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  • Incredible 'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals. WBTV reports someone decorated the "Cone Weed" with tinsel and ornaments last week. The weed has been growing unencumbered across from the Huntersville Fire Station for a year and has amassed a cult following.

  • Trump calls Democrats 'obstructionists' on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it. In a pre-dawn tweet Friday, Trump says: "If Democrats were not such obstructionists and understood the power of lower taxes, we would be able to get many of their ideas into Bill." In another post to his Twitter account, the president lauded "Great numbers on Stocks and the Economy."

  • Woman with crude anti-Trump truck decal released from jail

    HOUSTON - The driver of a pickup displaying a profane message to President Donald Trump and his supporters has posted bond after being arrested near Houston on an outstanding warrant. Forty-six-year-old Karen Fonseca left the Fort Bend County jail late Thursday after being arrested earlier in the day on a fraud charge. 

  • Woman beaten to death while house sitting with her 5-year-old son

    WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say they have made an arrest in the slaying of a New Jersey woman who was beaten to death while house-sitting. Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton says additional details will be announced at a news conference Friday afternoon. Twenty-six-year-old Shawneeq Carter was found dead inside the Woodbury home of an acquaintance on Sept. 23.

  • BODY CAM VIDEO: Undercover cops disguised as drug buyers accidentally bust undercover cops disguised as drug dealers

    KHQ.COM - A very embarrassing moment for the Detroit Police Department occurred when undercover police officers from two different districts, 11 and 12, accidentally raided each other in a drug bust. Neither district knew the other was performing an undercover operation on a suspected drug house and so undercover officers disguised as drug buyers accidentally raided some undercover officers disguised as drug dealers.

  • US probes effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall

    DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver's air bag from inflating in a crash.   The government probe covers nearly 416,000 vehicles including the 2010 to 2014 CC and Passat, the 2010 to 2013 Eos, the 2011 to 2014 Golf, GTI, Jetta and Tiguan, and the 2012 to 2014 Jetta Sportwagen.

  • Sylvester Stallone accused of sexually assaulting a teen in the 80s

    KHQ.COM - A police report obtained by The Daily Mail shows that  Sylvester Stallone was accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a sex act with him and his bodyguard at a Las Vegas hotel in 1986. Stallone has denied the allegations, saying "it never happened." According to the police report, the "girl claimed star made her give him and his bodyguard oral sex and threatened they would 'beat her head in' if she ever told."

  • City of Spokane says they support local nonprofit Blessings Under the Bridge

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Every Wednesday night for the last 10 years, Blessings Under the Bridge has fed and clothed the homeless under the freeway here in downtown Spokane Executive Director Jessica Kovac tells KHQ that since they were forced to move locations by the city earlier this year, they've seen a significant drop in their funding and volunteers.   She says the problems they're having come from their issues with the city.  The city, however, says they spent m...

  • Mad Minute stories from Thursday, November 16th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Thursday, November 16th.

  • How the Republican tax reform bill could hurt Spokane’s development

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal Thursday night, just hours after the House of Representatives passed the bill. The bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, cuts taxes for corporations and individuals, and decreases the number of tax brackets. “We can grow our economy and create thousands of jobs with the #TaxCutsandJobsAct,” Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers wrote on Twitter. “This...
  • VIDEO: City of Spokane creates time lapse to demonstrate Riverfront Park construction progress

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What does 9 months of construction at Riverfront Park look like?  The City of Spokane created a time lapse to capture all of the progress made on their redevelopment plan.  You can watch the video here: 9 Months of Riverfront Park Construction

  • Local dancers headed to Macy's Day Parade

    POST FALLS, Idaho - In a quiet Post Falls neighborhood, variety comes in the form of a “red hot” spice of life and excitement begins to mount as the Red Hot Mamas step closer to New York City. “We're bringing our own miracle to 34th Street,” Mikki Stevens, the president of the Red Hot Mama’s said. The Mama’s were invited for the second time in three years to march during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The group formed 25 years 

  • Trump to host NCAA champions at White House Friday

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is set to host collegiate sports championship teams at the White House Friday. The White House says NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion, but has not provided a list of the teams attending. Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House in June. The University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a d...

