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Tips for staying hydrated on hot days

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - It’s hot. And while water may feel refreshing hitting your skin, drinking it in will help cool you off. “If you can find like a big flask or a gallon jug or something that's going to hold you accountable to drink water throughout the day,” Chris Buskirk said. Buskirk, a fitness professional at Peak Fitness in Coeur d’Alene, says kids and adults often forget to drink water when they are playing outside.

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Spokane Valley massage parlor under investigation for sex trafficking Video included

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol is investigating a Spokane Valley massage parlor for sex trafficking and prostitution. According to court documents, several men contacted authorities about the parlor, Space Oil Massage, and told them that the women who worked there asked them in private to call 911 because they were being forced to perform sex acts against their will.

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Meals on Wheels needs fan donations for seniors Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Meals on Wheels Spokane normally gives out fans with their food to elderly families who desperately need it, but they have not been able to give out fans due to lack of donations. Mollie Dalpae, the executive director for Meals On Wheels Spokane, says they were able to give out fans earlier this summer but they’ve run out.

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Spokane Valley firefighters rescue man clinging to rock in Spokane River

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a report of a man yelling for help in the Spokane River near the Barker Road bridge Monday afternoon. The caller said the man said he was too tired to swim and was holding onto a rock. He was not wearing a life jacket. Firefighters found the man, who was clinging to the rock about 20 feet from the north bank of the river and about 100 yards west of the bridge. 

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Investigation into deadly plane crash near Deer Park continues Video included

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DEER PARK, Wash. - In a statement on its Facebook page Friday evening, Moody Aviation in Spokane confirmed that three people died in a plane crash near Deer Park Friday morning.

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Lincoln County deputies detain four suspects in Rattlesnake fire investigation

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says suspects have been detained for starting a large wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation, in the Hellgate Nature Preserve on Thursday. At last report, the Rattlesnake fire was 2,773 acres in size and 75 percent contained. About 275 firefighters are still battling the blaze Monday. ..

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Day care owner gets probation for trying to kill child

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault.

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No abnormalities found in cougar that killed 1, injured 1

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SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say an examination of the cougar believed to have killed one mountain biker and injured another near North Bend found no abnormalities that might have contributed to the animal's unusual behavior.    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildfire on Monday released the report done by Washington State University on the cougar's carcass.

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3 patients improve following deadly New Mexico bus crash

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BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - The conditions of three patients have been upgraded following a deadly crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a New Mexico highway early Sunday.    Twelve people remained hospitalized Tuesday, and officials at University of New Mexico Hospital say three of the four who were initially listed in critical condition have improved.

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US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Washington revealed Monday that they have arrested a 29-year-old woman and accused her of working as a covert Russian agent, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations through her gun-rights contacts. 

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Body of missing man found in Kootenai River

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BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - The Boundary County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that the body of 60-year-old Adrian Wages was found and recovered from the Kootenai River. Wages went missing when he was swept downstream on Sunday while fishing with a friend. The Boundary County Sheriff's Office, Boundary Search and Dive Rescue Team, Bonner County Sheriff's Office, Kootenai Tribe, family members and friends worked together to search for Wages.

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Man who was hitting woman dies after witnesses intervene

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Police say a man who was assaulting a woman in Yakima is dead after he was struck with a baton or baseball bat as witnesses intervened.    Authorities say the fight happened late Sunday night outside the Connections Transitional Apartments. Officers arrived to find a 57-year-old man who lived at the complex sitting outside with a head injury. He died at a hospital.

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Pug Life: New Jersey police department 'arrests' runaway dog

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CAPE MAY, N.J. - Photos posted by the Cape May Police Department on Facebook over the weekend are getting a lot of attention on social media.  The police department posted a mugshot of a suspect captured sneaking through yards in a neighborhood Sunday.

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Clearwater deputies investigating crash after road gave way

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CLEARWATER COUNTY, Idaho - A Clearwater County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle crash early Saturday morning on the Old Peck Grade.  Deputies report that 34-year-old Casey White, of Kuna, Idaho, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet pickup owned by his passenger, 35-year-old Kenneth Garland. White said the roadway gave way and the pickup rolled five or six times down an embankment.

