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A high wind warning and a high surf warning remain in effect into early Monday afternoon as a strong winter storm hit the coast Sunday evening and into Monday, delivering strong winds, towering waves and rain to some places and heavy snowfall and whiteout conditions to others.

The storm's effects won't be limited to the coast and the mountains. Forecasters also have posted high-wind warnings with gusts up to 55 mph in Oregon's Willamette Valley and the metro Portland area.

[Power Outage Information from Pacific Power  |  Traffic Updates  |  National Weather Service - Portland]

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While officers were arresting Orion Adamson, a 37 year old Astoria area transient, for his role in this mornings stolen car, Officer Ryan Sisley was taking a Burglary report in the 500 block of Florence. The apartment had been entered through a sliding glass door with a broken lock. Taken were a computer, credit cards, checks and keys to both a Ford truck and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. The Harley Davidson motorcycle was also missing but found a short distance away on Taylor Street. During the investigation Adamson was developed as a suspect. When booked at the Clatsop County Jail on the earlier offenses, officers located keys to a Ford Pickup and the Harley Davidson which had been taken from the victims residence.  Previous story.

An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting at a U.S. school said 27 people were dead, including 18 children. It was the worst school shooting in the country's history.  The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is under way.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said the gunman was among the dead.  The White House said President Barack Obama had been notified.  The killings happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City. 

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Astoria Police Recover Stolen Vehicle; Vehicle found 7 Minutes After Report

At 6:59am Friday Morning Astoria Police were notified by the owner of a 1993 Ford Explorer that his vehicle had been stolen from the area of 828 Franklin. He reported that the vehicle had been stolen about an hour prior.  Seven minutes later, at 7:06 Officer Matt Clausen saw a vehicle that matched the description.

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KAST News recieved an email Thursday from Clatsop County Commission Chairman Peter Huhtala where he responds to public concerns over the County take-over of the Clatsop County Housing Authority Board of Directors. The email reads:

I thought that you might be interested in my (attached) thoughts regarding the Housing Authority matter, as I expressed them at the Commission meeting last night.  This was a difficult decision,

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Charities are required to file periodic financial reports with the Oregon Department
of Justice documenting their national fundraising and expenditures and explaining
how donations were spent. State Attorney Ellen Rosenbaum issued a list of what she terms the "Top 20 Worst Charities" based on how little these organizations spend on administrtaive costs.

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Astoria's Mayor Van Dusen wants everyone to know exactly what's coming.  He calls it the biggest, dirtiest construction project in Astoria's long history.

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AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 91.8 million people who traveled last year. This increase brings holiday travel figures to within half a million of the decade high mark seen during the 2006/2007 season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

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