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>>Woman Dies In Salem of Swine Flu

(Salem, OR)  --  Health officials say a woman diagnosed with H1N1, also known as swine flu, has died at Salem Hospital.  The "Statesman Journal" reports 53-year-old Suzie Mahaffey was admitted for treatment of bronchitis on December 23rd, and her condition worsened afterward.  She died Tuesday morning.  H1N1 is considered the most common strain of flu this season, and physicians recommend vaccination for those who haven't received flu shots.

>>Air Force Captain From Vancouver Killed In Chopper Crash

(Washington, DC)  --  The Defense Department says an Air Force captain from Vancouver was among four people killed Tuesday evening in a helicopter crash in England.  Officials say 28-year-old Captain Christopher Stover was piloting an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter that was on a low-level training mission when the crash happened.  Stover grew up in Vancouver and graduated from Evergreen High School in 2004.  The crash is under investigation.

>>Bail Reduced For Man Accused Of Severely Injuring Four-year-old

(McMinnville, OR)  --  Bail is now set at a half-million dollars for a Sheridan man accused of beating and severely injuring his girlfriend's four-year-old son.  A judge lowered the bail from a million dollars for 34-year-old Michael Abo, saying the accused is not a flight risk.  Abo was arrested January fourth for allegedly beating the child on New Year's Eve.  Prosecutors say the boy has a brain injury, seven broken ribs, and multiple bruises.

>>Rodman Apologizes For Remarks About Bae

(Pyongyang, North Korea)  --  Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's taking "full responsibility" for recent remarks he made about Kenneth Bae [[ bay ]], the Lynnwood, Washington man who's been jailed in North Korea for more than a year.  Rodman says when he suggested to a CNN interviewer that Bae had done something to warrant his arrest and incarceration, he had been drinking and was under stress.  Rodman issued an apology to Bae's family, and apologized to CNN's Chris Cuomo and the other ex-NBA players who joined Rodman in North Korea to play a basketball game.  Rodman says he "should know better than to make political statements."

>>Blazers Roll Past Orlando, 110-94

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are back on the winning track after defeating the Orlando Magic, 110-94.  Nicolas Batum [[ bah-TOOM ]] achieved a triple-double, scoring 14 points, dishing out 14 assists, and pulling down ten rebounds.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points and Wesley Matthews added 17.  Portland will be back in action Saturday night when they host the Boston Celtics.

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