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Missing Oregon travelers found: 2 survive, 1 dies

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Grant's Getaways: Just a snapshot away

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Hillsboro police K-9 Odie euthanized after battle with cancer

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Poachers broke into a French zoo to kill a 5-year-old rhinoceros for its horn

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Chance the Rapper donates $1M to Chicago public schools

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Man arrested for murder after body found in Washougal home, police say

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Accused carjacker nabbed for $15K jewelry theft at Fred Meyer

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After vitriolic campaign, voters oust mayor of Jefferson, Oregon
Voters in tiny Jefferson, Oregon recalled their mayor in a landslide Tuesday, marking the culmination of a vicious, months-long land dispute and recall campaign. Cyndie Hightower was mayor of the Marion County town of 3,000 for less than nine months. In a phone interview, she said she did her best as the volunteer mayor and broke no rules. But after her opponents ran a recall campaign alleging she misspent public funds and was inept, voters removed her with 64 percent of the vote   Read More ...
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Former Oregon health officials skip hearing into smear plan
Lawmakers in Salem held a hearing on Monday into the Oregon Health Authority's internal public relations plan to smear a Portland health provider. But despite Republicans' requests for the former officials involved to testify, none of them showed up. Instead, lawmakers heard from the agency's new acting director, Patrick Allen. Former director Lynne Saxton resigned in early August at the request of Gov   Read More ...
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Amazon to bring another 1,000 jobs to Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amazon has announced plans for a third Oregon fulfillment center. The company said Monday that online orders will be filled, packed and shipped at the center based in Portland, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs. The online retail giant previously announced plans to put similar warehouses in Troutdale and Salem. Amazon says it will employ more than 3,500 full-time fulfillment associates across the state when all locations open starting in 2018   Read More ...
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Oregon Teacher Creates A Unique Harry Potter-Themed Classroom For His New Elementary School Students
Kyle Hubler is a teacher in Hillsboro, Oregon who was such a big fan of Harry Potter growing up that he decided to give his new students a special treat by creating a Harry Potter-themed classroom for them. When Hubler learned that the 2017-2018 school year would see him settling into a new classroom, he decided to do something unique and spent 70 hours decorating his new classroom at Evergreen Middle School to surprise his new seventh and eighth graders   Read More ...
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54 suspected vote fraud cases emerge in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A study of the November 2016 election in Oregon has revealed 54 cases of suspected voter fraud, representing only .002 percent of votes cast, Oregon's secretary of state announced Friday. Of the total, 46 people apparently voted in Oregon and in some other state, six ballots were turned in under the names of people listed as dead, and two people appeared to have voted more than once, Dennis Richardson said in a videotaped announcement   Read More ...
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Oregon wood products companies eager to see wildfires end
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene and surrounding area wood products companies are tallying the damage as Oregon wildfire season dwindles. Both Eugene-based Seneca Jones Timber Co. and Springfieldbased Roseburg Forest Products lost thousands of trees last month in a fire in Douglas County, which has burned through private and federal forests. Fires throughout the state and hot and dry conditions led to authorities to impose complete or partial restrictions on logging and other work on public and privately owned lands, hampering timber output, The Register-Guard reported (http://bit   Read More ...
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Oregon wood products companies eager to see wildfires end
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene and surrounding area wood products companies are tallying the damage as Oregon wildfire season dwindles. The Register-Guard reports both Eugene-based Seneca Jones Timber Co. and Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products lost thousands of trees last month in a fire in Douglas County, which has burned through private and federal forests. Fires throughout the state and extremely hot and dry conditions prompted authorities to impose complete or partial restrictions on logging and other work on public and privately owned lands, hampering timber output   Read More ...
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Heat, smoke blamed for drop in Oregon State Fair attendance
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Scorching temperatures and smoky skies are being blamed for a decline in attendance at this year's Oregon State Fair. Officials say attendance fell by about 10 percent from 2016 and there were accompanying decreases in sales. Food and beverage revenue dropped 4.5 percent from the year before and revenue from carnival rides fell by almost 9 percent   Read More ...
