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Democrats want US Interior Department staff moves explained

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.

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Trump declares NKorea still poses "extraordinary threat"

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared that North Korea still poses an "extraordinary threat" to the United States.    In an executive order Friday, the president extended for one year the so-called "national emergency" with respect to the authoritarian, nuclear-armed nation, authorizing economic restrictions against it.

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No charges for teens who taunted drowning disabled man

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COCOA, Fla. (AP) - Florida prosecutors say they aren't charging a group of teens who taunted a drowning disabled man and recorded his death.    State Attorney Phil Archer released a statement Friday announcing his office's decision not to criminally charge four juveniles and one adult for failing to help 31-year-old Jamel Dunn at a Cocoa retention pond last July.

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Uber driver charged with pointing gun at texting motorist

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PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Uber driver pointed a gun at another motorist because he was upset that she was texting.    A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says 41-year-old Philip Macchio was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed firearm.

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Mississippi driver miraculously unhurt after flipping car into gas station Video included

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FLOWOOD, Miss. - A Mississippi woman is lucky to be alive after flipping her car into a gas station Thursday, narrowly missing gas pumps in the process. Surveillance cameras at a gas station in Flowood, Mississippi, show the crash. Investigators say the driver, identified as Shelby Lynne May, was speeding when she lost control of her car.

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Officials identify truck driver killed in Idaho crash

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials in southwestern Idaho have identified the driver of a commercial truck killed in a fiery, chain-reaction crash near Boise that also killed three airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base.    The Ada County Coroner's Office in a news release Friday says 42-year-old Illya D. Tsar of Rochester, New York, died in the crash on Saturday on Interstate 84. 

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$5M bail set for suspect in 1986 killing of Tacoma girl

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A judge has set bail at $5 million for a 66-year-old man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma more than three decades ago.    The News Tribune reports Gary Hartman appeared in Pierce County Superior Court Thursday where prosecutors argued for a high bond, saying he could be a flight risk because of his assets.

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Trump pushes back against border separation furor

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is highlighting the plight of Americans whose loved ones were killed by people who entered the country illegally.    Trump on Friday hit back against the storm of criticism that has enveloped the White House over the forced separation of children from their migrant parents after illegal border crossings.

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Trump says Dems are spreading phony border tales

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of circulating "phony stories of sadness and grief," amid a global uproar over his 'zero tolerance' policy for illegal border crossings. Calling for a "strong" border, he says: "We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections." 

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You’ve probably heard of co-ops: food co-ops, childcare co-ops, housing co-ops, energy co-ops. The stuff they’re sharing varies ? groceries, babysitting, housing, kilowatt-hours ? but the concept is the same: In a cooperative, people join together to form an organization, sharing resources for the benefit of all members. (sponsored by STCU)

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Man charged in deaths of 2 Kansas deputies

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A suspect is charged in the deaths of two Kansas deputies who were fatally shot in the line of duty.    The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office on Friday announced that charges have been filed against 30-year-old Antoine Fielder in the deaths of deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. 

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Student: Cruz said 'get out of here' before school shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told investigators he encountered shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in a stairwell as he was loading his AR-15 rifle and was told, "you better get out of here."

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Cohen's photo with Tom Arnold fuels Trump tape speculation

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has retweeted a photo of him and comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a TV show to hunt down recordings of the president.    The photo fueled speculation Friday that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them.

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The Cincinnati Zoo's last white tiger, Popsy, dies at 22

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo's last white tiger has died.    Zoo officials said Thursday that Popsy has been euthanized due to age-related issues. The female tiger was 22.    Zoo Director of Animal Health Mark Campbell says Popsy had several health issues, and in the end it was determined that the zoo was unable to maintain her "good quality of life."

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House approves bill to expand treatment for opioid abuse

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis killing more than 115 people in the United States daily.    The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It's one of dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers have made a campaign-season priority.

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Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.

