Stories for November 17, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say they have reassigned a plainclothes officer and launched an investigation after the officer was shown on a convenience store video kicking a 17-year-old boy in the groin during an Oct. 18 arrest.
Portland will face Nuggets, Jazz, Hornets
The Blazers may be blessed with the comfort of their own beds for the next 10 days, but they will not have a very comfortable schedule. Following a road trip in which it went 1-2 — the losses coming against Oklahoma City and New Orleans and the win via a one-point victory over Memphis — Portland returns to host Northwest Division rival Denver tonight, Northwest Division leader Utah Saturday, and the 8-2 New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26.
130 at town hall on corrections center leave with few answers
HOCKINSON — About 130 supporters of Larch Corrections Center braved torrential rains Wednesday to attend a community forum on the future of the prison, which is slated for closure Feb. 1. But they heard more questions than answers in a two-hour session that bristled with emotion and determination to reverse the Department of Corrections decision and keep Larch open. Larch employees, Department of Natural Resources crew foremen, Forest Service officials, former inmates, elected officials and union representatives spoke at Hockinson High School about what Larch means to the community. Noticeably absent from the meeting were managers from the corrections department or from DNR, the agency that supervises the firefighting crews based at Larch.
Students at Yale Elementary School improve tests scores, win $25,000.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon attorney general's office says a Medford-area developer and mortgage broker has been convicted in a real estate scheme that cost investors more than $800,000.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- One winning ticket was sold for Wednesday's $6.3 million jackpot in Washington state's Lotto game.
Standing water also poses threat to drivers
Wednesday afternoon’s big rainfall caused at least a dozen traffic accidents around Clark County, emergency personnel said.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Terrence Hill and LA Farmer scored 19 points apiece and Arkansas-Monticello defeated Centenary 82-70 on Wednesday night.
Knee troubles continue to hound Blazers center
PORTLAND — The call came in for an impromptu 9 p.m. press conference. Couldn’t be good news. The first name mentioned was Blazers center Greg Oden. These days, that can’t be good news either.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 50-year-old man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian in a drunken-driving crash in Missoula.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- Fire officials say a Learjet jet landing at Hillsboro Airport west of Portland went too far and ended up off the runway. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue officials say the two people on board are unhurt.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Kenny Lawson Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Creighton past Louisiana-Lafayette 63-58 Wednesday night.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Evansville sank five free throws in the final minute to turn a one-point deficit into a a 77-73 victory over UTSA on Wednesday night.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Anthony Gurley scored 18 points and Sampson Carter added a career-high 17 as Massachusetts defeated Sacred Heart 73-65 Wednesday night to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2007-08.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Tone Boyle scored 27 points to lead four players in double figures and Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Niagara 90-73 on Wednesday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for Oregon's Justice Department to be the state's top federal prosecutor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Kings left wing Scott Parse needs surgery on his hip that will keep him out for three to four months.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets hope to select their next manager as early as Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Antti Miettinen scored at 3:36 of overtime and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves Wednesday night, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- Drew Crawford scored 22 points and John Shurna added 20 as Northwestern survived a scare from Texas-Pan American 77-71 on Wednesday night.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Greg Gantt scored 20 points to lead three Florida Atlantic players in double figures in an 88-58 win over Warner Southern on Wednesday night.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Troy Tabler scored 17 points to lead Wright State past Northwood (Mich.) 75-55 on Wednesday night.
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- DeAntre Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead Chattanooga to a 73-69 win over Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Lane County Sheriff Russ Burger to serve as Oregon's U.S. marshal.
BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) -- Tayler Hill scored 15 points, including a basket that broke a tie in the final minute, and No. 7 Ohio State used a fake timeout to steal a three-point play in a 59-55 win over LSU on Wednesday night.
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Guillermo Ramirez had two goals to lead Guatemala past Guyana 3-0 Wednesday night in a soccer exhibition in suburban Atlanta.
VINTON, La. (AP) -- Blue Laser is the early 3-1 favorite for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds that could impact the starting field for next year's Kentucky Derby.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Marshall Moses had 17 points and nine rebounds as Oklahoma State survived a scare Wednesday, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68-58.
NEW YORK (AP) -- George Beamon scored 21 points and Manhattan scored the final 17 points of the game to defeat Pennsylvania 59-54 on Wednesday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will miss the next two games because of a sore left knee.
