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Emergency crews responded to a container fire located at the New Biginnings Church parking lot on Nash St. this evening.

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Local & Regional Local Fire Chief Completes International Professional Designation Process (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Fire Chief Greg Marlar of Douglas County Fire District No.2 has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer”. The Commission on Professional Crediting met on December 15 to officially confer the designation. District officials say Chief Marlar is one of only nine in the state of Oregon, and there are only 1,017 CFO’s worldwide.

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Sports Photo Gallery: Best sports photos (Photo Gallery)
The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat: the spirit of sports can sometimes be captured in less than a blink of an eye - or a camera shutter. >>> See the Sports Photo Gallery

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National & World (New) NAACP leader urges pursuit of justice after bombing attempt
Nearly three weeks after an attempted bombing in Colorado Springs near the headquarters of the NAACP, the national leader of the organization told several hundred people on Saturday they should not be deterred from pursuing justice while possible hate crimes are being investigated.

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Outdoors State seeks zoo to rehab scrawny orphan bear
State veterinarians say they've put out a call across the continent for an accredited zoo that can rehabilitate a scrawny but otherwise healthy bear that fell from a tree in Southern Oregon earlier this month.
Outdoors Idaho girl, 12, sets new yellow perch world record
A the story about an Idaho angler who caught a whopper of a rainbow trout -- 28 pounds in fact - went national on sites including Yahoo! and CNN.

Now a 12-year-old Eagle girl has just set the world record for largest yellow perch caught while ice fishing.

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Home 'Deflategate' follies 'Deflategate' follies (Video)
The New England Patriots' footballs may have been underinflated, but jokes and jabs about the scandal have blown up. CNN's Jeanne Moos has some of the best of them.
Home Lost class ring returned 25 years later Lost class ring returned 25 years later (Video)
A Missouri woman's treasure was missing for decades. She thought it was gone forever, but a student from Lewis Palmer high school took up the mission to find it. As Emily Allen reports, it's now mission accomplished.

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Technology Amazon to produce, acquire original movies
Amazon Studios announced Monday that it will significantly expand into movie production by acquiring films for theatrical release and early-window streaming through its subscription service, Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Technology Snowplow tracking apps hold cities accountable for cleanup
Across the country, local leaders have made plow-tracking data public in free mobile apps, turning citizens into snow watchdogs and giving them a place to look for answers instead of clogging phone lines at city call centers to fume.

Health

Health Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.

Business

Business McDonald's earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers
The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.
Business UPS takes a hit during the holidays, cuts outlook
The huge cost of ensuring timely deliveries cost UPS during the holidays and the shipping company cut its outlook for the year. Its shares plunged almost 10 percent in morning trading Friday.

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Consumer Think safety when using extension cords
Extension cords can be a trip hazard. That's why so many people try to cover them up with a throw rug or small piece of carpet.

John Drengenberg, a safety expert at UL, says that's something you should never do.
Consumer Start early to get financial aid for college
If you have a son or daughter headed to college this year, you should be looking for financial aid. Start by filing out the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.
Consumer Rapid Ramen Cooker: Does it work? (Video)
At some point in our lives, just about all of us have encountered a bowl of ramen noodles. For a lot of people, ramen is a staple, because it costs as little as 20 cents per serving and is extremely easy to cook.
Consumer Don't get sacked by fake NFL gear (Video)
Whether it's the jersey of one of your favorite Seahawks or some other official NFL gear- make sure you're dealing with a legit seller. Online imposters claim to sell you the real thing at a good price, but you'll only get cheap, flimsy knock-offs that quickly fall apart. Most are made illegally in China. And if you're tricked into buying a fake- you're stuck. With no recourse.