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Local Oregon gunman killed himself after police shot him
The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon college last week killed himself in front of students after two police officers wounded him in a shootout, authorities said Wednesday.
Local Seattle cop fired for obstructing investigation
A 31-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department was fired in August after making a series of misleading and false statements about an equipment bag he reported stolen.
Local Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings
The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.



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YouNews Aurora Oct 3-4 Aurora Oct 3-4
Aurora and moonrise above the Sanpoil October 3rd. Still smoky here from the fires. Metal sculpture at Keller park early Sunday morning.

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National & World (New) Sheriff's deputy comforts child after Alabama crash
A child who was involved in a crash on Interstate 20 near Leeds found comfort in the arms of Deputy Ric Lindley of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. A photo of Lindley holding the child was shared on social media, and it has since gone viral.


Sports Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees in AL wild-card game
Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again.

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Consumer Expect more online fraud as new credit cards arrive Expect more online fraud as new credit cards arrive
The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable.
Consumer Reducing the risk of breast cancer Reducing the risk of breast cancer
When it comes to breast cancer, there are certain risk factors you can't change – things like age, race and genetics. But there are others risk factors – based on lifestyle – which you can control.


Weather State's drought could spell early end to autumn leaves displays State's drought could spell early end to autumn leaves displays (Photo Gallery)
So in driving around town this September, it seemed to my untrained eye that the autumn leaves were turning earlier than usual, with some trees already golden brown or red and half empty. Could it be a by-product of the hot summer?

I asked some experts at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens and it turns out it's yes and no.

First of all, according to Dr. Sarah Reichard, the director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, there are some tree species around here that are typical "early shedders" of their leaves in September, like Red Maples and Vine Maples -- probably a lot of what I was seeing.



Technology Twitter gives co-founder Jack Dorsey a 2nd chance as CEO
Twitter is embracing Jack Dorsey as its CEO in hopes that its once-spurned co-founder can hatch a plan to expand the short messaging service's audience and end nearly a decade of financial losses.


Business Urban Outfitters to end on-call scheduling in New York
Urban Outfitters will end on-call scheduling at stores in New York state, becoming the latest retailer to respond to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's inquiry into the practice of requiring workers to report for shifts on short notice.
Business Renewed AB InBev bid for SABMiller ups stake in beer battle
Any talk of a union between Budweiser and Miller - in fact, any talk of the creation of beer behemoth reaching all parts of the globe for that matter - should be put off for now as the owners of two of the world's most famous beers continue to haggle over the terms of a merger.