  • Spokane city councilwoman speaks out against sexual harassment

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane city councilwoman is sharing her story too as more allegations against different men continue to come out. Kate Burke was elected to city council for her first term. She shared her story about sexual harassment too. Since Burke shared her story, she says she’s received messages from other women, reaching out. “I want women to know that I'm an ally I'm here to chat. I'm here to listen,” she says. “There are allies in 

  • City of Spokane doubles equipment to help fill potholes

    SPOKANE, Wash.-No matter where I go, there's always potholes: that's what some people in Spokane are saying, already frustrated by city streets. However, the city says this year, they are taking a different approach that could be a better solution. The roads are rougher in certain areas but the city has double the equipment now to try and fill the potholes. They have two trucks with two added pothole trailers. 

  • University of Montana has $600K hole in athletic scholarships

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Athletics Department at the University of Montana is short $600,000 in scholarship money for the 2019 fiscal year. But Associate Athletics Director Ryan Martin says the university will find the money.    Martin tells the Missoulian that the shortfall is due to increases in campus costs of about 20 percent along with the relatively newer scholarships for softball.    In the past six years, he said costs have risen in 

  • Prolific mail thieves caught prowling in Moses Lake

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Friday morning shortly before 1 am, Moses Lake Police Officers were dispatched to 2100 block of Peninsula for a report of women stealing mail. Officers responded, and quickly located two female suspects in the area driving a car that matched the description given by the caller. When stopped, the passenger in the car began stuffing mail under her car seat. The two women, 29-year-old Jessica Steele, and 21-year-old 

  • Suspect dances for Texas officers before police dog ends jig

    Suspect dances for Texas officers before police dog ends jig

    HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) - A man who led police on a nearly 20-mile chase through Houston was taken into custody only after dancing for a time once he stepped out of his car. The unidentified suspect came to a stop early Thursday before striking spike strips police had laid across Interstate 45. He eventually complied with police orders to step out of his car but rather than lay on the ground, the man began a dance with arms above his head. The episode concluded when a police do...

  • VIDEO: City of Lewiston crews discover, repair collapsed pipe under Bryden Canyon Road

    LEWISTON, Idaho - A City crew was inspecting the stormwater pipe (CMP) under Bryden Canyon Road this month when they discovered that it had fully collapsed. This 19-year-old pipe was repaired immediately to make sure it did not create a sinkhole or other safety hazards on Bryden Canyon Road. “There are over 24 miles of CMP pipe under our city streets providing stormwater drainage,” Engineering Project Supervisor Joe Kaufman said. 

  • Demetris Payne

    Louisiana mom punishes son for being suspended from school by making him do yard work for free

    SHREVEPORT, La. - A Louisiana mother is getting national attention after she posted a work ad on behalf of her son, offering free yard work as punishment for a three-day suspension from school. Demetris Payne posted the ad last Friday on the Facebook Marketplace, writing "He will do your lawn service, he will rake your yard, mow if supply mower, pick up trash, or wash your car for free. Maximum 3 hr." Demetris Payne Comments on the 

  • Spokane pet store seeks information after thieves steal a puppy

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane pet store is hoping that you know something about two people who stole a min-pin/Jack Russell terrier mix puppy Wednesday afternoon. Northwest Seed and Pet posted surveillance video on their Facebook page that showed a woman in their North Division store walking away from the area where the puppies were kept, looking like she was putting the dog in her purse. As she walked, the video showed something fall out. Employees say it was a dog toy...

  • Keystone Pipeline leaks estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

    AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on a pipeline leak in South Dakota (all times local):  5:10 p.m. The Sierra Club is urging Nebraska regulators to reject the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline after TransCanada Corp.'s existing Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.  Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director Kelly Martin said Thursday that the only way to protect Nebraska communities is to "to say no to Keystone X...