NEW YORK (AP) -- D.J. Kennedy scored 18 points to lead St. John's to a 79-66 victory over Columbia on Wednesday night, giving coach Steve Lavin his first win with the Red Storm.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Jauwan Scaife scored a career-high 24 points, including 11 straight during a key second-half stretch, to lead Ball State to a 75-60 victory over Indiana State Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 13 assists on Wednesday night before the Boston starters sat out the fourth quarter and watched the bench pull away for a 114-83 victory over the Washington Wizards.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Brandyn Curry had 10 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and five steals to lead Harvard to a 72-49 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vlad Moldoveanu shook off foul trouble to score 18 of his season-high 31 points inside the final 6 minutes to help American University to a 65-58 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night.
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- Chris Wroblewski and Max Groebe scored 13 points apiece and Cornell defeated Delaware 75-61 on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Iman Shumpert scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Georgia Tech's 78-51 victory over Albany on Wednesday night.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 16th goal and added an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning sent the Islanders to their 11th straight loss with a 4-2 victory, spoiling the debut of New York coach Jack Capuano on Wednesday night.
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Mike Muscala scored 16 points and had eight rebounds to lead Bucknell to a 66-38 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Dylon Cormier scored a career-high 20 points and Loyola (Md.) defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 83-72 on Wednesday night.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Ryan Willen scored 26 points as Lafayette held off St. Francis (Pa.) 72-68 on Wednesday night for the Leopards' first win of the season.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A relative of two defendants in a Woodburn bank bombing trial has testified that Bruce Turnidge phoned just minutes after an arrest in the case to say he was in "deep trouble."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trae Golden, playing in place of an injured Melvin Goins, hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left and No. 24 Tennessee beat Missouri State 60-56 in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Madina Ali scored a career-high 19 points, Liz Repella added 18 and No. 10 West Virginia beat Duquesne 69-58 on Wednesday night.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Italee Lucas scored 16 points while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 13 and a career-high 14 rebounds to help No. 14 North Carolina beat Robert Morris 76-47 on Wednesday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have received Major League Baseball's first commissioner's award for philanthropic excellence.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Reserve guard Glenn Andrews has left Tulsa's basketball team after re-injuring his left knee.
Clark County’s chief economic development agency reported on Wednesday that companies it works with invested about $120 million in facilities and equipment in 2010, creating or maintaining 941 jobs in the region. “I believe we are doing a good job of creating jobs in the community,” Bart Phillips, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, said to more than 130 attendees of the nonprofit’s annual meeting held at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mavericks forward Caron Butler has returned to Dallas' starting lineup after missing three games with back spasms.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Tony Taylor scored 23 points to lead George Washington to a 79-59 win over Marist on Wednesday night in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Heavy rain to continue through rush hour
Motorists should beware of standing water on Interstate 5 this evening.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State punter Anthony Fera is out indefinitely after having an appendectomy Wednesday.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit's Richard Hamilton has been ejected less than five minutes into the Pistons' game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) -- The Big Ten has reached an agreement with Fox Sports to broadcast the league's football championship game from 2011-16.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says slugger Justin Morneau is "doing really well" as he continues to recover from a concussion that ended his season in July.
DENVER (AP) -- A research group says mountain lodges and hotels will have to offer unique, well-priced, well-timed specials to attract skiers and others looking for bargains this winter.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Little opposition has emerged to Major League Baseball expanding its playoffs for 2012 as the sport's top officials discussed the concept during two days of meetings.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller has apologized for using a derogatory term toward gays that he posted on his Twitter account.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green was out of the Thunder's lineup against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained left ankle.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- All-Star catcher John Buck and the Florida Marlins have finalized an $18 million, three-year contract.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- NCAA president Mark Emmert met Wednesday with two representatives who want the organization to take a stronger stand on violence against women.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Despite their longest winning streak in eight years and a share of the AFC West lead, running back Darren McFadden doesn't think the Oakland Raiders are being taken seriously.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State defensive back Tyler Moeller is coming back for a sixth year.
BOSTON (AP) -- Washington rookie guard John Wall, the top overall draft pick last spring, and center Yi Jianlian will both be out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics.
BOSTON (AP) -- Washington rookie guard John Wall, the top overall draft pick last spring, and center Yi Jianlian will both be out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics.
MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James will be helping his Ohio hometown during the upcoming holiday season, even while he plays for the Miami Heat.
