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>>Two Injured In Crash Into Mollala River 
 
(Oregon City, OR)  --  Two people whose car drove off a cliff and crashed into the Mollala River are in a hospital.  Sheriff's deputies say the car traveled off the 30-foot cliff along Mollala Forest Road shortly after midnight yesterday morning, and landed upside down in the river.  The female passenger was able to swim to shore and the male driver was pulled from the vehicle by a passerby before rescue crews arrived at the scene.  There's no word on the conditions or identities of the driver and passenger.   
 
>>Portland Man Accused Of Threatening Bus Passengers 
 
(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Portland man is in police custody after being accused of threatening to shoot and stab passengers aboard a bus headed for Tillamook.  Washington County deputies were dispatched to meet the Tillamook County bus in the community of Banks around 4:39 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a passenger who was possibly armed.  Thirty-year-old Oliver Powell was arrested and deputies say he was carrying no weapons.  Powell could be charged with menacing and harassment.   
 
>>WA DUI Pilot Program Begins January 1st  
 
(Spokane, WA)  --  The new 24-7 DUI Monitoring Program will begin in five areas of Washington with the start of the new year.  Under the pilot program, drivers charged with their second DUI in those areas will be brought before a judge who may require daily monitoring of any substance use.  Offenders will either report to jail twice daily to undergo a breath test or pay more for an ankle monitor.  The program will start January first in Spokane, Thurston, and Chelan [[ sha-LAN ]] counties, along with the King County city of Kent and the Lewis County community of Centralia. 
 
>>Portland-area Gas Prices Higher 
 
(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is rising.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is three-32, up nearly a nickel from a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for about three-34 a gallon at this time last year. 
 
>>Ducks To Play Texas In Alamo Bowl 
 
(San Antonio, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks will play the Texas Longhorns this afternoon in the annual Alamo Bowl.  The teams have met five times previously, with Texas holding a four-games-to-one series lead.  The Longhorns' head coach, Mack Brown, will be coaching his final game for Texas after 16 seasons.  The Ducks are hoping to earn their eleventh win of the season under first-year head coach Mark Helfrich.  Kickoff is set for 3:45 p.m.    
 
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>>Woman Facing Charges Following Fatal Crash

(Gresham, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges following a crash that killed her friend, 73-year-old Peggy Jennen, Wednesday night in Gresham.  Police say 52-year-old Lisa Wilson was making a turn onto Bella Vista Place from Northwest Division Street when Jennen, who was a passenger, was ejected from the vehicle.  An oncoming vehicle then struck Jennen, who died at the scene.  Wilson was arrested on charges of criminally negligent homicide, drunken driving, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.     

>>About 25,000 Soon To Lose Unemployment Benefits In WA

(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say about 25-thousand people in Washington who are out of work will have their unemployment benefits cut off when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends on December 28th.  Up to 63 weeks of unemployment benefits, including 37 weeks of emergency benefits, are currently available in Washington.  After the 28th, only 26 weeks of regular benefits will be available.  Congress has extended emergency unemployment benefits eleven times over the past five years, but there's no current indication another extension will be granted.

>>Mega Millions Jackpot $400 Million

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated 400-million dollars, and ticket sales are certain to push that amount higher.  Lottery officials say it's the second-largest Mega Millions grand prize in history.  The jackpot has rolled over 20 times since October first without a winner.  The game was revamped in October to lower the odds of winning and increase jackpot rollovers.

>>Fuel Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting lower gas prices in the Portland area.  Regular averages just under three-28 a gallon, down about a half-cent from yesterday.  It's still a half-cent above the average of a week ago.

>>Blazers Zoom Past Rockets, 111-104

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers have the NBA's second-best record following their 111-104 victory over Houston at the Moda Center.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead the Blazers.  Wesley Matthews added 18 points for Portland, while Robin Lopez scored 16 points and collected ten rebounds.  The Blazers will visit the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow evening.

