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Local Attack on NY police resembles Seattle police shooting (New) Attack on NY police resembles Seattle police shooting
A motive cited in the weekend killing of two New York City police officers - a vendetta against law enforcement over perceived brutality - is similar to the charges against a man accused of shooting two Seattle police officers five years ago.

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Local (New) Attack on NY police resembles Seattle police shooting
A motive cited in the weekend killing of two New York City police officers - a vendetta against law enforcement over perceived brutality - is similar to the charges against a man accused of shooting two Seattle police officers five years ago.

Entertainment

Entertainment British singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 (New) British singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 (Photo Gallery)
British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.

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Offbeat Spain hands out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery (New) Spain hands out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery
Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning $490,000 payoffs from a $3 billion pot of cash.

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YouNews Snow geese are back!!! Snow geese are back!!!
Going to Laconnor for lunch guess what we saw!!! It was fantastic! From Grace LaFountain- Oak Harbor, Wa.

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Local & Regional

Local Suspended Yakima official sent romantic, derisive texts Suspended Yakima official sent romantic, derisive texts (Video)
When the Yakima city manager suspended the head of the city Utilities and Engineering Department he said it was for sending too many personal text messages from her work phone. But many were also critical of others or romantic messages to another city official.
Local (New) Olympia man pleads guilty to child pornography
An Olympia man accused of trading child pornography that included some children as young as toddlers pleaded guilty Monday to possessing and dealing depictions of minors engaged in sexual explicit conduct.
Local Deputies to wear mourning bands in support of NYPD
King County Sheriff John Urquhart has ordered deputies to wear mourning bands across their badges in support of the two New York police officers who were fatally shot Saturday.

Around the World

National & World (New) NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a temporary halt to protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with a force preparing Christmastime burials for two of its own and decrying the demonstrations as a factor in the officers' cold-blooded executions.

Sports

Sports The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races (New) The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races
With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed. Think again.
Sports 7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game
Officials with Tampa Fire Rescue say seven people have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a lightning strike in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium.
Sports Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

Seattle Refined

Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here 3 fun places to go sledding and tubing in Western Washington (Photo Gallery)
With January just around the corner, your kids may be itching to hit the slopes… on a sled! Luckily, there are plenty of snowy mountains close to Seattle where you can hop on your tube and slip and slide your way down the icy inclines. Here are three great spots for sledding and tubing that are all within an hour or two of Seattle.

Top Video

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 It's down to the wire for online shopping (New) It's down to the wire for online shopping
As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.
Consumer Where to get the best price on new tires Where to get the best price on new tires
Buying a new set of tires can put quite a dent in your budget. You can easily spend a thousand dollars or more for a set of four.Checkbook magazine surveyed 185 local tire stores and found that the price can sometimes vary greatly.

Extras

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.

Entertainment

Technology

Technology 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.
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."

Business

Business (New) Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with U.S. opening
Cultural exchanges are not only expected to grow dramatically, they are expected to become more flexible and less bureaucratic following last week's announcement by Cuba and the U.S. that they would work to restore normal diplomatic relations.
Business Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains
U.S. railroads want to put a single person in charge of today's huge locomotives, taking another step toward a future in which the nation's rail-cargo system increasingly could resemble toy train sets - highly mechanized networks run by computers or distant controllers.
Business Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.
Business TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust authority
Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.

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