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6-year-old Pullman boy dies after bike crash

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say a 6-year-old boy has passed away due to injuries suffered in a bicycle crash on Sunday.  Family says Denny Curran died a 6:30 a.m. Monday. He was hospitalized following a crash near Short Street and Parr Drive the day before. Pullman Police confirmed the boy passed away in a Facebook post.

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Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

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HELSINKI (AP) - Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit and seemed to accept Putin’s insistence that Russia’s hands were clean. Trump’s comments, at a joint news conference Monday after summit talks with Putin, drew heavy criticism back in the U.S., including from prominent Republicans.

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Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of immigrant families who were reunited after being separated by the Trump administration at the border.

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Amazon’s Prime Day runs into early snags

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NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon’s website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

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New Orleans zoo cites break in steel cable barrier in jaguar escape

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans say a break in a stainless-steel cable barrier may have provided enough space for a jaguar to escape its enclosure over the weekend.    The zoo said in a Monday news release that the barrier was on the roof of the enclosure from which Valerio, a 3-year-old jaguar, escaped Saturday. They say an investigation continues.

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Georgia mayor: Coin-flip arrest by officers 'inexcusable'

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ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia mayor says it was "inexcusable and unprofessional" for two of her city's police officers to use a simulated coin toss to decide whether to arrest a woman after a traffic stop.    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Roswell Mayor Lori Henry addressed the officers' behavior on her Facebook page Sunday, writing that she was "shocked and offended by their actions."

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Lava flies through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 13

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HONOLULU - Hawaii officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, injuring at least 13 people. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said one passenger broke a leg Monday and others have been burned. It says the full extent of injuries isn't yet known.

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US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

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WASHINGTON - The top U.S. intelligence official says assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election have been "clear" and describes the Kremlin's efforts to undermine the United States' democracy as "ongoing" and "pervasive." The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, followed comments earlier Monday from President Donald Trump at a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin

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Judge: Psychologists can visit man charged in mass stabbing

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BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho judge says psychologists can have jailhouse access to a man charged with murder and several other felonies in connection with a knife attack at a Boise apartment complex.  Timmy Kinner, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 3-year-old Ruya Kadir. He's also charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery in connection with the June 30 attack that injured eight others.    

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World's largest bounce house coming to Post Falls

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POST FALLS, Idaho - The world's largest bounce house is coming to Post Falls at the end of the month!  The Guinness World Records' title holder for the largest bounce house in the world will be making at stop at the Greyhound Park & Event Center July 27th-29th on The Big Bounce America tour.  The inflatable structure is 10,000 square feet and 32 feet tall. 

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Dad cleaning gun in Indiana fatally shoots 6-year-old girl in the head

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Indiana police say a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed when the handgun her father was cleaning accidentally fired in southern Indiana.    Indiana State Police say Makayla S. Bowling was pronounced dead at a hospital after the shooting in rural Salem Friday night.    Police say her father was cleaning the gun inside a home Friday night and thought the weapon was unloaded, but it discharged, striking the girl in the head.

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Bruce Willis: 'Die Hard is not a Christmas movie'

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LOS ANGELES - In less than two weeks, you can watch The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis. Usually, ahead of the air date of these things, we'll get little teasers and snippets of what happened, but this one is a bombshell.  For years, the debate on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie has raged on. If you ask me, I'm going to tell you that it's not only a Christmas movie, but the best Christmas movie ever. 

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Lose, your blues: Town tosses 'Footloose' anti-dancing law

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FORT SMITH, Ark. - Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes. Fort Smith city directors recently repealed a 1953 ordinance that essentially outlawed public dancing on Sundays. Locals who knew about it called it the "Footloose" ordinance, nicknamed for the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon about a town that banned dancing and rock music.

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New Jersey man, teenage boy indicted in child's shooting death

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A man and a teenager have been indicted on murder charges in a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy dead and his mother wounded.    Monmouth County prosecutors say 18-year-old Karon Council and 16-year-old Jah-Del Birch, both of Neptune Township, also face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the indictment handed up by a county grand jury. It was made public Monday.  

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Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along

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HELSINKI - Britain's prime minister has launched a strong attack on Russia even as President Donald Trump is sitting down with his Russian counterpart at the Helsinki summit. Theresa May told Parliament Monday that Russia's leadership is committed to trying to undermine Western values on a number of fronts.

