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Local Vancouver substitute teacher accused of having child porn Vancouver substitute teacher accused of having child porn
According to the Vancouver Police Department, Darrel James Dwight works as a substitute teacher in Vancouver-area school districts and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for several years.

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Local Vancouver substitute teacher accused of having child porn
According to the Vancouver Police Department, Darrel James Dwight works as a substitute teacher in Vancouver-area school districts and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for several years.
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!

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Offbeat At age 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits At age 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits
At 101, Charlie Ponti has finally decided to retire for good - probably. On Dec. 31, he will officially finish up a 77-year stint with the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153.

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Local I-5 traffic slowed near Salem Sunday morning
Traffic will be backed up along Interstate 5 Sunday morning while contractors string a utility cable over the freeway near the Enchanted Forest amusement park.
Local Conservationists, loggers on forest health: 'Why were we fighting?' (Photo Gallery)
A key shift came when environmentalists started realizing that wildfires posed as big a threat to the forests as logging. And the way to protect the forests was to work with the collaborative to approve projects that thinned overgrown stands while providing enough logs to keep the local mill running.

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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.
Sports Aldon Smith says he didn't drink at McDonald home
San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited McDonald's home for a short time the day the ex-49ers defensive lineman is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
Sports The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races
With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed. Think again.

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 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!

Your Life, Your Style

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.
Politics Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March 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.
Politics Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016? 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.

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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.

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Technology

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.
Technology It's down to the wire for online shopping
As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.

Politics

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.

Business

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.

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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.
Entertainment Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.