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Risk of inheriting brain disease is higher among African Americans

African Americans whose parents have Alzheimer's Disease are far more likely to also contract the disease than other races, according to a recent study conducted at Oregon Health & Science University.


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Brazilian percussion and dance ensemble Samba Sol get the crowd working


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WASHINGTON—Political appointees in the Justice Department have overruled career workers at least three times on high-profile matters, including a Georgia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says that is what appointees are paid for: to consider the advice of professional staff and then exercise their best judgment.


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NEW ORLEANS—A number of Hurricane Katrina refugees stuck in hotel rooms and unfamiliar surroundings across the United States are in no mood to party and they're decrying this city's plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in two months.
"This is not the time for fun, this is the time to put people's lives back on track," said Lillie Antoine, a 51-year-old refugee stuck in Tulsa, Okla.


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Tavis Smiley, radio and television host and the keynote speaker at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle's sixth annual Benefit Breakfast, delivers his address to the more than 1000 people in attendance Dec. 9 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.


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Parents need to make informed child care choices, says governor

OLYMPIA—Gov. Christine Gregoire is calling for a new rating system for child care centers and preschools so parents can make informed decisions about where to send their tykes.
The governor also is proposing a new cabinet-level agency to pull together a half-dozen child-care and early-learning programs now scattered across state government.


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26,000 join service union as part of the Change to Win movement

OLYMPIA—Thousands of secretaries, bus drivers and other school workers have joined the Service Employees International Union


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An AP study finds that poorer neighborhoods also the most polluted

CHICAGO—Kevin Brown's most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up

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Local author Edwina Martin-Arnold reads from her new novel, "Chocolate Friday," at The Bookworm Exchange in Columbia City on Dec 9.


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LOS ANGELES—It is one of those indelible images from the late 1960s that remains locked in the minds of those who were there.
It's a comedy album photograph of a nearly naked Richard Pryor, dressed in a loincloth, with bones through his nose and beads around his neck like a stereotypical African bushman from an old "Tarzan" movie.


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