  • Former Democratic Congressman, Brian Baird, left, and former Republican State Representative Chris Vance speak at a news conference Thursday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Republican, Democrat launch centrist group in Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) - The politically traumatized or in denial voter is being courted by a new movement that will support independent, centrist-minded candidates for elected office in Washington state. That includes Republicans who have denounced President Donald Trump and his brand of conservatism, as well as Democrats tired of obeying their embattled leadership. A former Democratic congressman and a former head of the state GOP have launched the Washington Independents as...

  • Major Crimes Detectives need your help finding man who robbed Harry's Food Mart at gunpoint

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying and tracking down a man who they say ran into Harry's Food mart Exxon Monday evening and robbed the stores at gunpoint.  Spokane County Sheriff's Office says suspect ran into the store, pointed a gun at the clerk, demanded money, and then ran out and drove north on Dishman Mica in a gray/silver passenger car.  The suspect is 

  • Human remains found in burned home of Idaho suspect

    Billings police investigating after body found covered with blanket

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Billings have launched a homicide investigation after two people out for a walk spotted a man's body near what appeared to be an abandoned transient camp on the west side of the city.    Lt. Neil Lawrence says the man's body was found Wednesday evening near a dirt road along an irrigation canal. Officers say the body was found in an area with downed trees and debris and was covered with a carpet or blanket. Police secured the scene ...

  • FBI offering $5K reward for info on crop duster shooting

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for leads on who was responsible for shooting a crop dusting plane in southwestern Montana. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Thursday that a crop dusting plane owned by Headwater Flying Service was shot at twice on July 18 near Belgrade while the pilot was applying fungicide to wheat crop. The shots came from the ground. Officials say one bullet hit the plane 18 inches (457 millimeters) from th...

  • Search on for elk hunter missing in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

    STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - Teams are searching by foot and by snowmobile for a 37-year-old elk hunter reported overdue in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says the hunter, Joel Presler, of Vancouver, last had contact with his family on Saturday.    Authorities found his pickup truck on Wednesday on a Forest Service road in the Forlorn Lakes area. There's about 2 feet of snow there, and there 

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    Firefighters rescue New Jersey woman stuck inside septic tank for 3 hours

    MULLICA TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A woman found herself stuck underground for three hours after falling into a septic tank behind a home in Mullica Township, New Jersey. Firefighters were called in from 30 miles away to assist in the prolonged rescue. Crews used a ladder truck to lift her from the tank on a backboard. According to NBC Philadelphia, the 57-year-old woman fell about 10 feet into the sewage tank, and was injured in the fall. The 

  • Lake City High School student arrested after making threat toward another student

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police arrested a student near Lake City High School Thursday morning for making a verbal threat.  Principal Deanne Clifford told KHQ's Adam Meyer the student fled from school officials who were trying to detain him after he made verbal threats to another student. 

  • Alabama Republican Party says it stands by Moore

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Republican Party says it stands with GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, breaking ranks with national Republicans who have called for him to step out of the race amid sexual misconduct allegations.  Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Thursday that the party's 21-member steering committee "supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee."

  • Two Years Later: A look back at Windstorm 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday marks two years since a devastating windstorm blew through Spokane, knocking down trees and power poles, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. It was (really) cold and dark and crews worked tirelessly to restore power and normalcy. 

  • U.S. Marshals urging public to report imposter scams to FTC

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marshals want you to know of several nationwide imposter scams from people claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers or other law enforcement officials.  During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.

  • Radio anchor says Al Franken forcibly kissed her amid USO tour

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The USO says a claim that Democratic Sen. Al Franken sexually harassed a fellow performer during a 2006 tour hadn't been reported to the organization. The USO, or United Service Organization, has long organized entertainment tours to serve military members overseas. Before he was elected a senator from Minnesota

  • Do you recognize these fraud suspects?

