FOOD: Bow down before the cookie king. Local chef Ricky Webster was named Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Champion after winning in an episode of the Christmas Cookie Challenge.
NATION: A new study says that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. dropped by about 1.5 million between 2007 and 2016.
NATURE: The Inlander’s own Birdman, staff writer Wilson Criscione, got some pretty sweet shots of the eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene. Hundreds of bald eagles are in the area, and the Bureau of Land Management is holding an eagle viewing event next month, too.
The Trump-GM hoopla
General Motors announced on Monday that it would be shutting down production at five facilities in North America. President Trump shot back on Tuesday, threatening to cut off the company’s federal subsidies. The closures would have a major effect on workers in the politically crucial areas in the Midwest. (Washington Post)
Nancy rallies the troops
California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi garnered some much-needed support from freshman Democrats on the eve of the House speaker nomination. (Washington Post)
Student sues DeVos
A former student from Seattle is suing the Department of Education over student debt incurred at the now-defunct Court Reporting Institute. (Seattle Times)
Not pulling your leg, shooting it
A man was arrested for shooting another man in the leg in an attempt to teach him a lesson. (Spokesman-Review)
Ignore at your own peril
The Spokesman's Shawn Vestal explains a few of the ways the Inland Northwest is changing (seemingly for the worse) under Chapter 24 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.