Friday, December 27, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: False positives, phone surveillance and never-before-seen Mt. St. Helens photos

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

HERE

An elderly driver crashed into a strip mall in North Spokane. (KHQ)

A Spokane woman is suing a plasma donation company for falsely telling her she tested positive for hepatitis and HIV. (AP via KREM)

Former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor Kenneth Stone got his job back after a wrongful termination suit was resolved last month. (Cda Press)

Valleyford History Museum — about the only thing left of Valleyford — is looking for a new home after losing space in a coffee shop. (S-R)

NEAR

Never-before-seen film from a photographer killed in the Mount St. Helens blast was found undeveloped in the archives of the Columbian in Vancouver. (Columbian)

A former DEA agent in Seattle is now an investor in marijuana-related startups. (Seattle Times)

Four couples challenging Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage in federal court want to block the state from intervening. (AP via Idaho Statesman)

THERE

A federal judge rules that NSA phone surveillance is totally fine. Because, you know, terrorists. (AP)

At least 29 people died when a bus in Thailand plunged off a high bridge. (BBC)

A blast in Beirut killed a former finance minister and ambassador, who’s been critical of the Assad regime in Syria, and five others. (NYT)

The European Union says a popular Danish pastry contains a dangerous amount of cinnamon, but Danish bakers are fighting back. (The Wire)

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