Confidence among U.S. homebuilders held steady in January at the highest level in nearly seven years, but builders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their prospects for sales over the next six months.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday held at 47, the same as in December and the highest reading since April 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly after he originally chose to stay at Oregon.Kelly becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will host public information workshops January 22 and January 23, 2013, to discuss its emergency plans to relocate up to 50 Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler Hanson (JBH) Refuge

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The Coast Guard says seas are calm and visibility is good Wednesday morning off the Washington coast for a crewman who fell overboard from a crab boat about eight miles west of the mouth of the Queets River.

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Retail gas prices in Oregon are edging down, while the national average remains the same as it was last week. The Oregon average for regular unleaded drops a nickel this week to $3.33 a gallon, while the national average remains at $3.30.

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening a portion of the Oregon Coast to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting

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Seaside Police Department reminds everyone Martin Luther King holiday is Monday January 21st. That means many people with have a three day weekend which means more visitors and more traffic. With this extra Holiday traffic on our road for this weekend, Seaside Police is asking for your help to keep the roads as safe as possible.

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Lincoln City Police Detectives arrested a retired Taft Elementary 6th grade teacher from Lincoln City Monday January 14th on warrants obtained by the Oregon Department of Justice stemming from a child pornography investigation.

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State fishery managers have approved a second razor clam dig in January, this one running from Friday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 27, on evening tides at various ocean beaches.

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President Barack Obama says Congress' failure to raise the government's borrowing authority would delay payments of benefits to veterans and Social Security recipients. He again warned that he will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, aiming to pin the burden of an unprecedented default on congressional Republicans.

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The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a seven-week tour of the Columbia River that will include 11 ports in Washington and Oregon. The ships are marking the 225th anniversary of the first landfall by a U.S.-flagged vessel on the shores of what would later become Oregon. The ships last conducted a similar tour in 2009.

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