Stories for March 14, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- George Mason and Harvard are among 16 teams in the College Insider.com tournament.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- President Barack Obama is trying to put the political fight of his presidency in personal terms -- the story of an uninsured woman battling cancer.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Increasingly eager to finish work on his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama heads to northeast Ohio on Monday with a final sales pitch for health care legislation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man convicted of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and shooting nude videos of her through a hotel room peephole facing sentencing in a Los Angeles courtroom.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Jewish building in east Jerusalem does not hurt the city's Palestinian residents.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli media say the U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project.
Balanced effort, strong play gets Portland past Raptors 109-98
Portland downed the Toronto Raptors 109-98 Sunday night at the Rose Garden before a sellout crowd of 20,639.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Defending champion Oregon State is back in the College Basketball Invitational, despite a losing record.
MIAMI (AP) -- With two roster spots available to fill, the Miami Heat are on the cusp of signing former Siena shooting guard Kenny Hasbrouck, a deal that could be done as early as Monday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie Tyreke Evans had 29 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 114-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Nash had 13 points and 12 assists in his 1,000th NBA game and his favorite receiver Amare Stoudemire had a dominant 36-point, 12-rebound performance in the Phoenix Suns' 120-106 victory over the depleted New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum scored 22 points, making five of six 3-point attempts, and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight with a 109-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne scored his 599th goal to help the Anaheim Ducks snap a five-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
The body of Kate Huether, 24, of Portland was recovered late Sunday afternoon off the side of Table Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge, four miles north of Bonneville Dam.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A blackout has plunged millions of Chileans into darkness and rattled a country already anxious after last month's 8.8-magnitude quake.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- John Crews caught a 5-pounder on his final cast Sunday to beat Skeet Reese by an ounce at the Bassmaster Elite Series season-opener.
NEW YORK (AP) -- North Carolina and Connecticut are lending some serious star power to the NIT.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The agent for longtime Green Bay Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher says the veteran has agreed to terms on a multiyear contract that will bring him back to the team.
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Conor Jackson and Adam LaRoche homered for the Arizona Diamondbacks in an 8-7 win over a Colorado split squad Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Josh Harding made 36 saves, and Mikko Koivu had a power-play goal and two assists, propelling Minnesota past the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday -- a critical victory for a Wild team trying to climb into the playoff picture.
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and his supporting cast came through during a decisive stretch in the fourth quarter Sunday, helping the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-91.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, Raymond Felton had 16 and the Charlotte Bobcats held on for their sixth straight victory, 96-89 over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Young had his second straight solid start in his comeback from a shoulder injury in the San Diego Padres' 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kevin Millar hit a home run and double and drove in three runs for the Chicago Cubs in their 8-7 win over the Angels on Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) -- A person briefed on the matter says Toyota will cast doubt on a California man's claim that his Prius sped out of control.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says it cannot explain a reported incident of sudden, high-speed acceleration in a Toyota Prius on a San Diego, Calif., freeway last week.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Toyota is casting doubt on a California man's claim that his Prius sped out of control, saying that his report is inconsistent with findings of the company's preliminary investigation.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Richard Park scored a short-handed goal and added an assist, and Martin Biron made 26 saves in the New York Islanders' 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.
Both occupants uninjured as aircraft skids to a halt
The left wheel and undercarriage collapsed and a pilot skidded his airplane to a safe stop at Pearson Field about 1:30 p.m. today. The pilot and passenger walked away unhurt, said Willy Williamson, airport manager.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Center Mehmet Okur and forward Andrei Kirilenko were missing from Utah's starting lineup Sunday night as the Jazz played a key game for playoff positioning at Oklahoma City.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Catcher Gregg Zaun kept up his solid spring with a two-run double and Milwaukee beat the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on Sunday.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Phillips got his first two hits of spring training, including a two-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds blew a four-run lead in the ninth on Sunday before settling for a 5-5 tie with the Chicago White Sox.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has lost his drag-racing debut.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Chad Collins birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a share of the Puerto Rico Open lead with Kevin Streelman just before third-round play was suspended because of darkness Saturday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Jets have signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, adding an aging star to an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing last season.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Although shaky at times, Felix Hernandez was sharp when he needed to be in his spring debut.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit a towering two-run home run Sunday, his second of the spring, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have acquired outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley from the Cleveland Browns for undisclosed draft picks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials say more than 7,500 jobs have been created or retained by the 2009 Legislature's "Go Oregon" economic stimulus package.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Kurt Suzuki doubled in two runs and Rajai Davis had two hits and two RBIs for the Oakland A's in their 10-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Ernie Els has ended the longest drought of his career by winning the CA Championship at Doral in a duel with South African protege Charl Schwartzel.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Justin Upton was 3-for-4 with his third homer of the spring to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 in a split-squad game Sunday.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- On the Lummi reservation near Bellingham, nationally known artist Felix Solomon is carving the Stillaguamish Tribe's first new dugout river canoe in more than a century.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka says he's feeling better but is waiting to make a decision on when he'll have his first throwing session of spring training.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley is sitting out his second game in a row because of a bruised left thigh.
