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Crews tackle more small lightning-sparked fires

The last week of July began with a new round of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon as nearly 800 lightning strikes hit in Deschutes County alone in the span of a few hours, sparking about three-dozen smoke reports around Central Oregon by evening.

Fire burns near Crater Lake

Small wildfire ignites near Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park sees its fair share of wildfires every year, but a 25-acre blaze being fought Tuesday is one of its earliest.

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Redmond RV park residents react to DEQ fine

The Oregon DEQ has issued a $56,285 penalty to the owners of Green Acres RV Park south of Redmond for operating a septic system that is discharging untreated or partially treated sewage onto the ground.

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Two Bend raids turn up pricey stolen bikes

Two men have been arrested during a pair of raids over the past week that led to the recovery of at least a half-dozen stolen high-end bicycles, officers said Tuesday; over 180 bikes have been reported stolen in Bend this year alone.

Hotels booked for weekend

Central Oregon hotels booked for big weekend

It is close to impossible to find a hotel room in Bend because of two major events. This weekend is the Deschutes County Fair and the Bend Premier Soccer Cup.

A new kind of paramedic

Redmond paramedic's focus: preventative care

A new program launched by Redmond Fire and Rescue aims to reduce emergency rooms visits of vulnerable patients. Paramedics usually rush patients to the ER -- this "community paramedic" has the opposite goal - to keep folks healthy and at home.

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Redmond PD plans DUII crackdown during fair

Redmond police will be adding patrols during the Deschutes County Fair to target drunk drivers, officers said Tuesday.

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Oregon taps insurance policy to fund firefighting

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry ays it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

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Walden, House vote for Species Act reforms

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act, which supporter Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said would make "common-sense reforms" to the Endangered Species Act.

Beit Hanoun damage, Gaza

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'Humanitarian window' underway in Gaza

The Israeli military has authorized a four-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza, but it will not apply to the areas in which soldiers are operating, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Oregon says an Ashland-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement entered Monday.

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Celebs step into Israel-Gaza PR minefield

Zayn Malik

CNN

Celebs are using social media accounts, which are essential for building their show business brands, as political platforms that can cause a negative buzz.

'Die Hard' actor James Shigeta dies

James Shigeta

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James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday.

Freddie Prinze Jr. slams 'unprofessional' Kiefer Sutherland

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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland have very different memories of working together on "24."

'Mad Max: Fury Road' wheels into Comic-Con

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The trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road" is out, and it's gotten a 21st-century makeover. Where the 1979 film starred Mel Gibson, this time around, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are at the helm.

'The Situation' gets counseling in plea deal

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Jersey Shore

Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Former "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will get anger management counseling to settle an assault charge connected to a tanning salon fight with a brother, his lawyer said.

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