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Special Weather Statement issued August 21 at 6:11PM PDT by NWS

...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL DOUGLAS AND EASTERN CHELAN COUNTIES UNTIL 715 PM PDT... AT 610 PM PDT...DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 11 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CHELAN...OR 26 MILES NORTHEAST OF WENATCHEE... MOVING EAST AT 5 MPH. NICKEL SIZE HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

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Taliban appears ready to deal on captive soldier

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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.

An ever-shrinking U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has refocused attention on efforts to bring home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. About two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military’s U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and FBI are working the case — most of them doing it alongside their other duties, a defense official said.

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