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Pine Creek Fire smoke

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C.O. wildfires update: Initial attack crews set to go

Initial attack crews prepared to take on new fire starts Tuesday as thunderstorms with abundant lightning are anticipated through Wednesday in Central Oregon while fire crews on large incidents continue to contain fires started by last week’s lightning.

Waterman Complex Fire retardant drop

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Highway 26E reopens in limited fashion

The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell moved from 50 to 75 percent containment Monday -- and on Tuesday morning, Hwy. 26E east of Prineville reopened to traffic for the first time in a week - but to one just lane, guided by pilot car. Marks Creek is under a reduced Level 1 pre-evacuation notice.

Avitrol use is ruffling feathers

Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed pest control agencies. The repellent can cause seizures to birds, often in mid-flight.  And during last week’s heat wave, it even led to deaths.

Logging Unit Fire retardant drop

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Logging Unit Fires: Good progress, still much to do

Tuesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires that have burned over 10,300 acres, have 735 personnel battling them and are just 5 percent contained; firefighters report excellent progress with line construction; Sidwalter Flat area evacuation alert dropped to Level 1.

Bridge 99 Fire Green Ridge Lookout

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Bridge 99 Complex: Evacuation levels reduced

Evacuation levels were lowered near the Bridge 99 Fires on Tuesday and two campgrounds reopened.

Marijuana (MGN graphic)

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Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Cover Oregon: state won't be affected by ruling

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cover Oregon officials say Oregonians won't be affected by a federal appeals court ruling that President Barack Obama's health care law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance on exchanges established by states.

National Guard Chinook helicopter on Logging Unit Fires

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Guard air crews join Northwest wildfire battles

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, who fly C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, are among the latest National Guard members to join in the response to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state.

Shaniko Butte Fire Map

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Weather break aids Shaniko Butte firefighters

The weather gave firefighters a break Monday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte Fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, allowing for four miles of burnout on the southern boundary, and just damp enough elsewhere to tamp down fire activity. Here's Tuesday morning's update:

Pro Russian separatist in front of MH17 wreckage

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Ukraine opens criminal cases against Russians

Ukraine opened criminal cases Tuesday against Russia's defense minister and a Russian businessman, calling both "accomplices of terrorists."

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Ochoco Complex update: Progress on the lines

Five Ochoco National Forest fires that escaped initial attack after the July 13 thunderstorm are being managed together as the Ochoco Complex. The fires were 22 percent contained as of Tuesday morning

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Ray J Norwood charged with sexual battery

Ray J Norwood

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Ray J Norwood has been charged with four misdemeanors in a case in which he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, smashing a police car window and spitting on a cop.

Cops to Justin Bieber: Tone down the parties

Justin Bieber, March 2014

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Beverly Hills police want Justin Bieber to "take the bull by the horns" and tone down his house parties.

GLAAD: Movies don't represent LGBT

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Although the general public may be embracing the LGBT community more these days, it doesn't look like Hollywood is keeping up.

Robert Downey Jr.: Highest-paid actor (again)

Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey

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Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

Vedder sings 'Imagine' in response to critics

Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

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Eddie Vedder has a message for his critics: "Imagine." The Pearl Jam frontman addressed recent criticism of his anti-war comments by playing the John Lennon classic at a solo show Friday in Meco, Portugal.

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