MIAMI (AP) -- Quarterback Chad Henne is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against Chicago, while two other Miami Dolphins starters are out because of injuries.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- This was supposed to be Beanie Wells' breakout season. Breakdown is more like it.
A Vancouver woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to forging the checks of a 90-year-old man to support her several-hundred-dollar-a-week drug addiction. Prosecutors recommended Becky L. Iverson, 50, serve four years in prison as part of an agreement in which Iverson pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree theft, five counts of forgery and five counts of second-degree identity theft.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- More than 300 health care workers walked off the job at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield for a one-day strike after contract negotiations broke down.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Speedy outfielder Rajai Davis has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Oakland Athletics for a pair of minor leaguers in the second trade of the general managers' meetings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Antonio Gates is getting frustrated with the torn plantar fascia in his right foot that could sideline him for a second straight game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward cleared his post-concussion tests and practiced in full pads with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A family lawyer says independent tests on the blood of a college football player who was shot to death by police confirm that his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The creator of the "Dreamsicles" line of porcelain figurines has been sentenced to two years in prison for failing to file federal tax returns from 1999 through 2003.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns have reached out and expressed their concern to the father of an 8-year-old boy who was wearing a New York Jets jersey when he was allegedly tackled by a drunken fan following Sunday's game.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Afternoon and evening classes have been canceled in an academic building at Pacific Lutheran University because of a small fire.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded receiver Jason Hill off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.
DALLAS (AP) -- Antonio Margarito has been released from Methodist Hospital, where he had surgery to repair the orbital bone of his right eye that was fractured during his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and the rest of Philadelphia's offense are doing things that even Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Co. didn't do for the 2004 NFC champion Eagles.
KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Three Kent State University basketball players are among five people charged in a parking lot fight at an off-campus apartment complex in September.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed an executive order suspending some of the state's rule making processes.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Danica Patrick's always going 200 mph. This year she added 13 Nationwide dates to her IndyCar schedule, and she concludes her rookie NASCAR season this weekend in Homestead, Fla.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Defending national champion Alabama versus fledgling FCS team Georgia State.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Michael Floyd's decision is a ways off. Notre Dame's star receiver has other things on his mind the next two weeks as the Irish wrap up a disappointing season that could still end in a bowl.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A new study estimates that in the past 10 years, Washington's tobacco prevention program has prevented 13,000 deaths.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Brett Sutter and defenseman Ian White from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington is making sure the final home game of Jake Locker's career is quite the spectacle.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will miss Thursday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami because of a knee problem.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A defense expert says former major league ballplayer Jim Leyritz was not drunk when he was involved in a Florida car crash that killed a 30-year-old woman.
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon couple and their two dogs are the most recent victims of seasonal attacks by aggressive deer, which has become an annual problem in Ashland.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation have discovered an area of radioactive soil that contains 10 times a lethal dose if someone were holding it.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Falling revenue and rising costs are pushing the Bonneville Power Administration toward rate increases it has been able to avoid by tapping some hefty financial reserves, so far.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have placed rookie Fendi Onobun on injured reserve with a back injury that didn't respond to treatment.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The University of Oregon plans to ban smoking and tobacco on campus by 2012.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Air Force is a virtual lock for a bowl game, but has one regular season test left in UNLV.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariel Zagunis could see herself fencing at four or five Olympics.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's public colleges and universities are requesting 10 percent of expected state income in the next two-year budget cycle.
MONROE, Wash. (AP) -- Officers busted a chop shop near Monroe and found stolen cars and parts worth more than $57,000.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) -- A box marked "grenades" that shut down a rest area and weigh station on Interstate 5 Wednesday at Federal Way turned out to contain marine flares, which are used by boaters.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman was killed when she was struck by a dump truck Wednesday morning at a downtown Seattle intersection, at Seventh Ave. and Cherry St.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state is cracking down on unlicensed electricians in Oregon.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The one-day lockdown of the state's eight major prisons to save money went off without a hitch.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Former Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey (PET'-tree) was working part-time at a shop that sells Buckeyes gear in Columbus, stocking shelves and ringing up sales while waiting for some team to give him a chance.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Despite finishing solid enough to win nine of their 10 games, eighth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes has been a slow starter -- particularly on the road.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- It's the time of year when crashes begin to pile up on a series of three mountain passes on Interstate 5 in southern Oregon.
