MORNING BRIEFING: Terrorism precautions, Civic Building sale, unemployment and the rain

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HERE

Empire Health Foundation bought the Civic Building downtown, with plans to renovate all three floors. (S-R)

Craig Ehlo, the former WSU basketball star and NBA player, was arrested after setting a pile of clothes on fire during a domestic dispute. (KXLY)

Owners of a Coeur d’Alene motel say some tenants destroyed a two-story room after they were being evicted for not paying rent. (KREM)

The Festival at Sandpoint and First Friday will go despite the rain. (Inlander)

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell again ever-so-slightly in July, to 7.4 percent. (NYT)

Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Oscars. (USA Today)

Kids these days: In Pennsylvania, a 12-year-old robbed a lemonade stand with a BB gun. (Gawker)

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The State Department is reacting to a possible Al Qaeda-linked threat by issuing a global travel alert and is closing some U.S. embassies in the Middle East. (WaPo)

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