WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: New Laws Take Effect Nationwide Jan. 1 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: New Laws Take Effect Nationwide Jan. 1

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    SEATTLE (AP) - The acrimonious battle over Boeing's new 777X airplane - with state lawmakers approving $9 billion in tax incentives to persuade the company to build the aircraft in Washington and machinists rejecting a contract offer - was voted the state's top news story of 2013 by Associated Press member editors.>>
    SEATTLE (AP) - The acrimonious battle over Boeing's new 777X airplane - with state lawmakers approving $9 billion in tax incentives to persuade the company to build the aircraft in Washington and machinists rejecting a contract offer - was voted the state's top news story of 2013 by Associated Press member editors.
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KHQ.COM - The new year will bring about a host of new laws that take effect Wednesday across the United States.
    
In Colorado, pot stores will open their doors in the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. And Illinois becomes the 20th state to legalize pot. The laws still fly in the face of federal drug rules
    
Guns in Connecticut that are considered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines must be registered with authorities or they'll be considered contraband. The law was passed in response to the Newtown mass school shooting.
    
Transgender students in California choose which restroom to use and whether to play on boys' or girls' sports teams, unless opponents can gather enough signatures for a referendum to overturn the law.
    
And photographers in California who harass celebrities and their children could face up to a year in county jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.

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    Saturday, February 17 2018 1:17 AM EST2018-02-17 06:17:14 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Billie Swanson has her hands full. Taking care of two boys could be a full-time job. “Kids grow in and out of stuff so quickly and it's a nice place to go and to have that option and some extra money in our pockets,” Swanson said. Swanson is taking about Trader Tots Consignment Store in Post Falls. It’s a place she’s gone to in the past to sell her kids old clothes and buy new ones. That is, until recently. “They 

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

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    Saturday, February 17 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-18 01:27:10 GMT

     WELLINGTON, Fla. - A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child sitting above an open case of beer tucked in the back seat. The Palm Beach Post reports that a deputy pulled over 30-year-old Stephanie Roque of Miami about 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a strong smell of alcohol coming from her car.

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    WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Police on Wednesday were trying to piece together how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and still in ski clothes. Toronto firefighter Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis told investigators he doesn't know what happened after he was reported missing Wednesday, Feb. 7, from Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Diana Reinholt's  had her entire life in her van. She was also living in it after being evicted from her home earlier this month. Inside the stolen van are her father's ashes and pictures of her family.  "I just broke down. I just immediately started crying," said Diana.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Diana Reinholt's  had her entire life in her van. She was also living in it after being evicted from her home earlier this month. Inside the stolen van are her father's ashes and pictures of her family.  "I just broke down. I just immediately started crying," said Diana.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating three purse snatching incidents that happened Saturday afternoon around the city. In all three incidents a silver Pontiac G6 drove up next to a victim as she was walking and an occupant grabs their purse from the car. Police say in all three incidents there was a physical struggle between the women and the purse snatcher. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating three purse snatching incidents that happened Saturday afternoon around the city. In all three incidents a silver Pontiac G6 drove up next to a victim as she was walking and an occupant grabs their purse from the car. Police say in all three incidents there was a physical struggle between the women and the purse snatcher. 

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    Deputies: Florida woman ‘just out of rehab' had open 12-pack of beer, child in car

    Saturday, February 17 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-18 01:27:10 GMT

     WELLINGTON, Fla. - A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child sitting above an open case of beer tucked in the back seat. The Palm Beach Post reports that a deputy pulled over 30-year-old Stephanie Roque of Miami about 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a strong smell of alcohol coming from her car.

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     WELLINGTON, Fla. - A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child sitting above an open case of beer tucked in the back seat. The Palm Beach Post reports that a deputy pulled over 30-year-old Stephanie Roque of Miami about 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane. The deputy said that Roque’s drivers license was suspended, and noticed she had a strong smell of alcohol coming from her car.

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