News for Friday, January 11, 2013



Major Judaica collection to be auctioned in NYC

NEW YORK — Philanthropist and former Wall Street money manager Michael Steinhardt began collecting objects of Jewish history and culture three decades ago, eventually amassing a trove of manuscripts, textiles and art worth millions of dollars.

Iraqi inmates seize weapons, escape from prison

BAGHDAD — A dozen prisoners, including al-Qaida-linked death row inmates, escaped from a prison near Baghdad today, the latest sign that Iraq still struggles with basic law and order more than a year after American troops withdrew, officials said.

Banks seek NSA help amid attacks on computer systems

WASHINGTON — Major U.S. banks have turned to the National Security Agency for help protecting their computer systems after a barrage of assaults that have disrupted their websites, according to industry officials.

Palestinians pitch tents in key West Bank area

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian activists pitched tents in the West Bank today to protest Israeli plans to build a large Jewish settlement on a key route through the territory.

Pakistani Shiites protest after bombings kill 120

QUETTA, Pakistan — Shiites in a southwestern Pakistani city hit by a brutal terror attack refused to bury their dead today in protest, demanding that the government do something to protect them from what has become a barrage of bombings and shootings against the minority Muslim sect.

Gas prices predicted to fall in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013.

Miss America contestant pursues double mastectomy

LAS VEGAS — Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body.

Wells Fargo reports record profit from refinances

SAN FRANCISCO — Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. home lender, reported a 24 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit as the bank made more money from mortgage banking and squeezed more income out of revenue.

Citizens can trust Sheriff’s Office

Thursday was a sad day for law enforcement. Any time a trusted public servant chooses to violate and betray that trust, it is a bitter sting for all. The fact that Carole Lepiane is a former employee of a prior administration makes the sting none the less for any of us at the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.

Testing for pot in drivers’ blood is invasive act

So is it legal without a warrant? The high court is pondering that question, and the answer will impact Washington state.

Should police have the authority to draw blood from motorists stopped for being suspected of driving under the influence without a search warrant?

French troops in Mali to fight extremists

French troops in Mali to fight extremists

Four Milton-Freewater residents nabbed in drug raids

MILTON-FREEWATER — Police arrested four city residents in early morning drug raids Wednesday and Thursday after several months of investigation into drug trafficking.

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Thefts, Burglaries WW County Sheriff Columbia School District administrative office, 755 Maple St, Wednesday 1:26-3:39 a.m. Suspect broke into offices through window, rifled through drawers and cabinets and took bank bag with $300.

Syrian rebels seize key air base, activists say

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels and Islamic militants seeking to topple President Bashar Assad took full control of a strategic northwestern air base today in a significant blow to government forces, seizing helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers, activists said.

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Rover tools tested as science mission looms

Just over five months ago, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, landed in Gale Crater on Mars.

Rack of all trades: Apparel swap meet set for Saturday

A Milton-Freewater newcomer has no intention of skirting her new community — unless it’s the kind with a waistband.

Memory care facility to sprout at Wheatland Village

Wheatland Village will break ground next week on a new memory care community that will promises a touch of Mayberry at the assisted living campus.

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Colonel was 'living example of recovery'

The late Mel Schulstad is one of the most beloved figures in the addiction and recovery field. His stories of his own recovery are the stuff of legend.

Questions surround Kings

SACRAMENTO — You could feel the heat from the fire that shot straight up behind the baskets when former Washington star Isaiah Thomas strolled onto the court during pregame introductions.

Zags maintain WCC dominance -- but barely

SPOKANE — In the latest sequel to their taut little rivalry, there was a twist. Gonzaga, even as it had just a single loss through some rugged early weeks of the college basketball season and had risen to No. 8 in the coaches poll, was chasing Saint Mary’s.

M's Caravan to stop in Walla Walla next week

WALLA WALLA — The 2013 Seattle Mariners Caravan rolls into Walla Walla for a free public autograph session with pitcher Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells and the Mariner Moose on Thursday.

Gaudy records, star power

The records are gaudy. The star power is high.

Wa-Hi's spring sports signups set

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s spring sports registration is slated Feb. 4-8.

NHL players have 36 hours to vote on new labor deal

NEW YORK — NHL players will have 36 hours from Thursday night until Saturday morning to vote on the new labor deal that would end the four-month lockout.

Jaguars fire coach Mularkey after one season at helm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Mike Mularkey after just one season, at 2-14 the worst in franchise history.

Browns tab Chudzinski as sixth head coach since 1999

CLEVELAND — Rob Chudzinski’s first head coaching job will be with the team he loved as a kid.

Inslee: No tax hikes needed for state budget

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov.-elect Jay Inslee said Thursday he still believes the state can handle its budget shortfall without broad tax increases, even though lawmakers are searching for some $2 billion to keep things in balance.

Flu now widespread in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Fever, cough and headache caused by the flu are now widespread in Washington, the state Department of Health said today.

Sit and be fit? No such luck

When I was a kid back in my Midwestern farming town of Decatur, Ill., there were times in the summer when I was home from school, bored and would spend way too much time channel surfing on our very large, console TV.

Dental education team adds Milton-Freewater dental practice

MILTON-FREEWATER — Norman Saager of Broadway Family Dental Care has been asked to join the dentist development and education team of BioResearch Associates Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis.

Can your diet affect the health of your descendants?

Several months ago I attended an all day seminar about whole plant foods in Portland.

Family meals nourish more than bodies

We instinctively know it is good for our children to eat a meal around a table with the rest of the family. However, it is good to be reminded that it really is worth the effort.

YMCA offers diabetes education, management program

MILTON-FREEWATER — Step Ahead Learning School, 1256 N. Columbia St., will present “Understanding Boundaries” on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

School offers 'Understanding Boundaries' session

MILTON-FREEWATER — Step Ahead Learning School, 1256 N. Columbia St., will present “Understanding Boundaries” on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

One student wounded in California school shooting

TAFT, Calif. (AP) — The 16-year-old boy had just wounded a classmate he claimed had bullied him, fired two more rounds at students fleeing their first-period science class then faced teacher Ryan Heber.

Judge in theater shooting delays case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge today delayed the arraignment of the man charged with the Colorado theater shooting until March despite objections from prosecutors and most of the victims and their families.