    KHQ.COM - A man and a woman suspected of using forged checks at several locations are wanted by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. SCSO is asking that anyone to come forward who might have information on the identity of the two individuals. It is unknown if the pair know or are associated with each other as they have not been seen together, but are fraudulently using checks with the same account.

  • House passes sweeping GOP tax overhaul

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures. The House voted 227-205 along party lines to approve the bill, which would bring the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades. 

  • Family finds stranger in Uncle's casket

    A family wants answers after a mix-up at a Chattanooga funeral home. Wednesday, the family gathered to say their final goodbyes to a loved one only to find another man in his place. Benjamin Brown Jr. passed away last week from an illness. His nephews say that loss was difficult on its own, but a mistake by John P. Franklin Funeral Home made it harder for their family.

  • Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is lifting a federal ban the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a written notice on Thursday saying that allowing elephants in Zimbabwe to be killed will enhance the survival of the threatened species by raising money for conservation programs from the wealthy trophy hunters who pay to shoot them. 

  • Two Colorado doctors claim baby boy fatally overdosed on marijuana

    DENVER - Two doctors from Colorado claim that their patient, a baby boy, died of an overdose on marijuana. The case in question happened in 2015 the second year of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado. An 11-month-old boy came into the ER after a seizure, barely conscious.

  • Official: Manson is alive, can't comment on health

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says mass killer Charles Manson is alive Thursday.   Department press secretary Vicky Waters says in an email to The Associated Press that she is precluded by federal and state medical privacy laws from commenting on reports that the 83-year-old Manson has been hospitalized.

  • California school staff prevented "horrific bloodbath" by going on lockdown during shooting

    NBC NEWS - Staff at a Northern California school are being credited for their quick response to the sound of gunfire, which helped avoid a "horrific bloodbath" when a Tehama County man went on a shooting rampage on Tuesday, sheriff's officials said. Kevin Janson Neal was randomly picking targets and shooting out of a car, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said. In all, Neal shot 14 people, killing four, across seven crime scenes.

  • Spokane homeless charity could be on the verge of shutting down

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A local charity that's fed and served thousands of homeless people for years is suddenly facing the possibility of being forced to shut down. The charity says the last year has been challenging and the next few months will be crucial for their survival.  For the last 10 years, Blessings Under the Bridge has fed and even clothed the homeless in Spokane.

  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 15th

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 15th.

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    Pasco man dead after crashing pickup through brick wall, house

    Pasco Police say a 47-year-old man is dead after driving his pickup truck through a brick wall, and into a home.  The cause of the crash is unknown, but one possibility being investigated is that he may have suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel.  The only person home at the time was a 16-year-old, who was upstairs in an unaffected section of the home and was unhurt.  Officers say it appears that the man was driving his pickup northbound on Convention near th...
  • Who invented Game of Life? Court aims to find out

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Testimony is set to begin in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday in a lawsuit over one of the most popular board games of all time: The Game of Life. The widow of a toy inventor says her husband, Bill Markham, has been denied his legacy of creating the game, after another man, Reuben Klamer, took full credit for it. Lorraine Markham also says she was cut out of more than $2 million in royalties by Klamer and Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro. &nb...

  • Quake in South Korea left 1,500 homeless, dozens injured

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials said a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that was South Korea's second-strongest in decades damaged infrastructure, injured dozens of people and left about 1,500 homeless. No deaths have been reported since the quake rattled the southeastern coastal region around the port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon. 

