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Local Pasco family who lost mom, wife is coping this holiday season
We first brought you this story in April. So many of you were touched by it, it went viral. A Pasco family lost their wife and mom unexpectedly as she was giving birth to her fifth child. Ana Gutierrez-Ramirez was a few days shy of 38. KEPR checked back in with the family to see how they are doing this holiday season.

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Sports Seahawks sign K.J. Wright to 4-year extension Seahawks sign K.J. Wright to 4-year extension
The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker K.J. Wright to a four-year contract extension, keeping one of their key defensive players from reaching free agency.
Sports 49ers' Harbaugh mum on reported offer
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.

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National & World 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization
Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

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Technology Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers
Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."
Technology BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort
BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.
Technology Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices
A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

Health

Health Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.
Health Consumer Reports: Why rice & kids might not mix (Video)
Several variations of rice and rice products contain concerning levels of arsenic. Consumer Reports used data from the FDA and its own testing to recommend limits for how much rice kids and adults should eat. The testing also indicates the types of rice and other grains with lower levels of arsenic.

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Business Why the Fed thinks U.S. economy still needs its help
The Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that it's eyeing economic improvements with caution. The Fed isn't yet convinced it can start to pull away its stimulus of record-low interest rates.
Business Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South
Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.

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Consumer Bagging extra discounts on holiday purchases
If you're among the millions who'll be shopping online this holiday season, make sure you're not paying more than you need to. Here are some tips for snagging extra discounts at checkout.
Consumer Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.