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Pennsylvania mother accused of killing baby with drug-laced breast milk

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Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania mother killed her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk.    Samantha Jones was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her baby.    The Bucks County District Attorney's office says an autopsy found the baby died from a combination of methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine.

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7-year-old survives dad's drunk crash, killed by another car in Detroit

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Police say a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed as she tried to get help after her father drunkenly crashed into an abandoned vehicle on an interstate in suburban Detroit.    State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw says the girl sent text messages to police about her father's crash before she was struck on I-94 near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus early Sunday. She died instantly.

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Group armed with baseball bats beats up Rhode Island man, steals his car

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Police say a Rhode Island man was beaten up by a group of people armed with baseball bats, who then proceeded to steal his car.    The 26-year-old Providence man told police he was outside his home smoking early Monday when a group of seven to nine people came up and told him to hand over his car keys. The Providence Journal reports the victim refused and the group then attacked him with bats and their fists.    

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WATCH: Streaker gets tackled by fan at Seattle Mariners Vs. Colorado Rockies Game

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A fan in Colorado gets stopped in his tracks after streaking on the field during a major league baseball game.  It happening during Saturday night's Mariners and Rockies game in Denver, Colorado.  A man running away from security nearly escapes when he gets tackled by another fan as he runs up the stairs.  The man was then picked up off the ground and escorted out of the game.  As for the other fan, he continued to enjoy the rest of the baseball game.

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Ithaca firefighters rescue raccoon that got head stuck in mayo jar

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ITHACA, N.Y. - Firefighters in upstate New York helped out a presumably hungry raccoon that got its head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar.    The Ithaca Fire Department says the raccoon was spotted in a tree during its recent predicament. The Ithaca Journal reports both city firefighters and a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer got the animal down. 

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Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

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NEW YORK - Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. Prime Day starts Monday afternoon. 

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Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

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MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

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SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

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Spokane family keeps daughter's legacy alive with pet food donations Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  It's been four years since Rory Fees took her own life at just 14 years old, but her friends are continuing to live Rory's Way. “Her friends are still involved in my life, and it just shows that Rory really meant a lot to them and we all miss her," said Rory’s mother, Jennifer Fees

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Man killed by Chicago police ran away, reached for waist

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CHICAGO (AP) - A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, according to footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera.

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Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

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MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said. The blaze that broke out Friday scorched more than 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of dry brush along steep, remote hillsides on the park’s western edge.

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As temperatures rise, SCRAPS offers warning not to leave pets in cars Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters aren't the only ones keeping busy in the heat. SCRAPS  officers are also working hard in the high temperatures. "SCRAPS receives numerous calls per day regarding dogs and cats in hot cars," said SCRAPS Animal Protection Officer Justin Korpi. It may seem like common sense to keep your pet out of a hot car. Korpi says even leaving your pet in the car for a short period  while running errands can be dangerous. 

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Man nabbed in wife's chain saw attack was deported 11 times

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say a man accused of attacking his wife with a chain saw in front of their children at their Los Angeles-area home had been deported from the U.S. 11 times.    Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas is a "serial immigration violator."

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Arrest made in 1988 slaying of Indiana girl

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Police have arrested a man in the 1988 slaying of an 8-year-old Indiana girl.    Authorities say John Miller of Grabill agreed to speak with police Sunday in Fort Wayne and made incriminating statements about abducting, assaulting and killing April Tinsley. An affidavit released by the Allen County prosecutor says investigators have DNA evidence linking Miller to the girl.

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Oregon woman missing for a week found after driving off a cliff

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BIG SUR, Calif. - An Oregon woman is safe after she had been reported missing for a week. Police say 23-year-old Angela Hernandez, or Portland, was found late Friday in Monterey County, California. According to reports, she had been traveling from Oregon to California back on July 6. That's when she accidentally drove off a 200-foot cliff.

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Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight animals have now died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.    NOLA.com reports an alpaca and fox died Sunday, the day after the male jaguar killed four alpacas, one emu and one fox Saturday morning. The jaguar was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team.

