and several Cabinet members have participated in the briefing from Camp David - the presidential retreat where Trump has spent the weekend monitoring the storm.

  • The Latest: Florida governor: 76K people without power

    MIAMI (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says at least 76,000 people are without power as Irma unleashes winds and rain on the state. Scott said Saturday night that the outages expected to grow as Irma moves closer to the state. He warned people that the storm is life-threatening.

  • Mo the Sloth, Kramer the Emu riding out Irma in Key West jail

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - There's a wild bunch riding out Hurricane Irma inside the Key West jail.      Just ahead of Hurricane Irma, 426 inmates were evacuated by bus to lockups in Palm Beach County. Then, things got really wild. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office runs an Animal Farm, housing 250 animals that have been abandoned, abused, confiscated or donated.

  • Tim Duncan asking for help for US Virgin Islands

    MIAMI (AP) - Tim Duncan is asking for help for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and says he will match donations up to the first $1 million. Duncan writes on The Players' Tribune that he is donating $250,000 immediately to storm relief efforts after there was extensive damage from Hurricane Irma, and noting that Hurricane Jose has developed behind.

  • Where to watch Irma's arrival in Florida as it happens

    A number of webcams are showing live feeds as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. Please note that livestreams may go down as weather conditions worsen. Here's where you can watch the storm:

  • 70 percent of St. Maarten homes badly damaged by Irma

    ST. MAARTEN (AP) - The Dutch government estimates 70 percent of houses on St. Maarten were badly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. That leaves many of the 40,000 residents reliant on public shelters as they brace for Hurricane Jose.

  • Governor: Irma will be 'most catastrophic' storm

    Florida's governor is issuing urgent warnings to a third of his state's residents to evacuate ahead of a massive hurricane on track to be the state's most catastrophic ever. Gov. Rick Scott says the entire west coast of Florida will likely see dangerous affects from storm surge as Hurricane Irma comes ashore Sunday.

  • Woman killed in motorcycle crash near Idaho State Line; Speed and impairment factors

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A woman has died after a motorcycle crash late Thursday night in the 26700 block of E. Appleway Ave. in Spokane County near the Idaho State Line. Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a serious injury collision involving a motorcycle and passenger car around 10:50 p.m. Thursday.

  • Kansas town celebrates Christmas early for dying boy

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Christmas trees are popping up in a small Kansas town as residents prepare to celebrate the holiday early for a 3-year-old boy with terminal cancer. The Wichita Eagle reports that the town of Lebo will celebrate Christmas on Sunday as a tribute to Christian Risner.      Christian has been diagnosed with Rhabdoid kidney cancer, which has created tumors in his kidneys and lungs.

  • The Latest: Florida evacuees crowd highways in Atlanta

    MIAMI (AP) - Floridians fleeing Hurricane Irma have turned Atlanta's freeways into a ribbon of red neon brake lights, with traffic in some spots barely moving. Floridians fleeing Hurricane Irma have turned Atlanta's freeways into a ribbon of red neon brake lights, with traffic in some spots barely moving. Thousands of the evacuees have been funneled to the city, since so many them are heading north on Interstate 75 straight to Atlanta.
     

  • This US wildfire season is among the worst: Here's why

    DENVER (AP) - Wildfires are scorching dried-out Western forests and grassland and putting 2017 on track to be among the worst fire seasons in a decade. A snowy winter across much of the West raised hopes 2017 wouldn't be a fire-prone year. But officials said Thursday that a hot, dry summer spoiled that. The weather turned very hot very fast in the spring and snow melted much faster than expected.

  • Man gets 20 years after after found with 'astounding' stash of meth, cocaine

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a man found riding in eastern Oregon in a vehicle stuffed with drugs to 20 years in prison.      The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, possession with intent to distribute the drugs and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  ...

  • Grandmother accused of keeping 9-year-old girl padlocked in dog kennel

    TOWN OF NORWAY, Wis. (AP) - A grandmother and another adult are accused of keeping her 9-year-old granddaughter padlocked inside a dog kennel in a house in southeastern Wisconsin. “This by far, is one of the most disturbing and heart-wrenching cases of child abuse I’ve seen,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said Thursday. “It doesn’t get much worse than this.”

