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July 1 arrives pot given away

As big day arrives, pot giveaway trips up Bend dispensary

Bend medical marijuana dispensaries and residents alike celebrated legal recreational cannabis Wednesday with private parties, informational booths and free joints that were, at one celebration, apparently gifted out of compliance with state rules.

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Fire south of Dayville kicks up; campground, trailhead closed

A still-growing army of about 350 firefighters working in hot conditions have brought the Sugarloaf Fire north of Dayville to 40 percent containment, but a newer fire south of the small community was surging Wednesday, prompting an area closure, including a campsite and trailhead.

Hummel discusses marijuana law

'Ain't the wild West': Hummel still prosecuting pot laws

As recreational marijuana became legal Wednesday, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel's office prosecuted a pot delivery and manufacture case before a grand jury and he later issued a news release making the point: "It ain't the wild West in Deschutes County."

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Police: 4 boys to be charged in Eugene Civic Stadium fire

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police in Eugene say four young boys will be charged in the fire that destroyed the city's historic Civic Stadium earlier this week.

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NB I-5 in S. Ore. closed after shooting involving OSP

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities say both northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in southern Oregon have been closed for several hours Wednesday evening north of Grants Pass after a shooting that involved Oregon State Police.

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ODOT launches pioneering per-mile road use charge program

State officials and private partners kicked off Oregon’s new pay-by-the-mile road usage charge program, OReGO, on Wednesday, welcoming drivers to enroll online.

Matt and Sweat

Inmate says NY escapees bickered over booze

After a brazen escape from an upstate New York prison, it came down to booze and agility for convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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Governors, DOJ cheer $18B BP spill settlement

BP has reached a historic agreement with five Gulf States to settle the claims made against the company from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, resulting in the largest environmental settlement in history.

Moccasin Hill Fire

Dennis Lee, Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Oregon House OKs McLane bill to aid wildfire victims

The Oregon House on Wednesday unanimously passed House Bill 3148-A, legislation that seeks to provide critical relief to low-income wildfire victims through the creation of the Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account.

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Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon senators have passed legislation requiring a state agency to maintain a list of chemicals that are potentially harmful in children's toys and products.

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OSU-Cascades researcher awarded school's largest grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Oregon State University-Cascades researcher Shannon Lipscomb a $1.5 million grant to develop and test a program to help teachers improve the school readiness of preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma.

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'Terminator Genisys': Should you see it?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator Genisys Australian premiere

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'Terminator Genisys," the fifth movie in the venerable smash-and-boom to save the world series, seeks to reposition the franchise for a new future by transporting Sarah Connor and her son John, Kyle Reese and, of course, various Terminators into an alternate timeline.

'Back to the Future' celebrates 30 years

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"Back to the Future" celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, and some of the cast members recently reunited for the milestone.

Reelz channel rescues Trump's Miss USA pageant

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Days after the Miss USA pageant was dropped by Univision and NBC, the July 12 event has found a new home on television, the Reelz channel.

Johnny Depp selling French village for $26M

Actor shown here at Jan. 21, 2015, premiere of "Mortdecai" in Hollywood, California.

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Known for his swashbuckling role in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, actor Johnny Depp has put one of his most treasured items on the market, a 37-acre estate and "private village" in the south of France.

Prince pulls music from all streaming services except Tidal

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Prince has apparently decided to opt out of all music streaming services, except for one: Tidal.

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