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Sisters lightning Dylan Strasser

Dylan Strasser

New C.O. storms bring more lightning, fires

As predicted – and feared – another batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled north through much of Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, raking the state with 11,000 lightning strikes and bringing more than 40 smoke reports on the High Desert that had initial attack crews on the run.

Shaniko Butte sunset William Charba

William Charba

Rain aids, mapping trims Shaniko Butte Fire

A mixed blessing from the new storms as the Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain Tuesday -- but the storm also hit the Warm Springs Reservation area with 900 lightning strikes. Here's Wednesday's update.

Logging unit firefighter

Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik/Oregon Military Dept.

Logging Unit Fire update: 1,100 firefighters, 20 pct. contained

Wednesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires shows  that they have burned 10,350 acres, have 1,100 personnel battling them and are now 20 percent contained:

Madras track coach arrested on sex abuse

Second HS coach sex scandal rocks Madras

A second coach-related sex scandal hit Madras High School in just eight months as a track coach was arrested Monday.

Busy days at fire lookout

Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

Evacuees prepare to head back

Last Marks Creek evacuation notices lifted

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents. And Wednesday morning came word the week-old Marks Creek evacuation notice was lifted.

6-yr old attacked by dog dog remains free

Dog attacks girl, 6, at Ochoco Reservoir, still free

"It bit me and scratched me and bit me a few more times," 6-year old Kaylee said. It is a day she will not forget. Kaylee and her family were at the Ochoco Reservoir when a dog attacked her.

Mitchell gets cellphone boost

Fire brings smoke - and cell service - to Mitchell

The Wheeler County town of Mitchell, population 130 or so, is the closest community to the Waterman Complex fire. It's an area so rural that it doesn't even have cellphone service. That is, until now -- and only for now.

Redmond crew fuels wildfire fight

High Desert fires keep air refueling crews busy

It's not just crews on the ground fighting the wildfires in our area. Some of the biggest help is in the sky. Because of the heightened air attack, it's keeping one Redmond business very busy.

Bend  Police Car (Generic)

Bend PD: Man pulled knife, approached officer

A Bend police officer on downtown patrol Tuesday was approached by a 24-year-old man who was “acting strangely” and called in backup when the man produced a knife and advanced toward him, officers said. The man ran but was quickly apprehended.

MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Bodies of 40 MH17 victims flown to Dutch city

A lone bugler marked the return home Friday to the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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    Possible Apple iWatch

    U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

    Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch" this fall.


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More 'Iron Man'? Sounds good, Downey says

Iron Man 3

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.

Peaches Geldof a relapsed addict before death

Peaches Geldof

Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose after relapsing into use of the illegal drug following attempts to give it up, an inquest heard Wednesday.

Tree dedicated to Beatle killed by beetles

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Steve Mathieson

A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: No 'trust fund kids'

Philip Seymour Hoffman

CNN

Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids" so he left his fortune to his girlfriend, a court document said.

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

Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey

Tim Hart/CNN

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

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