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  • Haiti judge frees 8 of 10 American missionaries

    Haiti judge frees 8 of 10 American missionaries

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - 8 American missionaries have been freed from a Haitian jail, nearly three weeks after being charged with child kidnapping for trying to take a group of children out of the quake-stricken country.>>
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Eight American missionaries have been freed from a Haitian jail, nearly three weeks after being charged with child kidnapping for trying to take a group of children out of the quake-stricken country. Looking bedraggled and sweat-soaked, the eight walked out of the jail just after dusk Wednesday escorted by U.S. diplomats. They waited until they were safely inside a white van before flashing smiles and giving a thumbs up to reporters.>>
  • Haiti parents testify they gave kids to Americans

    Haiti parents testify they gave kids to Americans

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - A lawyer for 10 U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti says parents of the children they're suspected of kidnapping told a judge they freely handed over their kids.>>
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - A lawyer for 10 U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti says parents of the children they're suspected of kidnapping told a judge they freely handed over their kids. Aviol Fleurant said Tuesday he's "confident" the judge will dismiss the case.>>
  • In Haiti, Americans' attorney says they had papers

    In Haiti, Americans' attorney says they had papers

    Edwin Coq, a former attorney for the group was fired after he asked for $60,000 to use to bribe the missionaries' way out of jailEdwin Coq, a former attorney for the group was fired after he asked for $60,000 to use to bribe the missionaries' way out of jail
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Five of the 10 Americans detained in Haiti on kidnapping charges left jail Monday to see a Haitian judge.>>
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - The new attorney for 10 Americans charged with child kidnapping in Haiti says the group had authorization to take the children. Aviol Fluerant said that parents gave their kids to the Baptists in good faith. He adds that the group had papers authorizing the children to be taken across the Dominican border. The group's original lawyer, Edwin Coq, was fired over the weekend after he asked for $60,000 to use to bribe the missionaries' way out of jail.>>
  • Pastor: Arrest of missionaries a misunderstanding

    Pastor: Arrest of missionaries a misunderstanding

    ATLANTA, Ga. - A pastor who says he gave 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries permission to move a busload of Haitian children to the Dominican Republic says the group acted "with a good heart.">>
    ATLANTA, Ga. - A pastor who says he gave 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries permission to move a busload of Haitian children to the Dominican Republic says the group acted "with a good heart." However, he says they didn't complete the required paperwork. The missionaries were later arrested after Haitian authorities said they tried crossing the border without documents. Pastor Jean Sainvil said Wednesday that the missionaries had approval from the parents of children who were not orphaned.>>
  • Haiti PM: US Baptists knew removing kids was wrong

    Haiti PM: US Baptists knew removing kids was wrong

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Haiti's prime minister says it's clear to him that the 10 U.S. Baptists who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country "knew what they were doing was wrong.">>
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Haiti's prime minister says it's clear to him that the 10 U.S. Baptists who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country "knew what they were doing was wrong." Prime Minister Max Bellerive also tells The Associated Press his country is open to having the Americans tried in the United States. Bellerive says some of the children have parents who are alive. The government is attempting to locate them.>>

MIAMI, Fla. - Eight American missionaries released from custody in Haiti are back in the U.S., but the ones from Idaho are not yet going home.
     
An attorney says Paul Thompson, his 19-year-old son Silas and Steve McMullin are expected to join Paul Thompson's brother-in-law Drew Culberth in Topeka for an indefinite length of time. The Thomspons and McMullin are from Twin Falls.
     
The group's leader, Laura Silsby, and her former nanny, Charisa Coulter, remain in a Port-au-Prince jail and appeared before a judge today to answer questions about their plans to set up an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Both Silsby and Coulter are from Boise.
     
The eight released Americans still face possible child kidnapping charges in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake ravaged country.

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  • Upriver/Beacon Fire 0 percent contained, no road closures in place

    Upriver/Beacon Fire 0 percent contained, no road closures in place

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:40:57 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters say all roads closed while crews work to contain the Upriver Beacon fire have been reopened Wednesday afternoon. The fire remains 0 percent contained, but firefighters continue to strengthen the line around the fire and expect containment numbers to go up soon. Upriver Drive was closed east of Frederick and west of Argonne overnight Tuesday, but was reopened Wednesday afternoon. No road closures are in place.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters say all roads closed while crews work to contain the Upriver Beacon fire have been reopened Wednesday afternoon. The fire remains 0 percent contained, but firefighters continue to strengthen the line around the fire and expect containment numbers to go up soon. Upriver Drive was closed east of Frederick and west of Argonne overnight Tuesday, but was reopened Wednesday afternoon. No road closures are in place.

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  • Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:13:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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  • Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-18 17:48:19 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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