Second WA Senate debate remains unconfirmed; secretary of state debate canceled

<p><p>A second debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger, Tiffany Smiley, remains unconfirmed after Murray’s campaign did not commit by a Wednesday deadline, the Washington State Debate Coalition said Thursday.</p></p><p><p>And a debate between Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and his nonpartisan challenger, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, has been canceled…Continue Reading

Google unveils new phones and watch that undercut Apple on price

<p><p>Alphabet’s Google on Thursday said its new Pixel phones will deliver improved voice and camera features while bringing back facial recognition for unlocking the device as it seeks to better compete with Apple and Samsung.</p></p><p><p>The company’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro devices offer more affordable prices than the dominant duo of the mobile market, coming…Continue Reading

Gonzaga picked to win 11th consecutive WCC title; Drew Timme, Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton on preseason All-WCC team

<p><p>LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga is right back where it always seems to be in the West Coast Conference preseason poll.</p></p><p><p>The Zags are heavy favorites to win their 11<sup>th</sup> consecutive conference title after collecting all nine possible first-place votes and 81 points. Saint Mary’s was next with one first-place vote from Gonzaga coach Mark Few – coaches…Continue Reading

Amazon plans to hire 150,000 workers for holiday season

<p><p>Amazon.com plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, about the same as last year despite slowing sales and predictions of a lackluster holiday shopping season.</p></p><p><p>The world’s largest online retailer typically hires legions of temporary workers this time of year to help store, pack and ship items from its warehouses. Employees can earn more than $19 an…Continue Reading

Mass shooting in Thailand leaves 38 dead, mostly children

<p><p>A mass shooting that began with a daycare center in northeastern Thailand left 38 people dead, the majority of them children, according to officials.</p></p><p><p>A 34-year-old former cop used an automatic weapon to fire at the center located in Nong Bua Lamphu province near Thailand’s border with Laos on Thursday afternoon, killing 24 children, Jackrapat Wijitwaitaya,…Continue Reading

U.S. jobless claims rise by more than forecast to 219,000

<p><p>Applications for U.S. unemployment insurance rose more than expected last week, though remained historically low, in the latest sign that labor demand may be beginning to moderate.</p></p><p><p>Initial unemployment claims increased by 29,000 to 219,000 in the week ended Oct. 1, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called…Continue Reading

Incumbent Kuney faces newcomer Noble in race among Republicans for Spokane County Commission District 4

<p><p>Two Republicans are vying to represent Spokane County Commission District 4 in this November’s election, but the candidates are dramatically different even though they both belong to the Grand Old Party. </p></p><p><p>Incumbent Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney, 57, is an experienced politician who spent more than a decade as a state and county auditor. Challenger…Continue Reading