Guard helicopter assists in fallen hiker rescue near N. Sister

A hiker from Eugene injured in a fall near a lake north of the North Sister was hoisted aboard an Oregon Air National Guard helicopter late Thursday afternoon for a trip to the hospital, capping a seven-hour Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue effort that began with a text-message emergency beacon.

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Guard helicopter assists in fallen hiker rescue near N. Sister

A hiker from Eugene injured in a fall near a lake north of the North Sister was hoisted aboard an Oregon Air National Guard helicopter late Thursday afternoon for a trip to the hospital, capping a seven-hour Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue effort that began with a text-message emergency beacon.

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Central Oregon fire chiefs boost danger level to 'extreme'

Due to hot and dry weather conditions and the low amount of live fuel moisture, Bend Fire & Rescue and other area fire departments have increased the level of fire danger to "extreme," officials said Thursday -- as a red flag warning was issued for extreme

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Fast-growing fire near Dayville sends smoke streaming west

The fast-growing, now nearly 13,000-acre Corner Creek Fire 11 miles south of Dayville has prompted an area closure of trails and campgrounds in and near the Black Canyon Wilderness while sending smoke streaming west and causing hazy skies in Central Oregon, officials said Thursdsay.

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Four teens face arson charges in La Pine Middle School fire

Four La Pine teens have been charged with arson and other crimes in a fire early Wednesday morning that damaged the gymnasium roof of La Pine Middle School, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.

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Sheriff: 2 dead in helicopter crash near Newberg

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two people aboard a helicopter are dead following a crash in northwest Oregon.

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I-5 in S. Ore. closed hours after fatal shooting in police pursuit

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say Oregon State Police shot and killed a man who was wanted in the slaying of a woman in Northern California.

Oregon's weekly unemployment benefits rise a bit

The amount paid to people who have filed for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly, state Employment Department officials said Thursday. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase to $567, while the minimum amount will be $133.

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Individual, group health plans to get more expensive in 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Losses from underpriced policies mean some people buying health insurance for the coming year will be paying as much as 47 percent more.

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Boko Haram attacks kill 145 in Nigeria

At least 145 people were killed after Boko Haram militants raided three villages in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, witnesses said Thursday.

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Governors, DOJ cheer $18B BP spill settlement

BP has reached a historic agreement with five Gulf States to settle the claims made against the company from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, resulting in the largest environmental settlement in history.

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OSU-Cascades researcher awarded school's largest grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Oregon State University-Cascades researcher Shannon Lipscomb a $1.5 million grant to develop and test a program to help teachers improve the school readiness of preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma.

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