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Oregon wood products companies eager to see wildfires end
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene and surrounding area wood products companies are tallying the damage as Oregon wildfire season dwindles. The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2f0Hbe9 ) both Eugene-based Seneca Jones Timber Co. and Springfield-based Roseburg Forest Products lost thousands of trees last month in a fire in Douglas County, which has burned through private and federal forests. Fires throughout the state and extremely hot and dry conditions prompted authorities to impose complete or partial restrictions on logging and other work on public and privately owned lands, hampering timber output   Read More ...
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Oregon official seeks presidential primary date change
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's secretary of state is asking lawmakers to move Oregon's presidential election primary two months forward to March, so Oregonians can have a greater say on who the nominees will be. In a letter to Oregon's political leaders, Dennis Richardson, who is also Oregon's chief elections officer, asked for support in urging the state Legislature to change the date   Read More ...
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Oregon official seeks presidential primary date change
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's presidential election primary is held in May during election years, after many other states have already had their primaries. Now, Oregon's secretary of state who is also chief elections officer is asking lawmakers to move the date forward to March, so Oregonians can have a greater say on who the nominees will be. In a letter to Oregon's political leaders, Dennis Richardson asked for their support in urging the state Legislature in its short 2018 session starting in February   Read More ...
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Oregon hires new child welfare director
SALEM – Oregon has a new child welfare director, the Department of Human Services announced on Tuesday. Marilyn Jones is a 20-year veteran of the agency, and currently works in Baker City where she has been a district manager for child welfare and self-sufficiency programs such as food stamps for a decade. Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the department, said in an interview Tuesday that he has an ambitious plan for Jones, who is known for setting high expectations for her staff   Read More ...
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Oregon gives voter registration to Trump's fraud commission for a $500 fee
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials have handed over a statewide list of voters to President Donald Trump's commission investigating allegations of voter fraud, for a $500 fee. Information that was not disclosed included social security and driver's license numbers and how a person voted. Made available were names, addresses, registration dates and status, birth year, precinct name and political party affiliation   Read More ...
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Missing Oregon travelers found: 2 alive, 1 dead
ROSEBURG, Ore. — Authorities in Oregon say an elderly couple reported missing Sept. 3 have been found alive, but a 70-year-old neighbor who was with them did not survive. Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says an elk hunter spotted the missing vehicle stuck on a remote forest road. He says 86-year-old Melvin Hawkins and 80-year-old Alice Hawkins were taken to a Roseburg hospital for evaluation, but were in good condition when entering the ambulance   Read More ...
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Missing Oregon travelers found: 2 survive, 1 dies
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon say an elderly couple reported missing Sept. 3 have been found alive, but a 70-year-old neighbor who was with them did not survive. Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says an elk hunter spotted the missing vehicle stuck on a remote forest road. He says 86-year-old Melvin Hawkins and 80-year-old Alice Hawkins were taken to a Roseburg hospital for evaluation, but were in good condition when entering the ambulance   Read More ...
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Missing Oregon travelers found: 2 survive, 1 dies
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon say an elderly couple reported missing Sept. 3 have been found alive, but a 70-year-old neighbor who was with them did not survive. Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says an elk hunter spotted the missing vehicle stuck on a remote forest road. He says 86-year-old Melvin Hawkins and 80-year-old Alice Hawkins were taken to a Roseburg hospital for evaluation, but were in good condition when entering the ambulance   Read More ...
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Muhammad Ali Jr. questioned again at Washington airport
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A month after he was held by immigration officials and questioned about his Muslim faith at a Florida airport, Muhammad Ali Jr. was stopped and questioned Friday at Reagan National airport in Washington, D.C., at the ticket counter and again at the security checkpoint. he incident was first reported in a tweet sent Friday afternoon from the account of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.: "On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr   Read More ...
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Grant's Getaways: Just a snapshot away