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Australian cruiserweight Danny Green retained a minor world title with a unanimous points decision over American challenger B.J. Flores on Wednesday.
KLAGENFURT, Austria (AP) -- New Jersey-born forward Giuseppe Rossi is wearing the captain's armband for Italy's exhibition game against Romania.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have released former first-round pick Jarvis Moss, who never lived up to high expectations under coaches Mike Shanahan or Josh McDaniels.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Antonio Green scored 17 points and Jamell Harris added 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan over Madonna 79-70 on Wednesday.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A disaster recovery test by the Oregon State Treasury shows that financial data is secure and now can be accessed even faster remotely if a major earthquake or other disaster strikes.
Clark County rate creeps higher
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's unemployment rate is holding steady at 9.1 percent.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Adding three more teams to the NCAA tournament won't make things any easier.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Attorney General Rob McKenna says he's glad the Food and Drug Administration is taking action against alcoholic energy drinks.
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) -- Zenyatta is headed off to retirement in Kentucky.
NEW YORK (AP) -- San Diego's Bud Black has barely beaten out Cincinnati's Dusty Baker as the NL Manager of the Year, while Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire has won the AL award.
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. (AP) -- Annika Sorenstam will make a rare pro tournament appearance Thursday when she participates in the Pebble Beach Invitational.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio zoo says a new resident has big snakeskin shoes to fill.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson has returned to practice and says his injured right knee is getting better but he has no timetable for his return.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma says a Sumatran tiger cub whose heart stopped following surgery is showing signs of improvement but remains in critical condition.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma says a neurologist is examining a Sumatran tiger cub Wednesday to determine the extent of brain damage it suffered after its heart stopped following surgery.
Cold snap coming next week
The National Weather Service in Portland says incoming cold weather predicted to begin at the end of this week could culminate in temperatures in the 20s next week.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- There are times Albert Haynesworth wishes he were still playing for the Tennessee Titans.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on two lawsuits that question the scope of Attorney General Rob McKenna's authority.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The scope of Attorney General Rob McKenna's power to independently sue -- or to refuse to sue -- is at the heart of two lawsuits before the state Supreme Court this week.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Defender Tim Ream was in the starting lineup for his first game with the U.S. national team while Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj got his first start in the year-ending exhibition against South Africa.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska man injured in a propane explosion earlier this month has died of his injuries at a Seattle hospital.
ROME (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team is getting ready to face Italy in a playoff for the World Cup.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington state ferry system says it's adopting most of 36 recommendations suggested by an expert panel to improve operations.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- There are nearly 21,000 more people in Oregon this year than in 2009.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon unemployment rate refused to budge again in October, remaining at 10.5 percent to keep it virtually unchanged for the past year.
TriMet contends plaintiff wasn't an innocent bystander
A Multnomah County judge has thrown out a $1 million suit filed against TriMet by a 30-year-old Vancouver woman who said the transit agency failed to protect her from being assaulted by an obnoxious group of teens on a Yellow Line MAX train.
AIRDRIE, Scotland (AP) -- A Scottish soccer club has apologized after mistakenly using a picture of Nazi soldiers on the cover of a special matchday program on Remembrance Day.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Detroit Tigers have reached a preliminary agreement on a $16.5 million, three-year contract.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state pardon board will not consider a petition by the former Milwaukee police officer convicted of a decades-old murder at its meeting Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from Tony Parker, citing irreconcilable differences.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who had 2 grams of marijuana confiscated at the King County Courthouse is suing the sheriff.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has been elected chairwoman of the National Governors Association, becoming the second woman elected to the position.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga forward Elias Harris suffered a foot injury in the No. 11 Bulldogs' loss to No. 25 San Diego State.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A judge in Anchorage has pushed back the trial for an Olympia, Wash., woman accused of conspiring to kill a man.
MADRID (AP) -- Former French Open champion Carlos Moya has retired, citing a nagging foot injury in calling an end to his 15-year career.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- Construction is expected to begin soon on a $120 million geothermal plant at Crump Geyser in a remote area of southern Oregon.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska coach Doc Sadler has suspended backup point guard Kamyron Brown indefinitely.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pop star Pink says she's eating for two.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- Four students who overdosed on OxyContin pills at R.A. Brown Middle School in Hillsboro are expected to recover.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Multnomah County judge threw out a $1 million lawsuit filed against TriMet by a woman who said the transit agency failed to protect her from being assaulted by a group of teens on a Max train.
