Thursday, May 06, 2021


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Updated 1 day, 16 hours ago

Biden nominates Grant County judge to federal district court

EPHRATA — President Joe Biden recently announced three judicial nominees to serve at federal district courts, on...

Updated 16 hours, 5 minutes ago
Secretary of State announces candidate filing week

Those interested in running for public office can file from May 17 to 21 in their respective counties or other jurisdictions in which they seek election.

Updated 1 day, 16 hours ago
Candidates in Adams County encouraged to file online

RITZVILLE — People who want to file for offices up for election in Adams County are encouraged to file online, but can file in person at the Adams County elections office, 106 W. Main St., in downtown Ritzville.

Updated 2 days, 5 hours ago
Inslee: No new COVID-19 restrictions in Washington for now

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state's counties will remain in their current phase of the state's reopening plan, because new COVID-19 cases are ...

Updated 2 days, 5 hours ago
German far-right crime rises; police arrest alleged neo-Nazi

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police arrested a 53-year-old German man on suspicion of sending dozens of threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists that were signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group, a...

Updated 2 days, 5 hours ago
As pandemic ebbs, an old fear is new again: mass shootings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brianne Smith was overjoyed to get an e-mail telling her to schedule a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hours later, her relief was replaced by dread: a phone alert — another mass public...

Updated 2 days, 6 hours ago
Security fencing removed from Washington Capitol campus

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The security fencing around buildings on Washington state’s Capitol campus was removed Tuesday, four months after the barriers went up during national unrest tied to the presidential election.

Updated 2 days, 7 hours ago
AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough while he awaits potential placement to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told ...

Updated 2 days, 7 hours ago
US to reallocate COVID shots to states with greater interest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin shifting how it allocates COVID-19 shots to states, moving doses from states with lower demand to those with stronger interest in vaccines, an administration ...

Updated 2 days, 8 hours ago
House GOP leader amps up pressure on Cheney over Trump barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stepped up pressure on No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney on Tuesday, claiming rank-and-file concerns about “her ability to carry out her job” as she trades i...

Updated 2 days, 8 hours ago
House GOP leader cites rank-and-file concerns about Cheney

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy amplified the renewed pressure on No. 3 House Republican leader Liz Cheney on Tuesday, citing rank-and-file concerns about “her ability to carry out her job”...

Updated 2 days, 9 hours ago
Madrid election centers on virus response, rise of far right

MADRID (AP) — Madrid residents voted in droves Tuesday for a new regional assembly in an election that tests the depths of resistance to virus lockdown measures and the divide between left-wing and right-wing par...

Updated 2 days, 14 hours ago
Deaths at sea highlight failings in Europe migration policy

CAIRO (AP) — As the waves pounded the gray rubber boat carrying more than 100 Africans hoping to reach Europe from Libya, those aboard dialed the number for migrants in distress frantically. In the series of call...

Updated 2 days, 16 hours ago
Grant County awaits decision on possible rollback

EPHRATA — While increasing numbers statewide sign petitions to recall Gov. Jay Inslee, it appeared likely on Monday that Grant County will be moved back to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Updated 2 days, 16 hours ago
Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by U.S. officials to play ...