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Guard helicopter helps rescue fallen hiker near North Sister

A hiker from Eugene injured in a fall near a lake north of the North Sister was hoisted aboard an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter late Thursday afternoon for a trip to a Springfield 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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SE Bend traffic stop sparks chase, crash, manhunt, arrest

A transient who fled a traffic stop for speeding led police on a wild chase Thursday morning, crashing into a transformer box and eluding searchers, who eventually found him walking down a nearby road. They say he threw a handgun out of the pickup during the pursuit.

Corner Creek Fire

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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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Forest Service closes all access to Tumalo Falls

The Deschutes National Forest has closed the Tumalo Creek Trail due to people crossing the city of Bend's construction zone to get there, agency officials said Friday.

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Oregon health insurance premiums to rise in 2016

The Oregon Insurance Division approved premium hikes on Wednesday of up to 40 percent for 2016. The increase applies only to the 10 percent of Oregonians who are self-insured.

Oregon legal marijuana

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Oregon House backs Oct. 1 start for marijuana sales

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The fate of an Oregon bill allowing retail marijuana sales to begin Oct. 1 lies with Gov. Kate Brown.

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Oregon State Police: California man killed in I-5 standoff

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say four troopers and two federal agents all fired their weapons in a standoff on Interstate 5 in southern Oregon that left a man dead who had been sought in the slaying of his girlfriend in Northern California.

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Oregon issues final order in gay wedding cake case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages.

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Top ISIS leader killed in coalition airstrike

Senior ISIS leader Tariq Al-Harzi was killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria last month, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Al-Harzi was responsible for getting people and materials into Iraq and Syria, and worked to recruit fighters, according to Capt....

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