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Spokane officers chase, arrest suspect who tossed stolen handgun

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police officers arrested a felon with a gun Friday night after what started out as a simple bike stop escalated to a foot chase and a K9 search. Two Spokane police officers were wrapping up a call Friday night when they spotted a man riding a bike down a dark alleyway.

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3 family members killed in southwest Washington crash

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KALAMA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in southwest Washington killed a child and two grandparents.    The Daily News reports that the crash happened Saturday afternoon when a northbound sport-utility vehicle struck a median near Kalama. The Washington State Patrol says it was driven by a woman transporting her parents and three children.

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CVS apologizes after managers call cops on black customer

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CHICAGO (AP) - CVS Health is apologizing after a black customer says white store managers in Chicago accused her of trying to use a phony coupon.    Camilla Hudson posted cellphone video of one of the managers appearing nervous. Morry Matson's left hand shakes as he calls police around 11:30 p.m. Friday....

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Trump arrives in Finland for closely watched Putin summit

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HELSINKI (AP) - President Donald Trump arrived in Finland on Sunday for a closely watched one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, hours after telling an interviewer that he was going into the meeting on Monday with “low expectations.”

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Man wounded in deputy-involved shooting in Everett

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a domestic violence suspect was shot in the leg during a confrontation with deputies in Everett.    The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team says the shooting occurred Saturday night after a woman reported that her 67-year-old husband was beating her and threatening her with a weapon.

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Police: 6-month-old girl found unresponsive in car dies

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MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 6-month-old girl found unresponsive in a car at a park in Ohio and has died.    Medina police say the baby was found unresponsive shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday in a car at Ray Mellert Park in the city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cleveland. Medina police said that the girl was transported to a hospital, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

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Suspect in shooting of three Kansas City police officers has been killed

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The Kansas City Star reports that police have killed the suspect in the shooting of three officers.    The newspaper reports that the suspect came out of a home where he had barricaded himself inside Sunday afternoon and exchanged gunfire with police, who killed him.    Police say the suspect shot two officers earlier Sunday while they were working...

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Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

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SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

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Pullman police search for witness to serious bicycle collision

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman police are searching for a person who may have seen a serious injury crash Sunday morning.  Police say the crash involved a bicycle and it happened near Fire Station 1 on S. Grand Ave. and Center Street. Police say the cyclist had to be taken by Life Flight helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for treatment.

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Whitman County deputies track down truck stolen from Colfax airport

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COLFAX, Wash. - Whitman County deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from the Colfax Airport late Saturday night. The witness on the scene told deputies that a coworker had taken the 2000 Ford F-250 without permission and was possibly headed to Soap Lake or Spokane. Colfax Police and sheriff's deputies tried to find the vehicle in the Colfax area but were unsuccessful.

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Coast Guard rescues injured hiker from Mount Saint Helens

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SEATTLE - A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a 32-year-old woman on Mount Saint Helens who had been injured while hiking on Saturday afternoon. The woman was airlifted to Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland, where she is being treated for lacerations and a possible broken hip. The Skamania County Sheriff's Office contacted the Coast Guard for help rescuing the woman around 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Rattlesnake fire burning near Lake Roosevelt now 2,600 acres; 40 percent contained

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KELLER, Wash. - Fire officials say the Rattlesnake fire, burning on the Colville Indian Reservation, grew substantially overnight Saturday due to a shift in winds. The fire has now burned 2,600 acres. Firefighters had to deal with a shift in winds and low humidity. Dozer lines were compromised by fallen trees, but lines were completed on the east flank of the fire to the Columbia River.

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after hitting deer in road south of Ritzville

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RITZVILLE, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports a man is in the hospital after hitting a deer in the road on Highway 395 late Saturday night.  Investigators say 57-year-old Randy L. Lawson was driving a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on 395 just after 11 p.m. when he struck a deer near milepost 91.  Lawson was injured and airlifted by Life Flight helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

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Two arrested for stealing fire truck, leading police on chase

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two people are in custody after leading police in California on a chase in a stolen firetruck that spanned several counties. The truck was stolen in Rio Linda and ended near Oroville, nearly 100 miles away. Several agencies pursued the truck, valued at $1 million, as the driver traveled across four counties and swerved into oncoming traffic.

