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Madras man struck, killed walking on Hwy. 26

A 52-year-old Madras man walking in the travel lane of Highway 26 north of Madras was struck and killed Thursday night, Oregon State Police reported.

House fire in NE Bend

Family of seven escapes burning Bend home

Smoke alarms awakened a family of seven in a burning northeast Bend home early Friday morning, allowing them to escape unhurt from a fire that began in the garage and caused $75,000 damage, officials said.

Bridge 99 mopping up a stump

Jacob Welsh

More small fires pop up, doused as warm-up returns

Central Oregon firefighters responded to several more new fires Friday, more evidence that despite the heavy rain with this week's thunderstorms, the hundreds of lightning strikes ignited more blazes that could pop up in the new round of hot weather.

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Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Fire evacuation levels lowered

The evacuation levels have been reduced for the Bridge 99 Complex, officials said Friday.  All evacuation Level II areas have been reduced to a Level I.  All evacuation Level I areas have been eliminated.  The Pacific Crest Trail is now open.

Buzzard Complex Fire

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Nation's largest wildfire nears containment

 The nation's largest wildfire — the Buzzard Complex in eastern Oregon — is nearing containment.

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Bend Park & Recreation District

State grant to help fund McKay Park upgrades

The Bend Park and Recreation District said Friday it has been awarded a $371,150 grant in support of enhancements to McKay Park on the Deschutes River, some tied to the nearby Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project.

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Increase in gonorrhea alarms health officials

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A jump in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the past year in rural southwestern Oregon has state and local health officials alarmed and puzzled.

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Settlement ends SE Oregon coyote-killing contest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An animal-rights group and the organizer of an annual coyote-killing contest in southeast Oregon have settled competing lawsuits with an agreement that there will be no more hunting contests.

Rocket fired from Gaza

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire starting Saturday, temporarily halting more than two weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 800 mostly civilian lives.

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Police arrest suspected arsonist in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Medford police investigating a string of arsons have arrested a homeless woman.

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New photos show wandering wolf OR-7 has 3 pups

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.

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  • Robot furniture that builds itself

    Robot furniture that builds itself

    Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL

    Imagine that the chair you're sitting on became a sofa on demand as the day moved from light to dark. Or if all your furnishings could move out of your way as you walk through a room. These thoughts could one day become reality through research being conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.


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Morgan Freeman inhales helium on Fallon show

Morgan Freeman

Warner Bros./IMAX

You know the voice of Morgan Freeman: commanding, firm, resonant. He's even played God. What if it's on helium?

Man's 41 Homer Simpson tattoos set world record

Homer Simpson tattoos record

Guinness World Records

This is sure to be the talk of Springfield. A New Zealand man's 41 tattoos of Homer Simpson have set a new world record.

Network drops reality TV show on Texas mortuary

Johnson family mortuary

WFAA

The Lifetime TV network says it dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and corpse abuse charges were brought against the co-owners.

How The Rock became 'Hercules'

Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Hercules

Kerry Brown/MGM/Paramount

To convincingly yell "I am Hercules!" in his new action movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to do more than warm up his vocal chords.

Move over Hollywood! Louisiana is top for film production

Southern Costume Company

Southern Costume Company

With a temperate climate and generous tax incentives, Louisiana has been luring the California-based film industry south, creating thousands of new jobs and businesses in the process.

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