DALLAS (AP) -- Craig Anderson made 48 saves, Paul Stastny scored twice, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat Dallas 5-3 on Sunday, dealing another blow to the Stars' playoff chances.
MILAN (AP) -- David Beckham has hobbled off with an apparent left leg injury in the closing minutes of AC Milan's game with Chievo Verona.
MILAN (AP) -- David Beckham has left a Milan hotel on crutches and headed to the airport for a flight to Finland for surgery on his torn left Achilles' tendon.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos wouldn't deny he's interested in Cuban defector Adeinis Hechavarria, but he declined to comment on a published report that the team might be close to signing the shortstop for $10 million.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- Junior forward Robert Mitchell has been dismissed from the team by Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez. No reason was given.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Six-time defending series champion Tony Schumacher has won the NHRA Top Fuel class at the Gatornationals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patric Hornqvist scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:31 to play, Pekka Rinne made 18 saves and the Nashville Predators extended their mastery over the Los Angeles Kings with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Evan Turner didn't need any late-game heroics on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sean Avery returned from a one-game benching and scored twice to help the New York Rangers earn a key 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns have traded quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for fullback Peyton Hillis and a 2011 draft pick.
SEATTLE (AP) -- At age 76, Seattle Archbishop Alex Brunett is preparing to retire. As he waits for the Vatican to appoint his successor, the leader of 600,000 Roman Catholics in Western Washington is leaving an archdiocese in good shape and growing.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Britney Hodges scored 23 points and Samantha Leach added 20 to help Saint Francis, Pa. beat Long Island 77-68 on Sunday in the Northeast Conference championship game.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando small forward Matt Barnes will miss the Magic's game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday with a sprained left big toe.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back homers during a six-run fourth inning, and Brett Myers struck out six over four innings as the Houston Astros beat an Atlanta Braves split quad 8-5 on Sunday.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Rick Porcello pitched four scoreless innings and rookie Austin Jackson tripled twice as Detroit beat Tampa Bay 9-6 on Sunday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Slowey threw three perfect innings for Minnesota, but Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis drove in fifth-inning runs for the Boston Red Sox in a 6-4 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana resembled the pitcher on Sunday that many call the premier left-hander in the game the last six years.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana resembled the pitcher on Sunday that many call the premier left-hander in the game the last six years.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Thurston homered and Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman drove in two runs apiece to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 split-squad victory Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays.
OTHELLO, Wash. (AP) -- The federal government is doing what until recently had been unthinkable for the Columbia River: building a new stretch of pipeline so more river water can be used for irrigation.
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) -- Devon Brown banked in a runner with 4 seconds left to snap a tie and Liberty recovered after blowing a 20-point lead to beat Gardner-Webb 68-66 on Sunday for its 13th Big South Conference title in 14 years.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Kailey Klein scored 23 points and Cleveland State beat Butler 66-57 on Sunday to win the Horizon League tournament championship and earn its second NCAA tournament berth in the last three years.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jon Lester isn't making comparisons between his cancer battle four years ago and Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland's recent brain diagnosis.