There's a remarkable wildlife show for those in the know at a wildlife refuge near Salem. Grant McOmie takes us to Ankeny Refuge, where photographers turn an outdoor moment into artwork worth framing that's just a snapshot away.   Read More ...
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Hillsboro police K-9 Odie euthanized after battle with cancer
HILLSBORO, Ore. – A Hillsboro police K-9 was euthanized Thursday night after losing a battle with cancer. The dog's name was Odie. More details about Odie will be released Friday, police said. In 2014, he became the first Hillsboro police K-9 to be certifiably trained to detect human scent and illicit drugs.   Read More ...
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Poachers broke into a French zoo to kill a 5-year-old rhinoceros for its horn
PARIS — A zoo director says a 5-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near Paris has been shot three times in the head by assailants who stole the animal’s horn. Thierry Duguet told the Associated Press that poachers broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and used a chain saw to remove the horn from the rhino named Vince. Zookeepers discovered his carcass Tuesday in the rhinoceros’ enclosure. Duguet says police are investigating and the suspects still are at large   Read More ...
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Sherwood woman dies in Wash. Co. crash
SHERWOOD, Ore. -- A Sherwood woman died late Monday night after she lost control of her car on Southwest Roy Rogers Road north of Scholls-Sherwood Road, according to the Washington County sheriff's office. Marlene Macewan, 62, was driving her 1995 Porsche 911 through a sweeping curve near the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. She lost control, sliding sideways into a 2013 Toyota Sienna driven by Calvin Taylor, 51, of Tigard, police said   Read More ...
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Chance the Rapper donates $1M to Chicago public schools
Chance the Rapper is donating $1 million to Chicago public schools, the musician announced Monday, after talks broke down with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend. "While I'm frustrated and disappointed in the governor's inaction, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resource: its children," said the musician Monday, broadcasting his press conference on Instagram Live at Wescott Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago, "three blocks from where I was raised   Read More ...
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Man arrested for murder after body found in Washougal home, police say
WASHOUGAL, Wash. – Police arrested a man for murder after a person was found dead in a Washougal home early Monday morning. Benjamin Wayne Walker, 27, was booked into the Clark County Jail. Walker contacted police and gave them information that led officers to find the body in a home, located in the 3300 block of H Street, just before 6 a.m. Other people inside the home did not know about the victim’s death until police arrived   Read More ...
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Accused carjacker nabbed for $15K jewelry theft at Fred Meyer
CORNELIUS, Ore - A man just arrested for stealing $15,000 worth of jewelry from the Cornelius Fred Meyer store was already in jail for carjacking a vehicle in Hillsboro in February. Marshall Litten, 25, was lodged in the Washington County Jail on February 2, 2017, on charges of robbery, eluding and unlawful use of a vehicle. When Washington County Sheriff's Deputies saw his mugshot from the carjacking, they recognized him from surveillance camera footage of the January jewelry theft   Read More ...
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Giraffe gives birth at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
BALTIMORE, Md. – While thousands are patiently watching and waiting for April the giraffe to give birth at the Animal Adventure Park in New York, another giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has given birth to a baby calf! Juma, a four-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to her first calf, named Willow, on Monday, February 6, 2017 around 4:35 p.m. Willow is the first giraffe calf to be born   Read More ...
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Bracketology: Pac-12 might have only 3 NCAA teams — all Final Four contenders
To say the Pac-12 is top-heavy this season would be an understatement. Behind projected No. 1 seed Oregon and projected No. 3 seeds UCLA and Arizona — all of them way out front in the league title race — there is an obvious lack of depth. With Illinois' win over Nebraska on Sunday, that shifted the Fighting Illini in the field and bumped California out of the latest projection. Also   Read More ...
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In 2017, girls still don't think they are as smart as boys, research shows
Gender stereotypes live on: Research published in the journal Science found that girls starting at the age of 6 are less likely than boys of the same age to believe that girls are "really, really smart." Four studies -- done by Lin Bian of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Sarah-Jane Leslie of Princeton University and Andrei Cimpian of New York University -- looked at children from ages 5 to   Read More ...
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Oregon attorney general, 14 others, call Trump's order "unconstitutional"
Fifteen attorneys general, including Ellen Rosenblum in Oregon, issued a joint statement Sunday condemning President Donald Trump's executive order banning U.S. legal permanent residents and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from returning to the United States for 90 days. Rosenblum joined attorneys generals from Washington, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in issuing the statement, which called Trump's   Read More ...
