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Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

Working 4 you: Is your news feed biased?

As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world is paying attention online. That's where most of us get our information, and it could be influencing how we view the conflict.

Many of us see the world through an internet filter and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming opinions about major issues such as the conflict in the Middle East.

If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed through a filter of things you are most likely to "like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but you will only be fed information that agrees with your point of view or that of your friends.

And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these algorithms to filter you news feed.

Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned about the dangers of internet customization. He points out that a Google search of a country or conflict will yield completely different results for different users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the past.

Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the company believes is the user's perspective.

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

Carlton Complex Fire officials say no more donations!

It turns out there can be too much of a good thing. According to the official Carlton Complex Fire blog, the community has overwhelmed community groups with their donations.

Effective immediately, physical donations of clothing, books, toys and more will no longer be accepted.

Okanogan County resources no longer have the space to store additional donations or the manpower to sort them. All donations currently being sorted are more than enough to cover what's needed – they are being transported to a central location and then distributed to members of the community from there.

If you would still like to offer assistance to victims of the Carlton Complex fire, please consider a cash donation to the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or other local charities. You can also donate cash for fire victims at any North Cascades Bank.

Woman pleads guilty in Elk City beating death

A north-central Idaho woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for causing fatal injuries during an argument with a woman over cosmetics, a necklace and a compact disc.

The Lewiston Tribune reports 27-year-old Tara R. Mendenhall of Elk City pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter for a Sept. 24 fight with 45-year-old Lora K. Vandenburg. Vandenburg died on Oct. 8 from bleeding in the brain.

Mendenhall was initially charged with second-degree murder. She testified that she and two others had stopped at a house in Elk City and when they returned to the car, Vandenberg was holding some of her belongings.

Mendenhall says she punched Vandenburg and pulled her out of the car, causing Vandenburg to fall to the ground.

District Judge Michael Griffin scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Clarkston boy recovers from rattlesnake bite

A six year old Clarkston boy is recovering in a Spokane hospital after he was bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday evening.

Courtney Hines says her son Kayden and another little girl were checking out two tents at Drive Down Beach on the Snake river when he was bit.

"We just let them run up there, and Kayden ran up first and the snake jumped out," Hines said.

She said she saw blood coming from his leg where he had been bitten. Nearby beach goers told the family to wrap a tourniquet around his leg and head for the hospital.

"I've never heard him scream like that," Hines said. "It was the worst crying ever and there was nothing I could do but drive like 90 miles an hour to the hospital."

The family went to one hospital and then to a second one before Kayden was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

He was given an anti-venom every six hours and pain medication.

"He's definitely a fighter and he is definitely very tough," Hines said. "He's definitely ready to go home, he's ready to go home and play. He doesn't want to go back to that beach ever again."

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.