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Spokane City Council To Consider Renewable Electricity Ordinance

On Monday, the Spokane City Council will take up an issue inspired by climate change. The council will hold a hearing and perhaps vote on a proposal to create a Sustainability Action Commission. Its job would be to review and update the city’s Sustainability Action Plan, approved in 2010. That included a provision to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Last year, the city council put into law those emissions goals.

This new version would push the city farther.

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The World Health Organization said Friday that security concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu region were preventing aid workers from reaching certain areas — and leaving open the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading.

At least 1,500 people could be exposed to the virus, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva, according to Reuters.

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Sarah Hirshland will take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee starting Aug. 20. Her predecessor, Scott Blackmun, resigned earlier this year in part because of several sexual abuse scandals that have plagued Olympic sports, particularly in gymnastics.

Former Trump White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman released excerpts of a recording Thursday she said corroborated her claim of being offered a job paying $15,000 a month in exchange for staying quiet about her time in the administration.

Excerpts of a secret phone recording between Manigault Newman and President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump aired on MSNBC Thursday.

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

When the seminal martial arts film Enter the Dragon premiered in August 1973 — 45 years ago this weekend — it was exactly what Bruce Lee had been waiting for: A starring role in a Hollywood production.

Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mhmm'

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Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?

Give up? Mhmm.

You got it! Mhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the transatlantic slave trade.

Once upon a time, English speakers didn't say "mhmm." But Africans did, according to Robert Thompson, an art history professor at Yale University who studies Africa's influence on the Americas.

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