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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.

California man charged in Idaho after video posted

A California man with a large swastika tattoo on his chest is facing a battery charge in northern Idaho following a video posted on YouTube.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that police in Coeur d'Alene arrested 41-year-old Gary Edwin Dixon of Victorville, California, on Saturday after seeing the YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

Police say the video titled "Crazy guy at Texas Roadhouse" shows a shirtless Dixon raging at another man and his family in a parking lot as they leave a restaurant.

Dixon was booked into the Kootenai County Jail and released the same day on $300 bond. The jail roster lists Dixon as currently living in Post Falls.

Northern Idaho has a history of white supremacy groups but Dixon says he has no ties.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfdw63zhfZM (WARNING: Graphic language)

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

Large scale watershed restoration in Idaho panhandle

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest announced some big improvements to the Moose Drool Watershed Project this year. The project will improve 21 fish passages, 3 miles of in-stream fish habitat and supplement in-stream woody debris with more than 1,000 pieces.

This project is the largest of its kind ever to take place in north Idaho, improving water quality and fish habitat while providing jobs for the local economy.

Significant work on this project will begin this summer and is expected to continue through early October. Contractors will complete the project in summer 2015.

Ongoing work includes rail bed decommissioning and removal, decommissioning of impassable roads, road and trail reconstruction and in-stream improvements.

Forest visitors in the area should be away of several temporary road and trail closures as a result of the work:

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.

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men rescued from truck in Fernan Lake

Two men from north Idaho had to be fished out of Fernan Lake early Tuesday morning after their vehicle left the road.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and Coeur d'Alene Police were both dispatched to the single-vehicle accident call on Fernan Lake Road after a caller reported a vehicle had driven off the road and into the lake.

Law enforcement arrived to find a 2006 Chevrolet pickup in the lake, partially submerged in a few feet of water and resting on the driver's side. Both the driver and passenger were standing on the side of the truck and needed assistance back to shore and up a steep embankment.

The driver was identified as 39-year-old Kristopher Corey of Hayden and did not suffer any injuries. His passenger, 30-year-old Adrian El-Qare from Coeur d'Alene, was taken to Kootenai Health with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and it is unknown if anyone will face charges at this time.

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.

Storm crushes cars, motorhomes at Silverwood

North Idaho didn't escape the wrath of Wednesday night's storm. About 100 trees were uprooted at Silverwood RV Park, crushing cars and motorhomes.

?It was pretty scary to see everything fallen down around you,? said RV owner Ernie Power.

Power was inside his RV when the powerful storm ripped through.

?Kids toys were blowing and I had to step out and get them and that's when trees started coming down,? said Power.

Ernie couldn't believe all the destruction from the trees that smashed his motorhome within five minutes.

?Had one hit the front, one hit the back, one when across and covered our car,? Power said.

?We have never seen anything like it, the park has been here for about 27 years and we have never seen anything this strong come through our park,? said Silverwood employee Mark Robitaille.

Now it's clean-up time. Almost 40 employees were out on Thursday, picking up tree branches and cleaning the mess Mother Nature left behind.

The storm packed a powerful punch, and turned a typically peaceful place into a disaster zone.

Power is staying positive though. What's most important? He's safe and his fellow campers are too.