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Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

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MOSCOW (AP) - Russian protest group and Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final.    The punk band says in a statement posted on their Twitter feed Sunday that the disruption was a protest.

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France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

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MOSCOW (AP) - France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for .    Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe scored his fourth goal of the tournament for France and the team's fourth in the 65th minute, about 12 minutes after play resumed at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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Police: Florida man was plotting to 'burn' Jewish neighbors

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a Florida man who was facing eviction was planning to set his building on fire and "burn" Jews.    Miami Beach police said Friday that 72-year-old Walter Edward Stolper is charged with attempted murder after detectives found 28 containers with gasoline and explosive materials inside his storage unit.

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3 dead, 22 hurt in New Mexico highway crash

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BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) -Authorities say a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on a highway in New Mexico has killed three people and injured 22 others.    Sandoval County Fire Chief James Maxon confirmed the deaths to the Albuquerque Journal . He says the crash occurred early Sunday on Interstate 25 just north of Bernalillo, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Albuquerque.

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Russian meddling in US midterms? More fear than proof so far

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - The sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland’s election services. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools.

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What Trump and Putin hope to achieve at Helsinki summit

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HELSINKI (AP) - The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and Russia’s steely-eyed longtime leader is anybody’s guess. With no set agenda, the summit could veer between spectacle and substance.

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Evacuations lifted for wildfire burning near Soap Lake

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SOAP LAKE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office says evacuations have been lifted for the Mile Marker 81 fire. The Sheriff's Office says conditions are better as crews work to contain the fire. One pump house was lost, but the Sheriff's Office says lots of homes were saved near Lake Lenore. 

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Post Falls man in critical condition after falling off inner tube on Spokane River

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POST FALLS, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says a 40-year-old Post Falls man is in critical condition after falling off his inner tube on the Spokane River Saturday evening.  Deputies responded to the Corbin Park area for a report of a possible drowning at around 6:00 p.m. Witnesses say the man had fallen off his inner tube and not resurfaced.  

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Water rescue training leads to actual water rescue

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Spokane Valley, Wash. An interview about water rescue training on Saturday afternoon turned into an actual water rescue. This is why Spokane Valley Fire Rescue crews train every single Saturday for water rescues. This woman is the person we rescued earlier today when we approached her in the knee-deep water she wasn't wearing her life jacket; the life jacket had been strapped on the back of her kayak. Spokane Valley Firefighter Rick Freier says it...

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Driver following too close causes 4-car crash on I-90

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LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol has identified those involved in a four-vehicle crash on I-90 Saturday afternoon. Troopers say a driver was following too close and rear-ended one car, which caused a chain reaction collision. One driver was injured and taken to Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.

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Fire crews continue to fight Rattlesnake fire southeast of Keller

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KELLER, Wash. - Crews continue to battle a large wildfire burning within the Hellgate Game Preserve in the Colville Reservation. The Rattlesnake fire, located about 45 miles southeast of Keller, Washington, started on Thursday. Since then, it has burned about 856 acres. Firefighters had to deal with extremely steep and rocky slopes, dead trees from the previous Rattlesnake Canyon fires, and rattlesnakes.

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Crews control 10-acre brush fire near Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews worked Saturday to contain a brush fire near the Arbor Crest winery in Spokane. Firefighters were called 5225 N. Fruit Hill Road for a brush fire around 12:30 p.m. The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm brush fire when crews learned that a home was threatened by flames.

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Idaho man dies in Highway 95 crash near Silverwood Theme Park

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ATHOL, Idaho - Idaho State Police say a man has died after a crash near Silverwood Theme Park Saturday morning. Investigators say at about 6:30 a.m., Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a blue 1997 Toyota Camry driven by 49-year-old Howard R Brammer. Brammer took the northbound Highway 95 exit 446 exit at a high rate a speed, lost control of the car and was ejected in the crash.

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Firefighter killed fighting blaze near Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says a firefighter has been killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.    Officials say Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was killed Saturday morning while battling the Ferguson Fire.    No other details about his death were released.

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Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six animals.    The male jaguar escaped around 7:20 a.m. Saturday and was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team nearly an hour later, after it had mauled four alpacas, one emu and one fox.    No people were hurt.

