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ODOT: Studded tire use down - road damage, too

A new study of studded tire use in Oregon shows drivers have changed their habits -- with fewer drivers using studded tires, leading to less damage on the roadway, ODOT said Friday.

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Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards

After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 1.16 million shoppers' credit cards and debit cards.

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President signs Bowman Dam-Crooked R. water bill

Legislation written by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Greg Walden to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon has become law now that the president has signed the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act.

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Judge sides with Oregon in 2nd dispute with Oracle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the second time, a federal judge is siding with the state of Oregon in its legal battle with Oracle Inc. over the state's failed health insurance website.

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Oregon health insurance signups low for 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.

Five new charities on Oregon's '20 Worst' list

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday issued the Attorney General’s 20 Worst Charities list, an annual review of non-profit organizations that spend most donations on administrative costs and hiring professional fundraisers rather than on the causet.

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Jackson County holds off enforcement of GMO ban

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved.

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PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

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Merkley outlines plans for LGBT civil rights bill

Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., joined Friday with Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Oregon LGBT leaders to announce his plan to push broad LGBT civil rights legislation in the next Congress.

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Boeing subsidiary wins $41M Pentagon contract for drones

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Boeing subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge, Insitu Inc., has won a $41 million Pentagon contract to build three Blackjack drone systems for the Navy.

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Group delivers basket of coal to OSU Foundation

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A group that wants the Oregon State University Foundation to drop investments in the fossil fuel industry delivered a basket of coal Thursday to its office. It was tied with a red ribbon and the delivery was described as cordial.

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  • BlackBerry ending year on sour note

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    BlackBerry is back in the black. Sorta. But that news wasn't good enough to impress Wall Street.

    The Canadian smartphone maker (and Kim Kardashian's favorite tech company) reported a small quarterly profit Friday morning, excluding certain one-time ch...

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Secret Cinema to hold protest screening

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Events company Secret Cinema has said it will hold a simultaneous screening of an as-yet unannounced film in London, Rome and San Francisco on Sunday to "protest against censorship."

Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

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While talking about the Sony hack during his end-of-year press conference, President Obama called actor James Franco "James Flacco."

Within a minute or two, there was already a parody Twitter account with @JamesFlacco thanking the president for the na...

'Late Late Show's' Ferguson ends his run

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Perhaps there are still some people asking, "Craig Ferguson who?"

Washingtonians bid farewell to Colbert

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Comedian Stephen Colbert bid farewell on his final show Thursday night with the help of a pantheon of celebrities, including Washington notables and dignitaries.

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For his final show, Stephen Colbert went out with a bang and a song.

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