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State says doctors have confirmed that senior quarterback Austen Arnaud's college career is finished.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield says it's remaining open through Wednesday's one-day strike by the union representing 340 service workers.
DALLAS (AP) -- Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley isn't letting star quarterback Cam Newton garner all the headlines this season.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The investigation of the robbery of Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle last week has revealed she was the target of a kidnapping plot.
DENHAM, England (AP) -- The Ladies European Tour says nine candidates have declared an interest in hosting the Solheim Cup between Europe and the United States in 2015.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA says it has opened a disciplinary case against Croatia Football Association president Vlatko Markovic after he was reported saying he would exclude gay players from the national team.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow in the Oregon Cascades through Thursday night.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's leader is waiting for a crucial document from the U.S. meant to persuade hard-liners in his government to renew a ban on settlement construction so that the stalled Mideast peace talks can resume.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas officials say a car explosion has killed one person and wounded four others in the Gaza Strip.
A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation said the kidnap plot appears to be "part of a larger conspiracy" extending beyond the three suspects now in custody.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Confidence that Ireland will work out the details for a bailout and strong interest in General Motors initial public offering is lifting stock futures.
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish newspaper says the World Anti-Doping Agency found no evidence to support Alberto Contador's claim that contaminated meat caused his positive test at the Tour de France.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Belfair Eagle Scout David Gentry has done something that few achieve. He has earned all 129 merit badges awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo has withdrawn its bid to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations for financial reasons.
KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- A 41-year-old Longview woman has been accused of selling drugs with her sons.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man killed in a shootout with Spokane police last week had a history of mental illness and suicide attempts.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper Foxy Brown says she'll fight charges of violating a court order stemming from a confrontation with her neighbor in New York City.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Gonzaga University student was knocked out of her tennis shoes when she was hit by a van at an intersection near the campus in Spokane.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state officials have refused a small Nativity scene that a Catholic group sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire for the state Capitol.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- When tolling starts next year on the Highway 520 floating bridge, drivers would pay $3.50 or $5 to cross Lake Washington between Bellevue and Seattle.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- The Olympic Council of Asia has launched an investigation into possible ambush marketing after Chinese gymnasts repeatedly made hand gestures that were apparently meant to mimic their sponsor logo.
Company seeks a better way for first responders?
The seconds and minutes after a gunman threatens a school are the most critical time for law enforcement to help prevent a tragedy. Yet, these first responders often arrive to a scene without all of the information and tools they need, said Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds. That’s why Reynolds founded FastNav, a Web-based navigation software system to help police officers quickly and easily respond to school disasters including potential bomb threats, shootings and terrorist attacks. FastNav aims to improve on the current state-adopted Rapid Responder system, which has many of the same features and information but is too clunky for patrol officers to use, Reynolds said.
A Vancouver soldier is scheduled to be a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Tuesday's high school results
Two Prairie girls basketball players have made their college decisions.
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
U.S. Rep.-elect Jaime Herrera, R-Camas, announced the makeup of her three-member transition team Tuesday. The team will advise her as she hires staff for her new congressional office in Washington, D.C., which she will occupy beginning in January, after she is sworn in. Serving her during the transition will be J. Vander Stoep, a Chehalis attorney and former state legislator who went on to serve as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.; Afton Swift, who has worked as a congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. Jack Metcalf and U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, both Washington Republicans; and Casey Bowman, Herrera’s campaign manager in her just-concluded run for Congress, in which she beat Democrat Denny Heck.
Pilots of the 142nd Fighter Wing are conducting routine F-15 jet fighter night-flying training this week, according to the Oregon Military Department.
Clark County workers are expanding their repair of a stretch of Highway 99 that was undermined by a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall last month.
A list of daily death notices
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council will hold its next PubTalk networking event from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the offices of AHA! in Vancouver.
The number of homes listed for sale in Clark County increased slightly to an 11.1-month supply in October, up from 10.4 months in September, according to RMLS, the Portland-based multiple listing service.
The Charlotte Marin Foundation awarded the Mount St. Helens Institute a $5,000 grant to continue the Youth Stream Team program.
