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Local Local officers pay respects to slain NYPD officer (Video)
Authorities estimate some 25,000 officers from outside New York and across the country attended Saturday’s service for New York Police Department Officer Rafael Ramos, who was one of two NYPD officers ambushed and killed while on duty last week.
Local DUCK CALLS: Rose Bowl bound? We want to hear from you!
Our very own Steve Dunn & Craig Birnbach are heading out to sunny Pasadena to cover the Oregon Ducks as they play the Florida State Seminoles in the Rosebowl. Are you headed to the game too? If so, we want to hear from you!

Entertainment

Entertainment Michael Sam: Coming out was right thing to do Michael Sam: Coming out was right thing to do
The Oprah Winfrey Network said in a release that the 90-minute program followed by a one-on-one with Winfrey and Sam was the player's first TV appearance since being cut by the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October. After one day of filming last spring, the Rams pulled the plug on the network's plans for a Sam documentary during training camp.

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Local New year brings new rules for Oregon workplaces
From paid sick leave for part-time workers to recreational marijuana, Oregon's employers and workplaces face a slew of new local, state and federal requirements starting January 1, 2015.
Local Lawsuit for Washington wildfire claims prepared
More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources.

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National & World Congress likely to make key decisions on drones
The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.
National & World US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.

Sports

Sports 3 showdowns highlight final weekend 3 showdowns highlight final weekend
'Tis the season to watch bowl games. So if anyone is dubbing the Panthers-Falcons matchup for the NFC South title the Garbage Bowl, well, let them - while also remembering the winner will make the playoffs.
Sports Lillard's 3 forces OT, has 40 in win over Thunder
Damian Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Tuesday night.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Oregon Caves expansion expected to boost tourism 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.
Travel & Outdoors 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.
Travel & Outdoors Skiing bounces back; Idaho resorts upgrade
Not long after the recession put the skids on skiing like an unwaxed board in heavy crud, Sun Valley, Brundage and Tamarack resorts are applying a fresh coat and hoping to slide into a smoother future.

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Home New Year's Eve Portland events New Year's Eve Portland events (Video)
What are you gonna do for New Year's Eve? Natalie Weinstein, PDX Pipeline's editor stopped by the KATU studio to talk about New Year's Eve activities in Portland.
Home Spending Christmas on the Coast Spending Christmas on the Coast (Video)
Looking for a place to go with the family for the rest of winter break? How about spending the rest of the holidays on the Oregon Coast!

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Politics Legal pot is top Oregon news story of 2014 Legal pot is top Oregon news story of 2014 (Photo Gallery)
Sixteen years after voters approved medical marijuana for people with specific illnesses and conditions, they decided to just say, "Yes!" to letting anyone old enough to drink take a toke, as long as it isn't in public.
Politics Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes
People close to President Barack Obama say he is energized at not having to worry about helping — or hurting — Democrats in another congressional election on his watch. He has become more comfortable with his executive powers.
Politics Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Clinton economic approach under scrutiny
Members of Hillary Rodham Clinton's party are watching closely how the former secretary of state outlines steps to address income inequality and economic anxieties for middle-class families. Some members of the party's liberal wing remain wary of Clinton's ties to Wall Street, six-figure speaking fees and protective bubble.
Politics Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board
The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. Bush has been a director since 2007.

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Technology

Technology Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City
A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself into a vibrant tech hub.
Technology PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims
Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.

Politics

Politics Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?
Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.
Politics Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms
For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections.
Politics Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.

Business

Business AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy
Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. As the 2016 candidates get set to kick off their campaigns, here are five things to know about public opinion on the economy.
Business Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand
Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.
Business Japan's McDonald's to put big fries back on menu
McDonald's Japan said Friday it will resume serving all portion sizes of fries on Jan. 5 after resolving shortages due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. The fast-food giant began limiting customers to orders of small fries earlier this month.

Entertainment News

Entertainment Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work
It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.
Entertainment Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away (Photo Gallery)
Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.