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Ohio home explodes; injures 2 people

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Two people were seriously injured when a house exploded and shattered into pieces Friday in Columbus, Ohio.  The blast rocked the neighborhood shortly after 8AM Friday morning.  When firefighters arrived, they pulled a man and woman from the rubble.  Authorities say both are in critical condition.  The city housing authority owns the home and says it was supposed to be vacant. Investigators have not determined a cause of the blast. More>>

Supreme Court adopts new rules for cellphone tracking

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects' movements by collecting information about where they've used their cellphones. The justices' 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for privacy in the digital age. That's a big change from the old days when authorities could go to the phone company and obtain information about the numbers dialed from a home telephone without presenting a warrant. 

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UPDATE: Spokane Valley detectives arrest man accused of stabbing brother in the arm

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Deputies found Kenneth Derr Thursday night and took him into custody. He has been booked into the Spokane County Jail. The Sheriff's office would like to thank everyone for their assistance and tips. 

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Ex-superintendent in Kennewick to plead guilty to child sex case

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A former Kennewick school superintendent accused of arranging to have sex with two teen girls at a Richland motel is expected to plead guilty next week.    The lawyer for 76-year-old Paul Rosier tells the Tri-City Herald that a plea agreement has been reached with federal prosecutors. Defense lawyer Scott Johnson says Rosier will plead guilty to a new count of attempt child sex trafficking, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. 

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Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns

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ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals.    The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban announced this week as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta also says it's limiting travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes take effect July 10. 

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Vantage Highway reopens, Milepost 22 Fire continues to burn to the north

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Evacuation notices have gone out to residents in about 30 homes because of a wildfire burning in central Washington. The state Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that the blaze about two miles north of Vantage near the Columbia River had burned nearly 8 square miles (21 square kilometers). The Yakima Herald reports that the fire dubbed milepost 22 started Wednesday afternoon and was 30 percent contained on Thursday afternoon. A ...

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Missoula man sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after authorities say he lured women and girls into the commercial sex trade.  

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Report: Fire risk to Glacier chalet was 'underestimated'

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A report indicates that fire managers had "underestimated" the risk posed to a Glacier National Park backcountry dormitory that burned last year. The Missoulian reports the investigation report by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service notes lessons learned following the lightning-caused fire that damaged the dining hall and destroyed the dormitory of the Sperry Chalet last August. A learning analysis notes that fire staff incorrec...

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Motorcyclist dies in Hauser collision

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A Spokane man has been pronounced deceased after his motorcycle was involved in a collision on Idaho State Highway 53 in Hauser on Thursday afternoon. 

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Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

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SEATTLE (AP) - A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect. Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using methamphetamine.    

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New report shows EPA underestimated the dangers of chemicals in drinking water Video included

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - A new study released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that perfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, are more dangerous at lower levels than previously thought. The 852-page study was suppressed by the Trump administration because of the "public relations nightmare" it might cause.  High levels of these chemicals, which are found in firefighting foam, were detected in the Airway Heights drinking water system last year.

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Hayden woman will be oldest female competitor at CdA's Half Ironman Video included

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In an old pasture, there’s a track that Dexter Yeats' husband mowed out to create her own field of dreams. It’s where she spends a majority of her time training. At 72-years old, she’ll be the oldest female competitor at Coeur d’Alene's Ironman 70.3, but it’s still safe to say she's in better shape than most people half her age. 

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Terminally ill Rathdrum baby gets gift of comfort from local business Video included

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RATHDRUM, Idaho - A family said their main priority right now is keeping their sick baby comfortable. They were recently told by doctor's their 19month-old daughter isn't expected to live much longer. They said one of the only things that eases her pain is a specialty chair that insurance won't cover. That's when friends said, "Help Me Hayley."

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Hard Rock casino installs big guitar with misspelled word

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) guitar installed this week.    The sign, modeled after a Gibson Les Paul guitar, was put up Thursday morning without officials noticing the word "rhythm" was misspelled on the rhythm and treble switch. It included the letter "E."

