Spokane - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Spokane US nuclear site's collapsed tunnel may have gone unnoticed SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The large sinkhole that caved in a tunnel filled with radioactive waste at a sprawling Washington state nuclear waste repository may have gone unnoticed for days before its discovery because workers do not patrol tunnel sites daily, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. The sinkhole was found Tuesday, prompting... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:55:00Z Lawyers in torture case seek materials the CIA calls secret SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for two psychologists who developed harsh interrogation methods in the government's war on terror asked a judge Friday to allow them to interview two CIA officials and have access to documents the government claims are secret. But government lawyers told the federal judge in Spokane, Washington, that the officials and documents are ... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:08:00Z Nuke waste debate: Turn it into glass or encase in cement? SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Congress should consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to study encasing much of the nuclear waste at the nation's largest waste repository in a cement-like mixture instead of turning it into glass logs, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Doing so before burying the waste would be le... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:56:00Z Toxic mine pollution halted near scenic Washington lake SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington state's picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from the a mine, officials said this week. The payoff of the mine cleanup means that clean water now flows into a creek that feeds the lake, a prime... Tue, 02 May 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-05-02T18:50:00Z New charges filed against so-called 'Spokane spanker' SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — New charges have been filed against a man accused of slapping the backsides of women along a popular hiking trail that runs through the eastern Washington city of Spokane. KXLY-TV reports ( ) that 28-year-old Jonathan Smith now faces charges in Spokane County District Court and that they carry more serious penalties. ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:23:00 GMT 2017-04-30T22:23:00Z 1996 Washington school shooter apologizes in his 1st remarks SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The prisoner who as a teenager opened fire at his middle school in Washington state more than 20 years ago has spoken out for the first time, apologizing for killing a teacher and two fellow students. Barry Loukaitis' hand-written letter to the Grant County Superior Court was filed last week as part of a court-ordered resentencing in... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-04-14T22:11:00Z Much of Gonzaga's title game team coming back next season SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The greatest season so far in Gonzaga basketball history ended with the Bulldogs falling short of their goal but many of those players who slugged it out with North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game will be back for another try next season. The focus for now shifts to the loss to graduation of center Przemek Karnowski and gu... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-04-04T17:52:00Z Gonzaga's brand of winning leads university's broader growth GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In the summer of 1998, Gonzaga University was a small private college in Eastern Washington that barely made a blip on the public consciousness, even within its own region. To shake things up, administrators decided to change the school's visual identity. The school colors went from light blue and white to a deep navy. The odd-looking mascot — a bulldo... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:55:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:55:00Z Gonzaga? Tiny school with the funny name plays NC for title GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For those who follow college basketball, the idea that Gonzaga is playing North Carolina for the national title doesn't seem all that strange. For those who don't — or only get involved when it's time to fill out a bracket — it still might. Gonzaga? Really? That a Jesuit school with 7,800 students based in Spokane... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:53:00 GMT 2017-04-02T22:53:00Z Workers demolish site of nuclear mishap in Washington state SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished demolishing the site of a famous nuclear accident during the Cold War that exposed a man to the highest dose of radiation from the plutonium byproduct americium ever recorded, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday. The McCluskey Room was named for... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:12:00 GMT 2017-03-30T20:12:00Z Gonzaga's national title chance a breakthrough moment SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga had great players go through Spokane, great teams that won year after year, laying the foundation for the program's big breakthrough this season. Now the bar will be raised. No more questions about when the Zags will reach college basketball's final weekend. Their Final Four jinx over, a national champion... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-03-26T06:46:00Z Gonzaga and Xavier ready for Final Four breakthrough SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not like the question but answered it anyway. His Zags had just held off West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight and he was asked if he felt like the monkey was off his back. Few gave a long answer about no one believing there was a monkey there in the first place. Not him, his players, ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:43:00 GMT 2017-03-25T00:43:00Z Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a fraud. Rachel Dolezal said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since her background became public in media reports, and she is uncertain about her future. ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:51:00Z Zags won't put head in sand about possible conference shift SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gonzaga got the credit it deserved this year — in the form of a No. 1 seed — for making its schedule as challenging as it could. Maybe it shouldn't be so hard, though. Preparing for Saturday's second-round game in the West region against Northwestern, coach Mark Few says "we don't have our head in the sand" when it comes to the conference realignment th... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-03-17T23:14:00Z Mark Few's focus fuels Gonzaga's consistent success SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fly fishing is a puzzle, the solution ever-changing, even on the same stretch of water. Success requires reading the river, its riffles and seams, flows and clarity, temperature, locating lies of holding fish. Attracting a strike can take an entomologist's mind; deciphering the hatch and the weather, knowing insect... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:26:00 GMT 2017-03-03T21:26:00Z Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal gets new African name SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who resigned amid criticism that she was passing herself off as black, has changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo. Court documents show a judge granted her request on Oct. 7, 2016. Her new name has origins in Africa. The former Dolezal has a... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:59:00 GMT 2017-03-02T14:59:00Z Washington produces record harvest of wine grapes in 2016 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's booming wine industry produced a record harvest of wine grapes in 2016 after cooler weather lengthened the growing season, officials said Wednesday. Last year's harvest in Washington, the second-largest producer of premium wines in the U.S., tallied 270,000 tons, beating the state's previous record of 227,000 tons in 2014, according t... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-03-01T22:16:00Z Top 25 REWIND: Top-ranked Gonzaga to fall after loss to BYU SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga had an undefeated regular season in its sights, facing a 20-point underdog in the final game at The Kennel. Instead of racing toward history, the Zags fell flat, losing 79-71 to Brigham Young on Saturday night. The undefeated season is history. So is Gonzaga's No. 1 ranking, possibly its No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, too. ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:47:00 GMT 2017-02-26T20:47:00Z Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:37:00 GMT 2017-02-26T06:37:00Z Judge refuses to toss lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against two psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used on terror detainees, pushing them closer to a trial that is expected to include secret information. The American Civil Liberties Union sued James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen on behalf of three ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-01-28T01:01:00Z Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror want a lawsuit from three former detainees dismissed, but a federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to allow it to move to a trial that was expected to include classified information. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the psychologis... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:42:00 GMT 2017-01-19T23:42:00Z Ancient skeleton to return to Native Americans for reburial SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Ancient One is going home. One of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in North America will be given back to American Indian tribes in Washington state for reburial. President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday with a provision requiring the ancient bones known as Kennewick Man be returned to tribes wit... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:01:00 GMT 2016-12-19T22:01:00Z