John Manix has been a neighborhood traffic engineer for the city of Vancouver for 15 years. In that time he’s been the city’s primary man in the field responding to citizen requests for speed bumps, stop signs and other traffic control measures and devices. That’s made him a savior to some and a lightning rod for others — and well-known to many.
Wells Fargo has donated $1,000 each to 10 Clark County schools to use however they wish.
These pets are among those available for adoption from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver. Fees — which can include registered microchip, health exam, a spay or neuter certificate and vaccination — vary. Call 360-693-4746.
I live downtown and walk my dog in Esther Short Park — sometimes at night. I follow the rules and scoop the poop. One night, I was there about 10 minutes past 10 p.m. when I saw somebody looking for something in the grass. I went over to help and it turned out to be a police officer — who told me the park was closed and I needed to leave. I told him other officers had seen me in the park with my dog even later than that and never had a problem. This officer said enforcing the rule was discretionary. But eventually — after I pressed it a bit — he said if he catches me again I’d get a ticket and my dog would be impounded. I think he was enforcing the letter of the law but not the spirit, which is to keep the park safe. If I can’t walk my dog in the park at night, I have to find somewhere else to go and that’s less safe. Have they instituted a zero-tolerance policy about being in the park after hours? —Ken Campbell, Esther Short neighborhood
Neighborhood association meetings and events
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First you need to know that what used to be Hamilton Island is now the town of North Bonneville. This happened in the early 1980s. The town of North Bonneville was moved to Hamilton Island after this fishing trip.
Board grimly backs proposed two-year spending plan
SALMON CREEK — Forget, for a moment, competition with China or India. In the critical battle to raise a well-educated work force and create jobs, Washington state is losing ground to the likes of Massachusetts and Mississippi.
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Prairie girls find success despite disagreements
Headstrong. Opinionated. Difficult. Those are a few of the words used to describe the Prairie High School girls soccer team that has made school history by winning two state playoff games.
Repairing locks at 3 Columbia River dams will impact highway and rail commerce
Transportation challenges in this part of the state will be especially difficult this winter, and that’s not just a weather forecast. It’s a certainty, even if the winter is not colder and wetter as predicted. In three weeks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close for repairs the navigational locks at three Columbia River dams. Barge traffic from The Dalles upstream will be shut down for more than three months, 14 weeks in fact, about seven times longer than routine maintenance closures in the past.
Councilman says mayor, other councilors ‘after’ him
Battle Ground City Council member Paul Zandamela has been identified as the subject of two allegations of ethics violations. Zandamela will have a chance to present his side of the case, as will a representative of the council, at a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 20. The complaint was filed with Mayor Mike Ciraulo two weeks ago.
270 acres considered for business park, light industrial uses
After hearing concerns from residents and Vancouver city officials, Clark County commissioners on Tuesday decided against opening up 270 acres northeast of the Clark County Fairgrounds for development. Commissioners voted against a proposal that commissioners themselves had asked staff members to research and present.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney's fitness is improving and he will be assessed Thursday to see if he is ready to play.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer prices rose moderately in October but there was little sign of inflation as the cost of autos, clothing and hotels fell.
ZURICH (AP) -- World Cup champion Spain heads the latest FIFA rankings, while African champion Egypt has returned to the top 10.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Angelina Jolie's producer says one of the star's assistant directors has started shooting scenes for her first movie in Sarajevo.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Some people who lost power in the Monday night windstorm in Western Washington are still waiting for utility crews to restore service.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Russian arms trafficking suspect labeled the "Merchant of Death" has pleaded not guilty in a New York City court, where he's charged with supporting terrorists trying to overthrow the government of Colombia.
LONDON (AP) -- Goldikova, the 5-year-old mare who has won three Breeders' Cup Miles, has been chosen Horse of the Year at the Cartier Racing Awards.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Washington Cascades because of heavy snow expected through Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is summoning former defense secretaries and secretaries of state of both parties to the White House to rally support for imperiled nuclear weapons treaty with Russia.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka is free to move to Major League Baseball via the posting system.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- St. Petersburg police say no criminal charges will be filed against the driver who struck and killed the 87-year-old father of New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman Lt. Kelli Sheffer says two Portland officers have been arrested for investigation of drunken driving.
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say a shootout inside a mosque in southwestern Pakistan has wounded 18 people during one of Islam's most important holidays. The clash came after a dispute over which of two rival clerics should lead prayers.