  • Appeals court ruling: Close relatives should not part of Trump's travel ban

    SEATTLE (AP) - Grandparents, cousins and similarly close relations of people in the United States should not be prevented from coming to the country under President Donald Trump's travel ban, a federal appeals court has ruled in another legal defeat for the administration on the contentious issue.    

  • Trump talks up bipartisanship

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says Americans want more bipartisanship. He says his meeting with the two Democratic and two Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday was "very, very friendly." Trump spoke to reporters before a lunch with Kuwait's Amir al-Sabah.

  • I-84 remains closed in Eagle Creek Fire burning in Columbia River Gorge

    KHQ.COM - As of Wednesday morning, Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge remains closed from the Eagle Creek Fire. Overnight the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires merged together and are now being managed as one incident. The fire has now burned more than 20,000 acres. The fire is still 0% contained. I-84 is specifically closed between Troutdale and Hood River.

  • PHOTOS: NASA catches two significant solar flares

    KHQ.COM - The sun emitted two significant solar flares on the morning of Sept. 6, 2017, according to NASA. The first flare peaked at 5:10 a.m. EDT and the second, larger flare, peaked at 8:02 a.m. EDT. NASA say the second flare was the largest flare in the current 11-year solar cycle, during which the sun's activity waxes and wanes.  

  • Amazon announces they will build second headquarters in the U.S. with 50k high paying jobs

    NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is on the hunt for a second home. The e-commerce giant said Thursday that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America. Amazon will stay put in its sprawling Seattle headquarters, and the new space will be "a full equal" with as many as 50,000 jobs, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. The announcement is certain to create a scramble among cities and states vying to make the short...

  • Facebook: Accounts from Russia bought ads during US campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Facebook says it has identified nearly 500 fake accounts, probably run from Russia, that it says spent about $100,000 on ads that amplified politically divisive issues during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says in a statement Wednesday the company discovered the accounts during a review of ad buys.

  • Irma Latest: Puerto Ricans lose power; Barbuda devastated

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Hurricane Irma is hitting Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds, and authorities say more than 900,000 people are without power. Puerto Rico's emergency management agency says more than half the island was without power and nearly 50,000 without water in the U.S. territory.

  • US won't punish United over passenger-dragging incident

    Federal officials have decided not punish United Airlines over an infamous incident in which a passenger was dragged off an overcrowded plane. The Transportation Department said it found no evidence that United violated the passenger's civil rights and not enough evidence that it violated rules regarding bumping passengers.

  • Relatively low Harvey death toll is 'astounding' to experts

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Harvey has so far killed at least 70 people. Experts say that surprisingly low toll shows that people heeded warnings, that first responders and volunteers acted quickly and that everyone was lucky. Phil Bedient is co-director of a Rice University effort to research severe storms and evacuations. He says it was astounding that such a large and powerful storm did not result in more deaths.

  • Limbaugh's dismissal of Irma 'panic' riles forecasters

    NEW YORK (AP) - Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the "panic" caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians who are seeking action on climate change. The conservative radio personality's swerve into meteorology had Al Roker, the "Today" show weatherman, saying on Wednesday that Limbaugh was putting people's lives at risk.

  • Mexico offers teaching jobs to 'dreamers' returning from US

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Education Department is encouraging people who might be affected by the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to apply for jobs as English teachers in Mexico. The United States is terminating the program, which temporarily protects people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, or whose parents overstayed their visas. 

  • Trumps donate $1M to 12 Harvey relief charities

    WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are donating $1 million to 12 charities involved in Harvey relief efforts. The White House says the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse and Reachout America will share $800,000 of the donation.

