Vancouver mayor, most councilors to get raises

8:04 p.m. April 24
Salry review commission OKs bumps for all but Smith, who sees decrease

The Vancouver mayor and members of the city council, with one exception, will receive salary increases in January for the first time since 2009, the salary review commission decided Thursday.

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Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?

11:08 a.m. April 24

WASHINGTON — The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved.

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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

10:56 a.m. April 24

INDIANAPOLIS — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.