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Santa kitty? Fire crew rescues little cat stuck in chimney

Santa kitty? Fire crew rescues little cat stuck in chimney
A firefighter carries the little cat to safety after rescuing it from the chimney. (Photo courtesy of Eastside Fire Fighters)
An Eastside fire crew spent part of Christmas Day rescuing a cat that apparently was trying to play Santa when it got stuck inside a chimney.

Nutty for nutcrackers: Oregon woman has 700 in her collection

Nutty for nutcrackers: Oregon woman has 700 in her collection »Play Video
Jeanie Ganz of Hillsboro, Oregon stands among her collection of nutcrackers, numbering about 700. She began collecting them more than 20 years ago.

German folklore tells us nutcrackers bring protection and good luck. If that's true, Jeanie Ganz's luck isn't likely to run out any time soon. 

 

Portland woman released from East Timor jail: 'A Christmas miracle'

Portland woman released from East Timor jail: 'A Christmas miracle' »Play Video
Photo of Portland Veterinarian Dr. Stacey Addison's release taken outside a women's prison in East Timor. (Photo posted to the Help Stacey Facebook page on Christmas Day)

A mother gets her Christmas wish as her daughter is released from prison in East Timor, where she says she spent months behind bars for no reason.

Photos help Oso survivor face first Christmas after slide

Photos help Oso survivor face first Christmas after slide »Play Video
Tim Ward breaks down as he talks about his memories of his wife Brandy, who died in the Oso mudslide. This is his first Christmas without her.

This holiday season marks the first for the families impacted by the Oso mudslide.  Forty three people died when the mountain above Oso came crashing down. Hundreds of families have been changed forever. Only nine people survived the slide.

US experiencing surge in flu cases

US experiencing surge in flu cases »Play Video

The nation is experiencing a surge in flu cases - and so far it appears to be worse than last year.

A week ago, flu was widespread in 4 states. Now there are 29 states experiencing rampant flu outbreaks.

Repeat 911 hang up caller gets a gift instead of a trip to jail

Valley Emergency Communications Center dispatchers are problem solvers, and Thursday they proved it in a non-emergency situation when they pooled their cash to buy one of their regular callers an iPod.

'The Interview': Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in wake of cyber attack

'The Interview': Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in wake of cyber attack »Play Video
Down come the posters for "The Interview" after the decision to pull the film in the wake of cyber attacks and threats blamed on North Korea.

President Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" pulling "The Interview" from theaters, decrying what he called censorship by cyberterrorism.

"I wish they had spoken to me first," the president said. "We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship."

Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes

Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes
A home's siding is torn off after being blistered by large hail and strong winds in Hooper, Nebraska on June 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Kevin Krohn )

On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.