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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Program Helps Find Elderly With Dementia Or Alzheimer's Video included

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - It doesn’t matter the time of year or the conditions outside, rescuers risk their lives to find missing people. Some are found; others don’t make it. “We're having a lot of calls for service in reference to these folks wandering away from their homes,” Will Klinkefus, a sergeant with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Two years ago, the sheriff’s office became the first law enforcement agency in Idaho to 

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ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

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LOS ANGELES (AP)  - ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, says it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.    ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr agreed to forgo any creative or financial participation in it.    In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr says she agreed to the settlement in order to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

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Wyoming Governor signs off on state's first grizzly hunt in 44 years

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed off on the state's first hunt for grizzly bears in 44 years. Mead approved the rules Thursday that pave the way for the fall hunt, which will be the biggest in the lower 48 states since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for grizzlies in the Yellowstone region in 2017.    

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Thursday morning fire collapses, destroys Butte home

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BUTTE, Mont. - Firefighters are investigating after a blaze that collapsed a house early Thursday morning. They say that by the time firefighters arrived, the fire already engulfed most of the house. Amanda Persons, who lives across the street, saw the house go up in flames, a sight she describes 'terrifying'. "I was in my house and then all of the sudden I hear sirens and I see all of the bright lights so I came running out," Persons said. 

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Police: Texas college student kidnapped, raped at gunpoint

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Police say a suspect has been arrested after a Texas college student reported being kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint.    Arlington police say 20-year-old Joel Engobo Mambe was arrested Thursday in Fort Worth. Police say he's accused of attacking a University of Texas at Arlington student early Wednesday. 

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Spokane kicks off summer with annual 'Summer Parkways' event

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane’s largest block party and celebration of outdoor events, Spokane Summer Parkways, will shut down 4 miles of streets on the South Hill Thursday evening. The event includes a variety of family friendly activities, such as yoga,dancing, jump rope, hula hoops and and more. People are allowed to bring their own equipment if they would like. All activities are free. The excitement goes from 6 to 9 p.m. The streets will 

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Punk rockers D.O.A. search for longtime backdrop stolen in Spokane Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Legendary punk rock band D.O.A. is asking for the Spokane community to keep an eye out after the band's van was broken into during a show at The Pin over the weekend.  D.O.A. was founded in 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is considered one of the founders of the hardcore punk subgenre of music, along with other mainstays like Bad Brains and Black Flag.

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Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Obama administration officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President

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Kootenai County Sheriff's Office welcomes newest K9, Axo

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies are welcoming the newest member of their team Thursday. K9 Axo is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepard and comes from Cougar Creek K9. Deputy Jason Shaw will be Axo's partner and handler. Deputy Shaw has been with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office since 1996 and a handler for the last 16 years.

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Coast Guard rescues three fisherman in Willapa Bay

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A Coast Guard aircrew rescued three fishermen stranded on rocks in Willapa Bay Wednesday evening. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Astoria safely hoisted the three individuals and transported them to the beach. 

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NK pledges to destroy missile test engine site

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy. After his summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said the North Korean leader was "already destroying" a missile site, in addition to committing to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.  An administration official revealed Thursday that the testing site in question is in North Pyongan province,...

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Coeur d'Alene man charged with raping 16-year-old girl

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A 25-year-old man from Coeur d'Alene has been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl and other crimes, according to court documents. The documents say the teen and a friend went to Brady Matthews' house on Monday night, where they drank alcohol and smoked marijuana. The girl said she woke up later to Matthews raping her.

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Improperly discarded smoking materials to blame for early morning fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire investigators say improperly discarded smoking materials caused Thursday morning's fire at a commercial building. Around 5:47 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to the 3800 block of E.  Boone Ave. on a report of a commercial structure fire.  Firefighters say smoke and flames were visible from the exterior of the building and extending inside. Firefighters immediately initiated fire attack on the outside of the 

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Selkirk crews respond to Garfield Bay structure fire

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Selkirk Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire in a remote area of Garfield Bay this morning. Dispatchers advised units while responding that the fire had extended to an occupied cabin and the forest. 