  • Seahawks unveil new alternate logo

    KHQ.COM - The Seahawks have unveiled a new alternate logo for the 2017 season. The logo is not replacing the logo that's already being used and it will not appear on the team jerseys. It will just be used on merchandise for another option for fans.  The new logo gives a straight on view of the hawk, instead of the profile view.  What do you think of the new logo? Let us know on our Facebook page!  
  • 1.5 million chests recalled due to tipping hazard

    KHQ.COM - More than one and a half million chest of drawers are being recalled, after reports of a 4-year-old being injured by one of them tipping over. The recall involves Mainstays chests of drawers sold in six colors at Walmart and other retailers nationwide, as well as online at Walmart.com. The chests are unstable if they're not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children.

  • Multnomah Falls historic lodge saved by firefighters during Eagle Creek Fire

    KHQ.COM - Structural firefighters with the Oregon State Fire Marshals worked tirelessly to save the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge that was built in 1925. A task force of structural engines and one aerial ladder truck worked in conjunction with a strike team of water tenders to keep the lodge wetted down during the fire storm of falling embers.

  • Tiger shot dead in populated Atlanta neighborhood

    ATLANTA, Georgia - Well... this is not a story you hear about probably ever.  A tiger, that somehow got loose wandering through a populated Atlanta neighborhood, has been shot dead by police. The tiger escaped from a nearby animal sanctuary called the Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, GA.  Police had been in contact with the sanctuary and had hoped to safely bring the animal back by chemically immobilizing it.

  • FIRE MODE: Full list of fires burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana

    WILD KHQ.COM - Wondering where all the wildfires are burning in our region and how big they are? This is a complete list of all the fires currently burning in Washington, Idaho and Montana. We will try to keep the list as updated as possible. You can also use the interactive map inside the story to see exactly where fires are burning relative to your location.

  • Oregon State Police search for more witnesses in Eagle Creek fire investigation

    HOOD RIVER COUNTY, Oregon - Eagle Creek Fire investigators are asking for the public's assistance Tuesday afternoon. The investigation surrounding the 10,000 acre human-caused wildfire burning about one mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon is underway. The suspect has been identified as a 15-year-old male from Vancouver, Washington. It is believed he and others may have been using firework which started the forest fire along the Eagle Creek Trail.

  • Where is the smoke coming from? Map shows 74+ wildfires burning in western states

    KHQ.COM - If you're wondering where all of the smoke in the air is coming from... the answer is probably not one specific fire. Currently there are more than 74 major wildfires burning in 8 western states including Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and California. Dozens of those fires are burning in our immediate region.

  • Pa. police department 'terrified' by It movie prank

    KHQ.com - A small Pennsylvania police department is getting attention on social media for its response to a prank meant to conjure the upcoming movie It. In a post Tuesday morning, Lititz Borough Police Department shared two photos of a red balloon tied to a sewer grate, in what looks like a screen capture straight from the new movie's trailer.

  • As NKorea aims nukes on US, SKorea and Japan feeling heat

    WASHINGTON (AP) - As worrying as North Korea's nuclear advance is for America, the increasingly realistic threat of an atomic warhead striking a U.S. city might be even more unnerving for South Korea and Japan. So much so that the United States is considering new ways to flex its nuclear muscle to defend its vulnerable allies as they ponder if they'll one day need atomic arsenals of their own.

  • Long a 'Dreamer' critic, Sessions announces program's demise

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump scrapped a program benefiting young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children but left the announcement to a member of his Cabinet who had long railed against it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rather than Trump, on Tuesday announced the unwinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • Ohio to prosecute deputy who shot photographer

    NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) - The Attorney General's office says state prosecutors will handle the case of an Ohio deputy who shot a photographer for a small news organization after apparently mistaking his camera for a weapon. The announcement Tuesday means most aspects of the shooting in New Carlisle near Dayton are being handled by state officials.

  • US to phase out young immigrants program

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has announced that it will wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called the program known as DACA as an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch." He says the Trump administration is urging Congress to find an alternate way to protect young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

  • Hurricane Irma strengthens to a Category 5 storm

    MIAMI - American Airlines has added extra flights out of two Caribbean islands to get people out of the path of Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm. The flights were added in St. Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis. Those are in addition to regularly scheduled flights Tuesday and Wednesday to Miami.