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>>Elderly Woman Dies Outside Retirement Home

(Longview, WA)  --  Officials say an 88-year-old woman froze to death outside her retirement home in Longview.  An autopsy revealed Norma Jeanette Sheldon died of hypothermia, and the chief deputy coroner declared her death accidental.  Sheldon's body was found by staff Friday morning in the courtyard of the Canterbury Garden Memory Care Community.  Officials say there's no sign Sheldon had fallen or was otherwise physically unable to go back inside the facility.

>>Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Among 'Best-Performing Cities'

(Undated)  --  The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan statistical area is in the upper tier of the nation's "Best-Performing Cities" of 2013.  The ranking is a result of a Milken Institute study, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they're creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.  The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA is ranked 21st, up from 23rd in 2012.  The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett MSA ranks sixth in the nation, up from 13th last year.

>>WA Health Exchange Website Down

(Undated)  --  Washington's health insurance exchange website is down again due to technical glitches.  Officials say issues with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services website forced them to take the insurance exchange website offline yesterday morning.  The move comes after glitches forced the state to shut down the website for four days last week.  Officials say the website is scheduled to be back online at 12:01 p.m. today.

>>Fuel Prices Slightly Higher

(Portland, OR)  --  Motorists in the Portland area are paying slightly more today for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is just above three-27 a gallon, up a fraction of a cent from yesterday.  It's also about a penny higher than a week ago, but about four-and-a-half cents a gallon cheaper than at this point in November.

>>Blazers Top Jazz, 105-94

(Salt Lake City, UT)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season after defeating Utah, 105-94.  The Blazers are nine-and-two on the road this season after last night's win, the team's 18th overall against only four losses.  LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 24 points and Damian Lillard added 18.  The Blazers will host the Houston Rockets Thursday night.

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>>Man Charged In Kidnapping Of Oregon City Teen

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man accused of kidnapping an Oregon City teenager is facing multiple charges.  Prosecutors have leveled formal charges of kidnapping, rape, and sodomy against 40-year-old Kelsey Patrick McCune.  McCune was apprehended and arrested Saturday night after he was found with 13-year-old Samantha Dodson near a mobile home park.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says McCune was tracked down following a tip from a witness.

>>Kitzhaber Announces Re-election Bid

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll try to win another term in office.  The three-term Oregon governor says he wants to follow through on adequate education funding, implementation of Oregon's health-care reforms, reducing the state's carbon footprint, and adding middle-class jobs.  Kitzhaber says he expects to take a hit during the campaign for the shaky rollout of Cover Oregon and he takes full responsibility for it.  The announcement of Kitzhaber's intention to run again figures to clear the field of potential Democratic opponents in the race.      

>>PGE Crews Still Working On Restoring Downtown Power

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric crews are still working on getting electricity restored to downtown Portland buildings that were hit with a power outage over the weekend.  The utility says power may not be back on until midday today, as the damage to underground vaults is more extensive than anticipated.  A major power line failed and caught fire Sunday morning, knocking out power to City Hall, the Multnomah County Courthouse, and various downtown businesses.  Some power has since been restored.

>>WA Requests Money To Reduce Gun Registry Backlog

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Department of Licensing is requesting 400-thousand dollars to hire additional staff to reduce a backlog in the state's gun-registry database.  Officials say tens of thousands of handgun transfers haven't yet been entered in the system, even though the law requires the database to be kept up to date.  The licensing department says the sale of firearms in Washington has nearly tripled since 2006, but staffing levels have remained the same.

>>Seahawks' Wright To Have Surgery

(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright will be out several weeks as he recovers from foot surgery he's scheduled to undergo today.  Head coach Pete Carroll says Wright suffered a bone fracture in the second quarter of Sunday's game with San Francisco.  Carroll says Wright is expected to be out of action four to six weeks.  Malcolm Smith will start at weakside linebacker in Wright's place this coming Sunday when Seattle visits the New York Giants.

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>>Bail Increased To $1.5 Million For Domestic Abuse Suspect

(Portland, OR)  --  Bail has been increased from 250-thousand to one-point-five-million dollars for a Portland State University student accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and abusing her dog.  Multnomah County prosecutors convinced a judge to increase bail for 21-year-old Zayed Ahmed Al Raisi [[ zah-YED ACH-med al rye-EE-see ]], saying he's a risk to flee the country.  Al Raisi is facing possible charges that include second-degree assault and second-degree animal abuse.  Police allege that Al Raisi assaulted the victim after he saw another man approach her at a Portland night club.