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Walla Walla podiatrist charged with unprofessional conduct

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A Walla Walla podiatrist has been charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly failing to meet the standard of care in treating two patients who developed infections which later required amputations. The Union-Bulletin reported Thursday that Washington state's Department of Health Podiatric Board charged Dr. Curtis W. Long earlier this month. Records show Long was licensed in 1976 as a podiatric physician and surgeon. He told the Union-Bulletin We...

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The Latest: Bear attack victim says recovery is slow

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials are releasing new details about last month's bear attack against a government researcher.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Amber Kornak surprised a grizzly after walking within 12 feet (4 meters) of the bear in the Cabinet Mountains on May 17.

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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, June 21st

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Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, June 21st .

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Deanne's Disappearance: Beauty school student, mother remains missing Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Deanne Hastings seemed to have it all before she vanished back in November of 2015. She was starting beauty school, had three great kids, and was engaged to be married. Loved ones said they can't help but fear she met an evil end. "Deanne was an amazing person," brother Carson Crider said. "An amazing family member. She cared more about others than she did herself."

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What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax

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NEW YORK (AP) - Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart.    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases that come from states where they don't have any shops, offices or warehouses.    When people will see changes depends on where they live and how quickly states act.

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Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Much of the rye whiskey aging in hundreds of barrels at Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia could end up being consumed in Europe, a market the 9-year-old distilling company has cultivated at considerable cost.

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Naked man arrested for burglary, animal cruelty

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man who ran through a New Hampshire apartment complex terrorizing residents while naked, also threw glass at police officers and beat a dog before being hit with a stun gun and arrested.    The Concord Monitor reports that 28-year-old Irakoze Ildephonse had appeared high on drugs Wednesday afternoon while he ran through the building banging on doors. 

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Boise police: Man dies after being placed under arrest

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in Boise say they're investigating the death of a 45-year-old man who appeared to suffer a medical emergency after being placed under arrest by police.    The Boise Police Department in a statement Thursday says officers arrested Scott Daniel Townsend at about 4 a.m. Wednesday at a business after responding to a report of a battery.

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Inquest finds officers justified in killing Montana man

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An inquest has found officers were justified in shooting and killing a Montana man who was high on methamphetamine and had barricaded himself inside a sporting goods store with a cache of weapons and shot at officers.    Jurors said Thursday there was no criminal conduct on behalf of the Billings police officers who shot and killed Frank Joey Half, Jr. last November.

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Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump is throwing out a policy devised by his predecessor for protecting U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth.    Trump has revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Spokesperson says no hidden message in Melania Trump's 'I really don't care' jacket

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) - First lady Melania Trump boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents wearing a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?"    The green hooded spring military jacket has the words written graffiti-style on the back.    When asked what message the first lady's jacket intended to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message."

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Washington, other states plan to sue over family separations

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SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Washington and more than a half-dozen other states say they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy that separated immigrant families illegally entering the United States.    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the announcement Thursday outside a federal prison in the city of SeaTac, south of Seattle, where about 200 immigration detainees have been transferred - including women separated from their children.

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Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

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NEW YORK (AP) - Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called his consensual relationship with an employee.    Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. The company did not give more details on what happened and a representative did not immediately return a message for comment on Thursday.

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Authorities: Would-be robbers blow open ATM with explosive

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - One woman is in custody for placing an explosive device into an ATM inside a Philadelphia business during an unsuccessful robbery attempt.    Authorities say the explosion occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday inside a beer distributorship.    They say video shows a woman placing the device into the ATM. She was accompanied by a man who isn't seen on the video.

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Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

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HANCOCK, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine - the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake.    The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood of the car earlier this month in rural Hancock, on the Pennsylvania border about 115 miles northwest of New York City.