  • South Korea conducts live-fire naval drills

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's navy has conducted a live-fire exercise in waters off the country's eastern coast as Seoul continued its displays of military capability following North Korea's latest nuclear test. Seoul's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that warships including a 2,500-ton frigate, a 1000-ton patrol ship and 400-ton guided-missile vessels participated in drills aimed at retaliating against potential North Korean provocations. 

  • Kitten walking on busy Massachusetts highway rescued after traffic is shut down

    BOSTON - A kitten found walking in a busy Massachusetts highway tunnel has been rescued with the help of state police troopers who shut down traffic for it. Police said Sunday on Facebook the kitten decided to "play a little hide and seek" in the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston. Sgt. Bob Dateo shut traffic down. 

  • Small child's body found encased in concrete in Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police are investigating after the body of a small child was discovered encased in concrete inside a rental home in Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports that the landlord was cleaning the house Saturday when he found a concrete structure and noticed an odor coming from it. Police removed the structure and discovered the remains of a child, possibly 3 years old, inside.

  • Authorities investigate death of man at Burning Man festival

    BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nevada - Authorities are investigating the death of a man who died of his injuries a few hours after he rushed past layers of security officers into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival's signature ceremony.  Late Saturday night, Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, broke through a two-layer security perimeter during the Man Burn event in which a giant, wooden effigy is set ablaze.

  • Trump expected to end DACA program that protects young immigrants

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. But that will come after a six-month delay.   People familiar with the plans said the delay in the formal dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program would be intended to give Congress time to decide whether it wants to address the status of the affected young immigrants.

  • Palace announces Prince William, Kate expecting third child

    LONDON (AP) - Kensington Palace says Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. The announcement released in a statement Mondays says the queen is delighted by the news. Officials say Prince William's wife, the former Kate Middleton, is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a form of severe morning sickness, and will not carry out her engagements Monday.  

  • Idaho police thank Utah nurse who was arrested

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A Utah nurse who was handcuffed and dragged from her job after she refused to allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient says she's accepting apologies from the Salt Lake City mayor and police chief. Alex Wubbels said in a statement Friday that felt the personal apologies were sincere.

  • White House still deciding who gets Trump's Harvey donation

    WASHINGTON - The White House is still figuring out who will get President Donald Trump's pledged $1 million donation to Harvey storm relief efforts. It will be one of the largest gifts ever given by a president, but one that has evoked Trump's checkered charitable past. The president is planning to make the donation early next week.

  • Officials: Russian consulate fire in fireplace

    SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Fire Department says acrid, black smoke seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco was apparently from a fire burning in a fireplace. The smoke was seen billowing from the consulate building a day after the Trump administration ordered its closure. Firefighters who arrived at the scene were not allowed to enter the building Friday. 

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Semi truck partially tips over at Division and Sprague

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A semi truck that took a turn a little too tight has gotten a little stuck in a construction hole at Division and Sprague in downtown Spokane. Spokane Police are asking people to avoid the area while crews work to get the semi unstuck. They anticipate the intersection will be closed until about 7am. Use Washington and Stevens as an alternate route.

  • Lynnwood, Washington man swimming from cops runs across shark in North Carolina

    SURF CITY, N.C. - A traffic stop at a North Carolina beach prompted a police chase of a different kind. 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury, was pulled over in Surf City after an officer spotted illegal contraband in his car. Here's the twist, Kingsbury took off on foot toward the ocean, jumped in, and started swimming away. Police used a drone to follow the suspect as he swam out to sea. 

  • Rita Maze was found in the trunk of her car, dead, Wednesday morning. The FBI says she killed herself

    FBI: Woman found dead in trunk who claimed kidnapping killed herself

    KHQ.COM - The FBI has just concluded the cause of death in the case of the Montana woman who claimed she was kidnapped and was later found in the trunk of her car near the Spokane Airport. According to the official release from the FBI, Rita Maze died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Maze's story received national attention back in September of 2016 but as the shocking details began to unfold, bits and pieces to Maze's story didn't exactly line up.