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U.S. orders sanctions against Russia for election hack, expels 35 diplomats
The Obama administration has imposed sanctions against Russia's intelligence apparatus — including the expulsion of 35 diplomats — in retaliation for the alleged orchestration of hacking attacks designed to interfere in the presidential election. The actions outlined Thursday afternoon also include: Shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes." Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services GRU and FSB, high-ranking   Read More ...
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Portland teen signs contract with Chicago Bulls through Make-A-Wish
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls added some extra toughness to their bench for Wednesday night’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets. The team announced the one-day signing of Central Catholic High School student Bennie “Trey” Flowers in partnership with Make-A-Wish Oregon and Illinois. Trey, 17, suffered acute liver failure in the spring of 2015 and received a liver transplant. His doctors at Stanford University nicknamed Trey “The Rockstar” after he   Read More ...
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Ex-Ogle County sheriff pleads guilty in felony theft case
OREGON, Ill. (AP) _ A former northern Illinois county sheriff has pleaded guilty to charges he used thousands of dollars of government money for personal items. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports a Carroll County judge sentenced 55-year-old former Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn on Monday to four years of probation and ordered him to immediately pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the county treasurer. Harn’s guilty plea to two counts   Read More ...
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Trump's EPA pick seen as a 'sucker punch' to clean water advocates
DETROIT --- Chicken manure. choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, will be strong on Great Lakes and other water protection issues can look to how he has handled the issue of chicken manure from massive poultry farms in Oklahoma and neighboring Arkansas fouling the Illinois River on the eastern part of the state, Oklahoma water advocates say. While Pruitt helped develop a solution   Read More ...
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Wood products manufacturer Rosboro sells to Illinois firm
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield-based wood products manufacturer Rosboro has sold its manufacturing business to an Illinois-based investment firm. The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2hgPlCn ) that Wynchurch Capital has purchased Rosboro's seven manufacturing plants across Oregon, including its main facility in Springfield. Financial details of the sale have not been disclosed. Wynnchurch Capital owns 19 companies, according to its website, including manufacturing, building materials and transportation firms. The sale comes after   Read More ...
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Repo man pays off elderly couple's car
() -- A great story out of Illinois for the holidays. A couple in Red Bud, Illinois, had their 1998 Buick repossessed. The man is 82 and his wife is 70, and they owed about $2,500. The repo man, Jim Ford of Belleville, Illinois, felt bad about the situation and created a GoFundMe page for the couple’s expenses, raising $3,500 in one night. “When I got home that night, I   Read More ...
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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — From New York to Illinois to California, in red states and blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of   Read More ...
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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — From New York to Illinois to California, in red states and blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump’s election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of   Read More ...
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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew
From New York to Illinois to California, in red states and blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of marchers chanted, "We reject   Read More ...
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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew
PORTLAND, Ore. | From New York to Illinois to California, in red states as well as blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump’s election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands   Read More ...
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Oregon is epicenter as Trump protests surge across nation; Trump reacts on Twitter
From New York to Illinois to California, in red states and blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of marchers chanted, "We reject   Read More ...
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Rubber bullets and fear: Trump protesters flood streets anew
PORTLAND, Ore. — From New York to Illinois to California, in red states as well as blue, protesters decrying Donald Trump's election spent another night overtaking highways, smashing store windows, igniting fires and in at least one city, facing pepper spray and rubber projectiles from police trying to clear the streets. The demonstrations stretched into a third straight night Thursday and came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands   Read More ...
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