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National & World Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba
President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island.
Local (New) Sheriff: Driver faces DUII after road goes right, car goes left
The road took a righthand turn.

The car went off the left side of the road and hit a utility pole

The driver told deputies she had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

The deputies told the driver she had a blood alcohol content level of .14, above the .08 legal limit.
Local Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes (Photo Gallery)
On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.

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Local Police: Dad arrested for using horse whip on son in woods (Video)
Robert Thomas Toy remained in jail Tuesday night facing a felony charge, accused of forcing his 10-year-old son to run for three hours in the woods and using an 85-inch horse whip on him, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's office.

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KATU Investigators Protecting the program: 'Lives have been destroyed due to the negligence of U of O administrators' (Video)
A three-month examination by the On Your Side Investigators found that the timing of the University of Oregon’s internal investigation of alleged sexual assaults by three basketball players was consistently beneficial to the team’s APR.
KATU Investigators UO task force recommends 23 ways to prevent sexual violence
The Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support wants to immediately suspend plans to expand Fraternity and Sorority Life, saying the Greek system and athletics are where multiple studies show a prevalence of sexual violence.

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National & World U.K. proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people
New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.

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Sports Blazers defeat short-handed Spurs 108-95: 'It's going to be tough' (Photo Gallery)
Portland was dealt a tough blow in what should have been a straightforward win against short-handed San Antonio. Starting center Robin Lopez broke his right hand in the third quarter and will be out for "a while," coach Terry Stotts said after the Blazers defeated the Spurs 108-95 on Monday night.
Sports Portland finishes off Indiana for 95-85 win
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard provided the 1-2 punch Portland needed Saturday night, helping to fend off Indiana's desperate rally for a 95-85 victory that snapped the Trail Blazers' two-game losing streak.
Sports Union takes NFL to court over Adrian Peterson
The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Monday for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL's suspension of the star running back.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Skiing bounces back; Idaho resorts upgrade 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.
Travel & Outdoors Nez Perce Trail siting gets another look
The Nez Perce Trail running from Wallowa Lake to 40 miles from the Canadian border in Montana commemorates the months-long flight for freedom of Chief Joseph and his people. This fall, the U.S. Forest Service invites public comment on the siting of the 1,700-mile trail.

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Home Delivering Holiday Cheer: West Tualatin View Elementary School (Video)
With just nine days until Christmas, the KATU Morning News team is delivering holiday cheer as a thank you to groups that work hard through the season.

The morning crew surprised teachers and staff with coffee and donuts at West Tualatin View Elementary School in Beaverton on Monday.

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Politics HealthCare.gov deadline Dec. 15, Oregon's insurance signup low HealthCare.gov deadline Dec. 15, Oregon's insurance signup low
The state abandoned its troubled Cover Oregon portal this spring and switched to the federal site, HealthCare.gov. That means all Oregonians who bought coverage through the now-defunct state exchange must re-enroll via the federal site by Dec. 15 or face a break in coverage in January.
Politics House approves $1.1T bill financing government House approves $1.1T bill financing government
Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy's near-collapse in 2008.

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Technology BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort
BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.
Technology Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices
A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

Politics

Politics CIA chief challenges Senate torture report
CIA Director John Brennan, responding to the Senate torture report, acknowledged Thursday in a rare televised news conference that "abhorrent" tactics were used on terror detainees and said it was "unknown and unknowable" whether the harsh treatment yielded crucial intelligence that could have been gained in any other way.
Politics Oregon GMO labeling proponents concede defeat
Backers of Oregon's measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods have lost a court fight they hoped would help them garner enough votes to pass the measure in an ongoing recount of ballots.

Business

Business U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism
Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.
Business Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.
Business U.S. current account deficit rises to $100.3 billion
The U.S. current account trade deficit widened slightly in the July-September quarter, largely due to foreign institutions paying less in fines and penalties to the U.S. government.

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Entertainment Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86
Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86.