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Offbeat Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

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Local Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer.
Local (New) Man gets 5 years after 22-pound meth seizure
A judge in southern Oregon has sentenced a 25-year-old man to five years in prison after Oregon State Police seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine from a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

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National & World Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day.
National & World (New) Lawsuit filed after 'Killing Jews' ads rejected
A pro-Israel group sued the city's transit authority on Wednesday, asking a court to force it to accept a bus advertisement including the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" after it was rejected on the grounds its display could incite violence.
National & World Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico
A Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago was found near Mexico City with her mother after authorities received a tip, and the mother was quickly flown to Texas and jailed on kidnapping charges, investigators said Wednesday.

Sports

Sports Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract.
Sports NFL extends 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV
The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.
Sports Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

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Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Downtown workers rejoice! There's a new food truck pod in Westlake Park (Photo Gallery)
Starting today, a three-truck rotation pod will be serving Westlake Park all day long, seven days a week. After a successful test run of the 'food truck pod" concept in South Lake Union, the Downtown Seattle Association and partner BurgerNW has decided to give it a go in Westlake Park as well.
Seattle Refined - Life is Different Here Sponsored: Join The Kathi Goertzen Foundation, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and the Iraqi Deathstalker Scorpion next weekend (Photo Gallery)
The Kathi Goertzen Foundation is joining Dr. Jim Olsen and his team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to introduce attendees to their groundbreaking work in nature-based research, one of which involves the Iraqi Deathstalker Scorpion, at the second annual Light Up The Night event.

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Home Ellis Island to open hospital for tours Ellis Island to open hospital for tours (Video)
The historic Ellis Island hospital complex, where 1.2 million immigrants received medical care between 1901 and 1954, is opening to the public next Wednesday for the first time in 60 years. (Sept.

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Viewfinder Bremerton to Seattle by water -- in 80 seconds Bremerton to Seattle by water -- in 80 seconds (Video)
SEATTLE, Wash. - On our way back to Seattle from Bremerton today we couldn't help notice how dramatic the fall clouds were. So I set up the camera in the back of my news car, pointing towards the stern of the M/V Kitsap. The video picks up about 15 minutes into the hour-long trip.
Weather Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest Forecasters even more confident in a milder winter in the Pacific Northwest (Video)
If you've been following my blog here over the past few months, you've seen the forecasts that show a greater than average odds of a warmer-than-normal winter.

The forecasts were based on an expected El Nino event to develop this winter, along with warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Entertainment

Entertainment Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him
Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.
Entertainment 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds
One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.

Technology

Technology Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.
Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.
Technology Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.

Business

Business U.S. construction spending down 0.8 percent
U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness.

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