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Local Bias complaints at Daimler Portland plant settled for $2.4M
Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant.

Entertainment

Entertainment Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run
Marion "Suge" Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop's leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and then fleeing the crash near Los Angeles.

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YouNews Fog on the Columbia River Fog on the Columbia River
I crossed the I-5 bridge late Monday morning and the fog over the Columbia River was beautiful, so I stopped at the park off the Camas 14 and took a walk, visited the ducks along the way, it was just what I needed, a spiritual pick me up I plan on doing this more next time remember some bread for the ducks!

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KATU Investigators 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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National & World Victim's mom leaves as gory images shown at Hernandez trial
The mother of the man former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
National & World George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.

Sports

Sports Goodell: Patriots could be penalized even if no competitive edge Goodell: Patriots could be penalized even if no competitive edge
Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the NFL investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.
Sports Seahawks tattoos: Fans show loyalty with permanent ink (Video)
In 90 minutes, Jason Estep can take off this embarrassing Green Bay Packers bandage. He frowns when he raises his left arm to show a visitor in Lake Forest Park's 522 Tattoo as his tattoo artist Erika Jones, the green-and-yellow clad culprit behind the joke, laughs deviously at her handy work.

Travel & Outdoors

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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Home Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life Telemarketer may have saved Oregon woman's life (Video)
A telemarketer making a sales call heard a woman hundreds of miles away being attacked. The victim didn't even know her phone had rung. The chilling call was recorded at the Las Vegas call center. And horrified workers there knew they had to help. Vanessa Murphy has the story.
Home Super Bowl ads a golden opportunity for advertisers Super Bowl ads a golden opportunity for advertisers (Video)
It seems like everyone watches the super bowl -- whether they like football or not. The massive number of viewers is a golden opportunity for advertisers, if they can afford to get in on the action. CNN money's Cristina Alesci reports.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics WA House passes judicial review of mental health decisions WA House passes judicial review of mental health decisions
The Washington state House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.
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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KATU Investigators Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect 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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Technology

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.

Politics

Politics As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Business

Business U.S. economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up
The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.
Business Stock markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
Stocks in energy companies have fallen nearly 12 percent in three months, nearly cancelling out moves up for most other industries. The S&P 500 is up less than 1 percent in that time.

Entertainment News

Entertainment Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.