Thursday, December 26, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Stolen gifts, late packages and searches of the year

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

HERE

A 12-year-old Spokane Valley boy was accidentally shot in the leg while roughhousing with his grandpa. (S-R)

A man stealing packages from the front steps of Spokane homes before Christmas admitted he’d taken them as gifts for his family. (KXLY)

Fire crews battled Christmas home fires in Medical Lake and North Spokane. No one was hurt. (KREM)

ELSEWHERE

UPS and FedEx failed to get some packages delivered for Christmas, blaming bad weather all across the east half of the country and a last-minute flurry of online gift ordering. (NYT)

Time to feel smug if you stocked up on Forever stamps. The price is going up 3 cents — to 49 cents — beginning in January. Two of those cents are considered a temporary price hike to recoup recession losses. (CNN)

Colorado became the first state to issue recreational marijuana retail licenses. (Denver Post)

At least 37 people died in two attacks targeting Christians in Iraq. (Al Jazeera)

WHAT WE SEARCHED

Google has this touching year-in-review video based on top searches of the year. We’re skeptical that “courage” really got searched more than, say, “breaking bad season 5 streaming” or “porn” — but it makes for a nicer video.

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