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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

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News of record reports for Chelan and Douglas counties

Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances

For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia’s backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West’s inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

U.S. manufacturing growing steadily

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose.

Poll finds support for Hamas rises

JERUSALEM — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released today.

32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run today, a spokesman said.

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive U.N. troops

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said today.

Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives

MASERU, Lesotho — Police in Lesotho have been told to abandon their posts and not wear uniforms to avoid being targeted in attacks in the kingdom’s continuing power vacuum, an official said today.

Bomb attack kills 11, injures four

EGYPT — Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up today when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation’s security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported.

6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab’s top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said today.

U.S. eating habits improve a bit, except among poor

CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

No alcohol taste tests for children

PITTSBURGH — A parent enjoying an alcoholic drink might find his or her young child to be curious about what’s in that bottle or glass.

Quincy police car hit by semi

QUINCY — Authorities say a Quincy policeman who attempted to make a U-turn in front of a semi on Friday was injured when the semi struck the side of his vehicle.

Bridgeport man airlifted after crash

MANSFIELD — A 33-year-old Bridgeport man was airlifted to Confluence Health hospital in Wenatchee early Monday morning after a rollover accident five miles west of Mansfield.

Forensic anthropologist to help identify bodies

WENATCHEE — A forensic anthropologist with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will be assisting Chelan County in trying to determine whose bodies were found this past week in two different locations of Chelan County.

Garage owner holds burglary suspects at gunpoint

WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee homeowner held two suspected burglars at gunpoint in his garage for about two minutes early this morning until police arrived and arrested them.