>>Elderly, Diabetic Man Reported Missing

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police are searching for an 86-year-old diabetic man who's been reported missing.  Authorities say Daniel Bauer was last seen around noon yesterday in the area of 199th and Southeast Stark in Gresham.  Officials say Bauer also suffers from dementia.  He's likely driving an older-model, white Lincoln Town Car with Oregon plate SL 11080.    

>>Puppy Found With Muzzle Wrapped Shut, Broken Legs

(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities are trying to find out who's responsible for wrapping a pit bull puppy's muzzle shut and breaking two of its legs.  The dog was found at Kane Park in Gresham Wednesday evening.  On November 24th, a Shih Tzu [[ SHEE-zoo ]] was found in Portland with a rubber band wrapped around its muzzle.  An investigation continues in that animal-abuse case.

>>Gas Prices Slip

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline in the Portland area is slightly lower.  Triple-A says the average for regular fell about a half-cent overnight, to  three-27 a gallon.  Regular gas sold in Portland a month ago for an average of about three-36 a gallon.

>>Report: Slugger Cano In Talks With Mariners

(Seattle, WA)  --  New York Yankees slugger Robinson Cano [[ kuh-NO ]] is reportedly in Seattle to discuss a possible deal.  ESPN reports Cano, who's a free agent, has been offered a nine-year deal by the Mariners that would pay 225-million dollars.  The Yankees have reportedly offered Cano a seven-year, 175-million-dollar contract to stay with them.  The second baseman, who's 31, led the Yankees in batting average, home runs, and RBI during the 2013 season.

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(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police and the FBI are still searching for a 13-year-old Oregon City girl who's believed to have run away with a 40-year-old man.  Samantha Dodson was last seen at her home Tuesday, and authorities say she's believed to be with 40-year-old Kelsey McCune.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Dodson and McCune are believed to be on foot, hitchhiking, or using public transportation.  Samantha's parents held a news conference yesterday, asking her to come home.    

>>AMBER Alert Issued For Kennewick Girl, 14

(Kennewick, WA)  --  Authorities believe a 14-year-old Kennewick, Washington girl may be on her way to Mexico after being kidnapped.  An AMBER Alert has been issued for Elizabeth Romero, who police say was last seen getting into an early 2000s green Ford Escape around eleven a.m. Wednesday at Phoenix High School in Kennewick.  Officials says Romero's boyfriend, 19-year-old Edwardo Fabien Flores Rosales, is wanted for kidnapping.  Elizabeth Romero is described as Hispanic, five-feet-three, 130 pounds, wearing a white top and dark pants, and carrying a backpack and a pink purse.

>>Man Sentenced To 17 Years For Sex Trafficking

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland man convicted of transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution purposes is slated to spend more than 17 years in federal prison.  Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Armstrong pleaded guilty to the charge in August.  Prosecutors accused Armstrong of recruiting the girl into prostitution when she was 14 years old and continued to traffic her for four years in Oregon, Arizona, California, and Nevada.

>>Parking Meters To Be Installed At Washington Park

(Portland, OR)  --  It will cost money to park at Washington Park in Southwest Portland, starting next month.  Portland Parks & Recreation officials say the pay-to-park program will begin January 10th for each of the park's 14-hundred spaces.  Motorists, including park members, will be required to pay to park at all attractions, including the Moda Center, the Oregon Zoo, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Children's Museum.

>>Man Fleeing Police Shocked While Climbing Power Pole

(Harbor, OR)  --  A Brookings man is being hospitalized after receiving a shock while fleeing from police.  Police say after 53-year-old James F. Anderson crashed his car on Highway 101 in Curry County early yesterday morning, he ran to a nearby trailer park and climbed a power pole.  Anderson received an electrical shock and fell to the ground.  He was airlifted to a Portland hospital after suffering serious injuries.

