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National & World 2 NYC cops killed in ambush shooting (New) 2 NYC cops killed in ambush shooting
An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

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National & World (New) 2 NYC cops killed in ambush shooting
An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.
National & World Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?
Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years - repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps - the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

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National & World Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism
Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

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Sports Tiebreakers and scenarios take center stage Tiebreakers and scenarios take center stage
Already in are AFC division winners Denver (West), New England (East) and Indianapolis (South). Arizona owns at least a wild-card spot in the NFC and will take the West title by beating Seattle on Sunday.
Sports Seahawks sign Cliff Avril to 4-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks are continuing efforts to keep core players from reaching free agency, signing defensive end Cliff Avril to a four-year extension on Friday worth up to $28.5 million.

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Home Watch: Woodland HS student hits 2 half-court shots in same game Watch: Woodland HS student hits 2 half-court shots in same game (Video)
What a game for Woodland High School senior guard Ryan Sturdivan, who hit not one, but two half court shots in the same game at Kelso, according to the school's YouTube page.

The second one won the game at the buzzer, the school said. He finished with 24 points to lead all scorers.

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Technology Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage (New) Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
Consumer What you should know about pet insurance What you should know about pet insurance
It is amazing what veterinarians can do today these days – it's really people medicine for pets. And like people medicine, the price tag for some of these procedures can be staggering. Maybe you should consider pet insurance?
Consumer Why gift cards make bad gifts Why gift cards make bad gifts
If the thought of braving holiday crowds at the mall is driving you to go for gift cards, you’re not alone. Spending on gift cards is expected to hit a record high this year.

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Weather High confidence warm autumn to continue as a warm winter High confidence warm autumn to continue as a warm winter
SEATTLE -- As December attempts to set the record for warmest one in at least the 69 years at Sea-Tac and perhaps the warmest even counting the Federal Building back to 1890, the news as we turn the page to official winter is not good for skiers.

The 90-day long range seasonal models for January through March have come out from NOAA and the news is more of the same, if not even a little worse than before: A very high confidence that the winter season will end up warmer than normal in the Pacific Northwest.
Weather Family speaks of how surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes Family speaks of how surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes (Photo Gallery)
On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.

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Entertainment Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'
Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

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Technology Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping
Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.
Technology Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers
Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."
Technology BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort
BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

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Business Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
Business Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
Business U.S. agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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