  • 3 elderly Washington brothers face child pornography charges

    SEATTLE (AP) -  An 82-year-old man who faces child pornography charges along with two of his elderly brothers was rolled into court in a wheelchair and his attorneys asked that he be given a mental competency evaluation. Charles Emery did not enter a plea Thursday in King County Superior Court. Thomas Emery, 80, entered a not guilty plea, while 78-year-old Edwin Emery was not in court.

  • Wells Fargo now says 3.5 million impacted by sales scandal

    NEW YORK - Wells Fargo is now saying 3.5 million customers were impacted by its fake accounts scandal, a dramatic increase from the 2.1 million accounts it originally estimated. In the weeks and months after the bank acknowledged in September 2016 that its employees opened 2.1 million accounts without getting customers' permission, the bank agreed to look for fake accounts going back an additional two years to 2009. 

  • Five injured in DUI crash involving three vehicles in Spokane Valley

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Five people were injured after a DUI crash Wednesday evening involving three vehicles. The crash happened in at the intersection of Mullan and Sinto in Spokane Valley just before 7pm.  According to Washington State Patrol, 38-year-old Mary E. Lambert was driving a 2002 Subaru Forester and being chased by a police officer when she failed to stop at a stop sign at Sinto and Mullan and was struck by a pickup truck traveling northbound on Mullan.

  • Brush fire burning 10-15 acres near Bigelow Gulch and Bruce Rd. appears suspicious

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities tell us that a brush fire burning Thursday morning near Bigelow Gulch and Bruce Rd. appears suspicious because it was one of three brush fires burning at the same time in the same area. Two other, smaller brush fires were also burning near Arbor Crest winery.  The exact location of the fire was in the 8200 block of N. Scott Rd and authorities tell us the fire only burned 10-15 acres of wheat, stopping just before it reached a cemetery. 

  • Harvey puts strain on federal flood insurance program that leaves taxpayers on hook for $24.6 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The massive flooding Harvey has caused in Texas and Louisiana comes as Congress weighs renewing a federal flood insurance program that continually pays out more than it takes in through premiums, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for $24.6 billion and counting. The National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30. Congress is likely to reauthorize the program before then because failure to do so would disrupt coastal real estate markets.

  • FDA approves breakthrough drug to treat childhood leukemia that costs $475,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration calls the approval historic, the first gene therapy to hit the U.S. market. Made from scratch for every patient, it's one of a wave of "living drugs" under development to fight additional blood cancers and other tumors, too.

  • Hurricane Harvey Latest: Two explosions reported at Houston plant that lost power

    HOUSTON (AP) - Two explosions have been reported at a Houston-area chemical plant that lost power amid flooding from Harvey. The Houston Chronicle says a statement from the company says the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant early Thursday. In a tweet, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes.    

  • WATCH: D.C. woman throws a cup of her own urine on bus driver

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A D.C. woman has turned herself in to Metro Transit Police after throwing a cup of her own urine at a bus driver.  It happened Saturday afternoon as the woman was getting off the bus. Video from the metro bus shows the woman at the door, turning, and then tossing a cup of liquid at the driver.  

  • Maryland school bans Washington Redskins attire

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A private school in Maryland has instructed students they can not wear anything related to The Washington Redskins. Green Acres School in Bethesda has changed their dress policy to now prohibit students and staff from wearing clothing with the Redskins name or logo.  The decision came after a year of discussions in the school community.

  • Trump says 'talking is not the answer' regarding North Korea

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says that "Talking is not the answer!" when it comes to North Korea. And he's says the U.S. has paid the North Koreans what he calls "extortion money" for 25 years. Trump's tweet comes on the heels of the North's recent missile test over Japan. The White House isn't immediately responding to questions about the meaning of Trump's tweet. 

  • US economy grew at 3 percent rate in Q2, best since 2015

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods. The Commerce Department says the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 3 percent in the April-June quarter.

  • U.S. Marshals in New Hampshire searching for heavily tattooed escaped inmate

    CONCORD, N.H. - Authorities in New Hampshire are seeking the public's help in finding an escaped inmate with tattoos covering his shaved head, face, neck, chest, arm and hands. The U.S. Marshals' New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force says 42-year-old Eric Judkins was an inmate at a halfway house in Manchester. 

  • Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch opens doors as shelter

    HOUSTON - The Houston megachurch led by televangelist Joel Osteen says it's opened its doors to people seeking shelter as Harvey swamps the city. Osteen had faced criticism for not using the massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter. In a statement to ABC News Monday Osteen said the church "never" closed its doors and was serving as a relief supply distribution center. 

  • HURRICANE HARVEY: Houston Mayor confirms police officer drowned

    HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez has died after he became trapped in his patrol car as he was driving to work. The Houston Chronicle has reported that the 30-year officer was heading to work Sunday when he became trapped in high water on Interstate 45 in north Harris County and then couldn't get himself out of his car.

  • Attorney General: Drug overdoses 'the top lethal issue' in the US

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling the epidemic of drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged everyone "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use." Sessions delivered the remarks Tuesday to the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children, which is hosting its annual conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

  • Harvey sets new record for most rainfall ever recorded from tropical storm

    HOUSTON (AP) - Harvey has set a new U.S. record for rainfall from a tropical system. A weather station southeast of Houston at Mary's Creek at Winding Road, reported 49.32 inches (125.27 centimeters) of rain as of Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. That breaks the previous record of 48 inches (122 centimeters) set in 1978 in Medina, Texas by Tropical Storm Amelia.

  • Dog dies in Spokane Valley house fire where smoke detectors were not present

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A family in Spokane Valley has lost their dog in a house fire early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out in the 10800 block of E. 4th avenue just before 3:30am Tuesday.  Two adult females were inside the home when the fire broke out. One woman awoke to the sound of the fire and alerted the other resident.

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife welcome new baby girl

    NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are welcoming a new daughter in a post - where else - on Facebook. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan already have a toddler daughter, Max, born in 2015. They named their second child August. The couple posted a photo of the family Monday, along with a letter they wrote to August hoping she will get to enjoy her childhood. 

  • How you can help with Hurricane Harvey relief

    HOUSTON - If you've been watching the devastating coming from the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey, you may be wondering how you can help with relief. There are several options if you're interested.  Here's what we found:  National Organizations:  The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website, or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.  

  • Two people killed in New Mexico library shooting; Suspect in custody

    CLOVIS, N.M. - A city official says police have taken a person into custody who they believe is responsible for a shooting at a public library in eastern New Mexico Clovis City Commissioner Garza said the investigation is ongoing and he could not say whether there were any fatalities or how many people were injured. 

  • South Korea says North fires ballistic missile

    SEOUL, South Korea - Australia's foreign minister says North Korea firing a missile over Japan appeared to be a bargaining tactic. Asked by a reporter if the launch was an attempt to improve North Korea's bargaining power or a preparation for war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: "I think it is the former."

  • Great Falls woman calls cop after bad reaction to meth

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Police in Great Falls, Montana say a woman reported having a reaction to a bad batch of methamphetamine. Officers say they made contact with Margery Dayrider back on August 25. According to them, Dayrider stated she believed she had injected some bad meth and was having a bad reaction to it. Dayrider said the reaction included vomiting, tingling tongue, and bad taste in her mouth. 

  • Georgia officer accused of hitting jogger with car is charged

    DECATUR, Ga. - An Atlanta-area police officer who authorities say hit and killed a woman with his car has been charged. DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said in an email that Officer Ian MacGowan has been charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, speeding and failure to maintain a lane. Janet Pickney was jogging on July 25 when police said MacGowan hit her with his cruiser around 7:30 a.m. 

  • Trump defends decision to pardon Arizona's Arpaio

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is defending his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former Arizona sheriff a "patriot" who loves his country. Trump was asked about his controversial decision during a joint press conference with the president of Finland on Monday. Trump says Arpaio did a "great job for the people of Arizona" but was treated "very unfairly" by the Obama administration.