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>>West Linn Police Make Major Pot Bust

(West Linn, OR)  --  West Linn police say they've put a halt to a trafficking operation that was providing marijuana to current and former high school students.  Authorities say they confiscated ten pounds of pot, other drugs, and more than 18-thousand dollars in cash.  West Linn Police Detective Mike Francis says most of the seized pot was being distributed through a "network of dealers from all grade levels."  Three West Linn residents, 51-year-old Francesco Zorich, 20-year-old Nick Joscelyn, and 21-year-old Connor Krug, are facing charges.      

>>Fifty DUII Suspects Arrested During Holiday

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Police say troopers made 50 DUII arrests during the Thanksgiving weekend.  It was part of an operation along the I-5 corridor in Oregon, Washington, and California, aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.  No fatal crashes were reported along I-5 in Oregon, though there was one fatality on Highway 20 near Lebanon and another traffic death in Gresham.  

>>No Agreement Yet On WA Transportation Package

(Olympia, WA)  --  Talks between Washington Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders are set to resume today as they try to reach an agreement on a multi-billion-dollar state transportation package.  The governor wants lawmakers to draft legislation that can be approved in short order during a special legislative session later this month.  Inslee says the package is important to the state's economic development and could help persuade Boeing to build its 777X jet in Washington.

>>Mega Millions Jackpot At $257 Million

(Salem OR)  --  None of the tickets sold for Saturday's Mega Millions drawing matched all the right numbers, so the jackpot for tonight's drawing will be worth an estimated 257-million dollars.  The cash option will be just above 139-million.  A 198-million-dollar grand prize was split in May by two winners, one in New Jersey and one in Virginia.

>>Blazers Top Pacers, 106-102

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers continue to be one of the NBA's hottest teams after defeating the Indiana Pacers, 106-102.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and collected ten rebounds in helping the Blazers snap Indiana's seven-game winning streak.  Damian Lillard added 26 points for Portland.  The Blazers will host Oklahoma City tomorrow night.

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>>Boil Order Issue In West Linn

(West Linn, OR)  --  Dozens of households in West Linn are under orders to boil their tap water after a water main failed.  The breach to the Failing Street main happened yesterday afternoon, and officials say it's large enough to necessitate water being shut off.  Test results are being awaited to determine whether the water supply was contaminated by E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria as a result of the break.  Officials say the boil order is expected to remain in place through this morning.

>>Police Say No One Injured After Shots Fired At Home

(McMinnville, OR)  --  Police say no one was injured when gunshots were fired at a home in McMinnville.  Authorities say a home on Southwest Shirley Avenue was hit by a hail of bullets from a small-caliber gun early yesterday morning.  Seven people, including two children, were sleeping in the home at the time.  No arrests have been made.    

>>WA Extending Unemployment Benefits Amid Rising Jobless Rate

(Undated)  --  The Washington Employment Security Department is extending unemployment benefits amid rising jobless rates.  Officials say they're extending federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits for nine weeks starting Sunday.  The state's three-month jobless rate average has risen to seven-percent.  Officials say October's federal government shutdown is partially responsible for the rise.

>>Seahawks Stifle Saints, 34-7

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are sporting the NFL's best record at 11-and-1 after blowing out the New Orleans Saints, 34-7.  Russell Wilson passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seahawks, which became the first team this season to clinch a playoff spot.  The Seattle defense held the Saints to 188 total yards and 12 first downs.  The Seahawks will visit NFC West rival San Francisco this Sunday.

>>Porter Named MLS Coach Of The Year

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year.  The league made the announcement yesterday, following a vote by media, MLS players, and MLS club management.  Porter just completed his first MLS season as a head coach, leading the Timbers to a 14-5-15 regular-season record and the Western Conference title.  New York's Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis, and Colorado's Oscar Pareja [[ pah-RAY-hah ]] were finalists for the Coach-of-the-Year award.

