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Wyden, Merkley split on trade legislation

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., explained late Friday why he voted against the Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track” legislation that paves the way for the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest trade deal in the nation’s history.

Senate passes trade bill

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Senate OKs 'fast track' trade promotion bill

After weeks of tense negotiations on Capitol Hill and heavy lobbying from the White House, the Senate Friday night cleared a major trade bill that is a top priority of President Barack Obama. The vote was 62 to 37.

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Second day of heavy rain brings more flooding

Thunderstorms brought intense downpours that brought high water to areas of southern Redmond late Thursday afternoon, amid flash flood warnings and watches for much of the region.

Gun battle lasted for hours in Mexico's Michoacan state

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43 killed in Mexico shootout

A three-hour shootout between Mexican security forces and unidentified gunmen Friday left 42 of the gunmen dead, as well as one federal police officer, officials said. Three gunmen were arrested.

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Deschutes County out with $308.9 million budget

Deschutes County released its $308.9 million proposed 2016 fiscal year budget on Friday -- up less than $450,000 from the current year, but including about 22 new positions amid a recovering economy and a higher countywide law enforcement property tax rate, though still below the maximum authorized.

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Gov. Brown declares drought in Deschutes, 7 other counties

Governor Kate Brown on Friday declared drought emergencies in eight additional Oregon counties, including Deschutes, due to drought, low snowpack levels and low water conditions.

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City of Bend declares 'water curtailment alert'

Bend City Manager Eric King declared a Stage 1 water curtailment alert Friday for the city, in the wake of a state drought declaration for Deschutes County. But he said citizens are under no new restrictions at present, only urged to conserve water ahead of what could be a long, dry summer.

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Ochoco NF proceeds with Bailey Butte Fire project

The Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest said Friday it finalized plans this week to move forward with a post-fire salvage and restoration project within the area burned by last year's Bailey Butte Fire, which blackened more than 10,000 acres.

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Ore. Education Board says again: tribal mascots must go

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Board of Education has voted to essentially reaffirm an earlier ruling that banned Native American-themed mascots at Oregon public schools.

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Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Government hunters are scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to reduce the numbers of baby salmon they eat.

Man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man burned when a hash oil operation exploded has filed an $11 million products liability suit against makers and distributors of the butane canisters he was using.

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  • Google files patent for creepy teddy bear

    Company says may or may not make high-tech toy

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    Remember Teddy, the super-computer toy, from the film "Artificial Intelligence?" Well, Google might be making one. This week the company filed a patent for a toy that can control other Wi-Fi-connected devices.

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Casey Kasem's widow won't face elder abuse charges

Casey Kasem

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Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file elder abuse charges against the widow of iconic radio host Casey Kasem.

Netflix to wish you 'A Very Murray Christmas' this December

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Move over Rudolph and Frosty, here comes Bill Murray.

Netflix announced on Friday that the comedic actor will star in "A Very Murray Christmas" on the service this upcoming December.

According to the company, the hour-long special will be "an homage t...

Clooney's 'Tomorrowland' hoping for box office blast off

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The box office for Disney's "Tomorrowland" looks to be as unknown as tomorrow itself.

Brian Williams edited out of veterans show he hosted

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NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams hosted this year's Lincoln Awards in January for military families, but when the show airs on television Friday night, Williams won't be seen.

Bon Jovi writes song for Rutgers grads

Jon Bon Jovi singing

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New Jersey-born rocker Jon Bon Jovi used his commencement speech at Rutgers University to unveil a new song.

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