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New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered

Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology.

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County votes to stay silent on levee clearing

Walla Walla County commissioners voted unanimously to not intervene in a local coalition’s request to halt a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that will clear a 5,000-foot-long stretch of trees and brush along Mill Creek levee.

Teen charged in June gang shooting

A 14-year-old girl is accused in Walla Walla County Superior Court of shooting at rival gang affiliates near Second Avenue and Newell Street last summer.

Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit drops to $435B

Congressional budget analysts said Wednesday that the federal government ran a deficit of $435 billion in the just-completed budget year, the smallest deficit since 2007 and well below the record shortfalls of President Barack Obama's first term.

McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker

In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for House speaker Thursday, throwing Congress' Republican leadership into chaos.

Senate Democrats preparing legislative package to curb guns

Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation's toll of firearms deaths.

Fetal tissue video uproar affects Washington lab

As undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists roiled the nation this summer, sparking outrage directed at Planned Parenthood and reigniting questions about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses, the Birth Defects Research Laboratory at the University of Washington quietly continued the work it has done for more than 50 years.

Protesters to demonstrate at Planned Parenthood centers

Planned Parenthood centers — including Walla Walla’s — will be the target of protests Saturday over the alleged selling of fetal tissue.

Charges pile up for Walla Walla gang suspect

A Walla Walla teenager now is accused of involvement in three gang-related shootings this year and of raping a girl at his residence in April.

Thousands of federal drug inmates set for early release

Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are set for early release next month under a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation's prison population.

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Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.

Commissioners to meet on Corps levee plan

Walla Walla County commissioners will hold a special meeting 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss citizen requests to intervene in the U.S. Corps of Engineers' plan to remove trees and other vegetation along a stretch of the Mill Creek levee.

Newhouse seeks to slow port slowdowns with new bill

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, is getting behind a second bill to help agriculture deal with port slowdowns.

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Pot, tree clearings debated at AAUW forum

The defining moments were few, with marijuana being one topic that saw a modicum of debate Monday at a local candidates forum at Walla Walla Community College.

3 charged in gang drive-by on Cherry Street

Formal charges have been filed against three known local gang members suspected of involvement in a shooting last week on Cherry Street.