  • On eve of visit to Texas, Trump pledges '100 percent' support for those hit by Harvey; says he may visit again Saturday

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says protecting American lives is his top priority as Harvey continues to pound the U.S. Gulf Coast. He says in an East Room press conference Monday that "every asset" he can muster is at the disposal of local officials in Houston and other areas suffering under historic rainfall and flooding. Several deaths have been blamed on the storm.

  • AG: Trump signs executive order on military gear

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to restore the flow of surplus military gear to local police departments.The Obama administration severely limited the program two years ago amid a public outcry over how the equipment was used during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Petition calls for WSU to improve window security so no more students fall out

    KHQ.COM - After another WSU student fell out of a window from a dorm room on campus, sustaining serious head trauma, a petition has been started to increase window protection on WSU's campus. The petition reads, " On August 24th, 2017 WSU freshman and Roosevelt High School graduate Matthew Gray fell through his second story window from the Community Duncan Dunn Residence Hall.

  • Michigan woman gets life for murder in parrot case

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. Forty-nine-year-old Glenna Duram of Sand Lake learned her sentence Monday after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge last month. 

  • Texas dog carrying bag of food after Hurricane Harvey swiped it from a nearby lumber yard

    HOUSTON, Texas - A clever canine captured the attention of the internet in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. and we now know a little bit more about "Otis" the resourceful pup.  The viral picture showed Otis carrying a bag of dog food down the street in Sinton, Texas, after the storm blew threw.  It turns out Otis is a looter. 

  • Idaho earns $29.1 million from cabin sites auction

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho has auctioned off another 59 residential cabin sites in northern Idaho, taking in $29.1 million. The Spokesman-Review reports a majority of the 59 Priest Lake properties auctioned off Aug. 18 and 19 went to buyers that already owned cabins on the land. The cabin sites were sold at their appraised values which ranged from $313,000 to $707,000. 

  • Police: Massachusetts man kidnapped 7-year-old girl, threw her off bridge

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Police in Massachusetts say a 7-year-old girl was kidnapped from her grandparents' home and thrown from a bridge into a lake but survived. Police say the girl was taken at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday from the Worcester home by 35-year-old family friend Joshua Hubert. Investigators say she was put in a car, choked and then thrown into Lake Quinsigamond.

  • $18,000 in FREE school supplies distributed at West Central Community Center

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The West Central Community Center will be distributing $18,000 in FREE school supplies today only, August 28th! Where: West Central Community Center - 1603 N. Belt Street, Spokane, Washington 99205 When: noon - 6pm School supplies will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Ironman competitor hit by car during cycling course upgraded to fair condition

    UPDATE: 52-year-old Crystal E. O'Conner of Bozeman, Montana is now listed in fair condition as of Monday morning after being struck by a vehicle while she was on the 112-mile bike portion of Ironman Coeur d'Alene. O'Conner was airlifted to Kootenai Health following the collision and initially listed in critical condition.

  • Dirt bike crash kills father and 2-year-old son

    KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died from injuries he suffered in a dirt bike crash in Virginia that also killed his 2-year-old son.  Virginia State Police say 21-year-old De'Shon Brown died Friday, two days after the crash in King George County. Police said Brown was riding the youth dirt bike with his son when he lost control and crashed in the roadway.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. statue to be unveiled in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) - A statue paying tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being installed on the state Capitol grounds in Atlanta.      The unveiling of the statue on Monday comes more than three years after Georgia lawmakers endorsed the project.  Officials had to negotiate with King's family for the right to use his image. Then an artist was selected for the project, only to be killed in a motorcycle accident.

  • The Latest: Houston officials: Hunker down, stay off roads

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Both major airports in Houston have been closed amid severe flooding blamed on Tropical Storm Harvey. A Houston Airport System statement at midday Sunday said George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport are closed to commercial flights until further notice. Officials say roads in and out of both airports are shut down due to flooding.

  • Dutiful Texas dog carrying full bag of food becomes social media star after Harvey

    SINTON, Texas - Amid the devastating news coming out of Sinton, Texas, one person managed to capture a light-hearted moment that brought so many smiles on social media. Tiele Dockens took a picture of a dog carrying a bag of dog food in his mouth that has gone viral on Facebook and has been shared by thousands.

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