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Shani Davis edged the Netherlands pair of Stefan Groothuis and Mark Tuitert on Sunday to complete the season with another win in the 1,000 meters.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals fell to 0-10 in exhibition play with Sunday's 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Apples are getting some competition from cows in the debate over what New Hampshire's state drink should be -- cider or milk.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings have reassigned goalie Jonathan Bernier to their AHL affiliate after the 21-year-old prospect impressively won a fill-in start in Dallas.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- CC Sabathia struggled while pitching into the fifth inning of his third spring start, giving up a home run to Aki Iwamura in the New York Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
TACOMA — The Union Titans are a family of giant killers. Union sits atop the Class 3A Washington state boys basketball world after stunning top-ranked and unbeaten Enumclaw 51-50 Saturday night in the championship game at the Tacoma Dome.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tyra White carried Texas A&M in the first half and Danielle Adams scored 17 of her 19 points in the second, helping the 11th-ranked Aggies hold off No. 12 Oklahoma 74-67 on Sunday for their second Big 12 tournament title in three years.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse tied his season-high with 20 points and the Milwaukee Bucks survived a late rally from the short-handed Indiana Pacers for a 98-94 win on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Boston's Glen Davis denies he intentionally tried to hurt Shaquille O'Neal in a game earlier this season, calling the accusations "crazy."
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss at least a week of spring training with a right ankle injury.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City Royals outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss at least a week of spring training with a right ankle injury.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Brian Matusz gave up three hits and a run in his five innings -- the longest and most effective outing by an Orioles starter this spring -- in Baltimore's 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Jon Scheyer hit a critical 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to help No. 4 Duke beat Georgia Tech 65-61 in Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan has pitched his second simulated game, throwing 44 pitches over two innings.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Wall scored seven of his 15 points in overtime, and No. 2 Kentucky rallied from five down with 2:28 left in regulation to beat Mississippi State 75-74 on Sunday for the Wildcats' 26th Southeastern Conference tournament championship.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nicklas Backstrom raced up the ice and scored with 1:50 left in overtime Sunday and the Washington Capitals completed a remarkable comeback without star Alex Ovechkin to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Marion County sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who failed to return to the county's Jail Work Center after being granted three-hour passes.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Landon Donovan says his 10-week loan from Major League Soccer to English Premier League club Everton has shown he can play at the highest level.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Temple is the champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament once again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The owner of Rachel Alexandra says his Horse of the Year won't run against unbeaten Zenyatta next month in Arkansas.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- A relative has identified a U.S. consulate employee and her husband who were killed in a drug-plagued Mexican border city.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) -- Officials say three people with ties to the American consulate were killed in a Mexican border city.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Dawn Evans scored 25 points and James Madison beat Old Dominion 67-53 Sunday to win the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament usually is one of the toughest tickets in this part of the country. Not this year.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Former major league infielder Dallas McPherson is among the 10 players the Oakland Athletics have reassigned to their minor league camp.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Bobby Reid hasn't played football since a 2008 injury, but the former Oklahoma State quarterback might get another chance at reviving his once-promising career.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- Burrowing owls are getting more places to live in Eastern Washington.
POMONA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say five people were wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex in Southern California.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration says it has received more than 900 comments on an environmental study of whether to have commercial airline service at Everett's Paine Field.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gregg Zaun faced a decision nearly every veteran must make toward the end of his career.
CHICAGO (AP) -- NHL scoring leader Alex Ovechkin is out of the Capitals' game against the Blackhawks after receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct in the first period for driving Chicago's Brian Campbell into the boards from behind.
OSLO (AP) -- Anders Gloersen of Norway has won a men's 1.5-kilometer cross-country sprint, while countryman Petter Northug secured the overall World Cup victory.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Marco Andretti has escaped injury after being in a scary accident at the start of the Sao Paulo Indy 300.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pacers point guard T.J. Ford is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a sore left groin.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is returning to Baltimore to see a specialist for an ailing back that has kept him out of games this spring.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is turning into a two-man contest between former champions Lance Mackey and Jeff King.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Defending champion Lance Mackey is first into Unalakleet, nearly two-thirds of the way into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
COLMURANO, Italy (AP) -- Enrico Gasparotto has won the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico and Michele Scarponi held on to the overall lead in the weeklong race.
MEIRINGEN, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic champion Michael Schmid has clinched the skicross title after winning the second-to-last freestyle World Cup race of the season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alice is still ruling the movie palace.
