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Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Complex: 50 percent contained

Area closures have been reduced on the week-old, nearly 6,000-acre Bridge 99 Fires, now 50 percent contained. Here's Wednesday's update:

OR National Guard aiding in wildfire fight

Ore. National Guard helping on Logging Unit fires

As thousands of acres burn across Oregon, the Oregon Army National Guard is now helping in the fight, including four helicopters stationed in Madras.

Campfires

C.O. public lands impose campfire restrictions

With hot and dry weather returning and numerous wildfires being tackled, federal land managers in Central Oregon said Wednesday they are implementing campfire restrictions, except in designated campgrounds.

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C.O. Interagency Dispatch Center

Lightning eases; initial attack crews busy, ready

As thunderstorms lingered for a second day Wednesday, Central Oregon's initial attack crews were busy finding and dousing the dozens of small new fire starts reported from Tuesday's hundreds of lightning strikes across the area and 12,000-plus statewide.

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William Charba

Rain aids, mapping trims Shaniko Butte Fire

A mixed blessing from the new storms as the Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain Tuesday -- but the storm also hit the Warm Springs Reservation area with 900 lightning strikes. Here's Wednesday's update.

Camas Prairie Fire

InciWeb

Evacuation notice lifted on Logging Units Fires

Due to progress on the 10,350-acre Logging Unit Fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, all pre-evacuation notifications for the Sidwalter Flat area have been lifted, officials said Wednesday.

Medicine generic AP

Medicaid enrollees put strain on Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

Medical marijuana (MGN graphic)

MGN graphic

5 Oregon child care owners have marijuana cards

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State officials say five Oregon home-based child-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, but the owners may soon have to give up either their pot cards or their day-care licenses.

Fox Fire Ochoco Complex

InciWeb

Ochoco Complex update: Storms bring help, trouble

Storms dropped rain on some of the fires in the 6,500-acre Ochoco Complex of blazes on the Ochoco National Forest, which as of Wednesday were 22 percent contained.

Buzzard Complex rangers Brooke Nyman

Brooke Nyman

Oregon's Buzzard Complex fire leaves dead cattle

DREWSEY, Ore. (AP) — It's before dawn Tuesday, but the mosquitoes are already up and biting as Bill Wilber, his two brothers, George and Pat Wilber, and their nephew, Casey Wilber, load four horses into a long aluminum trailer.

Joseph Wood executed Arizona

Arizona DOC/KPHO

Inmate gasps, snorts during Arizona execution

Joseph Wood snorted and struggled to breathe during his nearly two-hour lethal injection Wednesday, his attorney said.

"It took Joseph Wood two hours to die, and he gasped and struggled to breathe for about an hour and 40 minutes. We will renew our ef...

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'Pristine' original Superman comic up for auction

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DC Comics

Superman's debut comic book sold for just 10 cents in 1938. But today, a rare original is worth many times more.

A "pristine" copy of Action Comics #1 will go on auction in August, eBay announced Wednesday.

Collectors know of about 50 remaining copie...

More 'Iron Man'? Sounds good, Downey says

Iron Man 3

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.

Lawsuit: 'Duck Dynasty' stole 'camo' idea

Duck Dynasty

From A&E Networks

When Uncle Si Robertson declared on "Duck Dynasty" that "My favorite color is camo" it spurred a line of clothing sold to the A&E show's fans, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

'Glee's' Naya Rivera is married

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Fred Prouser/Reuters

"Glee" star Naya Rivera is now Mrs. Ryan Dorsey.

'Batman' TV series to be freed from belfry at San Diego Comic-Con

Batman Blu ray cover

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

One of the big panels at this year's San Diego Comic Con this week isn't about an upcoming superhero movie, but a major video release of a classic television series.

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