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    The Latest: 6-year-old recalls hiding under desk in California shooting

    RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on deadly shootings in Northern California (all times local):    5:55 p.m.    Six-year-old Aileen Favela says she didn't know what was happening when a boy yelled at her to "get down."    She was in her classroom at Rancho Tehama Elementary School with about 15 first- and second-graders when shots came through the window Tuesday during a shooting rampage by 44-year-old Kevin Neal 

  • Neighbor concerned about homeless camp; City of Spokane responds

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane father says he’s worried about a homeless camp that continues to pop up in his neighborhood.  He says that the city has dealt with the issue each time, but this time, this father who doesn’t want to be identified says there is garbage, and the camp is stretched across the sidewalk. He also adds that he’s been finding needles around the area, which is a concern for him since there are kids nearby...

  • Dozens of used needles found in Palisades Park

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Dozens of used needles were found in Palisades Park in Spokane Wednesday morning. “I happened to see that alongside the road,” said Tim McGee who found the needles. “And it struck me a little funny and I took another look to see.” To McGee’s dismay, it was a pile of used syringes mixed with a couple bullet casings, coins, and other junk. “I’m just afraid somebody would stumble onto that and maybe not know what 

  • Spokane woman warns of scary scam call

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman reached out to KHQ saying she had just received the scariest phone call of her life. Turns out, the call was from scammers, but this was no ordinary scam. The woman says the scammers call started with a woman frantically crying, then they said they would kill the woman crying if they don't send money immediately. 

  • Sam Strahan's mom speaks after highway is named in his honor

    FREEMAN, Wash. -  A vote to rename a section of Highway 27 between milepost 69.8 and 82 after the student who was killed in the Freeman school shooting passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon. The vote comes after a petition to rename the section of highway after Strahan reached more than 7,000 signatures online.

  • Possible outage affecting AT&T customers, company says restart your phone

    AT&T Wireless customers appear to be experiencing an outage and as many customers across the country say they are unable to make or receive phone calls. The service provider says the issue should be resolved if users restart their devices.  If you've experienced an issue when making wireless calls, please restart your device - that should resolve the issue. — ATTCares (@ATTCares) November 15, 2017 While that solution appears to work for many, some say they a...
  • Spokane's new snow plan now in effect

    SPOKANE, Wash. - There may be no snow on the ground in the lower elevations, but the city of Spokane's new snow plan went into effect Wednesday. The big change is that, as of Wednesday, residents will be asked to park on the odd side of the street to help the plows come through when it snows. The parking change will run through the entire snow season until March 15th, 2018.

  • VIDEO: Spokane man saves deer stuck in fence

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man did his good deed for the day Wednesday morning when he came across a deer stuck in a fence and worked to free it. Daniel Leifer posted a video of his rescue mission on Facebook early Wednesday with the caption, "Helped a deer out this morning." In the video you can see Leifer approach the deer, whose leg was stuck in a chain link fence.

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  • Veteran's Meat Locker Helping Those Who Served

    Veteran's Meat Locker Helping Those Who Served

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:30 AM EST2017-11-17 05:30:32 GMT

    A Montana veteran and his wife have started an organization to help other veterans in the state. They are giving away free meat.

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    A Montana veteran and his wife have started an organization to help other veterans in the state. They are giving away free meat.

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  • U.S. Marshals urging public to report imposter scams to FTC

    U.S. Marshals urging public to report imposter scams to FTC

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:42 PM EST2017-11-16 20:42:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marshals want you to know of several nationwide imposter scams from people claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers or other law enforcement officials.  During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.

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    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marshals want you to know of several nationwide imposter scams from people claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers or other law enforcement officials.  During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses.

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  • Zinke says Democrats holding Interior nominees 'hostage'

    Zinke says Democrats holding Interior nominees 'hostage'

    Friday, November 10 2017 3:19 PM EST2017-11-10 20:19:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is complaining that Senate Democrats are holding the department's nominees "hostage" to a political agenda that includes opposition to his review of presidentially designated monuments. 

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    WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is complaining that Senate Democrats are holding the department's nominees "hostage" to a political agenda that includes opposition to his review of presidentially designated monuments. In a sharply worded letter to Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Zinke says it's unfortunate that Democrats have placed holds on four Interior nominees.

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