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  • Thurston County Resident Returns From Liberia

    wafrica 3Local resident agrees to limit social activity, self-monitor for 21 days after trip to Liberia. A Thurston County resident recently returned to the area after spending three weeks in Liberia. While the individual had no contact with anyone… Read More +

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  • Tornado Rips Roofs In Washington State

    tornado roofA rare tornado ripped roofs off buildings, uprooted trees and shattered windows Thursday afternoon in the southwest Washington city of Longview, but there were no reports of injuries. A National Weather Service storm survey team from nearby Portland, Oregon, estimated… Read More +

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  • Baldwin Optimistic About Seahawks Moving Forward

    baldwinDoug Baldwin was about to board the charter bus last Friday when he got word Seattle had traded Percy Harvin. Two days later, he sat in a St. Louis locker room after one of the best games in his career answering questions about whether he was involved in a preseason scuffle with Harvin. Baldwin and the Seahawks are ready to put the Harvin conversation in the past.

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Crisis in Syria Driving Up the Price of Oil

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_625c380ecc.jpgComstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before the U.S. takes any of its presumed military action against Syria, the oil markets are already reacting, and not in a positive way for consumers. Fears that the Middle East could become destabilized and block the flow of oil sent the price of crude up to $109 a barrel Tuesday, an 18-month-high.

Prices actually began their upward movement during the past three months over fears that the Syrian conflict would spread outside its borders along with the current turmoil in Egypt, following the ouster of the country's Islamist president in early July.

A possible military strike against Syria wouldn't necessarily target its limited oil fields. However, industry analysts are worried that big oil producers Iran and Iraq could be affected, creating a shortfall of supplies that would further drive up the cost of crude and send prices at the pump in the U.S. soaring, at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, Libya, another oil supplier, has been hit lately by protesters stopping oil production in some of its fields. Political turmoil between the government and Islamic militants has also put Libya in a state of flux.

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