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Air Stagnation Advisory issued December 17 at 9:42AM PST until December 19 at 12:00PM PST by NWS

..LIGHT WINDS AND INVERSIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORKWEEK. THIS WILL LEAD TOWARD STAGNANT AIR CONDITIONS OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON. ...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND STABLE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE

Overnight

Lo33° Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi39° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo33° Rain/Snow

Friday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo31° Rain/Snow Likely

Saturday

Hi38° Rain/Snow

Saturday Night

Lo32° Rain

Sunday

Hi40° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo35° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi43° Mostly Sunny

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows today to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

One dead in Canadian car attack

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — Terrorist ideology inspired a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was shot dead by police, authorities said today.

W.H.O.: We botched outbreak response

LONDON — The World Health Organization has admitted it botched the attempt to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

Hurricane Gonzalo approaching Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm today and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet.

Snowstorm rescue continues

KATHMANDU — At least 95 more people were rescued from Nepal’s central mountains but many trekking teams remain stuck after being hit by snowstorms, authorities said today.

U.N. chief visits Gaza as reconstruction efforts begin

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The U.N. chief visited Gaza today to give a push to international reconstruction efforts following a devastating summer war, saying the destruction was “beyond description” as Israel allowed the first shipment of construction materials to enter the coastal strip since the fighting ended in August.

Mexico captures cartel kingpin

Authorities on Thursday captured one of Mexico’s most wanted men, the leader of the resurgent Juarez Cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, bagging the second major alleged kingpin this month.
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Graves found in case of Mexico’s 43 missing students

TIXTLA, Mexico — Two weeks after 43 students disappeared in a clash with police in rural southern Mexico, authorities say the suspects have led them to more mass graves, though Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam did not say how many bodies are there.
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Two children’s advocates win Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway — Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize today for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

Hong Kong government cancels talks with protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government today canceled talks with student leaders of a pro-democracy protest that has blocked streets in the city for nearly two weeks, with a senior official saying the discussions were unlikely to be constructive.

U.S.-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — The U.S.-led coalition ramped up its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions in the Syrian border town of Kobani today, as the extremist group battled street by street with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements from surrounding areas.

Two suicide attacks in Yemen kill nearly 70 people

SANAA, Yemen — Two suicide bombers struck in Yemen today — one targeting a gathering of Shiite rebels in the country’s capital and the other hitting a military outpost in the south — in attacks that killed nearly 70 people, officials said.

Three scientists win Nobel for super-zoom microscopes

STOCKHOLM — Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells.
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Hong Kong protests thin as sides talk

Crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong’s streets with demands for more democracy thinned dramatically Tuesday after student leaders and the government agreed to hold talks in the increasingly frustrated city.
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LED lights scientists win Nobel Prize

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

Violent protests as Kurds seek help against I.S.

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish protesters clashed today with police in Turkey and forced their way into the European Parliament in Brussels, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group’s advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Hong Kong police and protesters brace for conflict

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters prepared face masks and goggles and police brought in supplies of tear gas and other riot gear as tensions grew Thursday in a standoff outside of the government headquarters.
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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

HONG KONG — Student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory’s top official doesn’t resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.