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Weather
9:18 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Heavy snow falling in mountains; tips for safe holiday travel

Manuel Garcia pulls the chains off of his semi-truck tires as quickly as he can as snow falls while parked at the eastbound milepost 34 exit of Interstate 90 earlier this year, near North Bend.
AP

Forecasters say the latest storm moving across Washington will leave up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by Thursday morning.

Travelers planning on heading across the mountain passes this weekend should plan accordingly. Traction tires or chains are being advised, and in some cases may be required. 

The WSDOT offers these tips to protect yourself and your passengers while driving in snowy/icy conditions: 

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History
10:48 am
Tue December 18, 2012

WWII 'Canteen Girl' Kept Troops Company From Afar

During World War II, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones for 15 minutes every week on NBC radio.
Courtesy of Phyllis Jeanne Creore Westerman

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 3:07 am

American service members have long spent holidays in dangerous places, far from family. These days, home is a video chat or Skype call away. But during World War II, packages, letters and radio programs bridged the lonely gaps. For 15 minutes every week, "Canteen Girl" Phyllis Jeanne Creore spoke and sang to the troops and their loved ones on NBC radio.

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Weather
8:43 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Snow spreads across Washington

Some parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season.

The National Weather Service says the light Tuesday morning accumulations will be short-lived but more showers are possible Wednesday with a chance of high winds in places.

Forecasters expect heavy snow in the mountains in the next couple of days. Accumulations of 1 to 3 feet are likely in the Cascades by Thursday morning, making driving through the passes difficult.

Gun Control
3:08 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What gun control could look like

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:55 am

In a pair of recent decisions, the Supreme Court has made it clear that Americans have a constitutional right to own handguns for self-defense. But the court will nonetheless allow "reasonable regulations" on firearms.

The country appears set, following the mass shootings at a school in Newtown, Conn., to have a debate about what restrictions should be put in place.

Members of Congress have already signaled their intent to introduce gun-control legislation next year, which President Obama has indicated in recent days will be a priority.

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Other News
2:07 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Man sentenced to 10 years for hacking Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, others

Christopher Chaney outside the courthouse in Los Angeles.
AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a man who hacked into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other women to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney in Los Angeles after hearing from a tearful Johansson in a videotaped statement.

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Connecticut Shooting
12:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Details Of Newtown Shootings 'Too Difficult To Discuss' Now, Police Say

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 4:51 pm

As new pieces of information come in about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead, we'll post them here.

The day began, just after 10 a.m. ET, with Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance telling reporters that most of the emerging evidence is "too difficult to discuss ... I'm not going to lie to you."

Update at 6:49 p.m. ET. Dogs Try To Comfort Students.

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Tsunami Debris
11:19 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Officials tracking large tsunami debris off Washington coast

A Japanese dock that showed up on an Oregon beach earlier this year.
AP

Federal, state and tribal officials are attempting to track a large dock that was reported drifting off the coast of Washington state.

NOAA spokeswoman Keeley Belva said Monday the object has not been relocated or confirmed since it was initially reported Dec. 14. Fishermen aboard a vessel reported seeing a large object floating off the coast, about 16 nautical miles northwest of Grays Harbor. 

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Taylor Bridge Fire
11:04 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Investigators name cause of Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum

This photo combination shows a house on a hillside above Bettas Road near Cle Elum, Wash., surrounded by flames on Aug. 14, top, and on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, bottom. the house survived the fire because of the defensible space around the structure.
AP

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has concluded that an August wildfire that caused $11 million damage was caused by sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge southeast of Cle Elum.

The department on Monday released the results of its investigation into the Taylor Bridge Fire that destroyed 61 homes and blackened 36 square miles. 

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Weather
9:43 am
Mon December 17, 2012

High winds, mountain snow across Washington

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Screenshots from the WSDOT traffic cameras.
WSDOT

The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in places and creating blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.

Winds knocked a tree onto a home in Lakewood, Wash., near where a 2-year-old was sleeping, but it missed the baby's crib.

Winds also were blamed for sinking two boats on Lake Washington at Kirkland, Wash., and KOMO radio reported that the fire department helped two people who were sleeping on one of the boats.

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Connecticut Shooting
6:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kids may take days or weeks to process news of Conn. shooting

Sometimes kids don’t react right away to a trauma, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need help, says a Seattle child psychiatrist in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Connecticut. Dr. Robert Hilt, a psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says we all process tragic events in different ways, and kids who learned about last week’s shooting might not say much for days or even weeks.

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Other News
2:22 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Five ways to recover faster from 'The Big One'

OLYMPIA, Wash. - For years, emergency managers have urged people to stockpile enough food, water and supplies to last 72 hours after a disaster. In the Northwest, basic assumptions like that are now under scrutiny, especially when it comes to the risk from a big earthquake. Two committees in Oregon and Washington have been working for more than a year to come up with wide-ranging recommendations to improve the region's disaster resilience. Correspondent Tom Banse has this exclusive first look at some of the ideas.

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Connecticut Shooting
3:04 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Social Media Pranksters Will Be Prosecuted, Officials Warn In Newtown

State Police officers pass a makeshift memorial as they respond to a threatening phone call that caused the evacuation of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown during Sunday services.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:36 pm

Even as authorities struggle to gather real clues in Friday's horrific attack, they're warning that those promoting misinformation about the case are subject to prosecution.

"Misinformation is being posted on social media sites," Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said at a news conference Sunday. "These issues are crimes. They will be investigated, statewide and federally, and prosecution will take place when people perpetrating this information are identified."

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Connecticut Shooting
2:22 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

School Shooter Armed With 'Hundreds' Of Rounds Of Ammunition, Police Say

A makeshift memorial was set up near the entrance to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 3:26 am

Police on Sunday said 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with a high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he forcibly entered a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and proceeded to gun down 20 young students and six faculty members.

The latest information on the tragedy, the worst violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, came ahead of President Obama's arrival in the town where Friday's mass shooting took place. The president met with families of the victims and planned to attend an evening vigil, where he will speak.

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Connecticut Shooting
2:46 am
Sun December 16, 2012

In Connecticut: Prayers, Grief, Questions And Stories Of Heroism

Parishioners attend a prayer service at Saint Johns Episcopal Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

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Connecticut Shooting
1:06 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Police make contact with Lanza's 'missing' girlfriend and friend; Mother found dead in home

People grieve outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Conn., on Friday following the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters

Note: Details from this tragedy have changed since this article was published on Friday.

Please see updated information here.  

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says that 20-year-old Adam Lanza, suspect in the Connecticut school shootings, killed his mother at their home Friday and then drove his mother's car to the school where he went on a deadly rampage.

Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy, was a teacher at the school, said the law enforcement official.

One of the officials said earlier Friday that a girlfriend of one of the Lanza brothers and another friend were missing in New Jersey. Subsequently, the third official said police had talked with the girlfriend. One of the friends had to be reached in California, so it took some time.

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