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National & World After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy
For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.

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YouNews Oregon Lion Encounter Opens for Season Oregon Lion Encounter Opens for Season
Big cat lovers across the United States now have a rare opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at an African Lion pride at Southern Oregon's newest travel destination, Walking With Lions.

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KATU Investigators Confiscated Carry-Ons: 'It just boggles your mind' Confiscated Carry-Ons: 'It just boggles your mind' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A fake bloody chainsaw. A grenade gag gift. A blade to skin an animal. They're all holiday presents that have held people up at airport security. During the busiest travel days before Christmas, the On Your Side Investigators reveal what will and won't get confiscated by TSA screeners at Portland International Airport.
KATU Investigators Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect (Video)
It was meant to be harmless. A 14-year-old girl and her friends posted an advertisement on a popular website for a "Gay Best Friend" but it later led to an interaction with a man police call an "internet predator." The victim's father sat down exclusively with KATU's On Your Side Investigators.

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Travel & Outdoors Oregon Caves expansion expected to boost tourism
You won't see a different cave or a new chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument. But some are calling the expansion of the landmark, with legislation attached to a defense spending bill signed recently by President Obama, a monumental change.

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Travel & Outdoors Tips for dog safety during the winter months Tips for dog safety during the winter months
On a recent cross-country ski trip in the Bridger Mountains, I noticed my dog was walking a little funny. It was a frigid day and close to a foot of snow had fallen the night before. Kato, who burst out of his kennel with his usual exuberance at the car park, was looking chilly on the trail.

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Technology IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming
IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.
Technology Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV
Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.

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Politics Wash. lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty
Bills to abolish the death penalty were introduced in the state House and Senate on Monday, an effort that seeks to build on Gov. Jay Inslee's decision last year to impose a moratorium on capital punishment.
Politics Washington granted REAL ID deadline extension
The federal government on Friday granted Washington state a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards that require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings and eventually board a commercial flight.

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Business U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 7½-year high in January
The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed this month to 102.9, highest level since August 2007 - four months before the start of the Great Recession. January's figure was up from a revised 93.1 in December.

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