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Evacuated residents allowed to return as wildfire calms

JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters battling a destructive wildfire near John Day are allowing people who have been evacuated for weeks to return to their homes.

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Bend police crackdown targets distracted drivers

Bend police officers spent three hours at two locations on Monday focusing on enforcing distracted driving laws, specifically the use of cellphones while driving. They issued 46 citations for that offense and several on other charges.

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Largest Washington wildfire is 45 percent contained

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are starting to get a handle on two giant wildfires burning in northcentral Washington.

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Taxpayers responsible for $30 million in legal fees

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Taxpayers are responsible for $30 million in legal fees a military contractor has spent defending itself against a lawsuit from soldiers who say the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

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Trump: Bush should speak English in the US

Donald Trump took a jab Wednesday at Jeb Bush for using Spanish to dismiss the mogul's conservative credibility.

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Swarm of 1,000s of small quakes continues SE of Lakeview

There have now been more than 5,800 small to moderate earthquakes in an area of northwest Nevada and southeast of Lakeview in the past 14 months -- a swarm that's picked up pace in recent days. And that might be only one-tenth of what's actually rumbled below the Earth's surface, Oregon's state geologist said Tuesday.

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Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This time the state is suing over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste storage tanks.

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Vancouver police dog dies after stabbing in confrontation

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver, Washington, police dog has died after being stabbed Tuesday night during a confrontation.

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Umatilla bans living in tents, targeting homeless camps

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — Umatilla will now ban people from living in tents through an ordinance meant to target the homeless community.

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3 violent deaths in Eugene-Springfield area since Friday

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene-Springfield area has seen a spike in violent crime over the past three months, including three deaths since Friday.

Woman sues Oregon State University over 1999 rape

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who says she was raped while attending Oregon State University seeks $7.5 million in a federal lawsuit against the school and ex-football coach Mike Riley.

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