MORNING BRIEFING: 12/12/12, Clackamas shooting, rockets

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It's not quite as infamous as the upcoming doomsday deadline 12/21/12, but it's close. So enjoy today's quirky 12/12/12 date as much as possible. It won't happen again soon.  (USA Today)

A drug trafficking conviction against the city's first marijuana dispensary operator has been overturned by the state Appeals Court. Also, Cheney and Medical Lake approve temporary dispensary ban. (S-R)

LESS LOCAL

Masked man kills two, then self at Portland-area shopping center. (Oregonian)
State to pay $11 million to former foster children sent to "house of horrors" in Tacoma. (Seattle Times)

LEAST LOCAL

Surprise! North Korea defiantly launches rocket. (NY Times)

President Obama formally recognizes Syrian opposition. (BBC) 

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