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3,400 lightning strikes on High Desert; fires erupt

Thunderstorms rolled north through Central Oregon Sunday afternoon, accompanied by 3,400 lightning strikes that had crews scrambling to hit dozens of new, mostly small fires across the region -- some threatening homes on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. A Klamath County fire grew to 600 acres and burned structures.

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Warm Springs Fire Management

Warm Springs hit hard by storms, fires

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation has been girding for a potentially tough wildfire season -- and on Sunday, the signs of just such a rough stretch arrived in the form of close to 1,000 lightning strikes that sparked at least 17 fires on or near the reservation, some threatening structures and prompting a few evacuations.

Moccasin Hills Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry

Klamath County wildfire destroys homes

A wildfire that broke out Sunday afternoon near the Klamath County town of Sprague River quickly grew to over 600 acres, prompting evacuations and destroying an undetermined number of homes and other structures, officials said Sunday night.

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Pamela Wilson

Summer sights: The hail, you say?

After all the gorgeous summer sunrises, sunsets, fireworks and other views, we got lots of images of the hailstorm that hit the area on Sunday, July 13th  - and more. Here are some photos we received; e-mail 1-2 of your summer sights for us to share to stories@ktvz.com.

Ashley Hixon

Fire destroys small home in downtown Sisters

Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that tore through a small, 85-year-old home in downtown Sisters early Sunday morning, despite the efforts of nearly two-dozen firefighters.

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MGN graphic

No summer pause for Bend park board, city council

Summer may be a slow and easy time for some workplaces and organizations, but things are heating up this week with some big issues before the Bend City Council and Bend Park and Rec Board.

Joseph Ray Lehman

Deschutes County Jail

Redmond grocery break-in suspect caught in store

A burglar alarm early Sunday morning brought Redmond police to the Grocery Outlet, where they arrested at gunpoint a transient found hiding inside the store, officers said.

Costa Concordia, refloat operation

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Costa Concordia floating again

On Monday morning, salvage crews began the arduous task of trying to refloat the Costa Concordia so they can move it to the Italian port of Genoa to be dismantled. By midday Monday, the ship was floating again, Costa Crociere CEO Michael Thamm said.

Israel Gaza explosion

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israel warns Gaza residents to evacuate

Israeli forces dropped leaflets in northern Gaza on Sunday to warn residents to move away from Hamas sites to avoid military strikes.

The warning came as the death toll in Gaza reached 172, with more than 1,250 people injured, the Gaza Health Ministry...

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Democrats continue to pile on Obama for skipping the border

Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas.

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China TV news anchor detained before airtime

In the latest twist of a widening anti-corruption campaign, Chinese authorities have detained a popular and controversial television anchor with the national broadcaster, state media reported.

Rui Chenggang's anchor chair was left empty for Friday nig...

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Maestro Lorin Maazel dead at 84

Lorin Maazel

REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

Renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died from complications of pneumonia at his home in Virginia on Sunday, his family said. He was 84.

Jazz legend Charlie Haden dead at 76

Charlie Haden jazz legend

REUTERS/Mike Blake

Grammy-winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden, whose music career spanned seven decades and several genres, died Friday, his publicist said Sunday. He was 76.

How IFC committed to risky '12 Year Project,' now called 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

Courtesy IFC Films

On the ever-changing balance sheets of the independent film company IFC, there has been one constant since 2002: "The Twelve Year Project."

It is a film, now titled "Boyhood," by the acclaimed director Richard Linklater. Released on Friday in New York...

Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over deadly crash

Tracy Morgan

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a deadly limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured.

The complaint was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Morgan, 45, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose...

Punk rock icon Tommy Ramone dies

Tommy Ramone

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Punk rock fuel-injected the beat of rock and roll in the mid-1970s with a frenetic tempo. On Friday, the drummer who gunned out those rhythms with pioneering punk band the Ramones passed away.

Tommy Ramone was 65 and the last living original member of...

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