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Politics Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders
Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

News

Politics Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders
Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
Home Watered-down beer at the game?
Watery beers at sporting venues have been a concern around several cities in the United States. Is this happening in Portland too? Could the brew you are drinking at local Portland sporting events be watered down?

Entertainment

Entertainment Putting Oscar on the block Putting Oscar on the block
'Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.

Offbeat

Offbeat 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks
Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he's learned the hard way that tippler's truism: "It's always 5 o'clock somewhere."

Your Photos

YouNews strange skies strange skies
Taken from my yard 11/18/14. So many lines in the sky. The sky started out blue and by 4 pm was totally hazy.

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Local & Regional

Local Rose Valley Elementary in Kelso no longer in lockdown
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office asked Rose Valley Elementary School to keep students inside Thursday afternoon while it looked for a father of a student who made a threat against his estranged wife and himself.
Local Freezing rain in Columbia River Gorge closes I-84
The rain moving into the Northwest Thursday is falling as freezing rain in the Columbia River Gorge and other parts of eastern Oregon and Washington where temperatures have been below freezing for more than a week.

Investigators

KATU Investigators Audit: Portland not following several credit, debit card security rules (Video)
Are parking meters putting you at risk? If you pay with plastic, they could be. A newly-released city audit reveals Portland has failed to comply with credit and debit card protections for five years, which the report states, could put your sensitive information at risk.
KATU Investigators Police investigating reports Grant HS students taped themselves having sex (Video)
Portland police say they are investigating reports that students at Grant High School recorded themselves having sex and then shared those videos with other students. Sharing videos of minors having sex is a crime and Portland Police said the teens who shared the videos could face child porn-related charges.
KATU Investigators Home Care Nightmare: State-approved caregiver admits to stealing money from great-grandmother (Video)
It's one of the toughest decisions a family can make: trusting someone enough to care for their loved ones inside their own home. So imagine how a family in Milwaukie felt when they caught their caregiver stealing from their aging mom. To add insult to injury, the caregiver was on a state-approved list from the Department of Human Services.

Around the World

National & World Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled
A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.
National & World Defying GOP, Obama to spare 5M from deportation
Defying Republicans and bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama prepared to invoke his executive authority Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Millions more will remain in limbo.
National & World 5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney
A 16-year-old boy driving his family on a "dream trip" to Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday.

Sports

Sports AP: Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup AP: Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup
The tax haven of Bermuda has been picked over San Diego to host the 2017 America's Cup, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Sports FIFA to review World Cup corruption report
FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.
Sports Oregon State beats Corban 86-62, goes to 2-0
So much for soaking in the win. Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle wasn't pleased with his team's performance after an 86-62 win over Corban on Tuesday night.
Sports Oregon State upsets No. 7 Arizona State 35-27
Michael Doctor returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 left to seal the Beavers' 35-27 upset win over the Sun Devils on Saturday night.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Nez Perce Trail siting gets another look 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.
Travel & Outdoors 5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes (Photo Gallery)
So far, summer in Seattle has brought us lots of hot days and clear skies: The perfect recipe for hiking. Watching (or swimming in) a waterfall is one of the best ways to end a hike, especially when it’s sweltering. Here are five of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes to enjoy this summer.

Top Video

Home 100-year-old has 50 years on the job and counting 100-year-old has 50 years on the job and counting (Video)
A dedicated worker at a company in Colorado has reached some impressive milestones. She's been with the company for more than a half-century. Not only that, she's 100 years old, with no plans of slowing down. Kevin Torres has the story.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA
Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign spying and would do little to stop terror plots, the executives argued.
Politics Long-time legislator leaving Oregon House Long-time legislator leaving Oregon House
On Saturday evening in Pendleton, Bob Jenson gazed out into the sea of friendly faces at his retirement party and recalled his years as a politician.
Politics Artwork behind bars, serving time on taxpayer dime Artwork behind bars, serving time on taxpayer dime (Video)
For over a year, “Transitions,” was artist Michael Boonstra’s life. He was commissioned to create the publicly funded artwork during the construction of the Wapato Jail. Shortly after the completion of his piece, Boonstra learned there wasn’t enough money to open the jail.

Extras

Weather Blog Weather whiplash: Denver drops 40 degrees in 3 hours Weather whiplash: Denver drops 40 degrees in 3 hours
Days like today are not unheard of in Denver and the Midwest when you've got a massive cold front barreling through... but they're still fun to marvel at.

Check out how residents there kicked off their work week:

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Technology

Technology Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide
Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website.
Technology Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search
Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market.
Technology How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road
A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact?
Technology Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet
Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet.
Technology Giant solar plant lags in early production
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.

Politics

Politics Obama to announce immigration action Thursday
In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration
Politics Senate blocks NSA phone records measure
The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.
Politics DEM-controlled Senate rejects Keystone pipeline, but GOP vows replay
In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

Business

Business U.S. consumer prices unchanged in October
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

Entertainment News

Entertainment Thai students detained at 'Hunger Games' opening
Police detained three students Thursday at the opening of the latest "Hunger Games" movie in Thailand, where opponents of May's military coup have adopted the film's three-finger salute as a sign of defiance.
Entertainment NBC scraps Cosby project amid sex allegations
NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.