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Man arrested in 1987 killing of couple pleads not guilty

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 55-year-old SeaTac man has pleaded not guilty to the 1987 murders of a young Canadian couple in Washington state.    The Daily Herald reports William Earl Talbott II pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court in the deaths of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and 20-year-old Jay Cook.

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Man files $75,000 claim against Border Patrol

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A man has filed a $75,000 claim for damages against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, contending he was illegally detained on a bus trip that went through Spokane's bus station last summer.    The Spokesman-Review reports that 36-year-old Andres Sosa Segura is being represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigration Rights Project.

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Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo -- Really

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DODSON, Mont. - Two people were injured in Montana Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid a kangaroo on the road.  Trooper Matt Finley with the Montana Highway Patrol said he thought it was a joke when he responded to the call, but when he arrived at about 4 a.m. he saw the kangaroo.  Trooper Finley said he learned there is a kangaroo farm west of Dodson. 

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First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

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McALLEN, Texas - Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.  The first lady's visit to Upbring New Hope Children's Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. 

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WATCH: Pilot of delayed Air Asia flight tries to force passengers off plane by blasting air conditioning

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The pilot of a delayed Air Asia flight in India tried to force passengers to get off the plane by blasting the air conditioning system after they refused to deplane because of heavy rain. Video of the incident show streams of mist coming out of the vents and filling the cabin which made people on board upset.  The pilot came under fire after the flight was delayed for four hours due to technical issues.  Witnesses reported seeing children crying and other passengers vomit...

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Rare cotton candy-colored lobster caught off the coast of Maine

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A cotton-candy colored lobster has been caught in waters around Grand Manan Island, a few miles off the coast of Maine.  Fisherman Robin Russell says the colorful crustacean is the "rarest of the rare."  Russell caught the pastel creature back in November, but it started making headlines this week when a popular Maine Instagram account posted a photo of it.  The post got more than 4,500 likes and dozens of comments. 

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WATCH: California deputy frees bear trapped inside car

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CAMELIAN BAY, Calif. - A bear that managed to break into a car needed help from a sheriff's deputy to get out. The Placer County Sheriff's Office in California says it happened near Lake Tahoe. The bruin had damaged the Subaru Outback so badly that the doors would not unlock. Video shows a deputy was brave enough to break a window so the bear could jump out and run back to the forest. 

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Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

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PHILADELPHIA - It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.  Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night's Phillies game when the team's mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. 

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Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

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WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.   The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in its sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.   Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr. Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.

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Spokane business owner fed up with feces, unwanted surprise at work Video included

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A Spokane business owner says enough is enough after finding human feces in front of her doorstep three days in a row. The incidences happened at Neat Old Stuff located at 3rd and Bernard. The shop's owner, CP Phare, has been in the same location for the last decade and says suspicious activity has ramped up in the last year, but nothing like what's been happening over the last few days. "There's like surprise packages usually two-to-three times a week," 

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Puyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from Costco

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $290,000 from a Costco warehouse over five years. The News Tribune reports 54-year-old Robin Cline pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Tacoma to charges of wire fraud.  Cline of Puyallup worked at Costco in Fife from 1996 to 2016 as an accounts receivable clerk. She was responsible for processing payments and refunds for customers of the warehouse club operator. Accordi...

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Spokane man sentenced to 21 years for production of child pornography

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - 22-year-old Freedom Woody of Spokane was sentenced Wednesday after having pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. According to information disclosed during court proceedings, investigators found Woody and a 13-year old girl from Oregon in a homeless camp near the Spokane River after the girl’s grandmother reported her missing. When interviewed by officers, Woody admitted having sex with her.

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Suspect arrested in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. The News Tribune reports 66-year-old Gary Hartman was booked into Pierce County Jail Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Michella Welch.

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New app helps medical personnel save lives Video included

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- A new app is helping save lives with the touch of a button. The app allows hospitals and first responders to call for a lifesaving air ambulance transport. Prompt medical attention can mean the difference between life and death. The app is specifically designed for medical personnel, with just one touch of a button on their cell phone, it then sends vital information to flight crews. 

