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  • Man Dies From Stab Fight

    police-tapeOne of two Centralia, Washington, men stabbed in a fight over a woman has died. Lewis County sheriff's Cmdr. Steve Aust said Thursday that a 38-year-old man injured Monday night has died of his injuries at a Seattle hospital. A 35-year-old… Read More +

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  • Mud, Slides Close Roads, Trap Motorists

    WA Regional News 4.500Officials in areas of north-central Washington hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions of three highways and stranding some motorists. There were no immediate reports… Read More +

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  • Seattle Storm Wins Lottery Pick

    seatte stormThe Seattle Storm have won the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft lottery. The Tulsa Shock was awarded the second pick Thursday night, with Connecticut picking third and fourth. The Sun acquired the Liberty's pick on draft night this past April in part of a package for Tina Charles. The Storm finished tied with Tulsa for the league's worst record at 12-22 and each had a 35.9 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick.

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Consumer Confidence Dips Due to Job Concerns

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_0b9ce7a654.jpgRyan McVay/Thoinkstock (NEW YORK) -- How Americans feel about their jobs is affecting consumer confidence. What they've been seeing lately is employers holding back on new hires as well being stingy about raises. Accordingly, the New York-based Conference Board says its confidence index this month stands at 79.7, down from 81.8 in August.

The index is a measure on how consumers feel about their financial state.  Since spending drives about 70 percent of the national economy, it's an important barometer of where things may be headed in the near future.

Typically, a consumer confidence index of 90 or above suggests the economy is healthy.  During the depths of the Great Recession, it fell to under 29. Reaching the threshold of what constitutes a strong healthy economy could still be a long time in coming with unemployment still high and the federal government continuing to make spending cuts spurred along by the ongoing sequester.

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