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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.

Ban on campfire remains as does fire danger

Campfire bans confusing but necessary, officials say

Starting Tuesday, the Willamette National Forest and Lane County are lifting their ban on campfires. They are the exception to the rule. Campfire bans remain in place on the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and BLM lands in Central Oregon, where much less rain fell of late.

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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.

Lottery still waiting to hear from Bend's big jackpot winner

More than a week after someone struck it rich in Bend, the Oregon Lottery has yet to hear from the winner of a $6.4 million Oregon Lottery Megabucks jackpot.

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Search in Fox Lake slaying widens

Three suspects remain on the lam, and while authorities continue to look for them in connection with a Fox Lake, Illinois, policeman's death, the search has been called off in the immediate area where Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was slain, police said Wednesd...

Quake swarm SE of Lakeview

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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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Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over grocery deal

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The small grocery chain Haggen is suing Albertsons for more than $1 billion, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states.

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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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Rapeseed portrait of Cosby removed from state fair

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A portrait of Bill Cosby made out of canola seeds, also known as rapeseeds, has been removed from the Minnesota State Fair, according to media reports.

What hip-hop lyrics tell us about Trump

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Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump, who was known to Americans as a celebrity businessman for decades before his presidential run, has been named-dropped in hip-hop lyrics for decades.

Kermit the Frog: That pig isn't my girlfriend

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It's not easy being seen.

Just because you're a celebrity frog hobnobbing around town with a new lady pig in your skinny Muppet arms doesn't mean you're dating her.

A story in People magazine had said Kermit the Frog wasted no time moving on from his ...

Colbert lands Biden, Fallon books Trump

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Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a bid for president, will be one of Stephen Colbert's very first guests on the "Late Show" next week.

Colbert himself announced the booking via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. He'll be welcoming Biden on Thursday...

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