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Thai soccer players crave food, wait to go home next week

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CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) - The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are recovering well and are eager to eat their favorite comfort foods after their expected discharge from a hospital next week.

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Border measures part of Trump’s bigger immigration crackdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it only tells a small part of the story surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration policy. In reality, the government is working to harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so.

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Nuclear arms race is an expected topic for Trump-Putin talks

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump seems of two minds on nuclear weapons.    He muses about eliminating them. But he's also called for a U.S. buildup and bragged about his nuclear "button."

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Moscow police ask for help identifying sex assault suspect

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MOSCOW, Idaho - Moscow Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in an ongoing sex assault case. Police released a sketch of a person of interest in the case on Friday. The sketch was created by the police department using information from people involved in the investigation. Anyone who recognizes the man in the sketch is asked to contact Detective Dan Vargas at the Moscow Police Department.

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Kamiah man charged in death of Washington woman

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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A north Idaho man police say fatally stabbed a Washington woman for $800 has been charged with first-degree murder.    The Lewiston Tribune reports that 24-year-old Cole J. Marcell of Kamiah was charged Friday in 2nd District Court. Bail was set at $1 million.    The body of 32-year-old Sarah N. Warden of Clarkston, Washington, was found July 7 at Mud Springs Pond near Winchester in Idaho.

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Kavanaugh to address his past work involving Clinton, Bush

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Before his Senate confirmation hearing, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court will need to provide information about his past experience investigating President Bill Clinton and working for President George W. Bush.    Requests for that information are included in questionnaires sent to Brett Kavanaugh by the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, who will lead the confirmation hearing.

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2-year sentence for woman who faked cancer to raise $51,000

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison.    The Journal News reports Vedoutie Hoobraj apologized to the community and to cancer patients on Friday at her sentencing for wire fraud in federal court in White Plains.

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Franklin County sues national drug makers over opioid crisis

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Franklin County has joined a list of government agencies throughout the country filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating what they describe as "the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history."    The Tri-City Herald reports a lawsuit filed this week in federal court names Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and other companies as defendants.

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2 dead following collision with pickup driver fleeing police

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NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Idaho say two occupants of a passenger car died after a person in a pickup fleeing from police crashed into them.    Idaho State Police say the crash happened at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday in Nampa.

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One person arrested after armed robbery, standoff in north Spokane Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - One person has been arrested following a reported armed robbery and standoff in north Spokane Friday. The victim told police they had been held up at gunpoint and robbed. The suspects took off in a car and a description was provided to officers. A short distance away, officers saw the vehicle pull up to a house in the 600 block of E. Bridgeport. The people inside the car went inside.

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Man charged in fatal hit-and-run of Port Orchard woman

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BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A 49-year-old Bremerton man has been charged with fatally hitting a Port Orchard woman in 2015, and then leaving the scene.    The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said Friday that they took a man into custody on Thursday in the hit-and-run death of Chris Lukkasson.

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McDonald's removing salads from 3,000 stores after illness

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CHICAGO (AP) - McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness.    The Chicago-based fast-food chain said Friday it's acting "out of an abundance of caution" until switching to another supplier.

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Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th

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Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th.

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Indictment ties Russian government to election hacking

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Terminally ill 5-year-old writes own obituary, signs off with 'See ya later, suckas'

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A unique memorial service set for 5-year-old Garrett Matthias of central Iowa is matched only by the one-of-a-kind obituary the preschooler had a hand in authoring and that is now garnering national attention. Garrett, of Van Meter, Iowa, died July 6 of a rare cancer that attacked his temporal bone and cranial nerve.

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Arizona man arrested after trying to pull over troopers

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway.

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Video shows cops using coin flip to decide whether to arrest

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ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Heads, you're under arrest. Tails, you're free to go.    Body camera video shows Georgia police officers laughing as they use a coin-flip app to decide whether to detain a woman during a traffic stop in April.

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Spokane Valley firefighters urge caution during hot, dry weekend Video included

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Every summer, it's something that the Inland Northwest almost becomes accustomed to: wildfire. "When we figure it out, we want to prevent them from happening again," Rick Freier said. Spokane Valley firefighter Rick Freier has worked as a fire investigator for years. Finding the origin of the fire is similar to finding a needle in a hay stack.