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>>Woman Dies In Gresham Crash

(Gresham, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that left a woman dead in Gresham.  Nicole Anstaett [[ ANN-stat ]] was driving west on Orient Drive at Salquist Road around 7:10 yesterday morning when her vehicle slammed into the back of another car.  Authorities say Anstaett was ejected from her vehicle and died at the scene.  The other driver wasn't injured.

>>Missing Teen Found Safe

(Aloha, OR)  --  Washington County sheriff's deputies say a 15-year-old boy who had gone missing has been found safe.  Officials say Alex Chisholm [[ CHIZZ-um ]], who functions at a ten-year-old level, walked away from his home in Aloha Saturday afternoon.  Deputies found Chisholm in the area of Indian Hills Elementary School yesterday morning after someone reported a "suspicious juvenile" hiding in bushes at the school.  Authorities say Alex spent the night outdoors but was examined and determined to be in good health.     

>>Woman Injured In I-5 Crash

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  A woman is being treated for injuries following a crash on I-5 in Wilsonville.  Police say the woman's vehicle went out of control and rolled over in the median around 8:20 last night.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews removed the woman from the car and transported her to a hospital.  Her injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

>>Man In Custody After Victoria Clipper Joyride

(Seattle, WA)  --  A man who's accused of stealing the a ferry in Seattle reportedly told police he was trying to get to West Seattle.  SWAT teams and Coast Guard personnel were dispatched to Elliott Bay after the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry was taken from its mooring at Seattle's Pier 69 early yesterday morning.  After a standoff of more than two hours, SWAT personnel stormed the ferry and apprehended the suspect, who's identified as 33-year-old Samuel McDonough [[ mac-DONN-uh ]], a registered sex offender.  The vessel was swept by a bomb squad and then towed back to its dock around 12:30 yesterday afternoon.

>>Blazers Hold Off Lakers, 114-108

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will be back home tonight after posting a 114-108 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.  The Blazers had to hold off a furious rally by the Lakers in the fourth quarter after leading, 97-74, at the end of three yesterday.  LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and Damian Lillard had 26 to lead Portland, who will host the Indiana Pacers tonight.

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>>Portland Considering Funding Fight Against Prostitution

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is considering a proposal to put 250-thousand dollars into services aimed at reducing prostitution.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the funding would pay for counseling and other support services for young victims of sex-trafficking.  The quarter-million dollars would reverse funding cuts to those services that were included in the current city budget.  Commissioner Amanda Fritz is requesting the funding, saying prostitution is a serious problem in Portland.       

>>Multiple 9-1-1 Complaints Lead To Motorist's Arrest

(Roseburg, OR)  --  Oregon State Police say they've arrested a motorist who was the subject of numerous 9-1-1 calls from drivers along I-5 in the Roseburg area.  The calls came from citizens reporting a reckless driver in a green Honda Accord Saturday afternoon.  Troopers spotted the vehicle in the Sutherlin area and pulled the car over.  Troopers say Terra McCormick of Eugene is facing reckless-driving charges as well as charges related to the four syringes and heroin that were found in the car.   

>>Fuel Prices Lower

(Portland, OR)  --  The price at the gas pump is lower today for motorists in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular fell by nearly a penny overnight, to just above three-26 a gallon.  That's about a half-cent above the average of a week ago and more than 12 cents cheaper than at this point last month.

>>Ducks Rise To 12th In BCS Standings

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are 12th in the latest BCS standings, up one spot from last week after their Civil War victory over Oregon State.  The Ducks are hoping to earn their fifth straight trip to a BCS bowl.  The standings saw a shakeup after the Thanksgiving weekend's college football action, with Florida State reaching the top spot and Alabama tumbling to fourth after losing to Auburn.  Ohio State is in second place and Auburn is third.

>>Harvin May Not Play Tonight Against Saints

(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says there's a good chance wide receiver Percy Harvin won't play in tonight's contest against the New Orleans Saints.  Carroll says Harvin is experiencing soreness in his hip following his play in the Minnesota game, during which he ran back a kickoff 58 yards.  Harvin underwent hip surgery August 1st and made his Seahawks debut against the Vikings.  Kickoff for tonight's game at CenturyLink Field is set for 5:40.

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