OSLO (AP) -- Overall World Cup winner Simon Ammann of Switzerland has won the final ski jump World Cup event of the season.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer won the singles titles, and the team of Christian Niccum and Dan Joye won the doubles crown Sunday at USA Luge's national championships.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Teddy Tamgho of France has set a world record of 58 feet, 834 inches to win the triple jump at the world indoor championships.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba has won the 60 meter hurdles at the world indoor championships, edging favorite Terrence Trammell at the line.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Bernard Lagat has won the 3,000 meters at the world indoor championships by running down defending champion Tariku Bekele in the final laps.
EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) -- Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains are running again on a stretch of railroad tracks north of Seattle that was closed because of a mudslide.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials say sandstorms slowed traffic in the Suez Canal and closed five ports in the Gulf of Suez.
Washougal High School’s students of Japanese are learning more than grammar
WASHOUGAL — With a few delicate strokes, Chelsea York used a brew of water and charcoal scrapings to turn a word into a work of art. With a rhythmic flurry of drumstick strokes, Todd Wilson and his taiko ensemble brought down thunder inside Washougal High School’s auditorium.
A 20-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon when he crashed his motorcycle into a large concrete barrier at a Bonneville Power Administration center just south of Hazel Dell. Police are withholding the man’s name until his family is notified.
BRUSH PRAIRIE — With the completion of a north driveway, reached from Northeast 119th Street opposite the new WinCo Foods grocery store, officials have closed access to Prairie High School from 117th Avenue northbound (state Highway 503). Since Monday, the east gates of Prairie’s main parking lot have been closed during school hours, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
People in business Allen Wiemer was recognized March 5 by C-Tran for 35 consecutive years of driving without any accidents. Wiemer began his career with Vancouver Transit in 1975 and has been operating C-Tran buses in and around Clark County since C-Tran first began rolling in 1981. “Al’s remarkable driving record, demeanor and his many years of experience set him apart. And yet, Al Wiemer exemplifies the type of drivers that make C-Tran great,” C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm said in a press release.
Speakers urge younger women to take up leadership work
When Val Ogden was about to graduate from high school, around 1941, she told her father she wanted to go to college. “He said, ‘You know, your brother is our priority, because he will be the breadwinner. He will be the one who will have to go out and support the family,’” Ogden said.
Tight budgets to spur re-evaluation of delivery methods
Just a few minutes after one of the fire department’s engines screeches to a halt at the scene of a heart attack or stroke, another emergency vehicle, one belonging to privately-owned American Medical Response, will also arrive. The fire department finishes up its first response work and transfers the patient to AMR paramedics, who continue care and transport the victim to the nearest hospital.
Firefighters, community members seek reprieve for emergency response vehicle cut from budget
Standing before the city council this month, Gery Gehrmann was clearly overcome with emotion. “I’m one of those people that’s here today because of Rescue 3,” he said, pausing for a moment before finishing. “I ask you to support it.”
The Ides of March are almost upon us and although it was once not a good day for Julius Caesar, I foresee no great perils for us on Monday — just partly sunny skies and mild temperatures. Our average mean temperature for March is nearing normal as the atmosphere cools off and snow lands in the foothills. Rainfall has moved toward normal as well — good news, as the higher Cascades received a good shot of snow. If we could get another round or three this month, we would be shining.
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Property could play role in Camas revitalization
For sale: A Camas laboratory campus that once thrived with researchers bent to their test tubes in search of efficiencies for the town’s giant paper mill. Lab researchers experimented with making paper out everything from grass clippings to cherry tree bark to synthetic wood pulp to bagasse, a fibrous residue of sugar cane.
Ocular-themed exhibits offer look into the subjective imagination of area artists
Sometimes the eyes of paintings seem to follow viewers’ movements, creating a sense of being watched. That’s certainly true of North Bank Artists Gallery’s current eye-themed exhibit, where a room full of orbs stares back at admirers. Two main gallery spaces are devoted to Felida artist Cynthia Heise-Swartz’s surrealist-figurative paintings. The show, “Through My Eyes,” reveals the world through her unique lens.