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Air ambulances: how they can help save lives Video included

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- Every second counts in saving a life. That's where helicopter crews can step in when they are needed to help transport seriously ill or injured patients. "I get to take care of patients in likely the worst day of their life and hopefully make a very positive difference in their clinical care," said Dominic Pomponio, Regional Director for Life Flight Network. 

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WSP: Driver lucky to only receive minor injuries after not wearing seat belt

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CLE ELUM, Wash. - Buckle up! That's the message from Washington State Patrol. According to troopers, a driver is counting his blessings after he received only minor injuries from a collision without wearing a seat belt.  Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore tweeted picture proof after a driver crashed on Bullfron Road near Cle Elum. Trooper Moore told KIRO 7 that the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Instead, the belt was hanging 

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Coroner rules death of Wenatchee woman as accidental drowning

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COULEE CITY, Wash. - Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison on Tuesday determined that the death of a 43-year-old Wenatchee woman in Park Lake was due to accidental drowning. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Danielle Rea Combs was riding in a vehicle with a companion early Friday morning when they stopped to rest around 3:30 a.m. While her companion slept in the car, Combs apparently walked to the lake’s edge and fell in.

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  • Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns

    Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs due to safety concerns

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:55 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:55:46 GMT

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals.    The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban announced this week as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta also says it's limiting travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes take effect July 10. 

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals.    The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban announced this week as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta also says it's limiting travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes take effect July 10. 

  • Inquest finds officers justified in killing Montana man

    Inquest finds officers justified in killing Montana man

    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:11:27 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An inquest has found officers were justified in shooting and killing a Montana man who was high on methamphetamine and had barricaded himself inside a sporting goods store with a cache of weapons and shot at officers.    Jurors said Thursday there was no criminal conduct on behalf of the Billings police officers who shot and killed Frank Joey Half, Jr. last November.

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An inquest has found officers were justified in shooting and killing a Montana man who was high on methamphetamine and had barricaded himself inside a sporting goods store with a cache of weapons and shot at officers.    Jurors said Thursday there was no criminal conduct on behalf of the Billings police officers who shot and killed Frank Joey Half, Jr. last November.

  • Kennewick man comes home to find coyote in kitchen

    Kennewick man comes home to find coyote in kitchen

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:21:36 GMT

    KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man got quite the shock Monday night after finding a startled coyote pup cowering in his home. Jake McChesney was just getting home from work when his dog started barking at something in the kitchen. Jake says he had left his back door open so that his dog could get in and out of the house and believes that's how the coyote got inside. 

    KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick man got quite the shock Monday night after finding a startled coyote pup cowering in his home. Jake McChesney was just getting home from work when his dog started barking at something in the kitchen. Jake says he had left his back door open so that his dog could get in and out of the house and believes that's how the coyote got inside. 

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  • Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:35:12 GMT
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    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.".
    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.".
  • The Latest: Kansas governor orders scrutiny of group homes

    The Latest: Kansas governor orders scrutiny of group homes

    Friday, June 22 2018 12:31 PM EDT2018-06-22 16:31:01 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). Darwin Micheal Mejia, right, holds hands with his mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, during a news conference following their reunion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Friday, June 22...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). Darwin Micheal Mejia, right, holds hands with his mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, during a news conference following their reunion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Friday, June 22...
    The U.N human rights office says President Donald Trump's decision to stop the U.S. policy separating migrant parents from their children doesn't go far enough.
    The U.N human rights office says President Donald Trump's decision to stop the U.S. policy separating migrant parents from their children doesn't go far enough.
  • Lawsuit: Boston schools cooperate with immigration officials

    Lawsuit: Boston schools cooperate with immigration officials

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:29:15 GMT
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    A coalition of civil rights and student advocacy groups has sued the Boston Public Schools to find out how much student information the system shares with federal immigration officials.
    A coalition of civil rights and student advocacy groups has sued the Boston Public Schools to find out how much student information the system shares with federal immigration officials.
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