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Crews work to extinguish small brush fire on Liberty Ave Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews responded to a small brush fire in the 1800 block of W. Liberty Ave. Friday evening.  The fire started around 5 p.m. and firefighters rushed to the scene. Heat and wind made for difficult conditions for crews on the scene. The fire was burning close to homes in the neighborhood three homes had to be evacuated while firefighters worked.

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Disabled Spokane man mocked by Southwest Airlines employee on video Video included

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Spokane, Wash. 33-year-old Curtis Bonds was diagnosed with autism at the age of four and has recently started to become more independent. Bonds flew down to Los Angeles on Southwest Airlines for the Anime Expo. He was helping vendors set up for the event and says southwest airlines has been very accommodating to him in the past “I have been able to go up to the boarding attendant and say I have a disability I have a hard time standing in places for a long time and...

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Florida beach closed after 2 shark bites in 5 minutes

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Florida beach has been closed following two apparent shark bites just five minutes apart.    The Florida Times-Union reports that Fernandina Beach, just northeast of Jacksonville, was closed to swimmers Friday afternoon.    Fernandina Beach Fire Chief Ty Silcox says a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were bitten on the feet. Neither victim got a clear look at what bit them.

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  • Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Ryegrass Coulee fire near Vantage now fully contained

    Thursday, July 12 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-12 17:48:43 GMT

    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

    VANTAGE, Wash. - Firefighters say the Ryegrass Coulee fire burning near Vantage is now 100 percent contained, days after the blaze first broke out late Monday night. The fire burned a total of 1,612 acres. It destroyed one outbuilding and damaged a barn, but no homes were lost. All evacuation orders for the town of Vantage were lifted around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

  • It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    It's 7-11! It's FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-07-11 12:31:45 GMT

    Hey! It's gonna be hot today! Leslie Lowe thinks it'll be about 83 degrees today. Couldn't you use a nice treat to cool yourself down? 7-Eleven has you covered today! For years, the convenience store chain has been giving away free Slurpees on July 11th, because you know... 7-11!  All you have to do is visit a participating 7-Eleven between 11am and 7pm (see what they did there?), and you can help yourself to a free small Slurpee!

    Hey! It's gonna be hot today! Leslie Lowe thinks it'll be about 83 degrees today. Couldn't you use a nice treat to cool yourself down? 7-Eleven has you covered today! For years, the convenience store chain has been giving away free Slurpees on July 11th, because you know... 7-11!  All you have to do is visit a participating 7-Eleven between 11am and 7pm (see what they did there?), and you can help yourself to a free small Slurpee! 

  • Police, protesters gear up for Trump's visit to Great Falls

    Police, protesters gear up for Trump's visit to Great Falls

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:46:51 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Police and protesters are gearing up for President Donald Trump's visit to Great Falls on Thursday.    Workers were setting concrete barriers outside the ExpoPark, one of the visible signs of the security measures being put in place for the rally.    Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says ExpoPark gates will open Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Police and protesters are gearing up for President Donald Trump's visit to Great Falls on Thursday.    Workers were setting concrete barriers outside the ExpoPark, one of the visible signs of the security measures being put in place for the rally.    Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says ExpoPark gates will open Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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  • San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless

    San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:03:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a man stands outside his tent on Division Street in San Francisco. San Francisco voters will decide in November 2018 whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing...(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a man stands outside his tent on Division Street in San Francisco. San Francisco voters will decide in November 2018 whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing...
    San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services in a city struggling with income inequality.
    San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services in a city struggling with income inequality.
  • AP Exclusive: Survivor says officials responsible for riot

    AP Exclusive: Survivor says officials responsible for riot

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:02:59 GMT
    (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP, File). FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, Del., remains on lockdown following a disturbance. A building at Delaware's maximum-security prison that...(Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP, File). FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, Del., remains on lockdown following a disturbance. A building at Delaware's maximum-security prison that...
    A state corrections counselor who was taken hostage during a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison says prison officials are to blame.
    A state corrections counselor who was taken hostage during a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison says prison officials are to blame.
  • Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

    Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:02:56 GMT
    Hawaii officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, injuring at least 13 people.
    Hawaii officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, injuring at least 13 people.

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