Legislature leaves No. 1 task undone, and the ultimate ‘solution’ is hideous
Apparently exhausted from smearing lipstick on their budget pigs, state legislators adjourned Thursday, only to be called back Friday by the governor for a special session that begins Monday. Majority Democrats in Olympia — much like majority Democrats in Congress — spent so much time arguing with each other that they never really got around to arguing with — or listening to — minority Republicans. To be blunt, they have yet to meet their primary goal: writing a state budget that will overcome a $2.8 billion shortfall. That is good, in a warped kind of way. As of this morning, no taxes have been increased.
Georgia-Pacific Corp.’s Central Research Division sits on a prominent property above its mill in Camas. The company recently received approval to subdivide the lab tract so it would be easier to sell. Here is a history of the property:
Five years have passed since I last defended my old friend daylight-saving (not “savings”) time. Today I present one of my all-time favorite stories about this semiannual twisting of timepiece stems. The following story was confirmed as true by darwinawards.com, a fun-loving bunch that claims to “commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.” Behold the 1999 Darwin Awards Winner: Israel’s leaders wanted to start daylight-saving time a week early in 1999 to accommodate pre-sunrise prayers. Palestinians resisted the change, and a great confusion swept over the land. On Sunday, Sept. 5, two car bombs exploded simultaneously in different cities, killing three terrorists. At first, it was dismissed as clumsy bomb-making, but a closer investigation revealed the terrorists had been confused about the time change. According to the Darwinians, “the cars were still en route when the explosives detonated, delivering the terrorists to their untimely demises.” I believe this is known among terrorists as the “Lethal D’oh!” and falls a bit short of the threshold for martyrdom.
Congressman announces preference for his successor
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird ended his silence Saturday on which candidate he favors to succeed him, endorsing Democrat Denny Heck for the 3rd Congressional District seat he is vacating after six terms.
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Toyota’s concern is lacking On Christmas day I was heading north on Highway 99. As I approached the stoplight at 78th Street, braking as usual, the car unexpectedly accelerated. It couldn’t be stopped in spite of repeated attempts to brake and an attempt to turn off the engine.
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SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- Fernando Alonso has won the Bahrain Grand Prix in his debut for Ferrari, leading the team to a 1-2 finish in Formula One's season-opening race.
NICE, France (AP) -- Alberto Contador of Spain has won the Paris-Nice race for the second time after successfully defending his narrow lead over Alejandro Valverde in the seventh and final stage.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House isn't relenting in its strong criticism of Israel for plans to build 1,600 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians are seeking as their future capital.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Early results released by Iraq's election committee show the prime minister ahead in the oil-rich Basra province, strengthening his lead in the country's historic elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democrat's chief vote counter in the House says that right now there aren't enough votes to pass President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top House Republican says the GOP can defeat the Democratic health care bill that may reach the House floor this coming week.
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- Manny Ramirez went 3 for 4 to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 11-1 victory over the Taiwanese All-Stars on Sunday in the final game of a rain-shortened exhibition series in Taiwan.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- The Czech Republic has edged Switzerland to win the Nations Team Event at the World Cup finals.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has canceled the inauguration of a restored synagogue citing the Israeli oppression of Muslims in the occupied territories as well as excesses by Jews during an earlier ceremony at the synagogue.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has finished ninth in the Cape Argus race after helping a teammate get a podium finish.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has strongly denied that its celibacy requirement is the root of the sex abuse scandal convulsing the church in Europe and has again defended Pope Benedict XVI's handling of the crisis.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Will Power has won the rain-shortened IndyCar season-opener on the streets of Sao Paulo.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Defending champion Dario Franchitti of Scotland has won the pole position for the IndyCar season-opener on the streets of Sao Paulo.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- IndyCar officials have added grooves to a straightaway ahead of the season-opening Sao Paulo Indy 300 after drivers complained of loosing grip during testing and qualifying had to be postponed.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A British couple is appealing a jail sentence after being accused of sharing a passionate kiss in a Dubai restaurant.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A local official says Pakistani fighter jets have bombed a series of Taliban hide-outs near the Afghan border, killing nine insurgents.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Guinea's interim leader says he will not run in presidential elections planned for June in the small West African country.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Police say five people are hospitalized with gunshot and stab wounds after a gang-affiliated birthday party turned ugly.
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, rattling buildings in the crowded Tokyo capital.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is urging calm following another stern rebuke from Washington over plans to build 1,600 apartments in contested east Jerusalem.