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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

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Three DCSO deputies honored for life-saving efforts

Four Deschutes County Sheriff's Office personnel were awarded a Lifesaving Award and Search and Rescue "Deputy of the Year" from the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association annual awards ceremony held recently at The Riverhouse.

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Saunders gets 8 1/2 years; stepdaughter speaks out

Before she was sentenced to nearly 8 1/2 years in prison for abusing her stepdaughter, a Redmond woman sat in court Tuesday as the young survivor made a tearful, dramatic statement, telling her stepmother, "I'm not afraid of you any more."

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Bend Parks and Rec reworks Senior Center plans

What do you do when the low bid on a $500,000 comes in at $1 million? That's the question facing the Bend Parks and Rec Board as it reworks plans to upgrade the Bend Senior Center.

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COCC chooses four finalists for next president

Four finalists have accepted invitations to be interviewed for the position of president at Central Oregon Community College, the school announced Tuesday as it released the names of three of the candidates.

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High Desert Museum

Barred owl takes up residence at Bend museum

In addition to the popular hawks, eagles and falcons currently on exhibit, the High Desert Museum just south of Bend now has a fifth owl species:  the barred owl.

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Portland police looking for pipe bomb tosser

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police are still looking for a man who threw four pipe bombs out his car window as he fled from an officer Tuesday in Portland.

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Fire destroys Marion County duplex; body found

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Detectives say a male body has been found in a residence that burned near Jefferson in southern Marion County.

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Lane County bans e-cigarette sales to minors

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lane County Commissioners have voted to ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

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Report: Oregonians giving, volunteering more

The Oregon Community Foundation’s recently released 2014 Giving in Oregon report has found that Oregon nonprofits received more than $1.8 billion in donations in 2012, up from $1.6 billion in 2011.

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BLM

Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say they will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections, even though Congress has blocked such protections from going into effect.

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Major chains drop Sony's 'The Interview'

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Most of the country's largest theater chains have decided not to show Sony's "The Interview" next week.

The decision follows a strange threat on Tuesday from anonymous hackers that people should avoid going to theaters where "The Interview" is playin...

Oprah-approved startup raises $6.25 million

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When you're one of Oprah's favorite things, you're bound to get a boost. For The Skimm, that's coming in the form of $6.25 million in funding.

For now, their main product is a free daily newsletter. It's a five-minute femme-focused read that digests ...

Stephen Collins: 'I did something ... wrong'

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CNN

"7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors, People reports.

25 random facts about 'The Simpsons'

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FOX Broadcasting

When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.

But Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of "The Simpsons," which ...

New York cinema cancels "The Interview" premiere after hackers' threat

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A theater has canceled the New York premiere of "The Interview" after a group that claimed it hacked Sony Pictures posted a threat against people who go to watch the movie.

On Pastebin, a website that allows for anonymous posts, hackers claiming to b...

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