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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.    
Todd Dunne/dmz 
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